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Signs Your Cat May Have Eye Problems

Updated on December 17, 2015

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Cat owners should always be on the lookout for eye problems. Unlike dogs, who use a combination of sight, hearing and smell to become familiar with their surroundings, cats depend mostly on their eyesight for hunting and stalking their prey.

Watery eyes, frequent blinking, squinting, and pawing at their eyes, may all be signs that their eye is painful. Cats also have an extra eyelid, which is called the nictitating membrane. If this extra eyelid is visible then something is most likely wrong. You should then:

  1. Examine the eye to see if you can recognize the cause. The best way to examine the eye is by using a single light source such as a flashlight, preferably in a dark room. You can prevent the cat from panicking by using a pillowcase that is pinned around his neck, in order to restrain him. Remember, If your pet is frightened his eyes will dilate preventing you from making an accurate observation.
  2. Try comparing one eye to the other. Look to see if they are of the same shape, color and size. See if they bulge forward or are recessed backwards. A discharge might be present or the eye may be cloudy, hazy or smoky. To test for vision, cover one eye and touch the other several times with your finger. If the cat has vision he will blink when your finger approaches.

If your cat has a painful eye, you should seek immediate veterinary attention.

Signs and symptoms to look out for include:

  • Discharge - A clear discharge without redness and pain indicates a problem in the tear drainage system. Any discharge should alert you to the possibility of cornea or inner eye involvement. A thick, sticky mucus discharge along with redness and inflammation indicates pink eye or conjunctivitis.
  • Pain - Signs of pain include squinting, tearing, tenderness to touch and avoidance of light. The nictitating membrane may protrude in response to pain. The common causes of painful eye are injuries to the Cornea and disorders affecting the inner eye.
  • Film over the eye - A whitish or opaque film which moves out over the surface of the eyeball is a protruded nictitating membrane.
  • Cloudiness - Loss of clarity or transparency in the eye indicates an inner eye disorder. Disorders that can cause a cloudy eye are keratitis, glaucoma and cataracts.
  • Hard or soft eye - Changes in eye pressure are caused by disorders of the inner eye. The pupil might become fixed and fail to respond to light. A hard eye with a dilated pupil indicates glaucoma. A soft eye with a small pupil indicates inflammation of the inner structure of the eye.
  • Lid Irritation - These are conditions which cause swelling, crusting, itching, or hair loss of the eyelids.
  • Bulging or Sunken Eye - These are abnormal contours and positions of the eye
  • Abnormal Movements - These are eyes that focus in different directions or jerk back and forth
  • Cross-Eyed Gaze - This is common among Siamese cats, and is accepted as normal, however other forms are caused by muscle paralysis.

Applying Eye Medicine (SEE VIDEO BELOW)

Ointments

Steady your cat's head with one hand and draw down on the lower lid to expose the inner surface of the eyelid. Apply ointment to the inside of the lower lid. Application directed to the eyeball is irritating and may cause the cat to jerk his head and eye injury can occur.

Eye Drops

Eye drops can be applied directly to the eyeball. Steady the heel of the hand in which you are holding the dropper against the side of your cat's head. Tilt the nose upward and drop the medicine into the inner corner of his eye. Rub the eyelids gently in order to disperse the medicine. Frequent application of eyedrops usually are necessary because they tend to wash out with tears.

Use only preparations that are specifically labeled for opthalmic use.

The source and diagnosis of any eye problems can usually be determined by one of the above symptoms. Pay very close attention to your cat to see if he/she exhibits one of them, and see your vet if necessary.

References: The Cat Owner's Home Veterinary Handbook by Delbert G. Carlson, D.V.M and James M. Giffin, M.D. - First Edition

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      2patricias 8 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      Thanks for this useful information.

    • paula 8 years ago

      there is NO WAY my cat would ever let me rap him up in a towel robe and he fights the piece out with me when I try to put drops in..

      Thats one well behaved cats... but mine would never allow me to do that.

      And I agree with the teeth cleaning... there is no way under the sun my cat would allow me to clean his teeth...Hes a good cat really .. just doent like me working around him.

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      hglick 8 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Well Paula, One of my cats is like that too. Sometimes I need to get a person to help me hold him, while I put the drops in his eye.

    • Linda Lukan 7 years ago

      does anyone have any idea about why a ragdoll would have what looks like blood around the edge of her eye

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      hglick 7 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      If you are talking about the edge outside of the eye itself, she could have scratched herself. Place a tiny amount of bacitracin or antibiotic ointment on your fingertip and touch the bloody scratch with it, and it will soon heal. If you are referring to the eye itself Contact your vet. There can be a number of reasons. Sometimes, seeing blood or blood vessels is an indication of healing from a problem, but not always. It is not something you really want to guess about. A problem with the eyes is often very easy to treat if caught right away. It is often viral in nature, and cats are very stoic so they won't show problems.

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      georgiablue1 7 years ago from Riverdale, NY

      My 2 cats have sores in the corners of their eyes. My vet gave me some wash to apply every day--it happens every around the beginning of winter and the beginning of spring. I was told it is allergies.

    • nabil 7 years ago

      my cat gives birth to 4 cats ... one of theme has one eye that delayed opening. So that, I applied a cotton with warm water on it it opened but it seems to be cloudy " hard to see the pupil " ... I went to the vet and he just told me to wait for about one week then he will decide what to do .... I really worried about this cat ... please help me if u can.

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      hglick 7 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      nabil - disorders that can cause a cloudy eye are keratitis,Glaucoma and Cataract. My educated guess is that your kitten has conjunctivitis and with time and proper care, this ailment can be controlled. This ezine article goes into more detail: http://ezinearticles.com/?Cat-Eye-Infections---How...

    • Jen 7 years ago

      I have a question actually, my cat just yesterday her eye got cloudy, this was literally overnight, so I do not think it is cataracts or glaucoma or anthing because I would imagine it takes longer to contract than just one day.

      She just recently a couple weeks ago had some teeth & ear surgeries, and was tested for everything prior, she has no diseases, she is perfectly healthy, and is an indoor (only) cat. So that rules out leukemia, herpes, etc.

      her eye (the right one only) she keeps squinted most of the time, but when she opens it, it looks a little.. cloudy sort of, a bit lighter than the other, and a little watery. I can't see the inner eyelid (as best as I can tell) and has no discharge, although it does seem a little more watery than the other.

      She sleeps mos tof the day normally, and I don't think her activity level has decreased at all, and she eats & grooms herself normally.

      I assume she has probably just scratched it?

      We are already paying out of our savings for her previous surgeries, and she is still on the antibiotics, so provided it is not too serious, I would prefer avoiding another expensive vet trip. (although should her condition change for the worse, the vet is down the street & we will not hesitate to take her in).

      I was just mostly concerned that perhaps she has scratched it, or maybe it is an infection, in which case she is still on the antibiotics from before, so that should help clear it up, or if it's a scratch, is there maybe anything i can do to help the healing process?

      ok thanks a bunch.

      -jen (& "furchild" Tuffy) <3

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      hglick 7 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Jen,

      Based on your comments, it sounds as If you can rule out most causes of a cloudy eye in your cat. However, I would keep a close watch on her activity and feeding level, as well as the discomfort she has with the eye. If she did scratch her eye, this could become complicated with an infection, if bacteria enters into the picture. If you notice any of these behavioral or physical changes, you should minimally get her to a vet and have the eye looked at

    • Jen 7 years ago

      Thanks hglick for responding, as it turns out, it looked cloudier to me today than it did yesterday, so we went ahead & took her in to the vet.

      I have forgotten the name of what it is, "Grand Uviola" or something like that, it is a Spontaneous Hemmorrage of the Eye.

      She was given a shot, and 2 types of medicine, one to help heal the blood vessels, and one which is basically an antibiotic eye drop, she was also given some additional antibiotics to give orally.

      Apparently this can happen at any time for no reason, suddenly, and can cause blindness among other problems.

      Tuffy personally is doing fine, her eyesight has not been affected, and it is apparently relatively painless.

      So yes, i hope this helps someone else maybe who might have a sudden cloudy eye, and it doesn't fall under one of these categories. ;)

      thanks again

      -Jen & Tuffy

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      hglick 7 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Jen,

      It sounds as though this might be uveitis, which absolutely needs to be monitored by your vet. You made the correct choice by taking her to the vet. I hope everything works out ok

    • Miriam 7 years ago

      I have to give my poor cat eye drops pretty often, and my srategy is to gently grab her legs and arms and stick her between my legs facing the opposite of me. I can hold her in place and quickly give her drops before she freaks out. She absolutely hates the towel trick, although I wish otherwise as that looks much better in the video.

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      hglick 7 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Miriam,

      That sounds pretty tough. I guess If you're quick enough you can accomplish it

    • chris 7 years ago

      Our 2 year old domestic frequently tears (clear, not thick) from his right eye. He lets me dap it with a kleenex so I assume there isn't pain. He is wonderful otherwise. Does this sound like anything, or should I look for other patterns? Thank you. This is a great site and you are kind to answer concerns. Our vet is not much help.

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      hglick 7 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Excessive tearing, and/or a sticky pus-like discharge from the eyes or nose is frequently associated with feline respiratory infections.

      Another comon cause could be inadequate tear drainage. This could have been present from birth or developed after a fight with another cat.

      Any infection that causes tearing can be treated with an antibiotic. The dosage, type and route of administration should be determined by your vet.

      Keep a close watch on your cat to make sure there are normal behavior patterns with eating and/or grooming. Any changes should be looked at with concern and a vet should be notified.

    • Lorraine 7 years ago

      My cat has a problem with one eye. It seems to come and go so I thought it was allergies. When it didn't clear up, I took him to the Vets but they didn't know what it was. They did give me 2 prescriptions to try - Terramycin and Viralys gel L-Lysine HCI. His eye looks OK for a few days then acts up again (actually it's not his eye it's the area all around the lid, top and bottom. It is red then gets a brownish red soft scab like substance on it then starts to clear up but within a few days is back again). This has been going on too long now and I'm not sure what it could be, what to do about it etc except maybe go to a different Vet. He doesn't have any other symptoms - he eats good etc. Any ideas?

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      hglick 7 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Lorraine, my guess is that this is either an allergic reaction which causes a swelling of the eyelids or Irritated Eyelids (also known as Blepharitis). The eyelids could also become infected during cat fights. This leads to itching and scratching, crust formation and the accumulation of pus and debris on the eyelids.

      Blepharitis can be caused by head mange mites, demodectic mange mites or ringworm infection. Head mange causes intense and persistent itching which will then cause hair loss, redness and scab formation. Ringworm affects the hair on the eyelid, causing it to become brittle and break off next to the skin. This is not an itchy condition. The skin may look scaly and crusted, but it is seldom red or irritated.

      To treat scabs apply warm soaks to the eyelids to loosen them. Protect the eye by instilling mineral oil and then remove the scabs with a cotton-tipped applicator soaked in hydrogen peroxide solution. Afterwards, apply Panolog cream twice daily to the eyelids.

    • Julie 7 years ago

      Hi hglick...i have a ten year old tom cat who recently while taking his photo ive noticed that only one eye is lit up on the photographs when i get them back.Ive never noticed this before.

      Before looking at him normal both his eyes were lit up..is this just the camera or have i got something to worry about..he got diagnosed with a heart murmer two years ago but is otherwise in good health.

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      hglick 7 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Julie, this sounds more like the manner in which light was reflecting off your cat's eyes when his picture was taken, than any kind of eye problem.

      Many cat's develop slight heart murmurs. I wouldn't worry about this unless he exhibits an unusual amount of lethargy.

    • Julie 7 years ago

      Hi, thankyou very much for your information...i no were to come again if anything thankyou.

    • Juanita 7 years ago

      My cat for the past few months has had just one eye that slowly closes and opens at random and I just thought it was because of my ceiling fan blowing the air in her eye. Today I noticed that her eye has been watering more and I just saw her paw at it :( :( :(....

      There is no discharch or cloudy film nor any redness. There haven't been any issues other than it opening and closing... it seems cute, but I'm concerned.

      HELP ME PLEEEEEASE!!!

    • Julie 7 years ago

      Hi hglick,im back sooner than i was expecting sorry...but today i noticed other than the photograph just one of his eyes are lighting up,its very noticeable in the dark (when hes in a good mood)we thought it was just the camera didn't we but what about this...is it his age (10)it doesn't seem to be bothering him...do you think i should take him the vet,what would they do.Thankyou for your help.

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      hglick 7 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Juanita,

      There are several possibilities in which a cat opens and closes it's eyes with a watery discharge. The first is a feline respiratory infection. This is usually accompanied by a red eye. If there is no redness, one of two other possibilities could still exist. Either your cat has irritated it's eye with a foreign substance, or there is inadequate tear drainage. If you can see it, a foreign substance can be treated by moistening a cotton-tipped applicator and use it to swab the eye. The foreign body may adhere to it. When there is dirt in the eye, irrigate the eye with a salt water solution (one teaspoon of salt to a pint of water) Soak a wad of cotton and squeeze it into the eye. After you have removed a foreign object, apply an antibiotic opthalmic ointment(Neosporin)The cat may persist in rubbing his eye after treatment. In this case the foreign body may still be in the eye or a corneal abrasion may have occurred. Professional assistance will be needed in this instance.

      Inadequate tear drainage usually suggests that there is an infection of the ductal system. This can be treated with antibiotics by a veterinarian.

      I would suggest keeping a close watch on your cat to make sure she does not exhibit any unusual behavior associated with pain or refusal to eat. In that case a trip to the vet might be necessary.

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      hglick 7 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Julie, If this condition doesn't seem to be interfering with his eating or behavior, I would just observe him for awhile. As soon as you notice any quirky behavioral change, such as excessive meowing, hiding out or refusing to eat, I would then visit a vet.

    • Pam 7 years ago

      I just noticed my kitten has one of his eyes half closed most of the time and it discharges a yellowish goop.what could this mean?

      ...also we recently moved and after about 2days,my kitten wouldn't eat as well as it use too......I'm disturbed.

