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Caring for an Albino Cat

Josie F. Turner
By Josie F. Turner, Journalist specialized in Animal Welfare. Updated: May 15, 2018
Caring for an Albino Cat

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It is important to understand that an albino cat requires special care. You may choose to adopt a cat with albinism because you like their physical appearance, but due to the characteristics associated with this condition, the albino cat may experience problems such as deafness, blindness, cancer or eye redness.

Albino cats are rare, and they have several unusual peculiarities, just like many other albino animals. Albinism is a genetic alteration that not only marks the cat's fur and eye color, but also important characteristics in their organism. You will have to give your albino cat a care and attention that other cats would not require.

Stay with us at AnimalWised and learn all about caring for an albino cat.

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  1. Differences between albino cats and white cats
  2. Deafness in albino cats
  3. The epidermis of albino cats
  4. Blindness in albino cats

Differences between albino cats and white cats

Not all white cats are albino, but all albino cats are white. Besides that, what are the differences between white cats and albinos?

Albino cats have an absolutely white coat. However, you can also recognize albinism in cats in their eyes, which are usually pale blue or show heterochromia, that is, each eye is a different color. An albino cat will have a pinkish dermis, noticeable under their coat and on their nose, eyelids, lips, ears and paw pads.

If a cat has a white coat but its epidermis is grayish or white and its nose it means that the cat is not albino, despite being white.

Caring for an Albino Cat - Differences between albino cats and white cats

Deafness in albino cats

Albino cats tend to suffer from partial or total deafness, which is caused by the alteration of the autosomal gene W resulting in an irreversible malformation of the inner ear. Many other albino animals have this same deficiency. In the past it was believed that albino animals suffered from mental disorders, which is not true. Being deaf causes difficulties in the cat's understanding, but it does not affect their intelligence.

Deafness can be detected when the cat is a kitten because they do not come to you when you call their name. You will have to learn to communicate effectively with them. If you think your cat is suffering from deafness, it is important to learn how to care for deaf cats to help them communicate and live without this sense. Ask your vet for advice.

Just like deaf people, it is possible for deaf albino cats to be able to communicate. This communication is done using gestures which the cat learns to distinguish with a little training. It also includes the gestures of your face.

Albino deaf cats are sensitive to vibrations, which is why they know when a door closes, or when you are approaching because of your footsteps. However, it is very dangerous for deaf cats to be out alone on the street, as there is a very high risk of being run over.

Caring for an Albino Cat - Deafness in albino cats

The epidermis of albino cats

The epidermis of albino cats is very sensitive to the action of sun rays. This means that you must protect them from direct sun exposure, especially between midday and 5 pm. It is vital that the vet prescribe a non-toxic cream or sunblock to apply on the cat's nose.

Their dermis can suffer from severe burns, and they are more likely to develop skin cancer than other cats.

Caring for an Albino Cat - The epidermis of albino cats

Blindness in albino cats

In some cases of albinism, the whites of the cat's eyes are pink or even red. These cats are even better at seeing at nighttime than others. However, albino cats cannot handle intense light well.

If you suspect your cat may be suffering from blindness, it is very important to go to the vet as soon as possible and they will give you the most appropriate advice for your case.

Caring for an Albino Cat - Blindness in albino cats

As you can see, caring for an albino cat requires more time and attention. Have you ever had an albino cat as a pet? If so, please share your experience in the comments section.

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My tuxedo cat had these two cute little babies
I’ve been reading about albino cats but I wanted an answer from someone who knows if they are albino or not
My tuxedo cat had 2 all white kittens I’m not sure if they’re albino kittens can someone tell me if they think they are ? One of them just opened his eyes and they look red with blue around them
John b
I’m searching for cat sunglasses for my albino. His eyes are practically closed when he goes outside.
I’m pretty sure my baby girl is albino she is a little cutie she has horrible depth perception 😂
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Hi Missy,

