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The Green Cat of Bulgaria

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A stray cat roaming the streets of Varna, Bulgaria, stands out against the crowd of feral felines. We’ve featured a green cat before (and puppies, too), but this one looks like something out of a science fiction movie. At first, people thought the cat was painted by vandals. But it came to light that this cat regularly sleeps on a pile of discarded green paint in a garage. By licking his fur, he has spread the green all over his body. That didn’t sound quite right to me, because cats cannot lick or reach their spines well. But if you look closely, especially in the second video, you’ll see that the cat’s spine is only lightly tinted green. It still looks like a special effect

A Bulgarian commenter says the cat, although unfriendly, is a celebrity in Varna and gets plenty of food, and has also been checked out by a veterinarian. No doubt his cat buddies also benefit from the attention. -via Buzzfeed

I'm pretty horrified that the citizens of this town would allow this cat to continue poisoning itself. Paint is not safe for living things to ingest - it contains toxic compounds and is not digestible. The owner of the garage should clean up the paint or not let the cat sleep in there. Is this how this town treats its children as well? You know what they say about civilizations and how they treat their animals.
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Sorry to post again, but I happened to see my vet today for dog vaccinations and she couldn't believe what I told her until she saw the article herself. She said that no trained veterinarian would say that the cat is okay to ingest paint. She also said that no veterinarian would have, in good conscience, released that cat without washing all the paint off. Just sad...
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I think the point here is that it is not paint. Paint may be the story, but it need-not be the culprit. The evenness of the colouring and the fact that you can still see all of the critter's natural markings suggests something like a photosynthesizing micro-organism. That, or it's just a ground-level special effect that's repeatable on anyone's computer.
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Someone mentioned that the "paint" in the article might actually be food coloring, not the substance you use to paint your walls. The word for both is the same in Bulgarian, so it is possible. The cat looks too healthy to have been ingesting actual paint for a prolonged period of time.
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