are white cats more prone to illness

Sadly, yes. Because of their pink skin, they are more susceptible to melanoma and squamous cell cancer as well as deafness. It’s a complicated answer related to the varying genetics and eye colors in correlation to pink skin/white fur.

What health problems do white cats have?

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Up to 80% of truly white cats with blue eyes go deaf as kittens, meaning they never learn the sounds or vocalizations that lots of hearing cats do. There isn’t anything you can do about it medically, but remember, a domesticated cat can live an amazing life without being able to hear. Lots of them even learn signs instead of spoken commands. We do recommend you keep them indoors though, since they won’t be able to navigate cars well without the use of their ears.

Are white cats common?

No, white is the most rare color found in cats.

What’s the difference between a white cat and an albino cat?

Cats that are albinos are born with a damaged or absent TYR gene. This indicates that they lack the tyrosinase enzyme, which is required to make melanin. Albinos have no pigment. Their eyes can seem pink, but they are the lightest shade of blue. Their skin also appears pink.

The pinkish hue is caused by blood flow beneath the skin’s surface and light reflecting off blood vessels in the eyes. In comparison, my dominant white cat has very pale skin that appears nearly off-white in most places, with a very slight hint of pale pink.

While white cats do contain melanin, it is less than that of cats with colored fur. Albino cats have no color in their genes and no melanin, whereas white cats have genes that produce white fur, frequently hiding other colors in their genetic makeup.

A bit of wild information: Siamese, Burmese, and Tonkinese cats’ pointed patterns are descended from a condition known as partial albino, which is exactly what it sounds like!


Do white cats have more health issues?

Like humans, cats with light or white coats are at an increased risk of developing sunburn—especially on their ears, eyelids, and nose. Because they’re more susceptible to sunburns, white cats also have a higher risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma or other forms of skin cancer.

What are the cons of having a white cat?

White cats, Dalmatians and Bull terriers with blue eyes or alternate coloured eyes have a greater likelihood of suffering impaired hearing. The disorder of the white gene causes a deformity of the organs in the ear. Nothing can be done to reverse or reduce deafness. Deafness can be partial or complete.

Are white cats more susceptible to allergies?

HAIR COLOR HAS NO INFLUENCE ON ALLERGEN PRODUCTION A myth exists that suggests cats with darker colored hair and those with longer hair are more likely to trigger allergies than cats with lighter colored or shorter hair.

Are white cats defective?

Unlike dogs with the merle gene, homozygous white cats do not have visual or reproductive defects, but they are more prone to the occurrence of blue irises and deafness, either unilateral or bilateral, and deafness occurrence increases with the number of blue eyes (Delack, 1984).