Krista Miranda

By Krista Miranda

LifeBuzz Staff

After Finding A Sick Kitten, This Woman Was Stunned When It Began To Change Color.

Meowing For Food

Meowing For Food

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Now that Bruce had enough energy to make a little noise, he began to meow when he was hungry! Thanks to his newfound voice, Kathryn knew that Bruce was a cat. A cat that always seemed to be hungry. Kathryn said that Bruce always wanted to eat, but that was fine with her! If he was eating, he wasn’t dead, which was what mattered. Even though he had been eating, Bruce was still very fragile. His little body was so weak, he almost died a few times, but Bruce had a strong will to live. He was a survivor.

Instant Celebrity

Instant Celebrity

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The whole time Kathryn was nursing Bruce back to good health, she was updating her co-workers on his condition. Over time, Kathryn decided to put Bruce’s story on the internet. "I was working for Auckland Council at the time," Van Beek said. "They were really interested, so I started a Facebook page to keep everyone updated.” Kathryn was only expecting a few people from her work to like the page, but then Bruce became internet famous!

Hope Survives

Hope Survives

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It only took a few months for the “Bruce the Cat” Facebook Page to rapidly gain followers. Bruce was famous! “At first it was a real life-and-death battle, and then I thought interest might fade," Kathryn said of Bruce's popularity. People didn’t lose interest, though. They were too emotionally invested in the well being of this tiny cat. He became a symbol of hope to his followers. Soon after becoming famous, something began happening to Bruce. Something strange.

Cat Of Different Colors

Cat Of Different Colors

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As Bruce’s health changed, so did his appearance. His fur, which was usually gray, began to change colors. His patches of fur began to darken. After a little time, Bruce began to change into a completely black cat! Of course, the sudden change in appearance made the internet go crazy! No one had ever heard of a cat that could change colors. Because no one knew how this could happen, Bruce’s fame skyrocketed. Unfortunately, even though Bruce was getting healthy, he wasn’t out of the woods of danger, yet.

Thanks To Mom

Thanks To Mom

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It seemed that Bruce’s chameleon fur was a condition contracted immediately after birth, called fever coat. If the mother goes through “upheaval” during pregnancy, which can be caused by infection or stress, fever coat is passed on to the newborn kittens. The illness is the reason the kitten’s fur was gray. The body just doesn’t seem to know that color the cat’s coat will be for months. The illness was harmless to Bruce, but it sure did gain him quite a bit of online popularity.

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