CAT BREEDS

Ojos Azules Cat: A New Breed that’s an Exception to the Rule

gray tabby ojos azules cat
Martha Harvey
Written by Martha Harvey

There are already so many cat breeds available out there, but many more are still being discovered with each passing day. Fortunately, each breed still possesses a unique trait, and of course, the Ojos Azules cat is no different.

Blue eyes in cats are nothing out of the ordinary since several other breeds are known to have them, but there’s one thing about their eyes that makes the Ojos Azules stand out from the rest. Sparkling blue eyes are typically synonymous with a white coat in cats, but that’s not the case with the Ojos Azules. They come in all sorts of colors and patterns. They also have a unique flat-tipped tail that only adds to their charm.

This cat breed is as rare as they come. If you are the kind that gets a kick out of rare stuff, let’s see if we can satisfy your curiosity by discussing the physical, social, historical, and health aspects of the Ojos Azules. We will also explain in detail all that you need to know to efficiently take care of this cat’s needs.

Breed Characteristics

Orange ojos azules

  • Adaptability: High

  • Grooming: Moderate; dense undercoat

  • Health: Good; as long as there’s no inbreeding

  • All Around Friendliness: Very Good

  • Exercise Needs: Moderate; active but prefers to stay indoor

Cat Breed GroupSemi Long-Haired, Natural Breed
SizeAverage
Weight9 – 12 pounds
Lifespan10 – 12 years

The original female cat found among feral cats in New Mexico was bred with unrelated males to produce healthy blue-eyed kittens. Inbreeding is severely discouraged with these cats because it tends to lead to offspring with undesirable and lethal traits.Ojos Azules cats stand out because of their unique blue eyes and flat-tipped tail. Unlike other blue-eyed cats, these cats come in different colors and patterns.

These cats come in a variety of coat colors and patterns, but spots on the chest and the belly are considered an abnormality. Pure whites are also not acceptable since they can be easily confused with other blue-eyed cat breeds.

There are no inherited health disorders as long as there is no inbreeding. However, they still require normal health routines and check-ups.

Ojos Azules cats closely bond with owners and other members of the family—including children and pets. They value time spent with family members and love to play with them.

Just like with any other cat, their diet should contain meat as the major ingredient. They require the normal grooming of an average cat. They prefer an indoor lifestyle. They know how to make the best of it due to their high energy levels.

See Also: Indoor Cat Lifespan

Main Highlights

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  • Ojos Azules means blue eyes.

  • The breed gets its name from the distinctive blue eyes which are not linked to any coat color or pattern.

  • The Ojos Azules originated from a single female cat. Cornflower was picked out from a colony of feral cats.

  • These cats are medium in size with a weight range of 9 – 12 pounds.

  • They are affectionate and attention-seeking.

  • These cats are easygoing and compatible with both children and other pets.

  • As long as the cats are not interbred, they do not have any predisposition to genetic health issues.

  • They prefer an indoor lifestyle and thrive well in a home where they are showered with attention and friendliness.

  • Play materials should be provided to keep him occupied and less bored

  • They do not require much grooming. However, their coat, eyes, ears, teeth, and nails should be taken care of regularly.

  • They can feed on dry, wet, or raw food depending on your preference. Combinations are also viable alternatives.

  • Their meals should be meat-based and accompanied by enough drinking water.

  • This cat is not hypoallergenic; they can trigger allergic reactions in those who are allergic to cats.

Breed History

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The first of these unique cats was found amongst a colony of feral cats. She was a female with a tortoiseshell coat who was later named Cornflower. Cornflower was first discovered and tamed in New Mexico in 1984 by a group of cat fanciers.

See Also: How to Tame a Feral Cat

Cornflower was bred with unrelated males with different physical qualities to match the blue-eyed trait with various coat colors and patterns. Her kittens had the same coloration of the eyes—proving that the trait was a dominant one.

The crossbred kittens also had coats of varying colors, both dark and light. This set them apart from other breeds with similar pigmentation of the eyes since theirs was not linked to any coat pattern or color.

The Ojos Azules should not be interbred because it was noted to result in kittens with undesirable and lethal genetic traits. Crossbreeding, on the other hand, tends to produce healthy kittens with half the litter manifesting the blue-eyed trait. These findings guided breeders of Ojos Azules to date.

TICA (The International Cat Association) accepted the registration of the Ojos Azules in 1991 under its natural breed category. As of 1992, only ten members of this breed were known.

