Maine Coon cats are well known for their large muscular physiques, big bushy tails, and luscious long hair. Their beauty is quite mesmerizing, and it would not be unusual to find yourself gazing into a Maine Coons eyes wondering what this highly intelligent friendly cat breed sees when they stare back at you. There is more to this large cats eyes than you would first think though, so keep reading to find out some fascinating Maine Coon eye facts.
Purebred Maine Coon cats have large, wide set eyes that are slightly oblique shaped. Gold and/or green eyes are considered desirable by the official cat governing bodies, though a white Maine Coons eyes can also be blue, or odd-eye (blue, with gold or green). Maine Coon kittens are born with blue eyes which change color as they age. Maine Coon eye problems are not common, though owners should watch out for eye conditions such as strabismus, astigmatism, hyperopia and myopia.
Maine Coon Eyes
It is often thought that staring into a person’s eyes is like staring straight into that individuals soul. Could this be the same when looking into a Maine Coon cats eyes? Or, are we simply misunderstanding their seemingly inquisitive, affectionate and loving looks? Although we will never know what our feline companions are truly thinking, I like to think that their intense stares are full of love and affection since their loyalty to their owners is unconditional.
In this article, I have covered the following information:
- Eye Shape
- Eye Colors
- Odd Eyed Maine Coon
- Eye Color Changes
- Eye Problems
- Eye Infections
- Weeping Eye
- Eye Discharge
Maine Coon Eye Shape
If you are wondering whether you are looking at a Maine Coon cat, or not, take a look at their eyes.
According to the Cat Fanciers Federation (CFF), the Maine Coon has large eyes that are wide set. Their eyes should not be perfectly round, but instead, partially slanted due to their slightly oblique shape. They advise that Maine Coons with very narrow, or very slanted eyes are less desirable. Additionally, dull eyes are not prefered (source).
The International Cat Association, otherwise known as TICA state in their show rules that Maine Coons are awarded points if they have “large, slightly oval, appear round when wide open” eyes. Their breed standards also state that the “outer corner of eye points toward outer base of ear” (source).
Blue and odd-eyes accepted in whites and particolors.
Since a picture tends to tell a thousand words, take a look at the stunning Maine Coon below. This cats eyes are golden, with a touch of green in them:
Maine Coon Eye Colors
Purebred Maine Coon cats have the following eye colors:
- Gold (often called Maine Coon yellow eyes)
All shades of green eyes are permitted, in purebred Maine Coon cats. It is important to note, however, that the white Maine Coon is unique since their eyes can also be:
Odd Eyed Maine Coon
You’re probably wondering what an ‘odd-eyed’ Maine Coon actually is. Well, according to the CFF, the description ‘odd-eyed’ simply refers to a Maine Coon cat that has blue with gold or green eyes (source).
Here is an image of a handsome black van Maine Coon cat, that is odd eyed. Everyone has differing opinions, however, I personally think the different eyes colors make this Maine Coons eyes look even more entrancing, than a cat with the same colors eyes.
Maine Coon Eye Color Change
Maine Coon kittens are born with blue eyes. A kittens eye color will change though, when the pigmentation in their eyes settle in their iris (source).
Maine Coon Eye Problems
For those of you wondering do Maine Coon cats have eye problems, you might be relieved to hear that Maine Coons are not usually prone to issues with their eyes.
Owners shouldn’t just assume their treasured feline friend will never develop any issues with their eyes though. Instead, it is advisable be alert to the following Maine Coon eye problems:
Thankfully the Maine Coon cat is not prone to developing either strabismus and astigmatism, since this is eye problem is usually linked to cats originating from the Siamese cat breed.
This eye problem can develop anytime during a cats life, and occurs when the cats eyes are fixed in the wrong position, or crossed. A cat with this condition will have difficulty with depth perception, and may stumble into things i.e. furniture. Cats suffering from strabismus might appear fearful to move.
Causes of strabismus include:
- Genetic defect in eye
- Eye Injury
- Brain Injury
- Feline Leukemia Virus
A cats strabismus can be either convergent, or divergent. In the former, the cat’s pupils are fixed close to the nose, in a cross-eyed position. Whereas in the latter, the cats eyes will appear turned abnormally, either looking up, down, or sideways (source).
A cat suffering from astigmatism cannot see the world exactly as it is. This vision problem does not necessarily mean that the cat also suffers from strabismus.
Also known as hypermetropia. Hyperopia in cats is where they suffer from farsightedness because their eyes cannot focus the light coming into their eyes, correctly.
This cat eye problem is thought to be a refractive eye defect, that occurs when the cat’s eye lens lacks elasticity. In basic terms, it means that the cat can only see objects clearly, that are a long way away. The cat will struggle to focus clearly on objects that are close to them (source).
A cat suffering from myopia, is short-sighted. This is a common condition in all cat breeds (source).
I was surprised to learn that cat contact lenses have been tested, on some cats in America! Could this be the solution for cats suffering from myopia or hyperopia?
Cat conjunctivitis is “the inflammation of the moist tissues in a cat’s eye, which are the portions of the eye located near the globe and up to the edge of the cornea” (source).
Symptoms of cat conjunctivitis include:
- Discharge of fluid from cat’s eye
- Eye discomfort
Maine Coon Eye Infection
Cats can develop eye infections at anytime during their lifetime. Owners therefore need to be vigilant to Maine Coon eye issues that their treasured feline pet is suffering from.
If you notice your Maine Coon suffering from any of the following issues, ask a veterinary professional to assess your cat as soon as possible. This is important, to rule out Maine Coon eye problems:
- Dilated pupils
- Cats pupils are different sizes
- Ocular discharge from cat’s eye
- Unusual spots on cats iris, or cornea
- Eye color changes
- Pawing at eye
Maine Coon Weeping Eye
Have you have noticed your Maine Coons eye weeping? If yes, seek immediate veterinary professional advice. There are a range of medical issues that your cat might be suffering from, including conjunctivitis. A veterinary professional will be able to rule out any possible underlying health issues.
Maine Coon Eye Discharge
If you notice a discharge coming out of your Maine Coon cats eye, they may be suffering from a condition such as cat conjunctivitis. Alternatively, they might be suffering from an underlying medical condition. Please seek immediate veterinary professional assistance.
There really is more to the Maine Coon eye than I first realised! Not only can this breed of feline have gold, green and yellow eyes, they can also on occasion have blue eyes, or even odd-eye.
Whilst this particular breed of cat might not be prone to Maine Coon eye problems, owners should never just assume there never will be any problems in their cats future. Instead, it is recommend that owners keep watch for changes in their cats eyes, or behaviour i.e. eye infections, or cat stumbling over. This is particularly important, since conditions detected earlier are usually easier to fix.
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