From the photo and your description, it looks like this may be the case. Has it been confirmed with a vet?
We have, I believe to be an albino cat, lose around our complex She is trimmed and won't let anyone get to close. Many are feeding her, and today I gave her some cheese and water, she actually let me pet her a little. Her eyes are a very light blue, she has a light pink nose, but the weird thing is she has a reddish tipped tail. Each hair is a dark dusty rose color. I thought it could be like a poor bear, as in each hair is clear and in this case it's reflecting blood not light, because she's been running free for at least a month, .Also the shape of her face, her size,body and tail all suggests that's she's albino simeese . Can you please explain why the tail is like this? My husband thinks it was diyed, but I really don't think so. If we can't find the owners We plan on keeping her. Our Bombay really likes her.we think she has been either bread and water we put out for the birds and squares, leaving her sent around, making Pharaoh over joked even though he's fixed. LOL
Kim McHugh
Does anyone know the chances of an albino cat surviving skin cancer?

My youngest daughter took on a wild albino mother and kitten who needed some tlc about 2-3 years ago. They all live in Ibiza, not the best place for albino cats!!

The mother developed cancer around one of her ears and my daughter managed to catch her with help of other caring people and the mother cat had surgery to remove the skin cancer.

But now the cancer has come back on the mother cat's other ear! Could someone advise on this poor cat's chances of surviving yet another operation? Many Thanks.
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Hi Kim,

There are so many variables, only a veterinarian who has performed the right diagnostic tests will be able to provide a prognosis. Even with this, there would be no guarantees. We're afraid we simply cannot answer your question other than to say that prompt treatment is the best way to ensure a positive prognosis. We wish them well!
I just adopted a gorgeous, silly white male kitten. I’ve been doing a lot of research on the difference between a white and albino cat, but I’m still a bit confused as to whether or not he is actually albino...Even after asking my vet, even she couldn’t give a *100%* answer as to whether or not he is, after saying that it wasn’t likely he is albino. Therefore I’m still skeptical... After reading all the traits of what makes a cat albino, he seems to match them. He isn’t deaf, but I also read that not *all* albinos would be deaf. I am wanting detailed picture comparisons of white and albino cats, or better yet a professional in distinguishing albino cats to look at my cat. XD Here’s a question that I didn’t really get a clear answer from anywhere...Would only albino cats have a reddish-pink color in their pupil when light is reflected? Or is that for all white and albino cats? My cat definitely has that...And his iris color is a pale blue. Dermis (on all visible points, paw pads, nose, ears) are pink. Not a *very* light pink, but definitely pink haha. Would Albion’s have a much lighter to almost white pigmentation or can they also have a more pink skin?

Thank you very much for someone who answers and knows a lot more about true albinism!!
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Hi Lizzie,

Albinism in cats is not the same as in humans, which is why your vet cannot confirm 100%. However, whether or not they are albino, their light skin means you should take the same precautions as if they were (e.g. protect them from the sun). It would be better to be safe than sorry!
I see some light brown fur on chest. From my reading this indicates some pigment and so cat would not be Albino.
I am a TICA registered breeder. I bred 2 Lilac Point Mitted parents together. 3 of the 6 kittens are Albino. This has never happened before.
I am fostering two cats from a hoarding situation. Both are possibly pregnant. I noticed that the white one squints a lot in bright light and mentioned it when we were at the vet. The vet looked at her cornea and said she was an albino. My question is if she is pregnant would there be any possible complications extra to her or the babies if she was pregnant because she is an albino? Picture of her and her sister.
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Hi Katie,

The health conditions associated with albino cats shouldn't affect the pregnancy directly.
Hi I was wondering is it more dangerous for albino cats to have kittens than regular cats? Can they get sick or have a bad reaction if they get pregnant. I’m soon going to have a baby girl. Also not sure what to name her yet, thinking Crow. But please let me know :)
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Hi Natalia,

