These Cats With Heterochromia Have The Most Beautiful And Unusual Eyes

These Cats With Heterochromia Have The Most Beautiful And Unusual Eyes

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These cats were born with heterochromia, a rare condition that causes the iris of both eyes to contain completely different colors. They might not be picture-perfect, but we think they look gorgeous.

Heterochromia iridis literally translates from Greek as “differently colored irises”. Imaginative.


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It’s usually caused by a misbehaving gene that also gives these cats their snowy white fur.


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All kittens are born with blue eyes, but for these “odd-eyed” cats the melanin that comes along to add color to their eyes got confused and mismatched their irises.


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There are no health risks linked with heterochromia, but if your cat was born with matching eyes and the pigment starts to change you should get it checked out.


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Famous heterochromics include David Bowie, Kate Bosworth and Mila Kunis, so these kittens are in pretty good company.


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And it’s definitely one of the most beautiful mutations we’ve ever seen.


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People have said these cats’ eyes look as if there’s a whole universe inside there…;


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…;but we know a tiny, blind owl who wouldn’t be too pleased to hear that (because he actually DOES have a universe in his eyes).


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Interesting fact alert: As many as 30% of cats with heterochromia are deaf, again because of the gene mutation.


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And legend says that the prophet Mohammed, founder of the Islamic faith, had a traditional Turkish angora cat with one blue and one gold eye.


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We’re pretty sure these kittens aren’t worried about their eyes — they know they’re gorgeous.


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