Introducing Niu Nai, the charming black cat with a fluffy coat and a one-of-a-kind feature – two different colored eyes! This distinctive characteristic is attributed to a genetic condition known as heterochromia iridis, which is commonly seen in white cats due to their low levels of melanin. Niu Nai’s loving owner has taken to social media to share videos of this delightful feline, showcasing not only its unique eyes but also its warm and affectionate personality. To add to its appeal, the name “Niu Nai” translates to “milk” in Mandarin, making this cat even more endearing.
On social media, a cat owner shared videos of their pet named Niu Nai, which means milk in Mandarin. The videos showed the unique and colorful eyes of the feline. It is interesting to note that the color of a cat’s eyes is determined by melanin, the same pigment that affects skin color. When kittens are born, they have blue eyes, but as they grow older, melanin moves to their irises which changes their eye color. The final eye color will be settled by 12 weeks of age, depending on the levels of melanin. It could either remain blue or have a combination of blue, yellow, green, or brown eyes. In the video, Niu Nai’s owner showcased the size and shape of the cat’s eyes in various lighting conditions.
Heterochromia iridis, commonly referred to as odd-eyed, is a genetic trait mostly found in white felines due to their low melanin levels. When these cats’ pupils dilate, the visibility of the colors lessens. A delightful video depicts an odd-eyed cat relishing a cozy bath. Varieties like the Persian, Turkish Angoras, and Sphynx have a higher likelihood of possessing eyes of differing hues. It is worth noting that in some Instagram posts, the blue eye may seem red because of a layer of melanin that filters certain light shades, causing a red-eye effect in photographs.
When a cat’s pupils expand, its ability to see colors is reduced, which was demonstrated in an adorable video of a kitty taking a soothing bath.