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      hglick 7 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Pam,

      It is very possible that your kitten might have a mild case of conjunctivitis. A thick, sticky mucus discharge along with a red (inflamed) eye usually indicates Pink Eye or conjunctivitis.

      A mild form of this can treated at home, although I would recommend bringing a kitten to the vet.

      If treated at home, the eye should be cleansed with a dilute solution of boric acid made up for opthalmic use. This can be purchased over-the-counter and used as directed for people. Usually there is improvement within 24 hours. If not, have your cat examined by a vet.

    • Julie 7 years ago

      Thankyou.

    • Lee 7 years ago

      Hello! My cat recently started having drainage coming from her left eye. It is a little red on the bottom. It actually started off in her right eye and I would just clean it with warm water. Her right eye is fine now. I was wondering if there is anything I can do for her at home. Can I put (human)eyedrops in her eye? I can't really afford to go to the vet right now as my husband just got laid off.

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      hglick 7 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Lee,

      If your cat is experiencing inadequate tear drainage, and there is an infection present in the ductal system, antibiotics are the usual course of treatment. The dosage and route of administration need to be determined by a vet.

      However, if you were experiencing improvement with the application of warm water to the right eye, I would proceed in the same manner with the left eye.

    • Juanita 7 years ago

      Hglick, Thank you soooo much!!! Her eye still opens and shuts a bit but the tearing has stopped. I think it was due to the humidity in the air with my apartment. I'm still watching her everyday for any changes and everything seems to check out. If anything further were to happen I will definitely take her in to the vet. Thanks again!!! :)

    • Stef 7 years ago

      Hi,

      I was after a bit of advice.

      My friend has 4 kittens, and where 3 of them are perfectly fine, one of them has a problem with her eyes. When she is looking at me, Ive noticed that her eyes arent focused on me at all. Instead, the pupils are in the top corner of each eye, seemingly focusing on two different places at once. Its awkward for me to describe, but it looks as though she is doing the opposite of being cross-eyed.

      Does anyone know what this could be? And do you have any links to websites for information about what it could be?

      Cheers!

      Stef

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      hglick 7 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Stef - The following explanation came from: http://www.petplace.com/cats/strabismus-in-cats/pa...

      Strabismus is misdirection of the eye. Instead of pointing forward in a direction parallel to the nose, the eye is turned either inward towards the nose (esotropia) or outward away from the nose (exotropia). Strabismus may be caused by an abnormality in the muscles behind the eye, or in the nerves that control those muscles. With strabismus, only the direction of the eye is changed; the position of the eye within the orbit (eye socket) is usually normal.

      Strabismus may be present in only one eye, or it can occur in both eyes. When both eyes are involved and the eyes are turned to the outside, the strabismus is called divergent. When the eyes are both turned towards the nose and are cross-eyed, the strabismus is called convergent. The eyes may also be deviated downward or upward.

      Strabismus can occur in animals of all ages. It may be present at birth and reflect abnormalities in the development of the eye, the muscles of the eye, or the brain

    • Kbeth 7 years ago

      Hi I have an 8 year old seal point Siamese and have for over the past month noticed that her right eye seemed

      "glassy". Today I noticed it bulging out and the pupil seems to be fixed and dilated with some extra darkening around the pupil. She has been acting strangely (even for a Siamese), but I chalked that up to adopting a 6 month old black "lover boy" kitten from an agency at my local Petco almost 3 weeks ago. I also have a four year old "pound puppy" mut. The Siamese is always a "pig" about food but was off her food for a few days. That seems to have improved, but the eye is worse. The kitten had a lot of runniness in his right eye when we got him, but has stopped and the Siemese had been "glassy eyed" even before we got the baby, so I don't think the problems are related to the kitten. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

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      hglick 7 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Kbeth - Changes in eye pressure are caused by disorders of the inner eye. The pupil might become fixed and fail to respond to light. A hard eye with a dilated pupil indicates Glaucoma. A soft eye with a small pupil indicates inflammation of the inner structure of the eye.

      A Bulging eye, also known as exophthalmos can be very serious and may cause loss of vision.

      Personally, I would try to get your cat veterinary supervision as soon as possible. Drugs might be required to reduce the swelling as well as antibiotics to treat a possible infection

    • Kbeth 7 years ago

      Thank you hglick for the information. She is booked to see her vet first thing on Monday morning. I put her symptoms in a checker and some disturbing things came up, besides wht you suggestedk such as; Calicivirus and Feline Infectious Peritonitis, both of which scared the heck out of me. She had vacines for FLV, so it can't be that, but I just pray that it's something very treatable, for her sake (and mine)and NOT infectious, especially with the new kitten here. Thanks again.

    • Tiffany 7 years ago

      A few days ago my cat started to get this white and yellowish discharge from her right eye. Then the next day she wasn't opening it fully. Can someone help me i love my cat very much i don't want her to be sick, is it an infection or something or allergies? =[

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      hglick 7 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      There are several possibilities:

      excessive tearing and/or a sticky pus-like discharge from the eyes or nose is frequently associated with feline respiratory infections. Most often conjunctivitis is the culprit. This is an inflammation of the lining membrane that covers the inner sides of the eyelids, and surface of the eyeball up to the cornea.

      Mild forms of coinjunctivitis can be treated at home.

      If treated at home, the eye should be cleansed with a dilute solution of boric acid made up for opthalmic use. This can be purchased over-the-counter and used as directed for people. Usually there is improvement within 24 hours. If not, have your cat examined by a vet.

    • Kbeth 7 years ago

      Hi hglick. I just wanted to let you know where we stand as far as Sienna's eye goes. My vet didn't have the equipment to accurately gauge the pressure, but he did do a full blood work panel. We saw an Opthalmalogist on Wednesday and he said she has "Primary" Glaucoma (Aparently quite rare in cats) - In her case, probably inherited (Siamese "Mill").He said the good news is that he didn't see any tumors or other disease process, but he did say she is already blind in that eye and it should come out. We were devasted and it was made worse by the fact that she is sick with a virus from the new kitten. Both vets assured me that she has already been coping with it and will be, not only fine, but possibly more "kittenlike", because she won't have the pain (that we didn't know about) anymore. Her left eye is fine, but we will take her back to the specialist every 3-4 months just to keep it that way. Thank you for your very knowledgeable answer. You were right on the mark. Oh...she bit me very hard on Monday when her vet took her temp! I didn't know that cat bites can be very dangerous. I had to go right to my doctor and get a tetnus shot and be put on Doxycycline. I just should have had a better grip on her - Poor thing! If I had know about cat bits I would have. Thanks again.

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      hglick 7 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Kbeth,

      You made the correct decision by seeing your vet. I'm glad that Sienna will finally be out of pain. She probably won't even notice the loss of her eye the same way a human would.

      Oh and by the way you also made a good decision in getting Doxycycline for the bite. I've had many a finger swell up as a result of rescue activity. Best of Luck!

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      stars439 7 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      thank you. very informative and helpful material. god bless

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      Stephanie 7 years ago from Texas

      Thanks so much for this hub and for the info you have provided in the comment section as well.

      My kitty is in good health, but you can never have too much info! :)

      Great hub! :)

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      hglick 7 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Thank You stephanie and stars

    • Jean 7 years ago

      My 2week old kitten got a scrach on its eye. It all closed and crusty should i clean the crust off?

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      hglick 7 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Jean,

      Here is an article that answers the question for you:

      http://www.howtocleanstuff.net/people-and-pets/cat...

    • Cloz 7 years ago

      Hi there

      My cat (3yrs) favors her left eye. According to our vet, he thinks she had Cat Flu as a kitten. She is and has always been very snuffly, sneezy, snoring - and she struggles to purr.

      Recently, I've noticed tears fairly regularly out of her right eye, which is often not completely open. It also appears that there is an ever so slight swelling under her right eye. She allows me to clean the "tears" and "sleep" out of her eyes, with no fuss.

      I am ruling out cat fights as she is a completely inside cat.

      Over six months back, we took the to the vet as there was some redness and she was rubbing it. He suggested she was allergic to seafood in her cat food which has now been completely eliminated.

      I am concerned. Can you suggest anything I should consider?

      Thank you in advance.

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      hglick 7 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Cloz,

      Excessive tearing and/or a sticky pus-like discharge from the eyes or nose is frequently associated with a feline upper respiratory infection. This is usually accompanied by a red eye.

      The snufflyness and sneezing would support this as well. A vet can prescribe an antibiotic for this condition.

    • tina 7 years ago

      I have a 20 year old female cat and recently noticed her one eye pupil doesn't respond to light..it stays wide open..no cloudiness or discharge present and other wise seems a healthy kitty...does this mean she is blind in that eye

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      hglick 7 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Tina,

      Yes, it is possible that your cat either has glaucoma or is blind. An eye suffering from acute glaucoma has a fixed blank look which is due to the hazy and steamy appearance of the cornea and the dilated pupil. If you gently press against the eye with your index finger through the eyelid, the affected eye feels harder than the normal one. Excessive tearing and squinting is a response to pain.

      Untreated chronic glaucoma may result in increased size of the eye and protrusion.

      There are certain indications that suggest your cat is not seeing as well as she should. Activities which require eye and body coordination, such as pouncing on a ball or jumping from a sofa to a chair, might be impaired. She may carry her face close to the ground and feel with her whiskers. Observe your cat closely You might want to visit a vet if any of her eating habits or normal activities seem affected, or if she is in pain.

    • Kristine Gaye Gavin 7 years ago

      Hi!

      I have a 13 year old cat, "Miss Mollie" who has brown pigmentation at the bottom of her right eye. It is not very dark and is contained in the iris. She has had it for a very long time. It does not seem to bother her at all. Should I be worried and what is it?

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      hglick 7 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Kristine,

      Without seeing the pigmentation, I'm not sure what it could be. It could be a birth mark, but the iris is a peculiar place for such a marking. However, If Miss Mollie seems OK with it for this long, and her behavior doesn't change, I wouldn't be too worried.

    • bobbi jo 7 years ago

      my 8month rag dolls eye is cloudy dialated and between his eye and ear seems to hurt also doesent seem himself doesent want to play at all with his buddy kitten im so worried when i bring him to the vet id like an idea please help

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      hglick 7 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      bobbi jo,

      Your cat may have glaucoma, which is a failrly commom condition. With Glaucoma fluids accumulate in the eye and can cause the pupil to stay dilated. Symptoms of glaucoma can also include teariness, redness, or cloudiness of the eye.

      If your cat has chronic Glaucoma, it can be managed with drops and medications for a time.

      Of course this is only a guess, and your vet will know best how to treat him. Best of Luck.

    • Jennifer 7 years ago

      I have four cats, all of whom are out door cats, yet very sweet lap cats, all mixed breeds. We live in Cambodia with few veterinarians, and the veterinarians we do have here have had very little education. More often than not, they treat without giving a diagnosis. Two of my adult cats (Ki-Ki and Music) have a sudden problem that has lasted for two days now. There has been what looks like a white eyelid slowly crowding over and half covering both of the eyeballs of each cat. I asume that this is the "protruded nictitating membrane." This problem came about rather suddenly, and is accompanied by terrible diarrhea in one of the cats and possibly the other cat as well. Can dehydration cause the protruded nictitating problem in the eye? Or could this be a bacterial infecftion of some kind. We took both cats to the only vet around, and he said he did not know what the problem was, but told us to buy an eye antibiotic. (That is the classic animals that doctors give animals and humans over here.) I can get almost any kind of medication for humans here at a pharmacy without a perscription, but there are almost no medications for animals here. Do you have any suggestions for us? We sure would appreciate some help! Thank you so much!

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      kartika damon 7 years ago from Fairfield, Iowa

      Excellent hub - you have great information on pets. Thank you, Kartika

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      hglick 7 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Jennifer, This definitely sounds like a feline viral respiratory infection. I can't suggest an antibiotic here because I'm not sure of the extent of the infection. However, you should observe your cats for several days, to make sure they don't become weak or dehydrated. If they do,

      You should also try to feed highly palatable food or strained baby food. diluted with water. Remove any purulent secretions from the eyes, nose and mouth with moist cotton balls.

      Antibiotics are important in the management of viral respiratory illnesses but are used to prevent secondary bacterial invaders rather than to treat the respiratory virus which is not sensitive to antibiotics. Chloromycetin or Ampicillin is a good choice.

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      hglick 7 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Thank You Kartika

    • Alma Dayekh 7 years ago

      Hey , my cat always has red brownish ( that i thinks its blood) at the edge of her eyes , and i keep on cleaning it with cotton swaps , but i dont know what it is exactly , and what's the right thing to do , so please help me.

      Thank you.

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      hglick 7 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Alma, Blephartis, or inflammation of the eyelids, can occur quite frequently because the eyelids are injured during cat fights. Scratches and surface injuries can become infected, which leads to itching and scratching, crust formation, and the accumulation of pus and debris on the eyelids.

      Blephartis also can be caused by head mange mites, demodectic mites and ringworm infection. Any of these conditions could cause the red brownish or crusty formation on the edge of your cat's eyes.

      To treat this, you could apply warm soaks to the eyelids to loosen the scabs. You could also protect the eye, by instilling mineral oil and then remove the scabs with a q-tip or cotton tipped applicator soaked in hydrogen peroxide solution. Afterwards, apply Panolog cream twice daily to the eyelids.

      If Head Mange is the culprit, it needs to be treated by removing the affected areas on the cat and bathing her entirely in warm water and soap to loosen crusts.

      Ringworm can be treated by clipping away the circumference of the infected area and bathing the skin with Weldol, Betadine shampoo, or Casteen (antifungal agent) to remove dead scales.

      If more intensive treatments are needed for any of these possibilities you should contact a vet. Always watch the behavior and energy of your cat, and make sure there are no changes.

