Are albino cats rare?
Albino kittens are born with a lack of pigmentation. They have pale pink skin, white fur and pinkish red or light blue eyes. A white kitten with brown, green or golden eyes is not an albino. Albino cats are rare, totaling 2 percent of all felines.
Any animal that has melanocytes can get albinism. That means virtually all mammals. Reptiles, amphibians and lower vertebrates can also be albinos, but these organisms may also have other types pigment production cells besides melanocytes, so they may not appear colorless.
- It is important that albinos use sunscreen before sun exposure to prevent premature skin aging or skin cancer. Albinos can live a normal life span, however, some forms of albinism can be life threatening. The lives of people with Hermansky-Pudlak syndrome can be shortened by lung disease.
- "Persons with Albinism are usually as healthy as the rest of the population, with growth and development occurring as normal, but can be classified as disabled because of the associated visual impairments,' explains Siyakha Consulting?s Executive Director, Dionne Kerr.
- There's no cure for albinism. However, treatment can relieve symptoms and prevent sun damage. Treatment may include: sunglasses to protect the eyes from the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays.
One person in 17,000 has some type of albinism. Albinism affects people from all races. Most children with albinism are born to parents who have normal hair and eye color for their ethnic backgrounds.
- Oculocutaneous albinism is inherited in an autosomal recessive pattern, which means both copies of a gene in each cell have mutations. Most often, the parents of an individual with an autosomal recessive condition each carry one copy of the mutated gene, but they do not show signs and symptoms of the condition.
- Other parts of the world have a much higher rate; for example, albinism is found in about 20 out of every 100,000 people in southern Nigeria. There are 10 types of the most common form of the condition, known as "oculocutaneous albinism," which affects the eyes, hair, and skin.
- It all depends on whether you AND your wife carry an albinism gene. If the two of you do, then each child has a 1 in 4 chance of having albinism. If only one or neither of you is a carrier, then each child has pretty close to a zero chance for albinism.
Updated: 15th October 2018