Categories: cat eyes

The young, white cat with topaz eyes

Topaz blue feline eyes

Those eyes ❤❤

Posted by Animals High on Friday, January 11, 2019


What percentage of white cats are deaf? In a previous post I wrote:

“He states [referring to a study] that out of 256 white cats from three studies, 12.1% were deaf in one ear (unilaterally deaf) and 37.9% were deaf in both ears (bilaterally deaf). In other words, 50% of the cats were affected by deafness.”

We don’t know but this cat might be deaf. White cats are often deaf because the gene that ‘removes’ pigment from the eyes and coat also affects the development of the inner ear, ‘It is a congenital deafness caused by a degeneration of the inner ear’ (Wikipedia). I’d describe it is a lack of development but I am a mere layperson.

The eyes are blue not by virtue of blue pigment in the iris but because of light refraction in the eye which lacks the usual amount of pigmentation due to the gene which takes pigmentation from the coat as well, rendering it white.

The color white in the cat’s coat is due to a lack of pigment not a white pigment. The color white is a mix of the three primary colors: red, green and blue. So we are looking at white light passing through the hair filaments. The light that hits the planet from the sun is white.

White from red green and blue

The reason why kittens have blue eyes is because pigmentation has not developed in the eye. When it develops as the kitten grows up the true eye colour becomes visible.

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Michael Broad

Hi, I'm a 71-year-old retired solicitor (attorney in the US). Before qualifying I worked in many jobs including professional photography. I have a girlfriend, Michelle. I love nature, cats and all animals. I am concerned about their welfare.

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  • Your explanation of blue eyes and white coats is well written and easy to understand, Michael. Great article. 💜💜🐾

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