Cat Eye Discharge

Cat Eye Discharge

A seemingly minor eye problem could rapidly turn into a major catastrophe. See your veterinarian immediately.

A discharge of thick yellowish or green pus indicates conjunctivitis, an inflammation of the membrane that lines the eyelid and part of the eyeball. If fever, cough, or weakness accompanies conjunctivitis, a systemic disease may be present.

Kittens less than two weeks old whose eyes have not opened yet may get acute bacterial conjunctivitis. A large reddened swell-in will appear under the closed lids. Veterinary attention is needed to flush the eye and to provide the proper medication. If you have to treat it yourself, gently pull the lids apart and flush the eye with clean water three times daily.

A constant watery discharge that does not seem to bother your pet is probably an abnormal overflowing of tears. called either. It is hereditary in certain breeds – Persian cats, for one. The hair in the inner corner of the eye is always moist and stains a dark brown. It can be caused by ms-placed eyelashes, blocked tear ducts, nasal fold hairs irritating the eye or an eyelid defect.

Cat Eye Discharge Home Remedies

Mild irritations can be treated with Neoprene Nonpaying ophthalmic (for eyes only!). Follow the directions for human use.

If your cat has a “pushed-in” face and the nasal fold hairs seem to be irritating the eyeball, it may help to press down the nasal fold hairs with a little bit of Vaseline.

Cat Eye Discharge Treatment

Your veterinarian will check the eyelids, vision, the reaction of the pupil to light, and the inner eye with a special magnifier that has its light source called an ophthalmoscope. A green dye called fluorescein is used to see if the tear ducts are open and if the cornea is healthy. A complete physical will also be done, since the eye infection may be part of a systemic disease.

Antibiotic eye drops or ointments are frequently given for eye infections. Cortisone-type eye medicine should be prescribed very infrequently, since certain infections (such as herpes) may get worse with these medicines. If herpes is diagnosed, special eye drops and other medicines will be needed.

Misplaced eyelashes or eyelid defects may have to be corrected surgically. Blocked tear ducts may need to be flushed out if the medication is not working.

Cats with recurrent respiratory infections should be tested for feline leukemia and FTLV (AIDS-like) viruses, and for yeast infection (cryptococcosis).

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