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Why Siamese Cats Are Cross-eyed — 11 Comments

    • Hi Brianna. His eyesight is fine. The Siamese brain compensates for the faulty wiring of the optic nerve. He won’t be blind. Flame points are gorgeous and quite rare.

      • Gorgeous, affectionate, and all too short-lived. I blame mine’s short life (only 8 years) on the indiscriminate inbreeding that produced him for a shopping mall’s pet store. No, I hadn’t bought him there; one of my husband’s less acceptable friends did, couldn’t stand the kitten’s lonely yeowling when everyone closed their bedroom doors at night, and gave it to me instead of the SPCA.

        • You are kind hearted. I agree about inbreeding and your cat’s short life. I believe that modern Siamese have immune issues because of inbreeding to create the extreme appearance. Thanks for commenting.

  1. The kinked tail is also not desirable in the Cat Show world- breeders also have worked hard to eliminate the kink.

    But according to legend the kink had a purpose, since Siamese cats with kinks in their tales became palace guards, the purpose of the kink was to hold the royalty’s priceless jeweled rings. I hear tell also that the reason Siamese cats have crossed eyes, was because guarding the palaces required such concentration that their eyes crossed.

    So many legends… but happy that these odd “features” are being bred out of these gorgeous cats.

  2. Thankfully there are some very careful, reputable breeders who have been working very hard and carefully in their breeding programs to end crossed eyes in the Siamese breed. Crossed eyes in Siamese is serious enough that the Cat Fanciers and other governing organizations in the USA list it as a reason to disqualify the cat in competition.

    Thanks for this information- extremely interesting.

  3. So even though the paths cross they make a sensible image out of what they are registering? Sounds like if not it could be totaly debilitating.

    • Yes, they do compensate and see normally. Well, that is what people believe. I suppose a cat’s behavior indicates normal sight although cats are very good at using other senses.

      No one else has said what I have said on this page and it could be wrong but I don’t think it is.

      I spent a lot of time researching this and there is nothing really conclusive regarding cats. I had to research wider and look at other mammals for answers.

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