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The Maine coon is a stunningly beautiful feline but what colour eyes do they have? Do they all have the same coloured eyes? It’s normal to have quite a few questions when deciding which breed is right for you.
I have used my expert knowledge of the Maine coon to answer all of your questions!
The Maine coon cat can have various coloured eyes; however, most purebred Maine coons will have either golden or green eyes. It is also possible for a white Maine coon to have blue eyes and more rarely they can be odd-eyed with two different colours such as green and golden.
Later in this post, I explore not only the different eye colours of the Maine coon but also delve into a little more depth on the problems that Maine coons can have with their eyes and what to look out for.
So keep reading my fellow crazy cat people to learn more!
Can Maine Coons Have Different Eye Colours?
So as we have already touched on earlier in this post the Maine coon cat can have a few different coloured eyes.
Maine coons are known for their large expressive eyes and this is a trait that your Maine coon will have from being a young kitten, this adds to their striking beautiful looks. When a Maine coon is staring at you it can feel like a human is looking right at you and not a cat.
Their eyes are not a perfectly round shape but they are instead oblique shaped with a slightly slanted look to them.
When it comes to the colours of the eyes, one of the governing bodies that set the standards for purebred Maine coons says the following –
”The eye colour can be shades of green, gold, green-goldcfa.org
or copper. White cats and all cats with white may have blue or odd
The above colours are what a purebred Maine coon will have, if the colours are any different then your cat may be mixed with a different breed so this is something to be aware of if you are getting your cat from a breeder and are seeking a purebred.
Do Maine Coon Kittens Eye Colour Change?
When your Maine coon is a kitten it will always have very light blue eyes. A lot of owners often wonder if their eyes will stay this same colour throughout their life.
The blue eye colour in a kitten is due to special eye cells known as melanocytes, which have not started to work yet in your little fur baby. You can rest assured though that by the time they reach four to six weeks old that they will start to develop their natural eye colour.
If your cat is all white there may be a chance that they will retain the bright blue eyes throughout their lives but regardless of the eye colour the Maine coon will grow into a luscious and charming cat!
What is an odd-eyed Maine coon?
When a cat is born with odd eyes or different coloured eyes the condition is called complete heterochromia according to Wikipedia.
This condition is mainly found in white Maine coon cats and is the same condition that causes this condition to occur in humans and other animals. One eye may keep its kitten-like blue colour whereas the other eye may turn into a golden colour or a green colour.
This condition means that the cat carries what is called the white spotting gene or the epistatic (dominant) white gene and this prevents melanin from reaching the cat’s eye during development.
What Eye Problems Can Maine Coon Cats Have?
Eye problems in your Maine coon cat are not that common compared to other illnesses that can affect large cats such as hip dysplasia and kidney disease.
However, there is still a possibility that your Maine coon could end up suffering from an eye problem so according to the PDSA, it’s always important to be aware of any signs and symptoms that your Maine coon may show such as –
- Redness and swelling
- Third eyelid showing
- A lump in or around the eye
- Loss of vision
- Blood in or around the eye
- Weepiness and discharge
Yes, cats can suffer from Myopia and be short-sighted. To be honest with you there isn’t much that we can do about short-sightedness in cats.
A quick search of the internet led me to find some reports of cats wearing contact lenses in America. I don’t know about you but the idea of putting contact lenses in my cat’s eyes unsettles me somewhat.
I for one know that my cats would certainly not allow it!
This condition causes your cat’s eye to look crossed and means the eyes are out of alignment with each other.
Some Asian breeds are born with Strabismus and this is called congenital Strabismus which means they more than likely inherited the condition from their parents and is most common in Siamese cats, Himalayan and Persian breeds.
It is however more worrying when a cat suddenly develops Strabismus as an adult as this can indicate more serious concerns and health problems such as problems with the muscles or nerves surrounding the eye or even worse a brain injury that affects the movement of the eye.
Viral or bacterial infections, nerve damage, stroke and also inner ear disease can also cause this condition. If your cat suddenly becomes cross-eyed then it is most certainly time to take them to a qualified vet for a check-up.
If you have ever suffered from this annoying eye condition then you know how uncomfortable it can be. I remember as a child having to peel my eyes open in the morning and it feeling like my eyelids were stuck together with superglue.
Very annoyingly uncomfortable to say the least!
Well did you know that this is also a common condition in cats too? It’s one of the most common eye complaints a cat can have.
Conjunctivitis is the inflammation of the eyes conjunctiva, it is the mucous membrane that lines the cat’s eyes and the globe of the eye.
According to PetMD, there are some very specific symptoms that you need to watch out for –
- Excessive blinking, squinting and the inability to fully open and close the eye
- The eyes and the skin around them may appear sore and the cat may itch them too
- Respiratory symptoms are also common with conjunctivitis such as Sneezing, nasal discharge
Again with any eye problems, you must see a vet as soon as possible as this condition can often be easily treated with topical eye drops and can relieve the cat’s discomfort quite fast.
Key takeaways: What colour eyes do Maine coon cats have?
- The Maine coons eye can vary in colour but most are green-eyed or copper, gold-coloured
- All kittens are born with bright blue eyes until they reach 4-6 weeks old
- Pure white Maine coons tend to have blue eyes into adulthood
- Maine coons with the white spotting gene are also prone to have odd eyes where the eyes are different colours
- Maine coon eyes problems are not that common but it is very important to get them checked out by a vet if they show any unusual symptoms such as weeping or they appear to be scratching at their eye.
As always take care of yourself and your little fur babies!
Mark (The Crazy Cat Man)