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The Best White Cat Breeds to Keep as Pets

Written by Adrienne Kruzer, RVT, LVT

Cat breeds come in a wide variety of colors and patterns, including white cats. Pure white cats are fairly rare in the general cat population, as they require a gene that hides every other possible coat color and pattern in a cat’s genetic makeup. These cats can have short or long coats and be a single breed or a mix. They also tend to have light-colored eyes. If you’re looking to adopt one of these striking felines, here are 10 breeds that produce white cats.

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Tip

There is a relationship between white cats with blue eyes and genetic deafness, though not all cats with this combination will be affected. You can help a deaf cat lead a happy, full life by keeping it protected indoors and learning to use visual signals and vibrations to communicate. 

White Cat Breeds

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  1. American Shorthair American shorthairs, the pedigreed version of domestic shorthairs, are friendly, easygoing cats that come in dozens of colors and patterns—white cats included. These cats tend to be adaptable to various living situations. They enjoy spending time with their favorite humans, but they’re also good at entertaining themselves with interactive toys. Breed Overview Height: 8 to 10 inches Weight: 10 to 15 pounds Physical Characteristics: Athletic build; short, dense coat
  2. Devon Rex With its big eyes and prominent cheekbones, the Devon Rex has a somewhat cartoonish appearance. Its short, wavy coat can come in white, along with a variety of other colors. These cats tend to be active and playful. Their friendly nature often makes them a good fit for families with children and other pets.  Breed Overview Height: 10 to 12 inches Weight: 8 to 10 pounds Physical Characteristics: Large ears; slender neck; prominent eyes
  3. European Shorthair The European shorthair is one of the most common and oldest cat breeds in Europe. Besides white, the breed features a range of coat colors and patterns and typically has amber, blue, or green eyes. These cats are generally affectionate, playful, and intelligent, and they do well in various environments. Breed Overview Height: 12 to 14 inches Weight: 8 to 15 pounds Physical Characteristics: Muscular, stocky body; short, dense coat; round face
  4. Maine Coon Known for its thick, long coat, the Maine coon comes in many color and pattern combinations, including solids, tabbies, and tortoiseshells. Traditionally, Maine coons are brown tabbies. These cats tend to be friendly and laid-back. Most find it easy to get along with everyone, including children, strangers, and other pets. Breed Overview Height: 10 to 16 inches Weight: 10 to 25 pounds Physical Characteristics: Muscular build; thick, heavy coat
  5. Oriental The slender, athletic Oriental can come in many different colors, including white cats. These cats are typically quite lively, chatty, and personable, and they love attention. Some can become so attached to their favorite humans that it can be very difficult for them to adjust to losing a family member. Breed Overview Height: 8 to 10 inches Weight: 6 to 12 pounds Physical Characteristics: Sleek body; angular head; large ears; almond-shaped eyes
  6. Persian White has become the coat color most associated with Persians, though they can come in a variety of other colors and patterns. Their long, flowing coats are fairly high-maintenance, requiring daily brushing to remove tangles and mats. Persians are generally sweet, easygoing lap cats that prefer quiet and predictable environments. Breed Overview Height: 8 to 10 inches Weight: 7 to 12 pounds Physical Characteristics: Long coat; short, stocky legs; large, round eyes
  7. Siamese Also referred to as “foreign white,” pure white Siamese cats lack the classic darker-colored “points” on the ears, face, legs, and tail. Moreover, all Siamese kittens are born white, developing darker colors as they grow. These cats love their families and prefer to be the center of attention. They’re also quite vocal and will let their humans know when they want something. Breed Overview Height: 8 to 10 inches Weight: 8 to 10 pounds Physical Characteristics: Sleek body; almond-shaped eyes; wedge-shaped head
  8. Siberian Strong and agile, Siberians possess three layers of dense fur and come in a wide variety of colors and patterns. Their thick coat is fairly low-maintenance, requiring brushing a couple times a week, though they do have periods of heavy shedding. Siberians like adventure, so expect them to climb all over your home as they play and explore. Breed Overview Height: 9 to 11 inches Weight: 10 to 20 pounds Physical Characteristics: Stocky build; dense coat
  9. Turkish Angora The Turkish Angora is a natural breed that can be traced back several hundred years in Turkey. These cats are commonly pictured as white but can come in black, blue, red, and more colors and patterns. They tend to be energetic and assertive, and they need ample interactive play to keep them happy. Breed Overview Height: 8 to 10 inches Weight: 7 to 14 pounds Physical Characteristics: Muscular body with long legs; thick coat; almond-shaped eyes
  10. Turkish Van Most Turkish Vans are primarily white with color on the head and tail. They are typically active cats that like to jump, run, and play. And they are known for enjoying swimming. Most are not particularly fond of being held, but they do appreciate petting and being near their favorite humans.
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Breed Overview

Height: 9 to 11 inches

Weight: 7 to 20 pounds

Physical Characteristics: Agile, muscular, long body; semi-long coat

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Cat breeds come in a wide variety of colors and patterns, including white cats. Pure white cats are fairly rare in the general cat population, as they require a gene that hides every other possible coat color and pattern in a cat’s genetic makeup. These cats can have short or long coats and be a single breed or a mix. They also tend to have light-colored eyes. If you’re looking to adopt one of these striking felines, here are 10 breeds that produce white cats.

