It’s not just the colour of your cat’s eyes that mesmerize, it’s their intensity of hue and the way they catch the light changing colour and glinting in the dark.
When you look deep into your cat’s eyes you can see prisms of colour and flecks of green and gold or blue. But what makes a cat’s eyes so fascinating?
Here are some interesting facts about cats’ eyes:
1. Cats are born with blues eyes. Around the age of four to six weeks, you’ll start to notice the colour of your cat’s eyes changing. By four months old, you should be able to determine your cat’s true eye colour.
2. The pupil of a cat’s eye is designed to be able to dilate and constrict at a rapid rate. This proves useful when hunting prey and judging distance for pouncing. It also helps protect those large eyes from light damage.
3. White cats are more likely to have blue eyes than any other colour. But are they really blue? Those big, halcyon cats’ eyes actually refract the light creating the illusion of blue eyes. Blue-eyed cats actually have no pigment in their irises.
4. Purebred cats will have eyes with a deeper intensity than regular, domestic cats. In cat shows, felines are judged highly for their intense eye colour, so breeders only those with the most intense coloured eyes to compete.
5. Depending on breed and colour, cats can have blue, yellow, green, gold, copper or brown eyes.
6. Cats can have odd-coloured eyes. Caused by a condition called heterochromia iridis, odd-coloured eyes occur most frequently in Turkish angoras, Turkish vans, and Japanese bobtails. Known as odd-eyed cats, these kitties generally have a lot of white fur on their body. When their eyes begin to change colour from kitten-blue, only one eye will develop into its true colour.
There’s more to your cat’s vision than meets the eye and science continues to study these fascinating orbs for the mysteries lurking within.