    • Alma Dayekh 7 years ago

      Thank you so much! (:

    • csnevets 7 years ago

      I went to work yesterday and my 3 month old kitten was fine. When I got back home that evening I noticed that her left eye was slightly opaque. She was just at the vet and had a whole workup done and her second set of boosters, and the vet said that she was healthy. She doesn't appear to be in any kind of pain or discomfort, and there is no discharge. I haven't noticed any lull in her activity, and she's still eating and drinking water. The only two symptoms I've noticed are the cloudiness and a slight squint. I'm just really worried because this came on in around 6 hours while I was out of the house, and she was just at the vet a couple of days ago.

      I would appreciate any kind of help. Thank you.

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      hglick 7 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      csnevets - SEE Comments above by nabil and jen and my answers to them.

    • nella 7 years ago

      My Cat had all sorts of eye problems that would come and go, then return very quickly. My Vet and I figured out that she is allergic to fish. Sine I changed her diet, no more eye problems!

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      hglick 7 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Nella, cats can become allergic to certain foods. Allergies to fish, cheese and milk are the most common.

      An intensely itchy skin can develop accompanied by sneezing, swelling of the eyelids and a runny nose. You may see hair loss and oozing sores from constant scratching, in addition to diarrhea in half of the cases.

      That is great news that your vet was very observant and relieved your cat of her eye problems.

    • Nony 7 years ago

      My cat Bella, has this "morning Glory" thing as we call it.. like the mucus in our eye after we wake up in the morning... I usually clean it up, but then a few hours after , it comes back... I bathe her about once or twice a month, but it comes back again...

      My other cat is clean.. and she cleans her face with her paw... and she doesn't show any signs of that mucus unlike Bella's.. What should I do... HELP!

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      hglick 7 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Nony, It sounds like Bella has conjunctivitis. The following article will give you the information you need:

      http://www.sniksnak.com/cathealth/conjunctivitis.h...

    • Tabetha Burton 7 years ago

      If your cat is having eye problems please say out loud now Jesus I believe and I accept you in my heart please help me.

      I hope this helps

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      hglick 7 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Tabetha, thank you for sharing your prayers. If it works, Amen.

    • G. 7 years ago

      I noticed two or three days ago that my cat was sneezing a lot and his eyes were watery.I took him to the vet and they said he's fine,no other symptoms,no fever,etc.Today he is sneezing hardly at all but he's squinting with his one eye.Any idea what it could be?There's no colored discharge or redness or anything.

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      hglick 7 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      G,

      Either your cat has irritated it's eye with a foreign substance, or there is inadequate tear drainage. If you can see it, a foreign substance can be treated by moistening a cotton-tipped applicator and use it to swab the eye. The foreign body may adhere to it. When there is dirt in the eye, irrigate the eye with a salt water solution (one teaspoon of salt to a pint of water) Soak a wad of cotton and squeeze it into the eye. After you have removed a foreign object, apply an antibiotic opthalmic ointment(Neosporin)The cat may persist in rubbing his eye after treatment. In this case the foreign body may still be in the eye or a corneal abrasion may have occurred. Professional assistance will be needed in this instance.

    • Jully  7 years ago

      I have two cats, one who is almost a year and one who is about 3 years old. My three year old cat seems to have some kind of cloudiness in his right eye, with what looks like tiny bubbles inside the eye. This is only on his right eye, and his left is fine. Its been this way for a while now, but I want some more information about his problem before taking him to the vet. This is because the last time I took my cats to a vet, they gave him 3 of the same antibiotics, just under different names! This cost a fortune, and I don't want to be tricked like this again.

      I love my cat very much, please help.

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      hglick 7 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Jully, Disorders that can cause a cloudy eye in cats are Keratitis, Glaucoma and Cataract

      For more info see:

      https://pethelpful.com/cats/Cat-Eye-Problems-Why-t...

      AND

      http://pets.webmd.com/cats/eye-problems-discharge-...

    • Julia 7 years ago

      I have a 17 year old male, neutered, indoor cat. Just a few days ago, he started bumping into walls and I'm guessing that he may be blind. Otherwise, he is fine, i.e. using his litterbox, eating, drinking. I have not noticed him cleaning himself as much, but his fur is still shiny. We just moved a month ago from Ohio to southern Arizona. I made an appt. for Louie with a vet for tomorrow. Is there ever any hope of treatment after a cat loses sight?

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      hglick 7 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Julia, If your cat did indeed lose his sight, don't fret. Many TOTALLY blind cats get along quite well when kept in familiar surroundings. If he is only partially blind, he will get along quite well by adapting to his area through memory. The only restriction is that he should not be allowed to roam free, and should definitely be kept indoors.

    • Dominique Pendergraft 7 years ago

      My cat Shadow has had an eye infection for about three days. Me and my mother have cleaned it and the eye is looking so much better then it was, but He will not eat, he sleeps for longer then usual and he will not go to the litter box. Pleas help. I'm so worried about my little boy.

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      hglick 7 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Dominique, You should have your cat looked at by a vet, If he is not eating. There may be an underlying cause outside of the eye infection.

    • Carrie 6 years ago

      My cat Zoe is 1.5 years old. Just the other day I noticed both of her eyes are faceing the outer corners. Her nictitating membranes are in fact visible and she appears to be squinting. There is no reddness or discharge. I have not noticed a change in behavior. She does go outside daily and does not appear to have had any trauma. I am hopeful that she does not have a tumer. I cannot afford to have an MRI or Catscan done. If anyone has a clue about what may be going on I would greatly appreciate your imput.

      ~Carrie

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      hglick 6 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Carrie, This sounds like a type of strabismus, that could be caused by eye muscle paralysis. Brain tumors and injuries to the nerves and muscles of the eye are predisposing causes. This is extremely rare, and you should minimally bring your cat in for a checkup.

    • Hayley 6 years ago

      Hi, my cat keeps getting a tearful eye. Always her left eye, the pupil is much smaller on that side and it seems as though the lower lid could be very slightly swollen. The other eye seems fine but the pupil is very large. The tears last for a few days normally and then she is fine again, but it seems to be reoccuring. I have read from your comments that tears can be linked to respiratory problems, well i know that my cat has bronchitus and sort of asthma and sometimes she struggles to catch her breath when she is purring, but she does have an inhaler for that. She is an inside cat 99% of the time and only sits outside the door if she is outside, so its unlikely to be fighting. Any insight into what else could be causing the different size pupils would be greatly appreciated though. Thanks.

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      hglick 6 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Hayley,

      A change in the size of the pupil in one eye can indicate a number of conditions, ranging from mild to serious. They include:

      •Inflammation of the eye

      •Horner's syndrome (a neurologic disorder)

      •FeLV (may cause pupillary spasms)

      •Tumors

      •Central nervous system injury

    • Angela 6 years ago

      I have a 2 weeks old kitten..its eyes are not open yet..the other kittens open their eyes already..this few days, there are pus around its eyes and sometimes blood..the fluid coming out from its eyes are pale greenish-blue in colour..and the eye lids are swollen..i don't know what i'm suppose to do.. please help me.. thanks..

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      hglick 6 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      This sounds very much like conjunctivitis. For right now you can moisten a cotton ball with warm water and hold it against the eyelid for a minute or two. This should soften the discharge enough for you to remove it and open the eye. This is not a cure, only a temporary treatment until you can get the kitten to the vet.

    • Jo 6 years ago

      My cat is about 9 years old and I have noticed on the edge of the green part of her eye there is a small dark patch which is a very dark brown colour. It doesn't seem to cause her any problem but I'm concerned it might be getting bigger. If it is, it's very gradual. Many Thanks.

    • Cheryl 6 years ago

      My cat has an eye that has gradually changed color over the course of the last two years. Recently though, the eye has been tearing. She also seems to be less active and is throwing up more often. The vomit appears to be clear usually or white. I introduced another cat into the house almost a year ago and her symptoms seem to have gotten worse. I don't have a ton of money for vet visits. Any ideas?

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      hglick 6 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Jo, it sounds to me as if your cat might have an early form of Iris melanoma. Older cats may develop a visible brown or black spot on the iris of their eye. The Iris is the colored part of the eye. The spots may be single or multiple and are pigmented cells called Melanocytes that have overgrown. Examination involves the use of a slit-lamp biomicroscope, which determines whether or not the tumor is cancerous.

      I would advise an examination at the very least.

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      hglick 6 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Cheryl, Dark color changes in the iris are not always due to melanoma but it is important to continue to watch carefully for changes in the iris, especially anything that appears to be an increase in thickness.

      If the eye is tearing, it can be one of many problems.

      Decrease in activity, and throwing up are not really good signs when combined. A vet should probably be consulted.

      If you are having trouble affording a vet, the humane society might be able to help. See: http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tip...

    • Sarah:) 6 years ago

      I got my cat's kittens out the other day and one of the kitten's just had one eye open. And another one of them had one eye open and the other was like half open. What could this mean?

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      hglick 6 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Sarah, It sounds like conjunctivitis

      See: http://www.sniksnak.com/cathealth/conjunctivitis.h...

    • Suzette 6 years ago

      I have a neutered male indoor house cat who is around 9 years old, within the past week I noticed that one of his eyes has a pinkish red hue around the iris. He does not seem to have any pain associated with this. Is this something I should be concerned with? Any help is appreciated.

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      hglick 6 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Suzette, A few comments above yours I answered Cheryl who expressed similar concerns with her cat's eye color, as follows:

      Dark color changes in the iris are not always due to melanoma but it is important to continue to watch carefully for changes in the iris, especially anything that appears to be an increase in thickness.

    • raven 6 years ago

      hiya guys an gals... about 3 months ago or so one of my two cats had a clear discharge from its left eye... it seemed toclear up by its self in two weeks... now 3 months later my other cat (both of which are sisters) has got the same thing from the same eye, its very strange... could this be a simple "allergie" or where they have caught each other while fighting? or should i worry and take them both to the vets? they dont seem to be in pain with it, just the clear discharge and lots of winking :)... please help.

    • nely 6 years ago

      hi i have i big question i hope you can answer my cat was outside and when he came in side i saw his left eye you could see the third eye lid and it was red can you help me

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      hglick 6 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Raven, If the eye is not red, it is a problem with the tear drainage system. This is usually treated with antibiotics (at your vet). If the eye is red, it is usually an irritative eye disorder such as those occuring in cat fights, scratches, debris in the eye, and ringworm.

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      hglick 6 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Nely, an opaque third eyelid, normally not seen, may come out to protect an injured eye. When one eye is involved, the most likely cause is a painful eye condition such as a corneal injury, foreign body in the eye, or a cloudy eye problem.

      Protrusions of the third eyelid frequently occur in cats for no apparent reason. One theory is that there is a loss of function of the sympathetic nerve fibers going to the nictitating membrane. If so, the condition tends to clear up in a few weeks. If your cat has trouble seeing, your vet can provide you with an eyedrop solution.

    • dina 6 years ago

      one of my cats eyes is watery and a little red and she seems to close it most of the times is it something serious? and how could i treat her?

    • felice 6 years ago

      my 14 week old kitten has a bulging right eye and it weeps a little bit. she doesn't seem to be affected by it - grooming and eating is all fine and she still purrs like a machine! im worried because her eye seems to be getting bigger, and the pupil is quite big under a layer of opaque film. she also has a swollen upper lid. i have taken her to the vet and she is finishing a course of antibiotics now, the vet said she had a headache and inflamed eye lids (we could see her third eye lid too) but should be fine after the antibiotics. should i take her back to the vet? the eye also appears hard and is about twice the size of the other eye. please help, we're not very well off with money at the moment and i dont want to pay for a vet trip that is not worth while. (although if needed i will be more than happy to take her to the vet). Please help!

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      hglick 6 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      dina, It sounds like conjunctivitis. See: https://pethelpful.com/cats/Cat-Eye-Problems-and-t...

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      hglick 6 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Felice, from your explanation, it sounds as though your kitten has Glaucoma. Glaucoma is due to an increase in fluid pressure within the eyeball. Excessive tearing and squinting is a response to pain.

      Chronic Glucoma may be manaqged for a time with drops and medications.

      Untreated chronic Glaucoma may result in increased size of the eye and protrusion.

    • Jessica 6 years ago

      Earlier today I was cleaning my cats ears and right afterwards one of her eyes was squinted and the third eyelid was exposed just in the left corner and her other eye is way more dilated then the other. I don't know if maybe when she shook her head some solution got in her eye but I rinsed it with water in case. Both her eyes respond normally, is it just irritated or should I be more concerned.

    • Lisa 6 years ago

      My new little 9 wk old kitten has this thick, yellow discharge that builds up on the outside of her eyes, usually right at one corner or the other. Should I be worried? My husband and I aren't exactly wealthy but I don't want this kitten to end up blind because we didn't take her to the vet when we should. Is this problem fixable without a large vet bill? Help!

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      hglick 6 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Jessica, Observe her behavior for a few days. Make sure she doesn't walk into objects or get dizzy. Also make sure she is eating regularly. Bring her to a vet if any of these circumstances present themselves.

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      hglick 6 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Lisa, chances are this is a form of conjunctivitis. You should tease open the eyelids with a toothpick to allow this discharge to drain. Once they are drained, The eyes should be flushed with boric acid eyewash and medicated with antibiotic drops like Neomycin or Gentamycin 4 times a day. Crusted eyelids should be cleansed several times a day so that they don't paste shut again.

      also, See the hub:

      https://pethelpful.com/cats/Cat-Eye-Problems-and-t...

    • Kristen 6 years ago

      My cat is squinting with his left eye. His right seems to be fine. He'll open both eyes all the way for a second when he hears a noise or something grabs his attention, but within seconds he goes back to only having the left eye half open. It seems to have a little bit more discharge than the other eye, but nothing too dramatic. I tried looking last night to see if the whites of his eye or if the lids looked red or inflammed, but the don't seem to be. Is it just conjuctivitis or is this something else?

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      hglick 6 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Kristen, squinting is usually caused by foreign materials in the eye. Irritation causes tightening of the muscles around the eyelids, narrowing down the eye and rolling the eyelids in against the cornea. Having once rolled in, the rough margins of the lids rub against the eyeball causing further pain. Anesthetic drops can be applied to the eyeball to relieve the pain and break the cycle. This relief is only temporary if the underlying irritant is not found and removed. If this is the case you should have a professional examine the eye.

