The first time I took Trigg, my blue lynx-mitted Ragdoll cat, to the acupuncturist (I can’t remember how old he was, but it’s been a few years), she asked me, “Did you notice the Nystagmus in his eyes?”
I had never heard the word, and my regular vet had never said anything. Nystagmus in cats is when the eyes quiver back and forth or oscillate the eyeballs. She said it wasn’t a big deal and is quite common in Siamese cats.
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I have always thought Trigg has somewhat of an eyesight problem – for example, I can come home and be wearing a sweatshirt with the hood up, and he freaks out, not recognizing me until I vocally say, “It’s OK, Chiggy, it’s me.” and then he settles down and relaxes.
Anyway, I wanted to share his Nystagmus with you guys – hopefully, you’ll be able to see it.
Here’s what our regular vet said when I asked her about it:
“The nystagmus or rotary movement of the eyes is a normal finding in some breeds of cats. However, these are usually very mild, like what we saw with Trigg.
Increased Nystagmus can cause balance problems, and that is when we need to treat it. If Trigg is having trouble with balance or has a permanent tilt of his head, then we should take a look. If he is “normal Trigg” but seems to have a little more ‘shakiness’ to his eyes when holding still, this is likely a normal variation for your boy.
Another test would be to take Trigg’s head and gently but quickly move his head from side to side (2 reps). The vet should examine him if this movement causes increased Nystagmus and immediate balance problems.
Does anyone have experience with Nystagmus?
Hi, I’m Jenny Dean, creator of Floppycats! Ever since my Aunt got the first Ragdoll cat in our family, I have loved the breed. Inspired by my childhood Ragdoll cat, Rags, I created Floppycats to connect, share and inspire other Ragdoll cat lovers around the world,