CATS EYE

The sense of sight is one of the finely tuned and very important sense. The cat eye is particularly well-adapted to it’s unique needs for hunting and nocturnal activity. Cats also use their eyes as tools of expression — the shape or luster of an eye modifies subtly with cat emotion. This article intends to bring you information on the color and purposes of the eyes of a cat.

  Sight is a key element in the survival of a cat, particularly one who must hunt and defend territory for themselves, like the cats do in the Clans. Like all predators, cats have large eyes on the front of their head. The cats eyes have more trouble picking out fine details upclose and small objects, and wide ranges of colors. But they can see objects for long distances with clarity and can sense movement very well.
The cats eyes have a particularly good adaption for seeing in the dark — a type of mirror called a tapetum lucidum at the back of the eye reflects light, making it more powerful, and giving the flat-glow of a cat’s eyes when photographed with a low-quality camera on a direct angle. A cat’s pupil also has the ability to dilute and open wide more then ours; to avoid damage to the eye in bright light it can reduce it to a slit, while in near-black darkness it can open the pupil wide to attract the most light and see better in the darkness. Cats can not see in pitch-black, but have a greater ability to attract and use small amounts of light then we do.
The cat, like us, can narrow or widen it’s eyes to express emotions. A cat also has a third, eyelid common to many hunting animals, which comes from the cat’s inner side of the eye and protects the eye from debris and moisturizes the eye. It is not seen very much.

The domesticated and breeded cat has a wide array of colored eyes which depend greatly on fur color, breed, and the colored eyes of parents and grand parents. There are many different shades of eye color, and each can also change depending on the light they are exposed to and sometimes even the mood of the cat.

The most common eye colors are colors within the “middle” of the spectrum; greenish-yellow to gold. Deeper and usual colors like rich greens or bright coppers tend to be rarer. Some eye colors are very specific to pelt color — pointed cats always have blue eyes, while cats with white markings around their eyes (including all white cats) have blue, gold, green, or copper.

  
BLUE EYES

A lack of pigment in the eyes, blue eyes might be considered the most enchanting color of eyes, and are classified as part-albino because of the lack of pigment. True albinos have pink or red eyes; or very faintly blue-pink eyes. They come in a variety of different shades — from a dark, flat blue to a crystal-like pale blue. Pointed cats always have blue eyes, and blue eyes are also common in solid white cats. Cats who are white and have blue eyes are often deaf (as in the case of Snowkit, Speckletail’s son). Other colored cats with blue eyes are exceptionally rare.

 
YELLOW EYES

Yellow eyes range in color from a dark orange to a bright, sulfur yellow. The common eye-color gold also belongs to the yellow eye family. Brown eyes are also somewhat rare, so I have no given them a place of their own in the article, and will group them here with yellows.
   
GREEN EYES

Like blue eyes, green eyes have a pretty range of colors, from a deep ivy green to a very pale bright green. Green eyes (like the human eye color hazel) often have amounts of yellow in them, or appear to have blue in them as well.

 
ODD-EYES AND ALBINO

Odd-eyed cats are not actually that uncommon, but none have appeared thus far in the Warriors series! They appear in white solids, and a cat may have one blue eye, one orange eye, one blue eye and one green eye, one blue eye and one yellow eye, as well as other combinations. In cats there are two types of albinos: blue-eyed albinos, with eyes that are blue-gray are more common then “true” albinos, which have red eyes.

EYE BREEDING CHART
 

 

color Abr Description
Copper cpr Deep copper-orange
Orange org Bright orange
Amber amb Yellow-orange
Yellow yel Yellow
Gold gld Dark yellow with a hint of green
Hazel hzl Dark greenish-yellow
Green grn Green
Turquoise trq Bluish-green
Siamese Blue sbl Royal blue to medium grayish-blue
Dominant-White Blue wbl Medium blue
Dominant-White Odd odd One blue, one orange
Albino Blue abl Very pale blue, almost gray
Albino Pink pnk Pink