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.
Rid Your Cat of Hairballs
It is a well-known fact that most cats do not drink large amounts of water. When examining their urine, we find they concentrate their urine greatly- confirmation of smaller amounts of water intake. When pets take larger amounts of water, they produce more urine that is more dilute. In order to encourage water intake, some owners feed only wet (canned) cat foods. There is more water in canned food than dried kibble, thus increasing the water intake. Other owners may elect to add a small amount of salt to the diet. This can increase the thirst and therefore increase the amount of water taken. Another option may require some investigative work. Owners observe their pets closely, I have discovered. They find their cat's water intake preferences. These include fresh water during the day, use of fountains for water intake or faucets. Some cats only like to drink outdoor and some only indoor. There are challenges with each pet. Finding a great way to increase water intake helps moisten the stool in the end and therefore helps prevent constipation - a goal for every cat owner. .
From T Lee 534 days ago
Physical exam before beginning treatment
A comprehensive physical exam is a must before beginning any treatment for a "behavior problem." Any sudden changes in your cats behavior may indicate an underlying medical problem. Your veterinarian will do a complete physical exam to check for any obvious signs of pain or injury. Also, they will check a temperature to ensure there is no fever. Another important indicator is checking the weight of your pet. Unexplained weight loss or weight gain may indicate an underlying metabolic disorder. Based on their physical exam, the vet may recommend bloodwork as well to check the kidney, liver, and thyroid functions of your cat. They may also need this information before starting medication for your cat as a baseline, so that the values can be monitored if your pet is on behavior-altering medications long term. .
From sat14 575 days ago
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