Introducing Niu Nai, an absolutely adorable ebony cat with a fascinating genetic quirk – mismatched eyes! This lovable feline’s owner has been delighting social media users with videos showcasing Niu Nai’s mesmerizing gaze, attracting quite a buzz around the phenomenon called heterochromia iridis. Although this rare condition is commonly seen in white cats due to their lower melanin levels, it is actually a genetic inheritance. In addition to its distinctive eyes, Niu Nai’s name, which translates to “milk” in Mandarin, adds an extra sprinkle of sweetness to this already charming kitty!
The owner of a cat named Niu Nai, meaning milk in Mandarin, has shared a series of captivating videos on social media, highlighting the unique coloring of its eyes. The coloration of an individual’s skin is largely determined by a pigment called melanin. Initially, kittens are born with blue eyes, but as they grow older, the melanin gradually moves to their irises, leading to a change in eye color. By the time they reach 12 weeks of age, their eye color becomes permanent. Depending on the amount of melanin present, their eyes may retain their blue hue or transform into a mesmerizing blend of green, brown, or yellow. In this video, the cat’s owner showcases the size and shape of Niu Nai’s eyes under different lighting conditions.
Heterochromia iridis, also known as odd-eyed, is a fascinating genetic condition commonly observed in white cats. This condition occurs due to reduced melanin levels, resulting in one eye displaying a different color than the other. Interestingly, the color contrast may appear less pronounced when the pupils dilate. Among the breeds that exhibit this charming characteristic are the Japanese Bobtails, Khao Manee, Oriental Shorthair, Persian, Sphynx, Turkish Angoras, and Turkish Vans. For instance, a delightful video showcases a cat with heterochromia iridis indulging in a relaxing bath. Additionally, some cat owners share Instagram posts where the blue eye of their feline companion may exhibit a red-eye effect. This occurs because the layer of melanin over the blue eye filters out specific colors of light, causing a reddish appearance in photographs.
As the cat’s vibrant sight gradually diminishes, its pupils dilate. A delightful video showcases the adorable feline relishing in a warm bath.