Unlike dogs, cats have special abilities and talents to be able to see better because of the way they can concentrate on small amounts of light at a time in their eyes. This special ability can help your cat to be able to see in the dark when most of us, including dogs, cannot do so.
If you have had your cat from the time it was a kitten, you may not only notice its’ extraordinary vision capabilities but also its color changing processes from the time you brought your cat home. When a kitten is born, more than likely the eyes will be blue. As the sight of your kitten develops, the eyes may change to varying colors. Finally, between the ages of three and eight weeks of age, your kitty may have eyes that are flecked with colors of mixed browns, yellows, oranges . . . or even shades of green and amber as well. If your older cat has blue eyes, many times it can be a sign of medical issues or blindness.
Once your kitten’s eyes have changed the color of their eyes, take note as to any other occurrence of color change, especially rapid change as it can serve as an indicator of a medical issue. You surely want to know if your kitten is facing any problems with vision as they cannot tell you verbally what is happening.
With the change in color of your cat, it can signify something as simple as an eye infection which is easy enough to treat. It can also signify more serious conditions such as uveitis. Uveitis is an inflammation of the eyeball which, if left untreated, can lead to permanent eye damage and blindness. Cats affected with uveitis will show eyes in abnormal colors of yellow and orange.
Additionally, if you notice that your cats’ eyes are suddenly a darker yellow or unusual brown color; this can also signify that your cat is suffering other major health issues. When your cats’ eyes go through these kinds of color changes, it is indicative of a buildup of red blood cells in the eyeball. This occurrence may be a result of an infection, a trauma to the eyes, feline leukemia or AIDS.
Getting your cat the help that is needed is all dependent upon your knowledge of how your cats’ eye colors change, why and what the different colors mean. If your cat’s eyes change colors unexpectedly, gather as much information as you can about your cat’s health and call your veterinarian immediately. Your knowledge and observations of your cat will help to ensure that your veterinarian is able to identify and treat any underlying medical condition responsible for the change in eye color. As a responsible pet parent, I am sure you are concerned about the health and happiness of your beautiful feline, including the gift of sight.