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White cat breeds with blue eyes

white cat breeds with blue eyesBlue eyes are normally associated with white coats. Blue-eyed-white-coated cats are rare — less than two percent of all cats. The coat and eyes result from a specific genetic factor causing low melanin production. The same stem cells create both coat and eye color and are affected by the same low level of melanin. The effect on the eyes involves both the pigmentation of the iris and the way the light refracts through the eye. As a result the intensity of blueness varies between cats.

In Siamese the blue is also associated with the light coat, and melanin production again is involved. However, in this case the gene is different and causes a kind of partial albinism. In this case the temperature of the cat determines the melanin level and therefore the color.

Domestic cats may sometimes show this pattern. Three cat breeds that often have this color combination are the Turkish Van, Turkish Angora and Khao Manee. The Turkish Van and Turkish are natural breeds and the Khao Manee an ancient Thai breed. In each case the most prized cats are those which are have one blue eye and another odd. The odd eye may be green, yellow, amber or gold. Many cultures believe such odd-eyed cats bring good luck.

White cat breeds with blue eyes:  a rather lovely Angora showing its one blue eye

Are there blued-eyed-cats without white coats? This occurs but is unusual. A relatively new breed, called the Ojos Azules has this pattern, though other individuals have been recorded. The Ojos Azules breed comes from Mexico and a small colony of cats of the type were found living wild in 1984. An attempt has been made to establish this as a new breed.

According to Wikipedia:

Ojos Azules are remarkable for their deep blue eyes. Unlike the blue eyes seen linked to the genes in bicolor cats and cats with point, both of which suppress pigmentation, this gene is not linked to any certain fur color or pattern, giving the opportunity to have cats with dark coats and blue eye.

It is very possible that the deep blue eyes of this breed could become more common in the future. Even if this happens, white-cats-with blue eyes will almost certainly remain very special.

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  1. We found a white pure coat cat beautiful and has one blue eye and other brown eye and we think she deaf we never met mommy or anything ..my daughter found her on road so she picked her up and brought home and no one looking to find her so we decided to keep her …she very playful, aggressive, full energy, loving, but we are trying find out what kind cat she is …she pure shorthair white cat ..her face almost looks like fox face shape like sort of hard to explain so I been website trying find out what type of breed she is ….Maybe this be helpful …..Im hard of hearing myself so I know some signlanguage so will be teaching her some hand signal of signs so we communicate with her but take a lot of training because she is kitten now so very very aggressive and playful at moment but very entertaining to watch her

  2. I found my white cat 10 years ago chasing cars as a kitten in the highway at the edge of town. I have heard a few stories of people finding their deaf white cats in busy streets. I guess it is because they cannot hear the cars and perceive little to no danger. We finally discovered she was deaf at about six months of age after all the other cats came running when we got out the food but she would come to nothing, just appearing when she felt like it. She would also sleep silently hidden close by but still not appear. she is really rare because she has green eyes and is deaf. I have a blue eyed white and she had kittens and none of them are deaf. It is important not to let deaf cats outside as they are in grave danger and to recognize if you have a white kitty to give it some kind of a hearing test to make sure it can hear.

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