Can the cat be cross-eyed?

Adult cat with strabismus

In general, the eyes of cats develop normally, but sometimes genetics "fail." In fact, just like it happens in humans, strabismus is one of the problems that can arise.

When we see a cross-eyed cat, we surely think that it is adorable, but it is important to ask why.

What is strabismus?

Strabismus occurs when the line of sight in one or both eyes is deviated, so that the visual axes do not have the same direction. There are of two types:

  • Convergent: occurs when the eye can deviate inward and up or down. It is the most common.
  • Divergent: occurs when the affected eye deviates outward.

There are many animals -including people- that can have this problem, but in the specific case of cats, it is known that the lost and Himalayas they are more likely to have it.

What are the causes?

The most common cause of a cat being cross-eyed is genetics, born already like this. However, there are also others:

  • Leukemia
  • Meningitis
  • Hydrocephalus (water on the brain)
  • Traumas or accidents

Anyway, If we see our furry that suddenly begins to have deviated eyes, we must take him to the vet as soon as possible. If you were born with this condition, it is not usually treated, unless the eyelid has not formed as it should and therefore makes the eye stay open all the time, which is very dangerous.

How is it treated?

Kitten with strabismus

Strabismus is treated with eye surgery. After the operation, the vet will prescribe an eye drop so that they recover as soon as possible.

And you, do you have a cross-eyed cat? Whether you have it or not, make sure she gets all the care she needs and is happy.

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