Tip

There is a relationship between white cats with blue eyes and genetic deafness, though not all cats with this combination will be affected. You can help a deaf cat lead a happy, full life by keeping it protected indoors and learning to use visual signals and vibrations to communicate. 

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9 Beautiful White Cats and Kittens

Most Turkish Vans are primarily white with color on the head and tail. They are typically active cats that like to jump, run, and play. And they are known for enjoying swimming. Most are not particularly fond of being held, but they do appreciate petting and being near their favorite humans.

Breed Overview

Height: 9 to 11 inches

Weight: 7 to 20 pounds

Physical Characteristics: Agile, muscular, long body; semi-long coat

9 Beautiful White Cats and Kittens

Written by Christina Donnelly

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White cats, with their soft, pristine coats and uniquely colored eyes areworks of feline art! But these kitties are more than just good looks. White cats have a pretty presidential history and are considered good luck all around the world.

  • 01 of 08 Many Different Breeds Can Have All-White Coats white cat nala_whitemainecoon / Instagram Like calico and tortoiseshell cats, all-white cats aren’t linked to a specific breed. Rather, many different breeds—both long-hair and short-hair—can present a pure white coat, including Persians, Turkish Angoras, American Short-Hairs, Siamese, and Devon Rex. So, what causes their all-white coats? If a cat has the dominant W gene, known as the masking gene, it will “hide” every other coat color and pattern gene in the cat’s genetic makeup, resulting in a snowy, white coat.
  • 02 of 08 White Cats Can Have Very Unique Eye Colors white cats with multi-colored eyes lynxclaw2211 / Instagram Did you know a cat’s eye color is linked to the melanin production in the body? Accordingly, white or lightly colored cats often have light eyes. All-white cats can have a variety of striking eye colors, like blue, green, yellow, orange, or a combination of colors.
  • 03 of 08 Many (But Not All) White Cats Are Deaf white kittens veterinerman / Instagram The same genetic factors that give white cats their snowy coats and unique eye colors can also cause total or partial deafness in many kitties. It’s believed that the ear closest to the “oddly” colored eye (or both ears if both eyes are uniquely colored) will be the ear with deafness. If your cat is partially or completely deaf, there are several precautions you musttake to keep them safe. Be careful not to startle them and use visual signs rather than verbal signs to communicate. It’s also best to keep a partially deaf or fully deaf cat indoors at all times; it may have trouble avoiding hazards or protecting himself from potential predators.
  • 04 of 08 White Cats Are Not Albino albino cat or white cat thomas_toeham_bennett / Instagram No, cats with white coats are not albino. There’s a key difference: White cats simply have a gene for white fur, while albinism is a genetic condition that results in a complete lack of color pigmentation in the skin, fur, and eyes. The easiest way to determine whether or not a cat is an albino is by looking at their eyes. White cats, as previously mentioned, can have a wide range of eye colors. Albino cats, however, often have eyes that look very pale blue, pink, or red. (Their eyes aren’t really pink or red; the reflection of light against the blood vessels in their eyes just gives them the appearance.)
  • 05 of 08 White Cats Can Get Sunburned, Too white cat @4leggedmischief / Instagram Like humans, cats with light or white coats are at an increased risk of developing sunburn—especially on their ears, eyelids, and nose. Because they’re more susceptible to sunburns, white cats also have a higher risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma or skin cancer. It’s important to take the right steps to protect your cat’s light skin from sun damage:
    • If your kitty loves to sunbathe, try to limit time next to bright windows between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the sun is strongest.
    • Consider investing in heavier drapes or shades that will help block or limit UV light coming in through your windows.
    • Do you have an outdoor cat or live in an area where the sun is extra strong? Talk to your veterinarian about water-proof sunscreen designed to protect cats’ sensitive skin.
  • 06 of 08 White Cats Are Considered Lucky white cat crosszeriafamilycats / Instagram Unlike allegedly unlucky black cats, all-white cats symbolize good luck and good fortune in cultures across the globe. The well-known Japanese Beckoning Cat (also known as Maneki Neko) is most often depicted as a white cat. Originating some time around 1870, these figurines are placed near the entrances of homes and businesses to bring in good luck.
  • 07 of 08 Many White Cats Have Lived in the White House White cat sitting outside. xaviere_the_cat / Instagram Appropriate, right? Several Presidents of the United States had white cats scurrying around the White House during their terms.
    • Rutherford B. Hayes, Gerald Ford, and Jimmy Carter, the 19th, 38th, and 39th Presidents, respectively, all had Siamese cats (although many Siamese cats aren’t completely white, the majority of their coats are white).
    • William McKinley, the 25th President, had two Turkish Angoras with equally exotic names: Enrique DeLome and Valeriano Weyler.
  • 08 of 08 White Persian Cats Are the Most Popular white kittens hurayra_persians / Instagram There’s no doubt about it: White cats are gorgeous! But the most striking—and in-demand—white cat, perhaps, is the Persian. Their long, silky coats and big, expressive eyes look super elegant. It’s no wonder they’ve graced kitty-themed calendars and pet food labels for as long as we can remember! If you have a white Persian, however, you know regular grooming is key. Otherwise, you’ll have a dingy, tangled mess, rather than a model kitty on your hands!