Researchers found that 17 to 22 percent of white cats with non-blue eyes are born deaf. The percentage rises to 40 percent if the cat has one blue eye, while upwards of 65 to 85 percent of all-white cats with both eyes blue are deaf. Some of these cats are deaf in only one ear. Interestingly, if a white cat with one blue eye is deaf in only one ear, that ear will invariably be on the same side of the head as the blue eye.
What links blue eyes, white fur, and deafness? The combination of traits develops from a genetic defect in the set of embryonic stem cells that eventually become the cat's central nervous system, including hearing, and its pigment cells, which produce the melanin that gives eyes and hair its coloration. The white fur and blue eyes both are a consequence of a lack of melanin from pigment cells. Meantime, the same defect often also affects a cell layer of the inner ear that is essential for hearing. The resulting congenital deafness is noted by 3 to 4 weeks of age, the age at which newborn kittens normally are able to hear.
Penny, a cat at BCR just happens to be both blind and deaf.
|Penny at BCR|
Guero is lucky and shows no signs of deafness. He still doing well with Prozasin. Have no idea why vet waited til last minute to try the medicine. Yet thankful that the meds are working.
(Note: Silvia still short 50.00 this morning, because she had to take Gordo to vet Monday. If several folks sent a little - rent can be paid... I don't have the funds today to cover her rent. Thank you so much for helping Silvia and her kitties stay in their only home. -Katie. )
|Jordi Is Deaf|
However Katiez Furry Mewz looks after one deaf kitty who only knows how to hiss. His name is Jordi and he is afraid of people.
His only hope is a forever sanctuary that takes in scaredy cats... When he was a kitten, he had just started to trust me, when a preventable event occurred... his feral mom was brought in to get her spayed and she stayed in the same room. I never fully got his trust back. Although he will sometimes eat from my hand, and he does like treats... he stopped hissing long enough to get some Weruva one time and take his photo.
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