Especially for our white-cat-loving audience, we picked up some fascinating info you probably didn’t know about your purring Snow Kings and Queens.
As ever, we kindly ask you to surround yourself with adored snacks and hot tea & coffee, turning on the music you love the most. Our team believes that these white cats facts will relax you after a hard day at school, university, or work.
Be ready to have fun, and let’s start!
White is the Rarest Coat Colour in the Cats’ World
There are dozens of cats’ coat patterns, colors, and shades like Tabby brown, Calico (the combination of three different colors), Tortoiseshell black & red, etc. But did you know that barely about 5 percent of felines have a wholly Solid white coat?
We can compare this with people’s red hair. Only 1-2 percent of the population can brag about such an exceptional natural color.
So, if you are a redheaded hotshot owning a cute white cat, it’s a total royal flush.
The Reason Felines’ Born with White Hair is a Unique Gene
Like people with red chevelure, white-fur cats have both parents carrying recessive genetic traits. In simple terms, white cats merely have fewer skin pigments called melanin. In contrast, darker ones (black, red, blue, grey, and others) have lots. That’s why you should not let your Snowflake sunbathe too much.
We are curious to know that only cats with all-white coats can give birth to a solid-white color kitten. Though, do you know what is more amusing than that? The white color of meow guys’ fur is not even a color!
But more about that in the following fact.
There is Something Hidden under This White Coat
The white gene is more likely a specific mask than a kitty coat color. As well as you are putting makeup on your face, mother nature has put a beautiful white cover on some predefined cats.
But under all these eyeshadow palettes, mascara, and eyeliner, there are your “naked” eyes, natural eyelashes, and body-color eyelids. And we’ve got the same story with cats. Snowball-like cats hide their actual color under the white “mask.”
Sometimes you can even recognize the actual color of your pet’s coat. For this purpose, you should watch your cat at a young age. Numerous kittens have a natural color spot on their coats. However, later, when they’ll grow up in a few months, these spots may magically disappear.
For example, if your favorite white kitten has a tiny red mark, his actual color is red. And white is just natural makeup genes decorated your purr friend.
Albino and White Cats aren’t the Same
We bet many of you, our dear readers, think that white and albino cats are alike. Notwithstanding, that’s a big fat delusion.
Albino cats have a genetic condition in the lack of color pigments in fur, skin, and eyes. In comparison, the whiteness of white cats is simply about white genes.
It seems impossible, but visually distinguishing a white cat from an albino is not so difficult. After all, albinos have a specific pink skin tone and eye color that varies from light blue to bright pink. Also, they can’t have brown, gold, and green eyes, as albinos don’t have melanin.
White Cats are Quite Sensitive to the Sun
Have you ever had such a situation that you immediately got burned when you arrived on vacation? We are sure that this has happened to you or your friends!
And the reason lies in the fact that your skin, which is very light by nature or sitting for a long time watching Netflix, cannot get used to the sun so fast.
So, you understand now how your milk-like white cat feels the aggressive sunlight on his skin. The sun can be more dangerous only for albino and hairless cats.
Hence, ask your veterinarian about your cat’s sun limit, and please never let him go over it!
Lots of White Purr Friends are Deaf
Congenital deafness is common in white cats. The percentage of a white cats born deaf or not is related mainly to eye color.
It’s 17-20 percent for non-blue-eyed white cats, 40 percent for those with only one blue-colored eye, and 60-85 for blue-eyed white fur guys.
People Perceive White Cats as Timid and Calm
Each member of our cat-loving team doesn’t like jumping to conclusions, but we couldn’t but mention quite-a-few things about magnificent white cats’ personalities.
Snow-like toms owner will probably confirm that white cats aren’t hotheads having a paw in every pie. Although they are high-intelligent felines, someone describes them as cold and even wintery. However, it only seems this way. In reality, white cats are amiable but also shy and quiet.
Sometimes it may seem that they are not very friendly because these cats, as we have already said, often have a hearing problem. In addition, the white color in some social groups means a feeling of coldness and inviolability.
White Cats Often Have Odd Eyes
Heterochromia (most known as odd eyes) is common in white cats. In short, heterochromia makes one eye of your loved milkshake-like cat blue and the other one either green, yellow, or brown.
All-White Cats are Associated with Luck & Happiness
You should know that proverbs about white cats symbolize good luck and positive energy. It is difficult to disagree with these words. White is always about smth pure, cute, cloud-like…
Our team thinks that every cat means all the best to its owner, regardless of the coat & eye color, ear size, or coat length.
Each cat brings luck & happiness in its way, and each cat must be loved as strongly as possible.
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