Albino cats do have a genetic predisposition toward various health problems. For a true albino cat, both parents need to carry the gene. We can never predict what the kitten will be like exactly in terms of appearance and well-being. However, we also want to discourage guardians from breeding their cats at all. There are so many cats in shelters and they need loving homes. It is important to adopt and not shop, both for the benefit of the individual cat and cats as a whole.
May I know the breed of your cat? We have the same breed of cat, I think :)
Shobit Verma
My black tabby just gave a litter of 4 cats...out of which 3 I suspect are they opened their eyes they were red as blood ..😰😰..even their feet and faces arr ppink...can you tel me if they are albino or not...🙏🙏
My cat s partially albino his eyes are almos White but in the light you can she pink spots, he jeeps his tira eyelid Close when there is Sun light and eventhough all cata are active at Night he is extra active when there is no light, he doesn't seem to como to me when I call him unless I am very Close to him, how can I know if he is deaf?

Partial Albinism
There are degrees of albinism, however. Partial albinism is much more common than you may think. In fact, cats such as the Siamese, Burmese, and Tonkinese all get their pointed coloration from a partial albino genetic lineage.

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You will have to take them to the veterinarian for tests.
Came across this post, just adopted this 3 month old kitten today. I'm wondering now if he is albino after reading this post. White fur all over, eyes look white, doesnt come to me when I call him maybe because he still doesnt know his name, but now I'm thinking maybe he is deaf. Taking him to the vet next month for his shots and I'll find out.
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Hi Michael,

We can't tell from this picture, but can you let us know what the vet says? It would be interesting to find out!
Luche Coetzee
Hi this is our kitten and we just found out it is a albino the dad and mom are not. Does anyone know where to get special glasses for animals
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Hi Luche,

Cats cannot wear glasses. If you could fit them to their head, they would not be appreciated and would cause them undue stress. Although they may not be completely blind, this article might help in caring for them:

However, this cat does have some seal point markings. We would be unsure if this makes them a true albino?
they do not need to be true albinos, there are parcial albinos and they need care too
I have had this cat since he was 6 months old and thought he was just a white cat. I do believe he is albino now. He has really pale blue eyes, almost white, and a red glare on them in certain lighting. His pads, nose, and ears are really pale frosty-pink. Is he an albino, or just white?
(when we got him, the shelter said he had perfect hearing and vision)
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Hi Caroline,

From your description, it sounds like they might be albino, but it would be impossible for us to tell. Even so, as long as you provide their necessary amenities and a loving secure environment, there is no reason they cannot enjoy a happy and healthy life.
I found this sweet albino baby close to death and rescued him. He is one of the sweetest graceful cats I have ever seen!
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Thank you so much for doing what you do!
Jaki Powell
I adopted an albino who has pinkish/red eyes, pink nose and paws paws.It's true that they're sensitive to sunlight. He(Cooper) was sitting in a window in summer and his ear tips burned slightly. Not really knowning what to do, I applied room tempuature wet, very sot washcloths then put some Aand D ountment on. He did'nttry to clean it off either. In 2 days his ears were fine. He isn't blind or deaf. He's EXTREMELY active but I think that's just his personality.
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Thanks for sharing Jaki!
I bought this sweetheart of a hamster. Her name is Shai and she's DEFinitely albino! Place I bought her from wasn't treating her well. Taking me an eternity to teach her that my hands aren't scary. I call her name, saying "Shai do you want a cookie?" And she comes running to me! Definitely seems blind though as she sniffs any treat I give her before taking it. Debating giving her away but I'd only want to give her to a good home. I've never let kids hold her since I can barely hold her! She freaks out if she's held for too long.
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Thank you for sharing, Sara!
Hi we have 2 albino cats, mom and daughter. We battle with their skin. Their fur very thin and skin by eyes, neck most of the time raw looks like cat fight but its not. How can we treat them not to get this. It's very difficult to keep them indoor not to go out in sunlight
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Hi Anton,

There are many reasons why a cat my have scabs on their skin, something we detail here:

However, we also state that we cannot diagnose any problems. This is the remit of a qualified veterinarian, so we recommend taking them to the clinic if you are worried about their health.
Diana Hasegawa
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Hi Diana,

Lovely kitten, but we don't think they are an albino. They have colorpoint ears and snout which would disqualify them from this categorization. Thanks for posting.
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