    • Soph 6 years ago

      Hi. My cat suffered from Bell's Palsy after Vestibular Syndrome earlier this year. One of her eye's was unaffected but the other become stuck open. It was no problem and we didn't have to use drops or anything as her third eyelid would flick over it ocassionally keeping it moist. The eye sustained no injury and there's been no problems with it.

      Anyway, she's slowly gained back movement in the area and she can now mostly close that eye(about 90%) and she is not able to squint it.

      However, in the last few days I've noticed it looks smaller than the other eye. It's almost as if the skin/muscles around the eye have shrunk. I can widen her eye by holding the skin around the area so I don't think the eye itself has shrunk.

      Her lip on that side had dropped with the Bell's Palsy but has now sprung back and I wonder if she lost some of the chewing muscles on that side of her mouth?

      Both eyes pupils are fine, responding to light normally etc. She is eating well, happy, doing all her normal things. The eye has no discharge, is not sore or discoloured and otherwise looks normal.

      We're seeing the vet for a checkup in two weeks but just wondered what your thoughts were. Is there anything we can do for it? Any exercises/stretches? Will it go back to normal or is is stuck like that?

      Thanks so much for your time!

    • Soph 6 years ago

      Sorry that should say:

      "Anyway, she's slowly gained back movement in the area and she can now mostly close that eye(about 90%) and she is NOW able to squint it."

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      Enelle Lamb 6 years ago from Canada's 'California'

      What a great hub! I have posted a link to your hub on my cat blog 'A Cat's Tail' on blogspot.com

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      hglick 6 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Soph, Bell's Palsy is usually a temporary problem in animals as well as humans. In most human cases recovery begins in 2 to 3 weeks and is complete within several months. A partial improvement after about a week is usually suggestive of a favorable outcome. Here is a good link to some information about facial nerve palsy in cats : http://www.helium.com/items/1643718-feline-facial-...

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      hglick 6 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Thank You very much Enelle

    • Moranda 6 years ago

      HHHEEEELLLLPPP!!!!!!!!!!!

      MY CATS EYE HAS A PROBLOM! PLEASE HELP!!.His name is Knuckles! =] He is a Silver Bengal Cat and he is 5 months old. I woke up yesterday to find my cats eye abnormal looking. His left eye is WAY DARKER in color, and his PUPIL will not dialte....His Right eye is fine...normal light green,and his pupil is dilateing just fine!!! I live in a small town and none of the local vets are open until tommrow. I would just like to know what to exspect and what is going on. Also Yesterday when I noticed his eye I also noticed there is no scratch or anything like that inside his eye!...ANY HELP WOULD B AWSUMM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      May I note that when I say his pupil wont diealate...I mean that Its staying one size...Its slighty large....but his right pupil will get veryy small. AND his light green color is now VERY DARK...almost like its turned a brownis green.

      Sorry if this is confuseing...im very confused myself. lol =\

      Thank you,

      Moranda

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      hglick 6 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Moranda, Just based upon your explanation above, hard eye or Glaucoma comes to mind. This is due to an increase in fluid pressure within the eyeball. The pupil becomes fixed and fails to respond to light. However, you should not jump to conclusions until you see a vet.

    • MyLo:) 6 years ago

      the corner of my cats eye is white and i just noticed it i dont know if it is normal and i read the info above but i still dont know what is wrong with it! If anyone knows if this is normal or not than can you please tell me.

    • priyal 6 years ago

      hey, a week ago i noticed my cat (bella) who is a year old having a watery eye,there is no redness or any colour change, her 1 eye is just more watery then the other and tears don't run down her face or anything, she doesn't scratch her eye. it's like she doesn't know anything about it, but i'm concerned coz it's watery.please advise thanks

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      hglick 6 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Mylo, Keep a close watch on the behavior of your cat It is tough to diagnose a problem from your description. The cat could have a film over the eye or could have obtained a foreign body in the eye. If your cat exhibits unusual behavior or a failure to eat, you should see a vet.

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      hglick 6 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Priyal, since Bella does not have a red eye,it probably is not conjunctivitis and if tears are not running down the face, it is not the tear drainage system. It could be that Bella picked up some dust or a foreign body in her eye. Keep a close watch on her behavior.

    • Emma 6 years ago

      My 8 year old burmese cat acts sort of blind when it is bright out. If I bring her inside she seems to be able to see perfectly but when she is outside she walks very cautiously, bumps into things occasionally and struggles to find her way to me when I call her. She showed similar symptoms last summer but they went away as the weather dulled. I have also noticed a loss of appetite lately although she doesn't appear to be losing any weight. What could be the problem?

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      hglick 6 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Emma, Many conditions exist which prevent light from getting into the eye of a cat, thus impairing vision.

      Any one of the following conditions could exist:

      Keratitis is a disease of the cornea

      Cataract is a disease of the lens

      Glaucoma Uveitis causes inflammations of the deep structures of the eye

      Retinal atrophy is the result of any disease which reduces the sensitivity of the retina to light impulses

      I also found the following article about blind Burmese cats which is very interesting. Pay closer attention to the comments that were made

      http://www.pictures-of-cats.org/blind-burmese-brot...

    • Sammal 6 years ago

      My cat has what looks like scratch on her eye, should i take her to see a vet, just to be safe?

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      hglick 6 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Sammal, If her behavior or eating patterns are altered or If she appears as If she is having trouble getting around, you should definitely see a vet immediately. Otherwise you should observe closely her behavior for several days. Visit your vet If there are changes.

    • steph 6 years ago

      I found a liter of 3 kittens about 6 weeks old outside in the dirt under a bunch of metal. One is fine and healthy looking. The second one has dirt brown discharge from both eyes , but is improving. The last one has the eye discharge and eye crustys also is sneezing on and off during the day. They all eat fine , play, and use the bathroom. It's been about a week and a half sense I found them and wanted to know if they need a vet because I'm lower class. Please help me I really need it and would appreciate it.

    • steph 6 years ago

      A little information I forgot to say about the kittens when I found them there eyes were red but not any more and they rub there eyes sometimes. Thanks again.

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      hglick 6 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Steph, First of all you are to be commended for rescuing these kittens and removing them from a sure death. Second, there is an outside possibility one or more of them has conjunctivitis and may need to be treated. Also, most likely one or more also has an upper respiratory infection. Minimally they are probably going to need an antibiotic for their eyes and an upper respiratory antibiotic (either Amoxicillin or Clavamox). You should try to get them to a vet in your area, and explain your situation. They might be able to provide you with the medications necessary to at least pull these guys out of the woods. Good Luck

      Also, See:https://pethelpful.com/cats/Cat-Eye-Problems-and-t...

    • steph 6 years ago

      Thank you so much hglick.

    • Liz 6 years ago

      Just this morning I noticed that my cat is keeping his left eye closed, or he squints when he looks at me. The inner corner of his eye appears puffy and he seems to tear but allows me to dab away the fluid. I looked at his eye and other than the fact the inner corner is puffy he seems normal, blinking away when my finger approachs the eye. Do you think this is some sort of an infection, or perhaps an issue with the tear duct?

      Do you recommend seeing a vet right away?

      Thank you so much for taking the time to respond.

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      hglick 6 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Liz, keep a close watch on your cat's eye over the next 24-48 hours. He could have gotten dust or dirt in it, and it will heal normally. If, in a day or two, his condition worsens or he continues to squint, bring him to a vet.

    • erica.b 6 years ago

      Hello there, this morning I noticed my cats upper eyelid is swollen. And he has a little bit of discharge but not much. The actual eye itself looks fine, they both look normal. He doesn't have any problems holding his eye open but it seems a bit painful for him to close his eye. It almost looks like a stye, but I haven't been able to find much information on styes in cats. He is indoors but we do have another cat that they do fight sometimes (but I can't see any scratch marks.) He's sleeping, eating, and going to the washroom just fine, nothing out of the ordinary. Please help - what should I do??

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      hglick 6 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Erica, Sudden swelling of the eyelids may be due to allergic reactions such as insect bites, hives, allergens in medications(Neomycin), or it may be seen in certain skin allergies. The lids are filled with fluid, puffy and soft. Water has passed out of the circulation into the tissues in response to the allergen.

      This usually is not a serious problem. It is of short duration and improves when the allergic agent is removed. Simple cases may be treated with drops or eye ointments containing a corticosteroid (Neocortef)

      You should get him checked out by a vet, but if you choose to wait it out, keep a 24-48 hour watch on your cats eyelids and his behavior. If you notice any change for the worse get him to a vet right away.

    • Kayla 6 years ago

      My 5 week old kitten has what looks like bug eyes. They are way to big for her face but I know that they're are cats who have overly large eyes they're entire lives anyway. Should I be worried about her bulging eyes and if so what could be the problem? Thanks !

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      hglick 6 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Kayla, The bulging eye, also known as Exophthalmos, can be serious. First, make sure your kitten can close her eyes properly. If she can, there are other possibilities that might be causing this, such as infections, growths behind the eyeball, or glaucoma. You should minimally, have your kitten examined in order to rule out anything serious.

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      hglick 6 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Regan, most kittens left outside, especially in this heat, will become dehydrated rather quickly, especially if there is no mom to look after her. Also, when a kitten is left without food and water for a period of time they become malnourished, and their immune system weakened. This leaves them open to many different ailments. The most common are upper respiratory infections and conjunctivitis or pink eye. You should hydrate her and give her small portions of wet food. Depending upon her condition, you also may need to get her looked at by a professional. Good Luck.

    • Kayla 6 years ago

      My Kitten can closed her eyes normally as far as i can tell. Thanks so much for your help! im taking her to the vet as soon as they can fit me in so hopefully its nothing serious, thanks again!

    • Jennifer 6 years ago

      Hi, my cat was taken the vet and they gave her some anti-biotics for her eye. well they dont seem to be working...her right eye has got the third eye-lid out all the time...just a little. and above the eye and in the corner it looks swollen, like the corner of her eye-lid seems to be tearing bc it has swollen up so much. She is also sneezing quite a bit. The sneezing used to have a pink discharge sometimes, but i haven't seen that since we started giving her the anti-biotics. do you have any idea what this might be??

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      hglick 6 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Jennifer, It sounds as though your cat has a feline respiratory infection or is having a bad reaction to the antibiotic. Report this to your vet immediately.

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      hglick 6 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      keep us posted Kayla

    • Tyler 6 years ago

      My black cat Symba that I love and is really just the coolest has me really worried. He seems sick. He's a trooper and a really cool little guy but he has a clear discharge coming from his right eye only, but the eye isn't red and looks completely normal, there is just much discharge coming from the eye. He also seems to be doing this wheeze and cough almost mixed with a purr at times. Also his "meow" if off, and sounds distorted/deeper. I am concerned about him. I just walked into this tonight could he be sick? Or, I am wondering if maybe he just got into a fight today with a neighborhood cat or small animal. Thank you!

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      hglick 6 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Tyler, normally this could be a problem with the tear drainage system, however the wheeze and cough could suggest a feline respiratory infection. Observe his behavior and the discharge during the next few days. If there is no change, or the discharge persists, have him looked at by a vet.

    • Anna 6 years ago

      My cat of 12 years has had a op on one of his eyes as the Colour changed a pinky red liquid was coming out. The vet said he'll be ok.

      But now within 2 days of picking him up and dtit he's taken out his good eye is now black and pinky red liquid coming out. Any advise ease.

      Thanks Anna

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      hglick 6 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Anna, If the vet said he'd be OK and he's not, I'd suggest taking him back to the vet

    • demetris 6 years ago

      hey guys i have a kitty which i found on my yard about 4 years ago. she had something strange in her eye dont remember exactly but her eyes were grey.. my mother went to the pharmacy and got some eye drops which eventually had cortizone in and got one eye fucked up with the cat able only to see shadows and the other sees aprox 70% clear now. it was a horrible mistake i still regret for it :( anyways about 2 weeks ago we came back from 3day vacations and her eye which sees only shadows was closed and we took here to the vet. we found that a small stick got inside here eye not on the eyeball inside here eyelid which is under the eye :S cause its wild the doctor had to make her sleep and took the stick out. then she gave us some eye drops to put in her eyes. they were called TOBREX, we had to use them 3 times a day, if we couldn't do it all the 3 times was at least 2 and her eye got back to the previous state. after 10 days when the stick was removed her eye started dripping tear with blood in it and it had something like a pimple on the eyball but it was red..so this week we took her to the vet again and she said that the wound opened she had ulcer in the eye , the one of the 3 eye layers was destroyed and the liquid of the cats eye is coming out from the wound and at the same time there is an infection in the eye. she gave her an antibiotic shot and told us to keep using the eye drops but the eye will never see again. we called our ophthalmologist and he said to use an antibiotic creme and eye drops every hour and not to use the other eye drops the vet gave us ( the ophtalmologist is educated on cats also he had done a surgery on his own cat before and he was the one who told us what eye drops to use when we found her 4 years ago and her eye got better..) we try to use the medication the ophtalmologist gave us but my cat's eye hurts so much that she wont lets us to put neither of the medication without 2 peopl putting here down :( its like her eye starts to deflate and i am very worried about her. she is only 4 years old and has passed so much torturies anyone know what to do if possible to save the eye? :s

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      hglick 6 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Demetris, I am very sorry for the pain and suffering that your poor kitty is going through. An ulcer and an infection is a complex problem that needs to be treated preferably by a veterinary ophthalmologist. Check this site out: http://www.vetinfo.com/cateye.html

      (do a search on ulcer)

    • demetris 6 years ago

      thank you for the fast answer,it helped very much i now know more about her situation. Can you also tell me if the eye deflates when liquid comes out or is it just swollen cause of her problem?

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      hglick 6 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      I have never heard of a cat's eye deflating from liquid coming out. The swelling is probably the result of an infection or could be conjunctivitis. Your cat seems to have several complications that suggest handling by a veterinary opthalmologist. Keep us posted on her condition.

