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Eye Discharge in Cats

2021-08-14  PetsCareTip

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Your cat’s eyes, usually clear and bright, are looking a little gooey. They might be pawing at them or rubbing their face against the sofa or on the rug. Clearly, something’s wrong.

Anything from a simple cold to the serious illness could be causing your cat’s eye discharge. Learn a few of the more common causes of eye discharge, when to see a vet, and what that can be done at home to help your feline friend. Care may include eye ointment or drops to control inflammation and pain.

Eye problems can bring out another cat entirely, one who paws at their eyes, squints, or blinks excessively. Because eye problems may lead to devastating consequences -- including surgery or blindness -- always talk to your vet when you notice your cat has irritated eyes. A few common reasons for cat eye discharge include:
 

  • Feline upper respiratory infections. A frequent cause of eye discharge in cats, these can include viruses such as feline calicivirus, a contagious respiratory disease, pneumonitis or rhinotracheitis (herpesvirus), bacteria, and protozoa. Symptoms can be mild or progress to something very serious and may include a sticky, pus-like eyes discharge.
  • Conjunctivitis (pink eye) . An inflammation of the light pink lining around your cat’s eye, conjunctivitis can cause one or both of your cat’s eyes to look red and swollen, be light-sensitive, and have clear, teary or thick mucus eye discharge. Conjunctivitis with fever, diarrhea, and trouble breathing can point to potentially fatal feline infectious peritonitis, though this isn’t very common.
  • Corneal disorders . A cat’s cornea, the dome-shaped surface that covers the front of the eye, can become inflamed, injured, or ulcerated.
  • Dry eye (keratoconjunctivitis sicca) . 
  • Watery, tearing eyes (epiphora) . Blocked tear ducts, an overproduction of tears, allergies, viral conjunctivitis, and more can be behind your cat’s abnormal tearing.
  • Uveitis. An inflammation of the internal structures of the eye, trauma, cancer, immune problems or infections could cause the serious, often painful irritation of uveitis. The result may be cloudiness, excessive blinking, inflammation, and increased tear production. A chronic lack of tear production, dry vision can lead to an inflamed cornea, red eyes, and if left untreated, blindness. Because the watery portion of tears is mis usuallysing, a yellow, gooey eye discharge can result.
    Other eye discharge causes include allergies, something lodged in the attention, or third eyelid problems.

    Eye Discharge Treatments

    Because so many conditions can lead to eye discharge in cats, you really need to talk to your veterinarian before trying any eye discharge treatments on your cat.

    Depending on what your veterinarian finds, treatment for cat eye discharge might include:
     
  • Feline upper respiratory infection . Specific treatments depend on the cause of the illness as well as how serious it is and could include eye medications, antibiotics, decongestants, and fluids.
  • Conjunctivitis . Pollen, dust, weeds, or other irritants can cause conjunctivitis, which may be treated with a steroid ointment. if it's caused by a bacterial infection, antibiotic ointments may become used.
  • Corneal disorders . Treatment depends on what’s troubling your cat’s cornea, but may include keeping kitty’s eyes clean, antibiotic eye ointment or drops, drops that promote healing, removing loose corneal tissue, cauterization, or surgery.
  • Watery, tearing eyes . Under general anesthesia, your vet might use plain water or saline to flush your cat’s blocked tear duct. If there's an infection, antibiotic eye ointment or drops could be needed.

Uveitis . The right treatment depends on what’s causing your cat’s uveitis, though that’s often hard to diagnose.

Eye Discharge Causes

A healthy cat’s eyes should be bright and clear.
 

  • Feline calicivirus . Secondary bacterial infections, which can cause pneumonia and other serious issues, are common with calicivirus, so always call your vet if you suspect your cat has this disease. Treatment can include symptom control, antibiotics for secondary infections, and supportive care.
  • Dry eye . Many things can cause dry eye, from immune-mediated disease to distemper. Treatment can include eye drops or ointments, immune-suppressing drugs, antibiotics, or artificial tears.


When to See a Vet

Your cat’s eyes are as delicate as they are beautiful. Small problems can quickly turn into serious conditions. If your cat’s eye discharge symptoms don’t clear up within 24 hours or if your cat is squinting, talk to your veterinarian right away.

If you have medications left over from a previous eye problem, don’t use them on your own cat’s eyes. Different eye issues call for different medications, and you can end up causing serious injury by using the wrong one.

Home Care: Tips for Keeping Your Cat’s Eyes Healthy

You can help avoid eye problems in your cat by keeping up with yearly vaccinations, avoiding kitty overcrowding, and checking your cat’s eyesights frequently for redness, cloudiness, a change in color or shape, discharge, or sensitivity to light.

To safely remove your cat’s eye discharge and make them more comfortable while waiting for their vet appointment, arm yourself with a bag of cotton balls and these simple tips from the ASPCA:
 

  • Dip a cotton ball in water. Wipe away the eye discharge, always from the corner of the attention outward. Use a fresh cotton ball for each eye.
  • Steer clear of any over-the-counter drops or washes unless your vet has prescribed them.

Because correct treatment could be so critical to the health and well-being of your cat, always talk to a veterinarian to be sure kitty is getting just the right care needed.

By PetsCareTip.Com


2021-08-14  PetsCareTip