I think you can create cat eyes if you go into the ramp attributes and flip the colors from U to V mapping (Or vise versa I'm not in Maya right now.) This will cause the colors to map in a different direction and give you the cat eyes. I stumbled on this once by accident when doing an eye tut. Hope this makes sense.
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