Rare genetic condition means Olive the majestic Oriental-cross


A cat with a rare genetic condition meaning it has half brown and half blue eyes has won an army of admirers online.

Olive, an Oriental cross breed bought from a pet sale website by her cat-loving owner, has ‘majestic’ two-tone eyes caused by Sectoral Heterochromia iridis.

Her proud owner, Kim, 50, from Derby, shares videos on social media highlighting her pet’s genetic condition.

The condition is genetic and typically affects white cats because of its connection to low melanin levels.

Kim said she bought the kitten to complete the family of her four other cats but wasn’t aware of her eye colour because Olive was still just a kitten.

As she grew, her eye colours began to change – surprising everyone with her unique two-tone hue.

Kim said: ‘It got the kittens on a pet-for-sale website. I was looking for another kitty to join the family to make it 4. I wanted a lively kitten to fit in with my others.

‘I didn’t chose her for her eyes. It was quite dark and when I picked her the lady lifted her in to the light and said she may have odd looking eyes.

‘I didn’t know how her eyes would turn out.’

Olive’s eyes and perfect white coats earned her a hundreds of thousands of fans on Instagram.


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