    • demetris 6 years ago

      After using the antibiotic creme and the eye drops our opthalmologist gave us her eye got rid of the liquid and the infection. Her eye has also returned to normal and there is only that pimple i was refering in the first post :P We talked to the opthalomogist again and he told us that its gona go away slowly with the antibiotic creme with the eye going back to its previous state(at least seeing shadows. I really thank you for your help and the helpful information :)

    • Annabelle 6 years ago

      My cat Nitro is one year and a half, he appears to have the same symptoms that "Moranda-Knuckles" in some previous comments. He has been with this for a month already. His level of activity has decrease, he stays under the bed all day, for the past 2 days he is barely eating. His left eye is darker (redish-brown) than his right one, which looks completely healthy and green. His pupil doesn't respond to bright light, it doesn't get smaller like the right eye, it will only get bigger in the dark.

      When he started with the eye problem his inner eyelid will be visible and his eye will be squinty, not anymore. We thought he was getting better but his eye still dark color, and with a red dot on the inferior right corner.

      We took him to the vet 3 times already, they are not sure what is it. they did the eye pressure test and it was low, which they explained is better than high.

      they medicate him with 2 different drops, but he doesn't seem to get any better.

      We schedule a visit to the ophthalmologist but they have nothing available until 2 weeks from now.

      do you have any idea what could it be??

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      hglick 6 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      I would like to post a short comment and disclaimer here so that people understand my mission in this blog.

      First of all, I will delete all comments that use any foul language. I do understand that many people love their pets and might get emotional when it comes to discussing ailments that are mysterious and will not go away while causing pain and anxiety to both pet and owner. However, I need to emphasize that I can not allow this language.

      Secondly, I am not a veterinarian. I have a great deal of knowledge and experience due to my interest in veterinary medicine and love for my animals. I can help some people with questions, from my own experience, but not all. So please be patient If I can not give a direct answer to every question. However, I will try to find references from knowledgeable sources online that I do trust.

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      hglick 6 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Annabelle, Some of the visual characteristics that you describe in your cat's eye condition, could possibly point towards Uveitis. For an in-depth explananation of this disease, see: http://www.animaleyecare.net/diseases/uveitis.htm

    • cyneea 6 years ago

      Hi, we have a stray cat that doesn't look more than 2 months old. He's very playful and friendly. Just over night his right eye looked different. The pupil became dilated and was sensitive to light. Over the course of the next couple days there was a yellowish discharge and now the eye seems to remain half closed. He doesn't seem in pain, he eats and plays just the same. What can we do for this poor little guy??

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      hglick 6 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      cyneea, there's a good chance that the cat has acquired a mild form of conjunctivitis or a bacterial infection. Some vets will supply you with a form of antibiotic cream such as B.N.P , If you explain to them your situation. The cream is fairly easy to apply. If the discharge and infection do not go away after 48-72 hours, the eye may need to be looked at more closely

      SEE: http://www.1800petmeds.com/B.N.P.+Triple+Antibioti...

    • Marti 6 years ago

      My one year old altered male cat has a red eye that's slightly swollen with tearing, which he holds shut most of the time. The inner eye lid is also red. It started a week ago. I've been treating it as Pink Eye. But there seems to be more. He sleeps all the time and is not very active. He use to go outside for about two hours every morning. Today he had a loose stool with a tinge of blood in HIS litter box. He was a healthy boy until I adopted a 5 month old kitten from a shelter one month ago. My cat, Woody, has had all of his shots. He never had the 'kennel-cough' shot because I got him from a friend's mom cat when he was 11 wks old. (he is not coughing). The new kitten is very active, and has had all 3 FVRCP and a FeBb. The FeBb was given on the day I got her. Her only apparent problem was ear mites which I got treatment for and a 14 day course of ear drops. During this time I kept her away from my other cat. I let them interact after two weeks apart. My Woody boy likes to bath her. What could be wrong with my Woody boy!??? I am trying to get to a vet tomorrow but $ is tight. I hope you can answer. Thanks!

    • marti 6 years ago

      ...I wanted to add to the post above about Woody the cat and the new 5 month old kitten. The kitten has had a clear runny nose that builds to the point that she has to sneeze. This started during the first week I had her and I thought it was due to the ear drops, but it is still happening......

      The vet said give her a half teaspoon of Benadryl. That she must be allergic to something in my house. (what?)

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      hglick 6 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      marti, from the symptoms you describe, it sounds like Woody has a form of pink eye (also known as Conjunctivitis). There is also an outside chance though that he has developed an allergy.

      Your kitten may have developed an upper respiratory infection.

      Two good Conjunctivitis references (for Woody):

      http://www.sniksnak.com/cathealth/conjunctivitis.h...

      and

      https://pethelpful.com/cats/Cat-Eye-Problems-and-t...

      A reference about sneezing (for the kitten):

      http://hubpages.com/animals/Sneezing-Cat

    • Val 6 years ago

      Hi my 14 year old cat has this brownish/blood looking color leaking from her eye and it seems that she has problems closing and opening her eye. Do you have any idea on what it could be??? And what I could do to help her?

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      hglick 6 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Val, Check out my answer to the comment above from Alma Dayekh

    • Erika 6 years ago

      Hey, my kitty has got the third eyelid on both eyes occasionally, he seams to get them most often when he is tired and sleepy, otherwise they vanish, but than they reappear again. any advice?

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      hglick 6 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Erika, The third eyelid usually comes out to protect an injured eye. When both eyes are involved, the condition is most likely caused by a feline viral respiratory infection. Keep a closeful watch on your cat to make sure he's eating. If weight loss or dehydration occurs, or a film appears across one or both eyes, you should seek professional assistance.

    • DaisyDot 6 years ago

      My cat has a cloudy eye on and off for the last few weeks. Sometimes it is very cloudy and we wonder whether she can see out of it and other times it is almost normal. What do you think this could be?

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      hglick 6 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Daisy Dot, Loss of clarity or transparency of the eye indicates an inner eye disorder. Your cat is not necessarily blind in that eye. Disorders that cause a cloudy eye are Keratitis, Glaucoma and Cataract. A cloudy eye is beyond the scope of home treatment, and should be looked at by a vet.

      See: https://pethelpful.com/cats/Cat-Eye-Problems-Why-t...

    • AshleyMystic 6 years ago

      Hi, my three year old cat monty is keeping his eyes pretty much closed, pawing at it occationally, and is only opening it when something distracted him. I cant see anything wrong with his eye except that it is watery and slightly red. This came up about 20 minutes to an hour ago. I dont know if my other cat Chev scratched the inside of his eyelid(or he did) or if somethings in there (which I cant see anything.) What should I do in the scenario bc its late at night and no 24 hrs vet services around here? I thought about putting warm water in his eye but decided against it bc I dont want to irritate it anymore.

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      hglick 6 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      AshleyMystic, Monty may have irritated his eye with dust or dirt. Examine his eye in a dark room with a flashlight. Using a magnifying glass will help a great deal with the fine details of the problem. First examine the outer surface of the eyeball by placing one thumb against the cheek below the eye and the other thumb against the bone above the upper lid. Gently draw down on the lower thumb and apply counter traction with the other. Flash a light against the surface of the cornea to see whether it is clear and transparent. A dull or dished out spot is a sign of injury, and you will need a vet to examine him. If there is a foreign body in the eye that can be seen, you can gently remove it with blunt-nose tweezers (similar to eyebrow tweezers). Or you can moisten a cotton-tipped applicator to swab the eye. When there is dirt in the eye, irrigate the eye with a salt-water solution (one teaspoon of salt to a pint of water). Soak a wad of cotton and squueze it into the eye. After you have removed a foreign object apply an antibiotic opthalmic ointment such as Neosporin. Any discomfort shown by the cat after this type of procedure warrants an examination by a vet.

    • michelle 6 years ago

      Hello we recently purchased two cats for the spca they both started to have watery eyes and some coughing, so the spca gave us anitbiotics for them both, they both got better then one of the cats started to have worse eye problems in both eyes so we took him to the vets and she gave us an antibiotic ointment we stick in the eyes 3 times a day, he seems to barely be able to keep his eyes open and when he does you can see the inner eye and his eyes are still so red and swallen too the antibiotic seems to not be working we cant keep affording to run him back and forth to the vets its a shame too cause the spca makes the customers wash hands between petting the animals but they have a bunch of little kids volunteering there and we didn't see them wash there hands once in the 3 hours we were there they kept going to cage to cage playing with the kittens i am nervous this one cat has something really serious with his eyes??

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      hglick 6 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      michelle, When you say you stick the antibiotic ointment in the cats eyes it worries me a bit. You should only be swabbing the corners of the eyes with the ointment. SEE the videos above. If you are correctly swabbing the eyes, and they are still red, the spca should have vets examine them more closely, especially if something is more involved. Spca should not charge you for this.

    • Emma 6 years ago

      Hi there Ive been reading thru this page and I wonder if you could advise me. Ive had cats for 20yra and volunteer at the Cats protection league. I took a kitten home to feed her up as shes 11weeks old but looks only 4weeks old in size. She has been checked by a vets and they said she has a slow heart beat and will diagnose what the problem is when shes bigger. The problem is I have taken photos of her and her iris comes out bright blue!! I can't find anything similar on here so Im a little worried it could be something bad like a tumour! please help...

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      hglick 6 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Emma, When you take a picture of your cat and the eye appears as another color, there is a possibility that your camera lens itself altered the photo. I would strongly doubt a tumor, since most benign and malignant tumors in the area of a cats eye occurs on the eyelids, in older cats.

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      hglick 6 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      cassandra, Here is the answer I gave to Erica B (above), whose cat developed a similar problem:

      "Sudden swelling of the eyelids may be due to allergic reactions such as insect bites, hives, allergens in medications(Neomycin), or it may be seen in certain skin allergies. The lids are filled with fluid, puffy and soft. Water has passed out of the circulation into the tissues in response to the allergen.

      This usually is not a serious problem. It is of short duration and improves when the allergic agent is removed. Simple cases may be treated with drops or eye ointments containing a corticosteroid (Neocortef)

      You should get him checked out by a vet, but if you choose to wait it out, keep a 24-48 hour watch on your cats eyelids and his behavior. If you notice any change for the worse get him to a vet right away."

    • Emma 6 years ago

      Thank you very much for your advice it has helped to put my mind at rest, she has so much wrong with her that would've been too much for the cats protection to handle. I hope she can get a new home now without trouble. This is an excellent page and thanks for taking the time to answer me.

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      rmills123 6 years ago from Ecru,Ms

      Great hub useful information keep up the good work.

    • Balinda 6 years ago

      my new kitten is squinting her eye and she also has this greenish discharge the develops in the corner of her eye.. i really dont have the money right now to take her to the vet so ive been taking a warm wash cloth and cleaning all of the stuff off around her eye.. it doesn't seem to be scratched or anything and she lets me look in it..it seems to be worse at night what do u think?

    • colleenyts 6 years ago

      My cat was having trouble with dry eyes and a little dark discharge. He was also constantly itching at them.

      The vet put him on Royal Canine ISO after he had a problem with crystals. I was feeding him this food for over 4 years and realized his eye problems started around the time he was on this diet. I gradually weaned him off this food and switched to a high quality grain free food. His eyes cleared up completely and has not had a problem with them for about 3 years now.

      Unfortunately he has had a reassurance with crystals and the vet wants me to put him back on RC despite this issue with his eyes. I personally don't think his urinary problem is due to diet, I was starting to give him canned food because I noticed he doesn't drink or use the litter a lot. The problem now is he won't eat their special diet canned food, he will only eat GO & Wellness. Can something be added to this food instead of feeding him Royal Canine?

      Really torn about going against my vets recommendations, and I don't want him to get crystals again, but I also don't want to go back to giving him eyedrops again everyday, either.

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      hglick 6 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      thank you rmills

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      hglick 6 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Balinda, My guess is that your cat has a form of conjunctivitis.

      A mild form of this can treated at home, although I would recommend bringing a kitten to the vet.

      If treated at home, the eye should be cleansed with a dilute solution of boric acid made up for opthalmic use. This can be purchased over-the-counter and used as directed for people. Usually there is improvement within 24 hours. If not, have your cat examined by a vet.

      An examination by a vet does not need to be that expensive. Most vets will look at your kitten and suggest a treatment for a minimal charge.

      Also, See: https://pethelpful.com/cats/Cat-Eye-Problems-and-t...

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      hglick 6 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      colleenyts, You might want to increase his fluid intake by keeping clean fresh water available at all times. Also feed a restricted magnesium diet. See: http://www.petplace.com/cats/best-low-magnesium-ca...

    • colleenyts 6 years ago

      Thank you for your answer and link.

      Yes, I am worried about my cat's water intake that is why I wanted to switch him to canned food. They couldn't get him to eat the vets Royal Canine ISO canned food, so she said since he likes the dried version of this food she said it was more important for him to eat that, then a non ISO canned food, good quality or not. She doesn't think his itchy eyes and poor coat is due to the food, even though I know he was only irritated when he ate this food. She also said it is better to have irritated eyes and skin then crystals again anyways.

      I'm so confused.

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      hglick 6 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      collenyts, I don't really trust vets who suggest dietary causes of a disease or infection. I find it hard to believe that Royal Canine ISO started the eye problems. There has to be some other explanation. The common causes of eye ailments are cat fights, scratches,allergic reactions due to medications or stings, upper respiratory infections etc. etc. etc.

      NOT CHANGES IN DIET!

      I would probably try to get the opinion of a 2nd vet.

    • Michelle 6 years ago

      We have a 15 yr old Burmese. For the last couple of months, she keeps her eyes closed most of the time and opens thems only just enough to sense where she is going. She obviously moves around very slowly. The eyes tear most but not all of the time with a watery tear. She does not otherwise seem too distressed, does not paw at her eyes, eats normally etc.

