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Mental Instablility in Cats?

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
I had a friend come over who I call the local cat whisperer, and she wanted to see my siamese mutt. She says he has a mental instability because his eyes weave back and forth. I always thought that he was fighting the crossing of the eyes typical with siamese cats. I googled it and it brought up this website, so I figured I'd ask and see what happens!
It doesn't worry me, I just wanted to know if there was such a thing as mental instability in cats. He's nine, and happy. I'm not planning on changing anything.
post #2 of 15
I am not sure what that is but I would tell the vet about it.
Maybe he has eye problems.
post #3 of 15
A siamese cat with slightly goofy eyes? Does he have any behavioral issues?
post #4 of 15
Thread Starter 
Abnormal behavior? Like eating plastic, loving coffee and hair spray like catnip, attacking and stalking me? I don't know, he's weird, i give him that much, I just never really thought of him as having a mental disability...
post #5 of 15
Being "cross eyed" is common in Siamese cats, however, his eyes weaving back & forth worries me. Have you addressed this issue with your vet?
post #6 of 15
Alot of cats eat plastic.
I have cats that to that.
I would talk to a vet about the eyes.
post #7 of 15
Thread Starter 
I don't know if I described it right by saying his eyes "weave". It was the only word i could think of. Have you ever looked at someone and they look at you from eye to eye, and their eyes go back and forth, that is kind of how his are.
http://i198.photobucket.com/albums/a...TiggerDesk.jpg
post #8 of 15
Thread Starter 
And, no I haven't addressed this issue with my vet.
post #9 of 15
I had a simease mix, and his eyes sort of went side to side-kind of fast... I didn't think it had anything to do with brain problems. I thought it was a simease thing. Try looking up simease breeders and see if they say anything about it in health issues.

It was never a major concern for me, but if it bothers you definatly go to the vet!
post #10 of 15
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Originally Posted by maysecret View Post
And, no I haven't addressed this issue with my vet. I don't take him to the vet except for when he stupidly ate a shoe string. The vet here is an idiot, and my cat's indoors, so I don't worry about rabies and such. He is 9 years old, fat and happy.
I don't know about California, but in most states getting one's pets vaccinated is the law. It is a citizen's duty to obey the law, even when we disagree with it. Without law, we are reduced to the State of Nature, in which (as a clever old Brit reminds us) life is "nasty poor brutish and short."

For an extended discussion of why we should respect the law even when we disagree with it http://classics.mit.edu/Plato/crito.html
post #11 of 15
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Originally Posted by maysecret View Post
I don't know if I described it right by saying his eyes "weave". It was the only word i could think of. Have you ever looked at someone and they look at you from eye to eye, and their eyes go back and forth, that is kind of how his are.
http://i198.photobucket.com/albums/a...TiggerDesk.jpg
I know there is a human condition that causes that. There is an actor who appears on tv shows a lot who has it. He was in a "House" where he played a morbidly obese man. The actor doesn't appear to be mentally challenged in any way.
post #12 of 15
My Yoshi had eyes that would look cross eyed.
Only cat I had that ever did.
Your cat should get a senior panel because his age.
My cats start getting them at 7.
I was told Rabies shots are not mandatory here and it ok not to get them if the cats are indoors.
They do have to have them to board though.
My lucy died from a shot.
post #13 of 15
My Wheezer's eyes move a little back and forth, he has a focusing problem and his eyes move a little until he focuses on what ever he's looking at closer up.
post #14 of 15
Yoshi's eyes went to the side. One to the left and one to the right.
post #15 of 15
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Originally Posted by mschauer View Post
I know there is a human condition that causes that. There is an actor who appears on tv shows a lot who has it. He was in a "House" where he played a morbidly obese man. The actor doesn't appear to be mentally challenged in any way.
The House episode was on again today. The condition is called nystagmus.

http://www.allaboutvision.com/conditions/nystagmus.htm
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