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White cats with blue eyes. Are they blind, deaf, both or neither?

Wednesday, October 20, 2010
posted by Jim Murphy

Turkey Cat CultureThat’s a lot to digest. So what are the facts?  Some people have the information wrong. Hereditary deafness is one of the major concerns in all white cats. This situation is made worse if the cat also has either one or two blue eyes.  Researchers have found that only 17  to 22 percent of all white cats are born deaf. The percentage goes up to 40% if the cat also has one blue eye and up to 65%  to 85% if both of the cat’s eyes are blue and the cat is all white.  An interesting fact is that if a cat is deaf in only one ear, that ear will be on the same side as the blue eye.  If a cat is deaf in only one ear, you may never know it. They may act and appear normal. There are some precautions that you should take if the cat is deaf in both ears.  Keep them indoors. There are lots of threats outside, dogs, oncoming cars etc. Keep them away from situations where they have to depend on their auditory senses.

If your cat is deaf,  give him lots of love, cat toys and treats and make sure that he is kept out of danger.

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