People online seemingly have a gullible and open heart for the things that make them go “Aww!”. Photoshop has been one of the prime culprits here for making us believe in appearances on animals that quite frankly just can’t exist in the world of science. Using common sense and turning down your “cuteness over-load” addiction, it is easy to spot the fakes. A new trend started a few years ago in Japan that involved painting their dogs like tigers and you would be surprised by the amount of people who thought this was a legitimate new dog breed. This then leaked into making their dogs look like pandas. What is cuter than a dog-panda hybrid? Well, I think you can assume where I am going with this. While some rare fur coats on cats are true to life real (such as Venus the two-faced cat), others are a fashion statement or “work of art” created by man.
The Japanese flocked to the idea of dying their Chow Chow dog’s fur to resemble that of a panda bear. They also did the same with Labradors and Golden Retrievers, only these were painted like tigers. In the Japanese culture, both animals are honored and hold deep spiritual meaning behind them. It is no wonder so many fell in love with this idea. The issue here however, is that it is not safe to do this to dogs, nor is it safe for cats. A lot of people protested this fashionable statement when it first started. Many Veterinarians even called out this act being that of animal abuse.
This leads us up to the initial reason why you clicked on this post and are reading it: No, the panda cat does not exist nor is it a real breed. It is simply an owner taking their all white cat and dying its fur to resemble that of a panda bear. Cute? You bet! Safe? Hardly. It is never a good idea to dye your cat’s fur. Period. Below are some pictures of the cat that has made its way around online over the last several months. In the pictures you can see one where the tongue is sticking out. When you take a pet in to get their fur dyed or if you do it yourself, they have to be put under anesthesia. This prevents them from moving or licking the toxic poising off as well as injuring you or themselves. Most cats hate being wet and hate when their fur has something on it. Imagine what it does to them when they have a very high-toxic smelling agent covering their fur and they are unable to remove it. Also, note where the dye has to be placed to achieve this coloration… THE EYES. Have you ever had hair dye or bleach near your eyes? Well, it is not a fun experience.