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Domestic Cat with Sectoral Heterochromatism (Felis catus)- This lovely stray feline is exhibiting sectoral heterochromatism (or dichromatic eyes). The genes responsible for melanin production are the cause of this beautiful effect. It is most often seen in white or tuxedo-colored cats. This individual also exhibits deafness; white cats have a higher risk of genetic cochlear degeneration.<br />
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Habitat:<br />
Back yard habitat in NW Georgia, US<br />
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Habitat:<br />
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Backyard habitat in NW Georgia, US.<br />
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Domestic Cat with Sectoral Heterochromatism (Felis catus)-

This lovely stray feline is exhibiting sectoral heterochromatism (or dichromatic eyes). The genes responsible for melanin production are the cause of this beautiful effect. It is most often seen in white or tuxedo-colored cats. This individual also exhibits deafness; white cats have a higher risk of genetic cochlear degeneration.

Habitat:
Back yard habitat in NW Georgia, US

Domestic Cat with Sectoral Heterochromatism (Felis catus)- This lovely stray feline is exhibiting sectoral heterochromatism (or dichromatic eyes). The genes responsible for melanin production are the cause of this beautiful effect. It is most often seen in white or tuxedo-colored cats. This individual also exhibits deafness; white cats have a higher risk of genetic cochlear degeneration.<br />
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Habitat:<br />
<br />
Backyard habitat in NW Georgia, US.<br />
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https://www.jungledragon.com/image/60015/domestic_cat_with_sectoral_heterochromatism_felis_catus-.html Domestic cat,Fall,Felis catus,Geotagged,United States

    comments (9)

  1. Love this cat! Do you know how it's doing since getting a home? Posted 3 months ago
    1. Unfortunately, the guy who adopted her never got back to me after he took her home. It kind of irked me, but there is nothing I can do about it. :( I hope she is happy and healthy! I'm sure she is much better off than she would have been living outside as a stray. Posted 3 months ago, modified 3 months ago
      1. Argh! I'm sure she's better off than she was in the wild. Posted 3 months ago
  2. hi Lisa,

    Really interesting eyes, I can't say that I've ever seen it. For the sake of transparency, I do want to point out that we normally have a rule to not allow pets or pet-like animals. Yet, we take people and good intentions over rules and make exceptions where appropriate. In this case, there's clear educational value in the unique eyes of this cat!

    Please don't see this as a warning or a way to be discouraged, I just want to offer transparency to the rest of the community why some photos stay, and some get deleted.
    Posted 3 months ago
    1. My apologies! I checked your database and I assumed (because there were already entries) that it was allowed. I wouldn't normally add "pet" photos, but I saw this cat as something unique (and as something that would enrich the community here). Posted 3 months ago
      1. And you were right to do so, no apologies needed! Just explaining the rule and why we sometimes allow exceptions. The rule was originally created to make clear that JungleDragon is not a place for everyone to post their cute cat pics, as much as those can be enjoyable too :) In practice, almost nobody does this, so it's not an actual problem.

        So don't hold back, and keep up the great work :)
        Posted 3 months ago
  3. I've seen some asymmetric combinations but not this. Fascinating. Posted 2 months ago
    1. She was definitely a sight to behold! I had to take a double (and triple) take because I was in complete disbelief when I first saw her! It was my first time seeing this as well. I had seen cats with heterochromatic eyes but never any with sectoral heterochromia. Posted 2 months ago
  4. Thank you for posting this. It’s so interesting, and the explanations are easy to understand! Posted 2 months ago

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The domestic cat is a small, usually furry, domesticated, and carnivorous mammal. It is often called the housecat when kept as an indoor pet, or simply the cat when there is no need to distinguish it from other felids and felines. Cats are often valued by humans for companionship, and their ability to hunt vermin and household pests.

Cats are similar in anatomy to the other felids, with strong, flexible bodies, quick reflexes, sharp retractable claws, and teeth adapted to killing small.. more

Similar species: Carnivorans
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Uploaded May 15, 2018. Captured Oct 16, 2017 15:12 in 101-115 Earl St, Plainville, GA 30733, USA.
  • Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XTi
  • f/6.3
  • 1/320s
  • ISO400
  • 60mm