This rare blue-eyed beauty is one of the only instances of blue eyes not linked to coat color, i.e. dark-coated, non-pointed or white cats with mesmerizing blue eyes. In fact, the signature look of the Ojos Azules is blue eyes and the name itself is Spanish for “blue eyes”. The first example of this breed was discovered in New Mexico within a feral cat colony. Cornflower, a tortoiseshell female taken from the colony, was bred to a male without the blue-eyed trait and all of her kittens were born blue-eyed.
As stunning as the Ojos Azule is, there are very few of these cats and none of the breed registries currently list any registered breeders. If you can find one of these sapphire-eyed cats, you’ll have a rare jewel indeed!
Appearance / health:
The Ojos Azules is medium sized cat known for their beautiful blue eyes. They are well proportioned with fine to medium bone structure, neither stocky nor delicate. The hind legs are slightly longer than the front, angling the back upwards from shoulder to tail. The tail is proportional to the body with a gradual taper from base to tip.
The head forms an even triangle from outer ear base to tip of the muzzle. The cheekbones are prominent with a squared muzzle. The ears are medium sized with rounded tips, and set high on he head. The eyes are the Ojos Azules most striking feature: their rounded almond eyes are quite large, set at a slant, and come in beautiful shades of clear blue or blue-grey. Odd-eyed colors are also possible, and in this case, one eye may be gold, copper, or green.
The Ojos Azules may be short or medium-long coated. The short coat is soft and silky with a fine texture. The longhaired Ojos Azule will have silky medium-long fur of moderate density. A moderate ruff may be present, and the britches may have a shaggy appearance. The tail has a full plume. The Ojos Azules coat may be in a wide variety of colors and patterns, but cats with white patches on the feet, face, and tail are most common.
Because the Ojos Azules is so rare, little is known about this cats health. Unlike many blue-eyed cats, this breed does not have problems with deafness or cross-eyes. However, blue-eyed Ojos Azules bred to other blue-eyed Ojos Azules results in a lethal genetic defect that causes stillbirth. Because of this, breeders must always cross a blue-eyed cat with a non-blue-eyed cat, resulting in a litter in which about 50% of the kittens will have blue eyes.
Behavior / temperament:
Little has been established about this breed due to its rarity. Some have been described social, affectionate, playful, and active.
There are so many misconceptions about raw feeding and I hope to quickly properly educate you so making an opinion for yourself is easier. I am a certified nutritionist for dogs and cats and the moment I finished my education I knew I needed to make better choices for my own personal dogs in regards to how I fed them. There are pros and cons to any feeding method so I cannot say it's going to be easy to know exactly what choices to make. The doubtful mind always says no, so anyone unfamiliar with anything is always hesitant. I see that a lot with other professionals in the field, specifically veterinarians. I am fortunate to have an integrative veterinarian who 100% supports this feeding method. Lets talk about the pros as there are many. There is no possible way to dispute that a dog's but especially a cat's digestive system and teeth are designed for a diet of animal tissue, they are carnivores. Having jagged teeth throughout their mouth and a very short digestive tract, their bodies are not equipped to properly process plant material. Think of a cow's or sheep's flat teeth, made for grinding plants, and their 4 chambered stomachs, made to digest and assimilate nutrients from plants. They are herbivores. Feeding a diet of dry dog food, which is very heavy in plant based ingredients of many varieties,synthetic vitamins, and taste additives reeks havoc on their entire body systems over time. Some say feeding raw is expensive and time consuming. I'm part of a group with thousands and thousands of raw feeders around the world and we completely disagree. If you can follow a simple recipe you can make raw food for your pet. Learning how to shop for ingredients on sale and making relationships with local butchers is all you need to make it affordable. I feed two dogs raw cheaper than I wold purchasing an average quality dry food. It CAN be done if your pet's lifetime of health is important to you. There are so many support systems out there for this approach, it truly couldn't be any easier. The shelf life of raw food is far longer than that of dry food. Did you know that the nutrients and quality of dry food diminishes with the passing of each day? My dog's food is kept in a deep freezer and put in the refrigerator for thawing each night, ready for the next day. Freezing locks in all nutrients and can be kept for years without spoiling. Does your dog suffer from chronic conditions like ear infections and skin issues? Did you ever think it could be food related? Well let me tell you that it is. I have assisted with completely eradicating a host of chronic health issues in dogs and cats with diet alone. To most recently include a chihuahua with disc disease and no use of his hind legs. He now climbs steps and runs. He is 12 years old. No other therapy than a raw diet, regular massage, and one veterinary acupuncture visit. Let's talk about the cons. Now, most freeze dried and premade raw can be expensive for the amount you get. Feeding freeze dried is mostly for convenience. I use it when I need convenience like a weekend camping trip. I enjoy making my dog's food. There a lot of satisfaction in it for me. There is so much talk about bacteria like salmonella and e.coli when someone references raw food. Can it be present in raw food? Of course! But, did you know that your dry food can and does have the same bacteria? Dry and canned pet food recalls are a very common for bacteria. I have 100% control over the ingredients, processing, and storing of my pets raw food. Proper handling and sourcing of raw ingredients can and does deeply diminish the probability of bacteria. What about parasites? Again, yes of course raw materials can have parasites. As can dry and canned mass produced pet food. And again, the proper handling and sourcing of these ingredients remove this concern. (As a note: I have been raw feeding for over 5 years and NOT ONE of my dogs or clients have been treated for parasites or bacterial issues) Proper formulation can be a con to raw feeding. Honestly, its ridiculously easy. But without the proper ratio of ingredients you can cause issues. Companies make you think it is hard. They want to make you buy their product. It's a marketing scheme that works and unfortunately affects our pets negatively. I hope this review can shed light into the seemingly scary world of raw feeding. Educate yourselves and don't be afraid to jump in head first. Your pet's health and quality of life will be all the proof you need to know this is without a doubt the best decision you have ever made. .
From Megan S 57 days ago