Cross Eyed Cats

cute cross eyed kitten cat pic

Have you wondered why some cats seem to be cross eyed? Is it because they are concentrating on something a bit too intensely?

The cross-eyed condition (also called strabismus) is in fact mostly genetic. The muscles that attach directly to the eyeballs are not exactly of the same length on each opposite side.

When the eyeball moves, its motion is influenced by those small muscles. They position the eyeball to slide from top to bottom or side to side. However, in certain cases, one muscle may be longer or stronger than the one on the opposite side of the eye, this causes the eyeball to deviate off the correct direction. If the eyes deviate towards the nose, the cat is cross-eyed.

cute cross eyed siamese cat pic

Cross-eyed cats are just like any other cats. Their eyes do not affect their qualify of life. In the past, crossed eyes seemed to occur more commonly in Siamese cats due to selective breeding. This is far less common today.

A small percentage of cross-eyed cats may be the result of nerve damage in the eye muscles. If a cat has a disease in the vestibular system, which helps the cat to retain his balance, the cat may experience a constant spinning sensation. In order to adjust to that, his eyes move abnormally. In this case, the cat should be treated by a veterinarian.

All and all, cross-eyed cats are lovely creatures that have no difference from other cats except their cosmetic disparity. Scroll down to enjoy some beautiful pictures of these lovely cross-eyed furry friends:

cute cross eyed kitten cat pic


cute cross eyed tabby cat pic


cute orange cross eyed kitten cat pic

flickr/San Diego Shooter

cute siamese cross eyed kitten cat pic


cute cross eyed kitten cat pic


cute cross eyed kitten cat pic


cute cross eyed kitten cat pic


cute cross eyed kitten cat pic

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Top image via flickr/Bree Bailey

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8 Responses to “Cross Eyed Cats”

  1. awww the poor babies… they are cute kitties!

  2. Amy says:

    They are beautiful kitties :)

  3. Erin says:

    I have a lovely cross-eyed kitty in my home :3 He does not have any difficulties or health issues at all. (he is somewhat dopey, but that is well within the range of normal kitty behavior :)

  4. mel cabajar says:

    …more appealing than normal!:]

  5. amanda says:

    Sweet babies. I would love any one of them.

  6. Cheryl says:

    I rescued my Siamese when she was 9 mo. old from the local shelter and noticed her left eye vibrates when she looks at me. It tends to move toward her nose, and vibrates. She still can jump from the dresser to the bed and has no problem catching a bug. It is just the vibration drives me crazy when I look into her eyes. LOL

  7. Chelsea says:

    One of my kitties is cross eyed and it makes her lovable. But at times makes her scary. Especially when she sits still and just stares at you.

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