Wild (and Sometimes Crazy) Wednesday – Crossed Eyes in Cats

Have you ever looked into the face of a Siamese cat and wonder how she can see through those beautiful, but quirky crossed eyes? No worries, the experts say. The Siamese actually must cross her eyes in order to see properly. Who knew?

When I did further research on this concept, however, I discovered that there are conditions that cause crossed eyes in cats and that some of them are actually troublesome to the cat—she does have trouble seeing clearly.

Crossed eyes in the Siamese is caused by a genetic trait called strabismus. But there are other causes of crossed eyes in cats. One can come on suddenly. It’s called Haws Syndrome. This can be caused by a number of things—most commonly a gut-related issue and, from what I read, often the cat will return to normal after a period of four to six weeks.

After loving cats for a lifetime and, I must admit, watching the veterinary shows on TV on weekends, as well as knowing many cat-people, belonging to a cat organization, and doing a lot of research on cats, I know that a lot can go wrong with a cat’s health. While National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day was in August, I’d like to offer this note: if your cat is off her food or just a bit off as far as her sense of well-being, if you notice a lump or a sore or an alarming change in weight or behavior, please take him or her to see your local veterinarian.

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