Cross Eyed Ragdoll Cat

Cross Eyed Ragdoll Cat

By Jennie @ Ragdoll Cats World

March 22, 2022

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Ragdoll cats are known for their stunning blue eyes but can a Ragdoll cat be cross-eyed?

Any pointed cat can be cross-eyed, it’s not specific to any particular breed although Siamese, Persian and Himilayan Cats tend to be more cross-eyed than any other breed.

It is as not common in Ragdoll Cats but can occur. Some kittens do outgrow it but some many it is a lifetime affliction.

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What are Crossed Eyes?

A crossed eye (convergent strabismus) is a condition in which one or both eyes are not aligned properly. Cats can be born with the condition or it may develop later in life.

 

What Causes Cats Eyes to Cross?

Cats eyes can cross for a variety of reasons. Most cases are due to genetics and can be seen at birth. It does not appear to affect the cat’s quality of life. Depending on the severity of the condition, it may affect their spatial relationship.   If a cat develops crossed eyes later in life this may be due to injury or disease.

 

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How Can You Tell If Your Cat Has Eye Problems?

If your cat has cross-eyed eyes, it may be a sign that there is something wrong with their vision. This can be due to a problem with their eyesight, or to an injury or disease that affects the eye. If you notice that your cat’s eyes are crossed, it’s important to take them to the vet for an examination. Known causes of cats becoming cross-eyed later in life are:

  • Vestibular system disease (disease of the inner ear)
  • Eye trauma from injury
  • Feline leukaemia virus
  • Nerve damage
  • Hydrocephalus (water on the brain)
  • Inflammation
  • Cancer of the brain or nervous system
  • Benign or malignant tumor growth

 

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What Other Eye Problems Can Affect Cats?

There are many different types of eye problems that can affect cats. Some of the most common include cataracts, glaucoma, and uveitis. Cataracts are a type of eye disease that causes the lens in the cat’s eyes to become cloudy or even opaque. Glaucoma is a condition in which pressure inside the eyes increases to such an extent that vision can be affected. Uveitis is an inflammation of the uvea, which is a layer of tissue inside the eye.

There are a number of different causes of cross-eyed cats and each requires a different type of treatment. If you notice that your cat’s eyes are crossed, it is important to take them to the vet for an examination.

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Written by Jennie @ Ragdoll Cats World

I'm Jennie, the creator of Ragdoll Cats World. I have been owned and loved by Ragdoll Cats for almost twenty years after getting my first Ragdoll kittens, Huey and Choo-Choo back in 2003. They lived to the grand old age of 18 and 17 and they even made the move from London to Australia with me! We now have two Ragdoll cats, Violet and Ocean, and a Maine Coon cat named Eddie, and we love sharing our knowledge of all things related to Ragdoll Cats with you at Ragdoll Cats World!

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