When David first took Scrappy home way back in 1997, he had no idea that his cat would undergo a transformation that would, in his words, make him look like a “Nordic god.” Back then, he was just a cute, feisty black cat with lots of personality.
“Scrappy was sitting on his own,” David recalls, “and though he was cute, we didn’t think others would regard him to be as cute as his siblings.”
And while it sounds weird, it’s true that black cats are adopted at lower rates than other cats thanks to old superstitions. “I made the decision to take Scrappy as I knew he would be the last one taken, if at all,” David says.
Scrappy settled into his new home in London and immediately started living up to his name, bouncing around and clawing up David’s legs, but David was fine with it, and fell right in love with his new kitty.
Scrappy liked spending time outdoors, playing with his toys, and watching the world go by out the window.
But when Scrappy turned 7, David started to notice that his all-black coat was beginning to change, and that white patches, like frost on a morning lawn, were beginning to appear.
It turns out that Scrappy has vitiligo, a skin condition characterized by the loss of pigment in patches, leading to white or colorless areas of skin and hair. It can affect humans as well as animals.
Over the years, Scrappy went from a coal-black kitty to one that looks like he’s caked in ice, giving him the appearance of some mythical creature from the grim and frostbitten North. His unusual appearance also garnered him some fans.