      We have taken her to the vet...twice. The first time he prescribed a steroid eye drop, which we applied twice a day for 5 days. There was some improvement but then reverted back to the way it was. He also said he cannot examine the eyes as the third eye(lid?) is always present.

      When we took her back to the vet, he said perhaps it is dry eye, so we put artificial tears in her eyes. Still, it does not seem to make much difference.

      We are at our wits end and dont know what else to do. Any advice would be most appreciated?

      Just so you know...she is in indoor cat, and we live in Dubai so the aircon is on in the villa most of the time.

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      hglick 6 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Michelle, An opaque third eyelid, normally not seen, (the nictitating membrane), may come out to protect an injured eye. When one eye is involved, the most likely cause is a painful eye condition such as corneal injury, foreign body in the eye, or a cloudy eye problem. When both eyes are involved, the condition is most likely caused by a feline viral respiratory infection. If this is the case, antibiotics may be required.

    • Mpage 6 years ago

      Our cat's right eye is bloody inside the eye, but it seems that it does not bother the cat. We had the eye checked by a veterinarian and the eye had no forseen problems, pokes or cuts. My question has any one no what he problem might be. We had eye drops (steriod) to put in the cats eye. The drops worked until be ran out. Any one know what this is?

    • colleenyts 6 years ago

      Thank you for trying to help when I posted my previous comment question, but unfortunately it was misunderstood.

      Just wanted to know why my cat is having eye problems when he is on the special vet diet for his crystals.

      As soon as I take him off this food his eye problem goes away, the vet currently has him back on the vet food for a couple of weeks now and his eye problem is already reacquiring. This can not be a coincidence.

      Would anyone know why this is happening?

      Currently looking for another vet opinion, but just wondered if anyone has heard of this problem before.

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      hglick 6 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Mpage, blood inside the eye is not a good sign, Glaucoma and stroke are two possibilities that come to mind. Since your vet ruled out anything serious, it could just have been a bad scratch or injury to the eye. Keep a very close watch, and return to the vet if you notice any changes.

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      hglick 6 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      AskTheTrucker, A glassy or cloudy eye usually indicates an inner eye disorder. See: https://pethelpful.com/cats/Cat-Eye-Problems-Why-t...

    • Jan 6 years ago

      My 1 yr old female cat has developed a brownish triangular patch on the lower part of her eyeball 2 days ago. She squints a little with that eye but there is no tearing, pus or inflamation. She hasn't been in a fight. Her behavior is normal. We've been treating her for worms though & she vomited a couple of days in a row about a week ago for the first time. Ideas?

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      hglick 6 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Jan, It is very difficult to diagnose this type of a patch on the eyeball without seeing it. It could be a tumor, a cataract, a corneal ulcer or merely some scarring. It'd best to have your cat examined by a professional, especially if this patch increases in size, or if your cat's behavior changes.

    • Linda 6 years ago

      I noticed this morning that one of my two cats is keeping his left eye closed and pawing at it and crying. The eyelid all around is pink. The eye itself appears to be fine. He seems to want to crouch by the curtains or under a chair. He cries and hisses a little bit when pawing at his eye. Please help! Thank you.

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      hglick 6 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Linda, There are several possibilities, and some of them are not pleasant.

      My initial guess is that he has a foreign material lodged in the eye. If he lets you near him, open the eye and examine it. A moist cotton swab with warm water might dislodge dust or dirt, however anything more serious should be handled by a vet.

      I recommend to people, that whenever they have a cat that has altered his behavior pattern or is in pain, to bring them to a vet. Your cat seems to be in pain, and is hiding, so you should seek professional help.

    • Krista 6 years ago

      Hi there,

      I have a 15 year old cat named shadow. Shadow went blind very gracefully about 3 months ago (we didn't even notice at first, she adapted very well) But just today we noticed that one of her eyes went cloudy and the iris which is usually yellow is now orangey red. She does not seem to be in any pain and is her normal affectionate self, but I am just wondering if you might now what this could be. She is strictly indoor and has been her whole life. Any insight would be very much appreciated. Although she is old, she has not yet told me it is time to go, so I would like to make sure she stays happy.

      Thanks so much!

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      hglick 6 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Krista, A cloudy eye usually indicates an inner eye disorder. If Shadow has already been diagnosed with being blind by a professional, then this should not be a major concern to you. Cats can adapt very well to blindness indoors as long as you don't change their daily routines or surroundings too much. They have an extremely keen sense of smell and hearing, and can live many years with blindness, as long as it's not a complication of a more serious disease like diabetes. You can read more about cloudy eyes at: https://pethelpful.com/cats/Cat-Eye-Problems-Why-t...

    • krista 6 years ago

      Thanks so much for your help!!! Her eye seems to be clearer over the last couple of days (2) and the orange colour is fading, I'm wondering if maybe our younger cat nicked her, or maybe she nicked it herself... Yes she did adapt very well!! She hit a few chair legs and wall edges in the first two days but now if you didn't know her you would never know she is blind!! She cruises up and down stairs, on and off chairs and the couch etc! I think even with her weight loss she still has some years left in her!! Thanks so much for your help!!

    • sharon 6 years ago

      My 4 month old kitten just got spayed and the next day notice her left eye was cloudy..The vet not sure gave me some med for the eye. I find it interesting that every place I read an owner has had there pet to the vet for some kind of operation. Someone should check into the trauma this is and this is the cause ..put our pet out to far or something. I think it is the caused from the vet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      hglick 6 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      sharon, visits to the vets office definitely produce traumatic experiences for cats and dogs. You should always measure the seriousness of the affliction to your pet, before determining if a trip to the vet is necessary. If the cat is not eating, in pain or has altered her behavior drastically, she is telling you there is something wrong. Saving the animal should always be your first concern.

    • Tay282 6 years ago

      My cat has a cloudy watery eye. Sometimes there are tears in it he squints sometimes. He doesn't paw at his eye or anything...we've taken him to the vet twice and all they say is he has a little infection and gave him eye drops...helps only a little and only temporarily. Please help I am worried!

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      hglick 6 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Tay282, A cloudy eye usually indicates some sort of an inner eye disorder. Since your vet detected an infection as well, he prescribed eye drops. Either the infection is worse than determined, or you need a stronger eyedrop or antibiotic. See: https://pethelpful.com/cats/Cat-Eye-Problems-Why-t...

    • Jessica  6 years ago

      Hi my cats eyes Have the extra eye lid thing but nothing else seems to look wrong no discharge or anything I'm worried and not really sure what's wrong with him any suggestions sorry not much help really I'm just concerned ?

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      hglick 6 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Jessica, Protrusions of the 3rd eyelid often occur in cats for no real reason. One ongoing theory is that there is a loss of function of the sympathetic nerve fibers going to the nictitating membrane.If this is so, the condition tends to clear up after a few weeks. Meanwhile if your cat has trouble seeing, your vet can provide you with an eyedrop solution which reduces the severity of the protrusion.

    • Stephanie 6 years ago

      My 10 year old cat Honey has had swelling in her left eye on and off for the last year. We have made numerous trips to the vet about this and they have ruled out mites, we changed her food 3 times in the last year with no reason to believe it is her food that is causing this. She itches her eye so much that it bleeds and now she is loosing her hair again in this area. I feel so aweful for her as we have to have her wear a cone so she stops scratching her eye. We are at a loss as to what to do next as the vet suggested to have her keep taking a medication to help the itching , but it doesn't see to be helping...the only thing that actually helped for about a month was having the cat take an antibiotic, with the itchy med, and an eye drop....the vet said that we cannot continue to give her an antibiotic. I don't know what else to do now....we cannot afford to keep taking her to the vet....is there anything else that can help?

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      hglick 6 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Stephanie, You need to be very careful when treating your cat around her eyes. There are Hydrocortisone sprays with Aloe on the market, that help relieve itching. Obviously you can not spray the areas around the eye. You will need to spray into a q-tip or cotton swab, and gently dab the area that is affected. The preferrable method would be to use a hydrocortisone salve or pad. Here is one such treatment on the market: http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display...

    • Tanya 6 years ago

      I have a 6 month kitten that has been blinking quite frequently lately. His right eye has also been watery. I noticed yesterday evening that his pupil's were dilated and they have not decreased in size. He seems to be acting normal and his appetite hasn't changed, but i'm still a concerned proud pet owner. Do you have any suggestions?

    • CalicoTam 6 years ago

      My cat also has the 3rd eyelid up. I've taken him to the vet. She gave antibiotics and injection but it hasn't cleared up. Now it appears 2 other of my cats are starting the same thing. Appetites are good and no other symptoms just the eyelid. Any chance it could be allergies?

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      hglick 6 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Tanya, Your kitten may have a feline respiratory infection. You should watch him closely. He may need an antibiotic opthalmic ointment, If it gets worse. Your vet can help you with this if necessary.

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      hglick 6 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Calio Tam, It is very doubtful that the protrusion of the third eyelid is the result of allergies. See: http://www.petplace.com/cats/protrusion-of-third-e...

    • Ivy09 6 years ago

      I recently adopted a kitten and had to take her to the vet because she got conjunctivitis. They gave us medication and it's been 2 weeks. A week ago I noticed yellow discharge on my other cat and rapidly started giving her the antibiotic the vet had given us for the kitten. To this day the kitten sometimes gets watery eyes and sometimes I catch her sneezing quite a few times. Not too much but enough for me to notice it. I also noticed a circular patch around her whiskers where it's red and losing hair. Is it allergies? and about my other cat, I decided to stop giving her the antibiotic because I don't know if I should...Today I just gave her some eyedrops but I can see a little bit of white discharge on one of her eyes. What should I do? :(

    • Worried in Missouri 6 years ago

      My Siamese cat develops a spot on the upper corner of her eye periodically. The spot develops into a raised, white and pink, plaque kind of thing. I took her to a local vet, and the vet had no idea what it was. It's not an ulcer or a tumor, and it's raised up on the cornea like some kind of white plaque. The vet tried to debride it, but it had no effect. The same spot develops, and then clears up for awhile, then redevelops. I have no idea what this could be, and it doesn't seem to be described above.

    • Worried in Missouri 6 years ago

      I suppose I should also mention that she also has "eye boogers" frequently and that the rim around her eyes get red pretty often. She doesn't squint or act like the plaque patch bothers her, nor when her eyes get a little red. The vet also said that she'd never seen anything like it before, so I'm thinking it's something not that common. I've just been keeping a watch on the patch, and it comes and goes. If it gets worse, I intend to take her to an eye specialist. For now, I'm mostly worried about what it could possibly be.

    • Ivy09 6 years ago

      I forgot to write that my other cat, other than a bit of white discharge she also has watery eyes which is weird since she's never had any allergies to anything.

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      hglick 6 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Ivy, First off, the medication was meant for your kitten. You shouldn't give this medication to another cat, unless your vet has ok'd it. You should continue the medication on the kitten and bring your other cat to the vet. It sounds as though she may also have a mild form of conjunctivitis. Finally, the redness around the whiskers of your kitten could be allergies a sore or an infection. Consult with your vet about this.

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      hglick 6 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Worried in Missouri, This may be a form of Keratitis

      See: http://www.felipedia.org/~felipedi/wiki/index.php/...

      For the eye boogers See: http://blogs.dogster.com/vet_blog_information_advi...

    • claire 6 years ago

      i rescued my cat from a shelter about 5 months ago when he was still a little kitten. when i got him i noticed he would sneeze a lot and get mucus all over his face. i took him to the vet a couple times and he got penicillin shots and antibiotics but it still hasn't gone away and he's still very snotty and sneezy but now he also walks around like he's half asleep. he keeps his eyes halfway shut and has tracks on his face from the tears that come out of his eyes. i know this is mainly an eye-problem website but i've run out of options and i'm going out of my mind with worry. he's so miserable. if there's ANYTHING you might know that could help i'll take it.

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      hglick 6 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      claire, It is tough to guess what your rescued cat has developed. My first thoughts are that he has a severe upper respiratory problem that has weakened his system.

      These viruses can get very severe, especially if the immune system is weakened.

      Usually a vet will prescribe an antibiotic such as Clavamox to fight the infection. This may need to be used for a lengthy period of time in order to defeat the infection.

    • cassie 6 years ago

      My cat Rufio is 4 years old and has never had any medical issues. Recently however, I've noticed that she squints her left eye and she has both tears and a clear almost tear-like discharge that, if left unwiped, can goop up like an eye booger. I've been monitoring her and she cleans it like usual, and her eating and sleeping habits are normal. She flinches the teary eye when i approach it with my finger so her eyesight seems fine as well. I've noticed an old looking scab a few centimeters above the edge of her eyelid, but i'm not sure if its too old to be the cause of her issue. There are no noticeable scratches on her cornea, however, when I pull her upper eyelid up gently to check, the eyelid itself looks slightly irritated and puffy on the inside. I compared it to the other eyelid and its definitely abnormal. She's been squinting and tearing-up for 2 or 3 days now and I dont know whether this is something that will work itself out or if it requires medical attention. I dont want to make the mistake of brushing it off when it could be something serious. Thoughts?

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      hglick 6 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      cassie, This is an an answer I gave to another concerned owner, whose cat had a similar condition listed above:

      "Sudden swelling of the eyelids may be due to allergic reactions such as insect bites, hives, allergens in medications(Neomycin), or it may be seen in certain skin allergies. The lids are filled with fluid, puffy and soft. Water has passed out of the circulation into the tissues in response to the allergen.

      This usually is not a serious problem. It is of short duration and improves when the allergic agent is removed. Simple cases may be treated with drops or eye ointments containing a corticosteroid (Neocortef)"

      If this condition does not improve over the next 72 hours you might wish to consult a professional just to have piece of mind.

    • Brandon 6 years ago

      My Kitten's left pupil is a lighter color than his right eye. He's Constantly Squinting his left eye, and he rarely opens it. I'm not sure what I should do or If it's serious or not.

