Halo Eyes?

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How common are halo eyes in cats? It is also known as "central heterochromia". I have a Turkish Van mix male that has the craziest blue eyes I've ever seen! Bright blue rings around the pupil with sky blue rings on the outside part of the irises. Anybody have a cat like this or seen it before?
 

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Gorgeous kitty😻 I think for it to be truly central heterochromia there have to be two colors. I found the pb Turkish Van that has similar blue eyes with the lighter blue around the edges. TV can have hereditary heterochromia with two different eye colors. My Quinn has blue eyes, he is a pb siamese and they change tone quite a bit.

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Gorgeous kitty😻 I think for it to be truly central heterochromia there have to be two colors. I found the pb Turkish Van that has similar blue eyes with the lighter blue around the edges. TV can have hereditary heterochromia with two different eye colors. My Quinn has blue eyes, he is a pb siamese and they change tone quite a bit.

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Your kitty is very pretty 😍 I looked at a cat chart on eye colors and saw that it was being called "halo", where it is technically the same eye color but has a nearly whitish ring on the outer edge like my cat. I assumed that it was a form of central heterochromia as that would explain the concentric circle pattern and even though both are technically blue they are very different blues. For example, my mom had sky blue eyes and my dad dark blue and both were equally dominant genes and if I had received both genes it would have been a very obvious difference between the two blues. Unless, "halo" is completely a different gene altogether??? I have never found details on the genetics behind "halo" eyes, so I assumed it was central heterochromia that was inherited by 2 different colored pigments but it may be something else completely since I have only heard of blue eyed cats with "halo eyes". 🤔 Thoughts?
 

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Your kitty is very pretty 😍 I looked at a cat chart on eye colors and saw that it was being called "halo", where it is technically the same eye color but has a nearly whitish ring on the outer edge like my cat. I assumed that it was a form of central heterochromia as that would explain the concentric circle pattern and even though both are technically blue they are very different blues. For example, my mom had sky blue eyes and my dad dark blue and both were equally dominant genes and if I had received both genes it would have been a very obvious difference between the two blues. Unless, "halo" is completely a different gene altogether??? I have never found details on the genetics behind "halo" eyes, so I assumed it was central heterochromia that was inherited by 2 different colored pigments but it may be something else completely since I have only heard of blue eyed cats with "halo eyes". 🤔 Thoughts?
Yes maybe it is a halo. I found this pic too… but here they both have the same hue, light blue and deeper blue or navy are all still blue. While real heterochromia has two different hues, see pics. . I don’t know but if that is called central heterochromia it is not really two hues. Sectoral heterochromia is when you have the two hues like stripes or splotches etc. in each eye. Cats with blue eyes lack pigmentation in their irises, they appear blue due to reflected light and glow red. The cat and woman below, kitty seems to have true central hc with green in the center and maybe yellow( but it could be light yellow green) in the center, while the woman has lighter brown in the halo. Your kitty does seem to have almost a white in the halo.

I don’t think that it is that unusual to have different colors in your iris though, I have yellow in the center but it blends and my eye color appears blue- green, although in some light lately they appear more green.

Thanks💕 that is my Sybil, she left in 2018, after 17.5 years, my gorgeous forest cat, she had golden eyes, she was the most beautiful cat you have ever seen and a true athlete.

Can you post the chart here? i would like to see it.

I found this great article on cat eye color and others and more pics





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Your kitty is very pretty 😍 I looked at a cat chart on eye colors and saw that it was being called "halo", where it is technically the same eye color but has a nearly whitish ring on the outer edge like my cat. I assumed that it was a form of central heterochromia as that would explain the concentric circle pattern and even though both are technically blue they are very different blues. For example, my mom had sky blue eyes and my dad dark blue and both were equally dominant genes and if I had received both genes it would have been a very obvious difference between the two blues. Unless, "halo" is completely a different gene altogether??? I have never found details on the genetics behind "halo" eyes, so I assumed it was central heterochromia that was inherited by 2 different colored pigments but it may be something else completely since I have only heard of blue eyed cats with "halo eyes". 🤔 Thoughts?
I was just looking at Merlin’s eyes and he has the same thing going on, see pic…


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I guess I kind of assumed all cats had that halo effect to one extent or another. My Juno has green eyes in the light, yellowish eyes in the dark, and when it's in-between, there are two rings of color, one inside, one out.
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Hello everyone, I just joined today because I found this thread. I recently adopted a cat (not purebred whatsoever - actually, off a reserve) and everyone keeps commenting on her eyes.

Does she have central heterochromia? My understanding is for it to be heterochromia, it needs to be two different eye colors, not different shades of the same color. The inner part of my cat's eyes appears a vibrant blue (very striking) and the outer part is greenish color (a to be expected tabby eye color).

Attached is an unedited photo of her eyes.
 

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Most of my cats have a darker ring around the outside of the iris. I never thought of it being a specific condition. One of my Abyssinians start out with gold eyes as a kitten. He developed a bright green ring around the pupil which eventually spread so by the time he was 4 or 5 years old his eyes were completely green.
 

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Hello everyone, I just joined today because I found this thread. I recently adopted a cat (not purebred whatsoever - actually, off a reserve) and everyone keeps commenting on her eyes.

Does she have central heterochromia? My understanding is for it to be heterochromia, it needs to be two different eye colors, not different shades of the same color. The inner part of my cat's eyes appears a vibrant blue (very striking) and the outer part is greenish color (a to be expected tabby eye color).

Attached is an unedited photo of her eyes.
I can’t tell from this pic. I see green and yellow on one and clue and green on the other.
 
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