My kitty is cross eyed?

My kitten is about ten weeks old and sometimes it looks like shes cross eyed. Why? Is it harmful to her ??? I never noticed it before either but she seems to blink a lot. I am going to take her to the vet this weekend if I can but I want to know right now:) thanks

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  • Strabismus is a term used to describe the abnormal positioning or direction of the eyeball. Normally, the eyeball is held in place and moves from side to side and top to bottom under the influence of small muscles which attach directly to the eyeball. Occasionally one muscle may be longer or stronger than the muscle located on the opposite side. This causes the eyeball to veer off in an abnormal direction. One or both eyes may be affected. If both eyes deviate towards the nose, the pet is referred to as cross-eyed. This is common in Siamese cats and is called medial or convergent strabismus. The eyeballs may deviate away from the nose, just the opposite of being cross-eyed, and this is called divergent strabismus. This is common in Boston Terriers and is inherited in this breed.

    Strabismus can also occur as a result of injury to some of the nerves going to the eye muscles. In addition, it may be seen if the cat or dog has a disease of the vestibular system. The vestibular system is part of the ear and is what helps the cat (and us) keep our balance. If the vestibular system is not functioning normally, the cat may feel as though he is spinning, and his eyes will move abnormally to try to adjust to that.

    If it is an inherited condition, no treatment is recommended as the abnormality is generally a cosmetic problem which does not affect the quality of life. If it is inherited, the breeding of affected individuals is not recommended.

    For animals with injury to or disease of the nerves or the vestibular system, the underlying cause needs to be found and treated. Sometimes anti-inflammatory medications are helpful.

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    My kitty is cross eyed?

    My kitten is about ten weeks old and sometimes it looks like shes cross eyed. Why? Is it harmful to her ??? I never noticed it before either but she seems to blink a lot. I am going to take her to the vet this weekend if I can but I want to know right now:) thanks

  • do you know what kind of cat it is? i read that some siamese kittens are cross-eyed and eventually grow out of it.

    i’ve met some other cross eyed kittens before and nothing is wrong with them. i wouldn’t worry too much

  • Many Siamese cats have slightly crossed eyes. I have seen tabbies with crossed eyes too. I don’t think it is a serious affliction.

    Glad you will ask the vet about though.

  • I cant answer if she is okay but I always love the cats that have something wrong..My cat has bowed legs and she is so full of life and sweet hahha

  • when we were kids we always has Siamese kitties and they were mostly crossed eyed ………it is something in the traits of the Siamese kitties…..

  • if the kitten is cross-eyed that means one or more of the parents were church going cats!

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    Slap the hell out of her. I mean how can I compete with that guy?

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