Although these cats are still rare to date, occasionally the gene shows up in areas with no known imports. A sapphire blue-eyed bi-colored cat was discovered in New South Wales, Australia. This has led to breeders hypothesizing that the trait was the result of a mutation in local cats.

Size

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The Ojos Azules cat is medium in both size and length. Adults rarely exceed 12 pounds in weight. Their rounded forehead is a part of a triangular-shaped head which rests on an arched neck. A visible line runs from the forehead, breaks a little at eye level, then continues down to the nose.

These cats have a V-shaped muzzle and a slightly prominent chin. They also have noticeable cheekbones. Their ears are widely spaced, broad at the base, and narrow towards the top.

Their eyes are their most distinctive feature. Those eyes are large, slightly round, and come in several shades of blue. Kittens are born with almond-shaped eyes.

Their chest is strong and powerful. Their hind legs appear slightly longer than their fore ones and extend to oval-shaped paws. The look is completed by a proportional tail that is either pointed or round-tipped.

Personality and Character

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These cats are social, affectionate, and full of energy. From when they are kittens, Ojos Azules cats show a tendency to get involved in the activities of their human companions. They stick close to you and enjoy playing with you.

See Also: How to Play with Your Cat

They always notice and scrutinize any new objects in the house before they approve of them. The cats have no problem being handled and sitting on your lap. Ojos Azules cats are a bit shy when meeting new people for the first time but later may take to them if they enjoy the company.

See Also: How to Socialize a Cat

Their high energy levels mean they will jump and pounce often, but they will rarely get into your cabinets, fridge, or shelves. Their intelligence helps them learn tricks and follow the rules easily. They certainly know when you approve of certain behaviors and when you don’t.

See Also: How to Teach a Cat Tricks

They don’t mind you stroking their heads and rubbing their bellies. They love to sleep, maybe a little too much. It is common to find them having lazy catnaps on your bed or on the couch.

See Also: Best Cat Bed

They are at their best indoors and in the company of someone they can trust. Do you love talking and hate it when no one listens? Your Ojos Azules will listen to you so attentively you’ll expect him to answer back. When he does, he does so in moderate vocalization.

See Also: How to Talk to Your Cat

Health and Potential Problems

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The rarity of these cats results in a limited gene pool. To maintain the uniqueness of this breed, some unscrupulous breeders are known to interbreed the felines. This homozygous genotype causes genetic diseases in the progeny.

Cranial deformities and stillbirths are some of the extremities arising from interbreeding. Other abnormalities common in such offspring are small, curled tails, and pure white coats.

Properly bred Ojos Azules are not predisposed to any particular disease. Nevertheless, normal health routines such as vaccinations, deworming, and regular visits to the vet should be observed to ensure they remain healthy.

See Also: How Often Should You Take Your Cat to the Vet

Care Features

white ojos azules

Ojos Azules cats enjoy an indoor life. You should make your house cat-friendly to accommodate your kitty. Your company also means the world to them. Scheduling regular play time will bring the both of you closer together and also ensure that their lives are not boring. They know how to return the love and affection showered on them.

See Also: How Do Cats Show Affection

Being an active cat, they certainly require toys and play areas to keep them occupied when they are alone. Include mentally stimulating toys to tease their intelligent mind.

If you notice your cat becoming sluggish and aggressive, he is probably depressed. Paying more attention to him will do him some good. A massage or some physical activity will do an even better job.

See Also: How to Massage a Cat

Food, water, and medical care should be provided to ensure that your cat lives a fulfilled life. Litter box hygiene and privacy are also essential parts of their everyday life.

Feeding Schedule

black ojos azules

Cats are carnivorous, and the Ojos Azules is no exception. The best food should replicate what a cat would get if he were in the wild. This translates to a diet with meat as the major component. The food should also be of high moisture content. It should contain moderate fats, and the carbohydrates level should be below 2 percent.

The choice of cat food should be based on careful inspection of the ingredients and nutrients label on the container. This helps to ensure that your cat’s food does not contain a high percentage of carbohydrates that are responsible for blood sugar imbalances in most cats. Like other obligates carnivores, cats have a decreased ability to utilize carbohydrates, let alone digesting them.

Your cat’s food can be raw, dry, or wet. While dry food is a preference for some cat owners, it’s good to note that it tends to have low moisture content and animal-based proteins. The processing of this type of food involves subjecting it to very high temperatures which lead to the degradation of nutrients. The excess carbs can also lead to feline obesity.