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      hglick 6 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Brandon, A spasm of the muscles around the eye (or severe squinting) is frequently caused by eye irritants such as foreign materials in the eye. Anesthetic drops (for opthalmic use only) can be applied to the eye for temporary relief, if the underlying irritant is not found.

    • Emily 6 years ago

      Hi hglick,

      I noticed that you're quite well versed in cats eyes. I have a moggy who came to me from a drain (he was about 5 years old when I got him) He has been tested for many things and come up clean but his right eye bothers me. When I got him it looked like his right eye had been cut, there was a thin...sort of displacement in it, literally looked like something had cut the clear part.

      About 3 weeks ago it looked cloudy in that part of the eye and I took him to a vet who said it wasn't causing him any trouble. Two days after that it looked like it had blood swirling through the cloudiness. The cloudiness was localised to the area that looked cut. The vet couldn't offer any opinions other than that it wasn't causing pain, there was no discharge and there didn't seem to be a pressure buildup either. 5 days after visiting the vet I put my cat on Revolution where previously he'd been getting Frontline and Drontal Cat wormer. The cloudiness all but cleared up and there's a thin red line where the clear line used to be. The pupil reacts to light but seems to be silver in the light. He can still see out of the eye. Should I be worried still? is this something that you have heard of?

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      hglick 6 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Emily, from your description of the events leading up to the presence of the "thin red line", It sounds as though your cat received a corneal abrasion that has attempted to repair itself through a normal process. Healing of a corneal abrasion usually takes place in 24 to 48 hours by a process in which the epthelium thins and slides over a small defect. Larger and deeper abrasions require more time.

    • Emily 6 years ago

      Thanks for that hglick. I assumed it would be something that healed itself. I'm keeping a close eye on his pupil as it sometimes seems a little odd. it reacts to light but looks like it has something in it, its silvery though and could still be a bit of cloudiness rather than anything solid.

      Thanks for that.

    • Deme 6 years ago

      hi! i have noticed over the past week or two now that my cat is gettin gunk built up in the corners of her eyes, it is a really dark almost black color. the right eye it is kinda runny and the left eye it more solid. Ive been wiping it out and she is fine with me doing that but it always is back the next day, two at the most. She is 7 or 8 now and has never had this problem before any idea what the problem could be?

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      hglick 6 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Deme,

      This may be a form of purulent conjuctivitis. Purulent conjunctivitis often begins as a milder form of conjunctivitis, which becomes secondarily infected by bacteria. Thick secretions crust the lids and the eye discharge contains mucus or pus. When this type of conjunctivitis involves both eyes, your cat may be suffering from a viral respiratory illness. Keep a watch on your cat's behavior and eating patterns over the next few days. If they change for the worse, you may need to see a vet, who can subscribe an antibiotic.

      If your cat seems fine she may just need some eye drops to clear up the problem.

      SEE: https://pethelpful.com/cats/Cat-Eye-Problems-and-t...

    • Deme 6 years ago

      overall her behavior has been pretty normal for her, lots of sleeping and playing, and she is deffinately eating as much as always! The only things that haven't been quite normal are that she missed a small jump onto the top of the computer desk which she makes all the time, and she has been bumping insto stuff a bit lately to when she turns to run away quickly from something.

    • Jenna 6 years ago

      Hi Hglick,

      My cat is a 10-year-old Russian Blue. She's always been healthy and energetic. She had a cough recently, we took her into the vet 2 days ago and found it was just a sore throat, and in the meantime he checked her for any other health problems and found none. She's current on all her vaccinations.

      She was fine last night, but this morning I woke up and saw that her pupils were strangely dilated. One of them seems to be acting normally, the other is very small/thin and reacts minimally to changes in light. She's been happy and energetic and doesn't seem to be in any pain or distress. I'm worried, though. I'm planning on taking her into the vet on Monday to get it looked at, but in the meantime, do you know what could have caused this to happen?

      Thanks,

      Jenna

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      hglick 6 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Deme, She may have an inner ear infection or is exhibiting something called Idiopathic Vestibular Syndrome. Keep a very close watch on her. If the dizziness only last for a few days she'll probably be ok. If not, there is probably something going on in her inner ear and she may need to be examined by a vet.

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      hglick 6 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Jenna, A dilated pupil can suggest a number of problems within the eye. However, your cat's behavior suggests that it may not be serious. However, you are taking a proper precaution in having her examined.

    • Jessica 6 years ago

      Ever since I got back from thanksgiving break i noticed my cat with a small pupil and will not change and her eye is red and cloudy. Her other eye is starting to turn that way. I took her to the doctor and they gave her pills and eye drops but it seems to be getting worse. Is there anything that might help?

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      hglick 6 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Jessica, Take her back to the vet. Also, See: https://pethelpful.com/cats/Cat-Eye-Problems-Why-t...

    • rasloo buxxtyh 6 years ago

      Deme 12 days ago

      overall her behavior has been pretty normal for her, lots of sleeping and playing, and she is deffinately eating as much as always! The only things that haven't been quite normal are that she missed a small jump onto the top of the computer desk which she makes all the time, and she has been bumping insto stuff a bit lately to when she turns to run away quickly from something.

      Jenna 11 days ago

      Hi Hglick,

      My cat is a 10-year-old Russian Blue. She's always been healthy and energetic. She had a cough recently, we took her into the vet 2 days ago and found it was just a sore throat, and in the meantime he checked her for any other health problems and found none. She's current on all her vaccinations.

      She was fine last night, but this morning I woke up and saw that her pupils were strangely dilated. One of them seems to be acting normally, the other is very small/thin and reacts minimally to changes in light. She's been happy and energetic and doesn't seem to be in any pain or distress. I'm worried, though. I'm planning on taking her into the vet on Monday to get it looked at, but in the meantime, do you know what could have caused this to happen?

      Thanks,

      Jenna

      hglick 10 days ago

      Deme, She may have an inner ear infection or is exhibiting something called Idiopathic Vestibular Syndrome. Keep a very close watch on her. If the dizziness only last for a few days she'll probably be ok. If not, there is probably something going on in her inner ear and she may need to be examined by a vet.

      hglick 10 days ago

      Jenna, A dilated pupil can suggest a number of problems within the eye. However, your cat's behavior suggests that it may not be serious. However, you are taking a proper precaution in having her examined.

      Jessica 3 days ago

      Ever since I got back from thanksgiving break i noticed my cat with a small pupil and will not change and her eye is red and cloudy. Her other eye is starting to turn that way. I took her to the doctor and they gave her pills and eye drops but it seems to be getting worse. Is there anything that might help?

      hglick 3 days ago

      Jessica, Take her back to the vet. Also, See:

    • Mama Wags 6 years ago

      Our 4 year old cat seems to have taken a turn for the worse and is displaying unusual behavior for about 2-3 days. We first noticed a membrane covering his left eye and at further inspection, discovered a puncture wound under his chin. There does not seem to be any swelling or blood from the area, but today while trying to eat, he starts to cry or whimper and runs away from his food, which is highly unusual. He is always displaying uncharacteristic hiding and anti-social behavior. He has always had a discharge from his 'other' eye, which will not go away, even with antibiotic cream (mostly because he won't leave it in). Please help until we can get him into the vet tomorrow. Thank you.

    • Mama Wags 6 years ago

      Correction to my last comment. He has just now since his trying to eat, gone to hide under our beds, which we have NEVER before seen him do. We are worried sick!

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      hglick 6 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Mama Wags, If he is in extreme distress I would bring him to an animal emergency clinic. Otherwise I would try to make him as comfortable as possible until you can see a vet.

    • Dana 6 years ago

      my 3 wek old kitten keeps getting a brown crusty gunk in it's eye. looks like it may have a scratch under eye. what can i do?

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      hglick 6 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Dana, Your kitten may be experiencing an upper respiratory infection and a minor form of conjunctivitis. The eye can be cleansed, but will probably require an antibiotic down the line. You may also need to see your vet. See: https://pethelpful.com/cats/Cat-Eye-Problems-and-t...

    • tanya 6 years ago

      I have 2 cats - 8 year old and a recent addition 6 month old. The kitten this morning has a teary eye (clear fluid) however, the actual eye is glassy looking, with a bloody deposit between pupil and iris.

      I'm thinking that they brawled a bit last night and he has received a scratch on the eye.

      Should I wait and see if it gets better over the next few days, or see a vet sooner? They are both indoor cats.

      Thank you for any advice you are able to give. I really do appreciate it.

    • NICOLE 6 years ago

      hello there, I have a all white cat, first time he got an infect in both eyes my vet had to give him pensiling shots for the infection which helped soo much, but every once in a blue moon his eyes will get red well now his right eye is red he is having a hard time in the sun light with it plus it waters alot and he gets this yellow stuff an it's all red, i have been puttin eye dropped in that the vet give me the last time but i don't understand why his the only one of out my 5 some cats that gets this eye problem, does it have anything to do with his color being white in all (Blizzard is his name :) )

    • CC 6 years ago

      Hello. I have a 2 month old cat who has thick brown muck covering both of his eyes completely. We (my father and I) saved him from a home were they were starving him to death because he along with the rest of the litter were very sick. We could only manage to save 2 of them as the rest were too far gone. The other cat has a white film over one eye. They both seem fairly healthy other then this and the vet told usthat he had no idea what was wrong with them. Please help!

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      hglick 6 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Tanya, Cats have a knack of healing from fights. I would check out the condition of his eye over the next few days, and his behavior. If he stops eating or hides, or if the eye appears infected, you should get to the vet right away.

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      hglick 6 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Nicole, Your cat's color has nothing to do with his eye infection. Get him to a vet as soon as possible. He might need an antibiotic, or have the eye cleaned out.

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      hglick 6 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      CC, It sounds as though you should definitely see another vet. I'm very surprised that your vet didn't recognize what either one of your cats had. The description sounds very much like a bacterial infection and purulent conjunctivitis. See: https://pethelpful.com/cats/Cat-Eye-Problems-and-t...

    • Laura 6 years ago

      Our cat has had a dark brownish red discharge from his eye for about a week. I have been bathing it with warm salt water and it seemed to be a bit better for a short while but then it's back. Today I have used some antibiotic ointment to treat it and am hoping it clears up. It is only one eye and he's perfectly happy/healthy in every other respect. It may be worth me mentioning that when he comes back in from the outdoors, the discharge is back. We plan to take him to the vets but they don't open until Tuesday.

      Thanks

    • CC 6 years ago

      Hello. I apologize for the bad grammar in my earlier response. I was using my phone to type it.

      We originally took in all of the seven kittens and the mother. Whom all were very malnourished and sickly.

      Once we brought them to the vet he diagnosed them with Upper Respiratory infections and Coccidia and gave us a few medications that we promptly put them on. We also screened the mother (Bella) for leukemia as we couldn't seem to get her to put on any weight and still to this day is fairly skinny. She came out negative.

      A few weeks later five of the kittens (despite us trying out very hardest to help them to a full recovery) had passed away.

      The two that are left both have notable eye problems.

      Mozart (who was also the smallest out of the entire litter) seems to have never fully formed eyes.

      One eye is completely black and has only a small portion of what should have been his third eyelid.

      The other eye is very hard to explain as we don't even know if there is one. All that we can see is a layer of what appears to just be thick brown muck deep in his socket. I also would like to note that the socket is an odd tear drop shape and not round like the other one is.

      The vet doesn't seem to know what to make of it and just told us that he's completely blind and to leave it at that until he gets older when the vet would like to have both under developed eyes surgically removed.

      Other then his eye problems he has become sick quite a few times in which the vet gives us more medication and we nurse him back to health. Besides all of this he is a very rambunctious and loving kitten.

      His brother (Laurent) has fully formed eyes but one has a thick white film over it. Either then that hes a very healthy kitten.

      Now we just recently got another kitten that has the same father but a different mother. Her name is Kaya and she's half siamese and half tabby. She also becomes sick very often and we do the same with her as we do with Mozart.

      The vet told us the Coccidia would go away by itself and to just wait everything else out.

      However I just feel like there is more that could be done then to just "wait it out".

      Thank You so much for helping!

    • advait 6 years ago

      my cat's one eye waters and looks like she doesn't have a eye, we can see a white thing coming out

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      hglick 6 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Laura,

      It's probably a bacterial infection. Good luck at the vet.

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      hglick 6 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      CC,

      Coccidiosis is transmitted from cat to cat usually through feces containing oocysts. In kittens, this is usually a mild disease, but when sanitation is poor, a large number of oocysts can be ingested which produces a significant illness. Cats who recover, have usually produced an immunity. They also become carriers. It is very important to thoroughly clean their waste areas on a daily basis with lysol and boiling water, to destroy the oocysts. Otherwise they will re-infect themselves.

      CC, all of your kiiteens, probably developed a fairly significant strain of the disease.

      The kittens that died probably had diarrhea initially, followed by weakness, dehydration and anemia. Unfortunately they probably needed hospitalization for fluid replacement and blood. Mozart and any other survivor most probably developed an immunity.

      To keep him healthy, make sure you clean his quarters as described above, daily.

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      hglick 6 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Advait,

      Your cat may be seriously ill and should see a vet immediately.

    • Susan F. 6 years ago

      Hello,

      We are thinking about getting a new kitten. Our 16 year old cat just died recently. I visited some really cute kittens at a small, local no-kill shelter today. The friendliest, sweetest in the bunch seemed to want me to take her home. I wasn't ready to make the decision yet because I need to have the rest of my family on board. She is just under 5 months. One eye looks cloudy and different from the other. I asked one of the shelter staff about it and she didn't know the diagnosis but said that she probably has a cataract or some other eye problem. If we decide to adopt her, would you think that a cloudy eye would be an indicator of a shorter lifespan? I understand that she would need her eye checked by a vet to make a diagnosis. I just wondered in general how much this sort of eye problem could affect her quality of life or life span or if there would be any special care considerations.

      Thank you!

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      hglick 6 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Susan, You are making a very wise choice in adopting the kitten with the cloudy eye. I am a big fan of placing unwanted or ill appearing cats, because they deserve a good home too. Many people would assume a cloudy eye to be a major problem, when in fact it is fairly common among kittens. It is probably a sign of mild conjunctivitis, which can be treated by your vet. Good luck with your new kitty.

