Ojos Azules means “blue eyes” in Spanish, so it’s no surprise that this rare breed possesses a beautiful aqua eye color. The Ojos Azules breed reportedly began with a blue-eyed feral cat in New Mexico in the 1980s, and the International Cat Association (TICA) officially recognized the breed in 1991, though it has since been removed from the registry. This breed is so rare that there were only 10 known Ojos Azules in 1992 and it’s unknown how many, if any, exist today.
*The above photo is only an example of what an Ojos Azules cat could potentially look like, given that it is unknown if any exist today.
Blue-Eyed Cat FAQ
Why do some cats have blue eyes?
Did you know all kittens have blue eyes? It’s due to a lack of pigment in the iris which doesn't develop until 6 weeks of age, according to Dr. Michael Salkin, DVM, a veterinarian for JustAnswer.
Some breeds continue to have blue eyes even into adulthood due to a genetic mutation that affects pigmentation. “The presence of blue eyes in cats is linked to the presence of the white spotting gene, which can inhibit the development of pigment in the iris, resulting in blue eyes,” explains Dr. Zay Satchu, DVM, co-founder and Chief Veterinary Officer at Bond Vet.
Are all cats with blue eyes deaf?
The short answer: No, not all cats with blue eyes are deaf. But blue-eyed cats are more likely to be deaf than cats with darker eye colors—particularly completely white cats, according to Dr. Satchu. That’s because the gene that’s linked to hereditary deafness in these cats also causes a white coat and blue eyes.
Up to 75 percent of all white cats with two blue eyes are deaf, according to Dr. Salkin. They can still make excellent pets and lead rich, healthy lives—with some specialized care from you, of course.
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