See Also: How to Make Cat Lose Weight

Wet food, on the other hand, is more similar to what cats would eat in the wild. It is usually the ideal food for cats. Raw cat food can be made at home by finely grinding meat, bone, fat, egg yolks, water, and supplements (vitamins and minerals).

See Also: How to Make Homemade Cat Food

Feeding should be frequent for Ojos Azules kittens, while mature cats can be fed twice a day, or depending on their nutritional needs. Just remember that longer durations in mealtime intervals can lead to hyper-acidity in their stomach.

All your cat’s meals should be accompanied by fresh water. Any changes in their diet should be gradual to help your cat familiarize himself with the food.

Coat, Color, and Grooming

dark brown ojos azules

These cats have a soft and silky coat. Most have a short coat with very few cases of long hairs recorded. Both long and short-haired varieties are recognized by TICA. These cats have a dense, underdeveloped undercoat, which makes them shed quite a bit.

See Also: How to Stop a Cat from Shedding

All patterns and colors are acceptable except for solid white which would make the cat hard to distinguish from other white-haired blue-eyed breeds. It’s not uncommon to have white patches on the tail, muzzle, and paws. Even so, spots on the belly or chest are considered an abnormality.

Brushing the coat should be done gently using a metal comb to remove dirt and avoid coiling of the fur. A soft-bristled brush helps in getting rid of dead and loose hair. This will ensure their silky coat remains shiny. Brushing also aids in stimulating blood circulation. This should be done once or twice a week.

When bathing your cat, wash him gently while massaging his body with a specialized cat shampoo. A spray hose or a water pitcher can be used for rinsing. Care should be taken not to directly spray the eyes, ears, or the nose. Dry him using a towel. Bathing him once or twice a month should be enough.

See Also: DIY Cat Shampoo

Trimming their nails is necessary to avoid breaking. This should be done when the cat is relaxed as they get skittish when their paws are touched. Once the cat is relaxed, gently squeeze on the pads to push the nails out.

Care should be taken not to trim the nail too close to the toe. Failure to do so may lead to a clipping of the quick. This is a living part of the nail that contains nerve endings and blood vessels.

If the quick is accidentally clipped, styptic powder should be applied to stop the bleeding. Clippers used for trimming should be sharp since dull ones would prolong the job, making it harder and painful.

See Also: How to Cut Cat Nails

To avoid problems associated with dental diseases, it is important to observe your cat’s dental hygiene. The teeth of Ojos Azules cats should be brushed daily using a kitty toothbrush and feline toothpaste.

Daily brushing allows you to investigate bad odors, loose teeth, swollen gums, and mouth ulcers. An emergence of any of these conditions should be promptly followed by a visit to the vet.

See Also: How Many Teeth Do Cats Have

An overflow of eye moisture may cause rusty streaks at the corners of the eyes. The goop should be wiped away as soon as it is noticed. This should be done with a cotton ball dipped in water or a damp cloth.

You should also be on the lookout for any green-colored and smelly discharge in the ear canal. This could be the sign of an ear infection.

Children and Other Pets Compatibility

ojos azules kitten on grass

The Ojos Azules copes amazingly well with the hustle and bustle that accompany children’s lives. This, coupled with their robust energy and love of play, makes them the perfect playmates for your kids. They also get along with other pets as well.

Nevertheless, their relationship with children depends on how the children treat them. Children should be taught how to properly handle and relate to them so that they can live in harmony.

Wrap Up

orange ojos azules lying

The name Ojos Azules means blue eyes in Spanish. When the Ojos Azules cat was discovered a few decades ago, their blue eyes and flat-tipped tail were added to the list of unique features that this cat exhibits.

Anything else you need to know about this extraordinary feline? Do you have any experience with their kind? This is where you get to have your say. Let us know how you feel by leaving us your feedback below. Not interested in blue eyes? How about a cat that spots the coat of a wildcat but is actually a cuddly domestic housecat? Check out this article to find the perfect cat for you.

About the author
Martha Harvey
Martha Harvey

Martha Harvey is a skilled veterinarian and a member of American Veterinary Medical Association from Greeley, Colorado. She has 20 years experience of working in Animal Hospital. Martha loves all of her patients, but her favorite one is the Russian Blue cat Stitch, who lives with her.

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