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Cat Eyes Rarity

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Many cat parents can joyfully lose themselves while admiring their cat's stunning eyes. However, are you aware of whether your cat has a unique eye color?

Several genes affect the color of a cat's eyes. Because of this, it is possible for two littermates from the same parents to have distinct eye tints. Breeding, iris pigmentation, and blue refraction all substantially impact the color of a cat's eyes. Furthermore, the darkness and intensity of the color will depend on the levels of the natural pigment produced by these cells, called melanin. The eyes of a cat will be darker the more melanin it has in its iris.

Now let’s take a look at the Rarity of eye colors that we can see in our feline friends—keep reading to find out what they are.

1. Amber-Eyed Cats 

  • Rarity: 2/10
  • Dominant Color: Yellow
  • Coat Color: Black
  • Breed: Somali, Cornish Rex, Burmese

Yellow eyes can range in color from a light lemon yellow to golden hues that blend into a rich, deep amber.

2. Hazel-Eyed Cats

  • Rarity: 3/10
  • Dominant Color: Brown
  • Coat Color: Beige, Brown Mix of Black, Yellow
  • Breed: Bobcats, Bengal, Lynx

Hazel-colored eyes are a mix of green and golden-yellow colors. These hues are less prevalent than the preceding one, however, they can be found in Bengal, Abyssinian, and feral cats like the North American wild cat known as the Bobcat (Lynx).

3. Brown-Eyed Cats

  •  Rarity:5/10
  •  Dominant Color: Brown
  •  Coat Color: Brown, Black, Ginger
  •  Breed: American and British Shorthair, Manx

Brown eye color is similar to hazel eyes, but they have a much more intense dark or brown tint. Brown eyes are just a variation of hazel eyes, and no cat breeds with truly brown eyes. 

4. Orange-Eyed Cats

  •  Rarity: 6/10
  •  Dominant Color: Orange
  •  Coat Color: Black, Ginger, White
  •  Breed: Devon Rex, Maine Coon, Japanese Bobtail

This eye color is one of the rarest and it can be found in Devon Rex, Japanese Bobtail, Maine Coon, Turkish Van, and Chartreux cat breeds. Orange eyes stand out due to their intensity, which is usually devoid of any yellow, green, or orange specks.

5. Albino Eyes

  •  Rarity: 8/10
  •  Dominant Color: Light Pink/Blue
  •  Coat Color: White
  •  Breed: Burmese, Siamese, Tonkinese, Bengal

Albino cats have eyes that can range in color from light pink to light blue and entirely white fur that is devoid of any color. Albino cats lack any darker patches on their bodies and have pink noses, lips, and pads.

6. Odd-Colored Eyes

  •  Rarity: 9/10
  •  Dominant Color: Blue/Yellow, Hazel, Green, Copper
  •  Coat Color: White, Grey, Ginger, Black
  •  Breed: British Shorthair, Munchkins, Persians, Japanese Bobtails, Siamese

Odd-colored eyes are caused by a genetic mutation called heterochromia iridium, which creates a variation in coloration, primarily in the eye color. It can also be observed in terms of skin tone or hair color, though. Cats with this condition may have two eyes that are different hues, depending on their breed.

7. Dichroic-Eyed Cats

  • Rarity: 10/10
  • Dominant Color: Green, Yellow, Blue, Brown, Amber
  • Coat Color: N/A
  • Breed: N/A

The rare eye coloring in a cat is dichromatic, where the eyes will have a combination of two distinct colors within both eyes. Dichroic or bichromatic eyes in cats are marked by a brilliant green or yellow ring around the pupil or by a distinct color in one-half or one-fourth of the eye. It is brought on by the cat's rises, which have several areas with varying amounts of melanin.

Eyes are indeed the most beautiful feature of a feline. Pay close attention to them and keep an eye out for any changes in appearance. May your cat have the perfect vision for the rest of her/his life with the right care and attention.

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