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If any of the information on here is incorrect or inaccurate please let me know! I am not an expert on the subject of genetics so mistakes may and probably have been made!!!
EDIT 5/7/2013 Removed from TBT. I thought it would be nice to help people learn some stuff about feline genetics but apparently I was wrong. This is just for basic cat genetics from now on.

-NOTE: Albinos actually only have a red pupil. The rest of the eye is a lavender-y colour due to a film of blue that lies over the un-pigmented pink eye-
A big thanks to =meeshapom for letting me know about this!

NOTE: Purple eyes are possible in cats but seem to occur only in pointed breeds. They are, however, rarer than a calico male so keep that in mind!

A handy-dandy link if you are still unsure of how eye colour matches up to fur colour!…
More links!
Rare cats:…
Feline pelt colours and their dilutions:…
Feline Genetics Creators:………
Types of Feline Bicolour:…
Names based on certain factors:…
Medical Curiosities:… (Do NOT use these on your cats. They couldn't survive in the wild. This is for information purposes only.)
Just look at this glorious thing:…

If I messed something up feel free to let me know <3
Also if you have any questions feel free to ask me! I'll do my best to answer them.
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Tea-Adoptables Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is really nicely done, and very handy! Thank you very much for sharing.

I do want to mention though, that black cats are able to have blue eyes as well, though it was not listed.
Sinful-Souls Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014
It is true that black cats can have blue eyes but it is such a rare occurrence that I decided not to include it on the guide!
I did, however, mention that cats of any colour with a lot of white can have blue eyes!…
The above link lists the main reasons that blue eyes occur in cats and it's pretty interesting how few breeds there are that can have blue eyes.
From what I've heard it seems like most solid black cats with blue eyes have some siamese ancestry which causes the blue colour.
Although, I'll admit I've never heard of the breed Ojos Azules, but they are some gorgeous cats indeed!

I'm glad you liked the guide! It was super fun to research and I've definitely learned a lot from it <33
spookyheart Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so handy! I try to be mostly genetically accurate with my characters but sometimes it's just a hassle to go through huge websites  (like Messybeast) just to find the things I want. Thanks so much!
Why did TBT kick it out? It's so useful.
Sinful-Souls Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014
I actually removed it myself from the group after I went on a livestream and saw a few people complaining because it 'took away their creativity.' I can sort of see where they are coming from but this was made to be more of a guide than a strict rulebook list.
It's purpose was and still is to inform people about feline genetics and, if they so wish, they can then apply that to their cats to be somewhat more realistic.
I personally don't care if people have sparkle cats and ginger tabbies with purple eyes as long as they love their character but I know that many people have old me how helpful this was and that they didn't know a lot of the facts on here!
spookyheart Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I think there's two sides to it - on one hand, letting all your creative juices flow produces some stunning characters, even if they couldn't ever occur naturally. On the other, there's something to admire about making the best with what is realistic and still coming out with a kickass design. I kind of straddle the line myself with my more recent sketches (that I haven't posted yet sigh) That being said, knowing cat color genetics, eye color restrictions irl, and types of markings literally cannot hurt.
I totally agree with the part about loving their characters' designs. If they want to use it, then that's their choice; if they don't, they can love their characters just the same without it. There's nothing wrong with questioning a design and deciding to keep it the same.
Sinful-Souls Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014
I agree I've seen some stunning designs that don't always adhere to real life.
And I know how tempting it can be to add blue eyes to a cat that would never have blue eyes in real life too!

I think it's more of a personal preference. I love cats with realistic designs <33 There are so many possibilities out there!
Most often I see cats with an eye colour that isn't possible or something like a white tabby or a solid orange cat.
One of the things that bothers me the most is the male calico/tortoishell. I know that they are gorgeous but in reality they are hardly ever male and even if they were here is a 99% chance that they would be riddled with health problems. I believe Redtail and Sol from the original books are largely to blame for this though.

btw I think all of your designs are stunning *w* I can't wait to see the ones you upload!
spookyheart Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I admit to doing the blue eyes on a grey cat siiiIIIIGH but i'm so used to it that I can't possibly change it now xwx I've been trying to figure out a way to make it work and the closest I came was ocular albinism, but I'm not actually sure if cats can HAVE that. I know people can though. 
What gets to me the most is "silver tabbies" that are actually light blue or lilac/lavender tabbies. Silver tabbies have black stripes and grey-white to pewter bodies and I guess it's just super-frustrating to me for some reason x-x
Oh gosh thank you!! I'm mostly trying to refine the colors to make them flow better/more like an animation-style thing and fix up the design of Sageheart. She is a real problem considering she's based on me uuuuugh
RuggedCatCast Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Student General Artist
I went agaisnt cat color law. My fan fiction cats have red, and purple eyes. (Albinos can some times have purple eye color which I think is neat, but very rarely, even in humans, it happens.) 
Sinful-Souls Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014
For albino people only the pupil of the eye is red, the rest is more lavender-y so that's why it can appear purple in some cases.
Purple eyes can occur in cats but most people will go their whole lives without seeing one. They seem to occur more commonly in pointed breeds like the siamese.

Regardless don't feel bad if you don't follow genetics all the time! No one can be 100% accurate all the time. If you want your cat to have red or purple eyes then go for it!
wassupblondie Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oo this is exactly what I needed to make my newest warrior cat!

Most of mine aren't even close to what this says XD

However, I do have one named Rosetrial, which is a calico. However she has a lot more white than orangy-red/black and dual yellow and blue eyes. Would that be possible?
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