Cat Points

The ears, nose, hands and feet, and tail are denominated as points in cats with marks on the points the basic color only appears in them (color point), while the rest of the body is usually pale cream, beige or white.

The white can present a bluish, cream or ivory tint. Although the chromatic requisites of the feline associations vary depending of the country, in general they require that the color of the points combine with the basic color of the body; for example, blue points and a bluish white body.

The Color Point Effect
The Siamese is the most known example of color point, but the coloration of the points is also present in other races and varieties, like the Himalayan, cross of Siamese and Persian that in some countries is considered as a race by its own.

The color point effect is associated to the corporal temperature of the cat. The less temperature of the points stimulates the production of pigmentation. This sensibility is so accused on the Siamese that the whelps of cold environments develop in their bodies and points, more intense colors that those that live in more warm climates.

Sometimes this can be observed on new born in different seasons of the year, although the modern heating systems usually compensate the effects of low temperatures.

In the cats with colored points, the normal black adopts a dark brown tone that breeders call seal: this variety was created precisely from Siamese with seal color points. Now color points are bred in blue, chocolate, lilac, red, cream, tabby and tortoise.

The Eyes
The color of the iris is very valued by the experts and it also has influence in the perception of the feline beauty by all the cat lovers. When new born open their eyes, at seven to ten days after being born, they always have blue eyes.

The adult color is developed during the stage of whelps. The color tones go from a dark orange, going through several  tones of amber, to green and blue colors.

The standard of each race specifies the acceptable colors in each case.

Within the same race, they can change depending on the variety, but there are race with concrete chromatic requisites. For example in the Abyssinian the criterions for the colors of the eyes are associated to the body, while that with the Siamese and sacred from Burma must have blue eyes and the darker the better.

The unmatched eyes (one blue and the other orange) usually surprises the neophyte, but it is a common feature, overall (although not exclusively) in white cats, and specially the Persians. As is the case that all white cats with blue eyes, tend to be deaf.

Besides the color, the feline associations also value the form of the eye. In general, the tabby types must have rounded eyes, and the foreign, hazel eyes. As for the position of the eyes with respect to the nose, in the cubby it is preferred with a great separation.

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