All-white, blue-eyed cats will usually go blind at an early age. True or false?

FALSE! All-white cats are prone to being deaf but not blind. It is inherited deafness. This seems to be due to the multiple effect of the dominant white (DW) gene which removes colour from the coat and eyes and causes deafness through a degeneration of the inner ear. An alternative reason: I have read that the DW gene resides on the same chromosome as the genetic mutation causing deafness which is why cats with all-white coats are sometimes deaf. Depending on the source, a study carried out in 1971 revealed: 25% of white cats had golden eyes and normal hearing; 7% had golden eyes and were deaf; 31% had blue eyes and normal hearing and 37% had blue eyes and were deaf. Some cats are deaf in one ear and if this happens after one year and if they have odd-eye colour the deaf ear is on the same side as the blue (colourless) eye. Many cats are partially white. Click the link below to read about their special names.

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White Devon Rex with light green eyes
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Photo and breeding: Irina Maxi Milary of Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Odd-eyed white Scottish Fold

Odd-eyed white Scottish Fold living in St Petersburg, Russia. Photo: Caters.

Male white British Longhair cat bred in Russia by the Golden Leris cattery

Male white British Longhair cat bred in Russia by the Golden Leris cattery. Photo: Питомник британских кошек Golden Leris located in Moscow, Russia.

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Michael Broad

Hi, I'm a 74-year-old retired solicitor (attorney in the US). Before qualifying I worked in many jobs including professional photography. I love nature, cats and all animals. I am concerned about their welfare. If you want to read more click here.

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