A common housecat with green eyes

Which cat breeds have green eyes?

Anyone who’s been around cats knows that their eyes can look absolutely gorgeous. Green is a color that looks particularly stunning, as this is a color that reflects really nicely in sunlight. But have you ever wondered if certain cat breeds have green eyes? Or is it just luck of the draw?

All cat breeds with green eyes

Many people find green eyes gorgeous, so naturally, they are looking to adopt a cat that has the genetics for green eyes. There are certain breeds that have the right genes (provided they are purebred!) that can increase the odds. Let’s quickly examine them.

Here’s an overview of the various breeds, sorted by color of their fur:


Brown breeds

White breeds

  • Turkish Angora

Gray & black breeds

Spotted breeds


White cats with green eyes

If you’re looking for a white breed, your options are pretty limited; the Turkish Angora is the only pure breed to choose from:

Turkish Angora

The Turkish Angora is a stunning natural white breed that originated in Ankara, Turkey. The Angora has a very high chance to develop green irises as they grow up. A common problem with these cats is that they are often born deaf because the gene that is responsible for their white fur is linked to a developmental problem of the ear.


Spotted cats with green eyes

Egyptian Mau

As the name implies, the Egyptian Mau originated in Egypt. The breed is near extinction, but it is being kept alive by small groups of enthusiastic breeders around the world. A purebred Mau always has piercing green eyes.

Oriental Shorthair

This breed was created in the 1950’s when breeders tried to crossbreed Siamese with skinny domestic cats. An adult Oriental Shorthair always has a single bright shade of green in the iris, with one noteable exception; the sub-species “Foreign White” comes with deep blue eyes,


Gray and black cats with green eyes

Sphynx

This unicorn breed is not only known for its beautiful green eyes: the Sphynx is one of the rare hairless breeds that are born almost completely naked.

Taking care of a Sphynx is not easy. Since their naked bodies easily lose heat, they need to burn a large number of calories in order to keep their bodies warm. As a consequence, you have to make sure your Sphynx is eating a carefully considered diet at all times.

Russian Blue

Despite the name, these sweet-tempered black cats have a certain set of genes that ensures they are always green-eyed as adults. And if you’re looking to get one, they are really cute and easy-going!

Bombay cats

Bombay cats look stunning. Their beautiful copper or green eyes and their striking coat give them the appearance of a tiny panther. Unfortunately for those who want to adopt one, the Bombay is also the rarest breed on this entire list. Finding a specimen with green eyes will not be easy.

Brown cats with green eyes

Abyssinian

These elegant brown felines are believed to be direct descendants of the cats that were kept as pets by the Pharaohs of Egypt. The Abyssinian is highly social, loves to climb, and is known for always being on the move. Adults from this breed have eyes with shades of beautiful deep green and copper.

Havana Brown

The Havana Brown was the result of a planned breeding between Siamese and domestic cats by a group of breeders from the UK in the 1950s. This short-hair breed is known for its high intelligence and typical brown/reddish coat. A purebred Havana Brown should always have green eyes, as it is a hard requirement in the breed standard.

Norwegian Forest Cat

This strong green-eyed tree climber shares many characteristics with the Maine Coon. Interesting fact: according to Wikipedia, their muscular claws are so strong that they’re the only domestic cats capable of descending a tree headfirst.

Famous green-eyed cats

Lil Bub

Lil Bub was a famous green-eyed cat that had a huge following on social media. In fact, Bub was so popular on the web that according to her owner, she helped raise over half a million dollars for animal shelters and charities. Impressive!

Lil Bub, a famous cat that had green eyes
Lil Bub is a famous personality on the internet

Lil Bub was not your typical cat; she was born with dwarfism, polydactyly and several other disorders. She had no teeth, her tongue was always sticking out, and her body never grew beyond the size of an average kitten. But all these difficulties never stopped the world from loving her!

Lil Bub died at the age of 8 due to a bone infection.

Frequently asked questions

Can ginger cats have green eyes?

Ginger cats (officially known as Orange Tabby Cats) can have green eyes. In fact, this is very common! Their eyes are usually gold or green.

Which type of kitten has green eyes?

As we explained before, the eyes of a kitten do not produce melanin yet. For this reason, their eyes are always blue. The true color of the eyes will emerge a few months after birth.

How common are black cats with green eyes?

No more or less common than any other color. Contrary to popular belief, the color of fur has no proven relationship to the amount of melanin in the eye. What the real eye will look like after a kitten becomes an adult cat is different for each individual specimen.

But cats with green eyes do have something in common: they all have a low level of melanocytes. Green is considered a light eye color.

Why are white cats with green eyes often deaf?

Congenital sensorineural deafness is a degeneration of the inner ear that causes deafness. A 1997 study examined many white cats and found that 72% of the animals were completely deaf. The scientists found that most of these animals where deaf at birth; their ears never had the ability to process any auditory signals.

While this syndrome CAN occur in white cats with green eyes, it is was actually determined that the ear is more likely to be non-functional whenever it is next to a blue iris.
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When will I be able to see if my kitten has green eyes?

As we wrote in our article on how eye-color is determined, you should be able to notice the first changes about four to six weeks after birth. The entire transformation is usually completed by the fifth month.

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