      For more info, see: https://pethelpful.com/cats/Cat-Eye-Problems-Why-t...

    • jl7807 6 years ago

      Hello,

      I have a 2 year old cat and just within the last 2 or 3 days i've noticed that her nictitating membrane has been visible in both her eyes, it won't completely go back where it's suppose to be. It has never done this before and she doesn't seem to be in any pain. There also is no type of drainage or anything coming out of her eyes. She does get those hard brownish eye boogers though...does that mean anything? I usually clean them out of her eyes.

      Do you think this could be something serious?

      Thanks.

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      hglick 6 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      jl7807, When the nictitating membrane is visible in both eyes, the cause is most likely a feline viral respiratory infection. A veterinary examination is recommended.

    • jl7807 6 years ago

      Thank you very much, I will make her an appointment right away!

      Are the respiratory infections very harmful?

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      hglick 6 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      jl807, If the problem is a respiratory infection, they can be periodic or chronic. Respiratory infections can be fought with antibiotics. Clavamox is used by many vets. Best of luck

    • Kat311 5 years ago

      My Siamese kitten, 6 months old, has an issue with her left eye, which comes and goes. It was present about 2 weeks ago for a day or two and has now come back again. She squints the left eye and it is a bit puffy under her eye. The corner is a little pink. She doesn't seem to be in any pain over it, but every once in a while it seems like it might be bothering her. I do see her inner eyelid right after she blinks that eye. It seems to slowly open when she opens her eye. I have called my vet to discuss this and she requested that I place a hot damp cloth over it to soothe her when it seems bothersome. Any recommendations or information you could provide is greatly appreciated! Thank you!

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      hglick 5 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Kat311, There is a good chance that your kitten may have a foreign material lodged in her eye. Dust, grass, seeds dirt and specks of vegetable matter are common culprits that can become trapped behind the eyelids and the nictitating membrane.

      If the foreign body can be seen you can gently remove it

      with blunt nosed tweezers, or you can moisten a cotton-tipped applicator and swab the eye. On occasion, the foreign body can become trapped behind the third eyelid. In this case, it is best for a vet to apply an anesthetic in order to remove it. Dirt in the eye should be irrigated with a salt-water solution (one teaspoon of salt to a pint of water). Soak a wad of cotton and squeeze it into the eye.

    • Natalie  5 years ago

      My new kitten has a gooey eye that's kinda red, she also keeps sneezing a lot, taking her the vet this week but does anyone think it sounds serious or just cat cold/eye infection? I hope the latter.

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      hglick 5 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Natalie, It's probably the latter. It sounds like an upper respiratory infection with a mild form of conjunctivitis.

    • Rita 5 years ago

      My kitten was diagnosed with a heart murmur when I first got her. She is maybe 7-8 months old possibly older. She has never showed signs or symptoms of the heart murmur so I never got her an ultra sound. I did have a cardio vet, but she has been checked and checked again and each vet visit they say she is healthy her blood preasure is perfect, and nothing abnormal about her other then you can feel her little heart beat through her chest. She runs around our house all the time and is active and everything. Well the issue is today I came home from work and her eye is blurry and bloodshot. I don't know if I should worry about it or not. I already spoke with the vets but they can not see her until tomorrow night. But I am freaking out in the meantime. I don't know if the heart murmur and eye are related...or if she probably just scratched it. I have 2 other cats that are much bigger than her and they play all the time. both are declawed but have back claws, so they could have scratched her as well. Can you please help.

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      hglick 5 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Rita, As you might already know from your vet visit, the heart murmur probably has little or nothing to do with a bloody or bloodshot eye. Heart murmurs are fairly common in cats and can usually be kept under control.

    • Drake 5 years ago

      Hi. My cat recently had a thin milky white film covering half her eyes. She still has this and she squints even in a dark room. We let her out whenever she wants, and I believe she's around 10 years old. My mother asks what she's supposed to do about in a nasty way, but my cats not lookin so hot. Her doggy friend recently passed away, and she's been sad ever since. Of course, other people in my family can touch her, but only I can pick her up or get her to follow me. Please, I do need some help, as she's the last of her liter. She also has a small green thing growing out of her bottom. Sorta in and out. She also sneezes occasionally. Think you so much!

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      hglick 5 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Drake, This thin milky white film is most likely an opaque third eyelid, called the nictitating membrane. It is probably appearing due to a feline viral respiratory illness. Your vet should examine your cat, so that the proper medication or antibiotic may be administered. He can examine the green growth as well.

      Our pets can become sad and withdrawn when they lose a friend just as we do. It is important for you to provide comfort and attention to your pet's needs during this period.

    • laura 5 years ago

      My cats eyes have started to close with the white protective eye lid closing over both of them. She is only eating the jelly from her food I am worried.

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      hglick 5 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Laura, See my answer to "Drake" directly above your question. Your cat's nictitating membranes are covering her eyes most likely due to a feline viral respiratory infection. She is probably feeling a bit under the weather, which is why she doesn't feel like eating. You should see a vet, who can provide treatments to help ease her condition.

    • preea 5 years ago

      I have a little kitten named kami and she is about 6 months old today i saw that she does have a cloudy clear stuff in one of her eyes. she cant keep her eye open for very long and is constantly rubbing it. she was fine last night and today she is not herself. she isn't playing much just sleeping. is this a serious problem? do i need to take her to the vet?

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      hglick 5 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      preea, Kami may have a mild form of conjunctivitis probably caused by a feline viral respiratory infection.

      See: https://pethelpful.com/cats/Cat-Eye-Problems-and-t...

    • threeoffour 5 years ago

      I've just noticed today that my four year old moggie's inner lids are both half closed permanently and she is shying away from light. I think she may also have swelling under them but her winter coat is still very think so it's hard to tell. Can anyone help as I'm beside meself?...

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      hglick 5 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      threeoffour, Moggie probably has a feline viral respiratory infection causing the eyes to close. The infection puzzles me though. She could have cut her eyes somehow. You should definitely see a vet.

    • hazel 5 years ago

      what dose it meen if my cat ceeps going to the tolight and he is a boy

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      hglick 5 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Hazel, If you are talking about excessive urination, he could he could have a urinary tract problem. You should see a vet. See: http://hubpages.com/animals/Cat-Urinary-Problems

    • Anna 5 years ago

      my kitten's eye was injured somehow by it's mother and one of it's eyes closed. now both of them has been closed shut, i can see this green substance surroundin each eye. what could it be?

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      hglick 5 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Anna, Your kitten could possibly have a form of purulent conjunctivitis with a secondary bacterial infection. You should definitely visit a vet. Also see: https://pethelpful.com/cats/Cat-Eye-Problems-and-t...

    • nanny 5 years ago

      i have 9years female cat it developed from 2 days ago bilateral pupil dilatation and it can 't look at bright lights there is no secretions from the eye and no changes in appetite, idont know is it blind now or is there any pain(please help me to know ).i notice that it preffere to walk beside the wall,and she had a new transverse scar infront of the neck mostly due to quarrel with other cat .i am afraid of head trauma may occur during the last fight. please help me is this condition is related to the fight or not,or there othere reason responsible for this condition(we dont have vet. in our contry so please help me what can i do for it)?

    • Taylor 5 years ago

      I have a new kitten that we got today and whe was in a house with a alot of other cats. She has ring of peachy pink rings around her eyes. Is that bad or is she okay.

    • siobhanj 5 years ago

      my cats eyes are starting to turn white should i take it to the vet

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      hglick 5 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Nanny, unless your cat is crying out, hiding or not eating, there is probably minimal to no pain being experienced.

      Blindness is another issue altogether, and can be difficult to determine sometimes. Your cat's new preference for walking next to the wall seems to suggest that he could be losing his sight.

      Cat's tend to recover from fights with other cats fairly well. I don't think that head trauma will occur unless the cat received a severe blow to the head. Sorry I could not help you more, but you might try a website where an actual vet can respond to your questions.

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      hglick 5 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Taylor, I'm not sure of what you are asking.

      Sionhanj, Your cat might be experiencing a cloudy eye.

      See: https://pethelpful.com/cats/Cat-Eye-Problems-Why-t...

      You should definitely see a vet if your cat's behavior has changed. Two obvious behavior changes are hiding out or refusing to eat.

    • tracy 5 years ago

      hiya i live in greece and as you will probly know they dont much care for their animals!it is cat season and i have heard for the past week a cry from a kitten,been born among shrub on a field across from me, i have dogs so i havent been across untill today.the poor thing is about 3 weeks,been abaneoned ,as i thought and has the most horrific ,bulging white eye...the other is closed and sunken.i canttake it in,and these greeks wont care,what can i do,i wont sleep now,wish id never seen this,what is the problem,anybody know,thanx

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      hglick 5 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Tracy - A bulging eye is an extremely serious problem that can cause a loss of vision. If you really care what happens to this tiny innocent creature, you should immediately bring it to a veterinarian. If this is not possible you should try getting some shelter for this animal. Ask a friend or neighbor who cares about animals. Also, make sure that the kitten has food and water, or it will not survive.

    • Gelica 5 years ago

      Hi. I am extremely concerned about my ~2 month old kitten. She has a lot of thick, yellowish-green mucus discharge coming out of her right eye, and it tends to glaze over a little (become teary), and sometimes there's so much mucus her eye can't open very much for the past ~week. I clean it often but I'm afraid that she's got something. Her litter mate has nothing wrong and they both live together within my house. Despite this, she runs around and plays with her sister and mother and has a ton of energy, so I know she's healthy. I think it may be pinkeye, and I'm not sure how to treat it. At the moment, I have no money to afford a vet. I have eye drops for humans and was wondering if I could put a little in her eye? Would it help clear things up? I don't want to see her looking sad any longer!

      Please help me out here...

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      hglick 5 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Gelica, It sounds as though your kitten has developed a form of conjunctivitis or pink eye. If it is a mild form, you may be able to treat it at home by cleansing the eye with dilute solution of boric acid made up for opthalmic use. This can be purchased over the counter and used the way it is directed for people. If you don't get improvement within 24 hours you should minimally get it examined by a vet.

      A more advanced version of conjunctivitis, that has been infected by bacteria requires the application of antibiotics several times a day. Neosporin opthalmic ointment will usually work well. This is a combination neomycin, bacitracin and polymyxin.

      Also see: https://pethelpful.com/cats/Cat-Eye-Problems-and-t...

    • britnie 5 years ago

      my kitty cat mollie was playing with a spider in the floor earlier, she does this quite often. i checked out the spider and it looked like a common house spider (i compared to photos of venomous spiders.) but once i threw the spider out i noticed that she kept blinking one eye over and over. i looked at it closer and it had an abnormal amount of clear liquid in it and in the corner of the eye. she keeps closing just that one eye and when she does open it its not for long. i havent noticed it to be this bad before, but now that i think about it she has always blinked this eye more. what do you think this could be? (the discharge is always clear, shes only a year old and hasn't had any medical problems.)

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      hglick 5 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      britnie, your cat may have acquired a foreign material in her eye. Anesthetic drops can be applied to the eyeball to relieve pain, however keep a close watch on her to make sure there is nothing in the eye, and that her behavior doesn't change. If the eye appears to get worse or she stops eating, you should see a vet.

    • lily'smama 5 years ago

      My one year old cat Lily has a constant squint in her eyes and when she goes to drink she dumps her water everywhere from bumping her paw into it which is not like her. She has recently started pooping and peeing in other rooms of the house even though she is very well potty trained ans never has any accidents. We have a male cat whom she no longer gets along with and their baby kitten they conceived together. I am worried that in play time or a fight her eye was badly damaged. has anyone experienced this? how do I help my baby girl its breaking my heart. she also has alot of goopy discharge in her eyes

    • bloo 5 years ago

      hi my kitten has what appears to be a smudge on the lens of her right eye she doesn't seem to notice it most of the time, but she does she looks like she is pouncing at nothing in random circles. any ideas?

    • MH 5 years ago

      Hello,

      My cat's right is closed today, and it's red around the edges and on the eye as well for some reason. Want to catch the problem early if possible. Don't have a lot of money around of vet bills. Added a couple photo's below of the eye.

      http://twitpic.com/554hlv

      http://twitpic.com/554gzj

      Any help would be appreciated.

      Thanks!

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      hglick 5 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      lily'smama, The goopy discharge in Lily's eyes could be the result of a viral respiratory infection or it could be the result of a fight. Since she has altered her behavior, there definitely has to be an underlying problem that exists. She should be examined by a vet to at least identify the cause.

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      hglick 5 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      bloo, The smudge might be a partical of dust or dirt, or it may be a scratch that was received in a fight. Obviously, it seems as though it is affecting her judgement of her surroundings. Opthalmic eyedrops might help clean the eye, but any regression in her judgement or eating habits should be taken seriously.

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      hglick 5 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      MH,

      Here is an excerpt of how I responded to a similar question by Juanita above. It seems as though it applies to your cat as well.

      "There are several possibilities in which a cat opens and closes it's eyes with a watery discharge. The first is a feline respiratory infection. This is usually accompanied by a red eye. If there is no redness, one of two other possibilities could still exist. Either your cat has irritated it's eye with a foreign substance, or there is inadequate tear drainage. If you can see it, a foreign substance can be treated by moistening a cotton-tipped applicator and use it to swab the eye. The foreign body may adhere to it. When there is dirt in the eye, irrigate the eye with a salt water solution (one teaspoon of salt to a pint of water) Soak a wad of cotton and squeeze it into the eye. After you have removed a foreign object, apply an antibiotic opthalmic ointment(Neosporin)The cat may persist in rubbing his eye after treatment. In this case the foreign body may still be in the eye or a corneal abrasion may have occurred. Professional assistance will be needed in this instance.

      Inadequate tear drainage usually suggests that there is an infection of the ductal system. This can be treated with antibiotics by a veterinarian.

      I would suggest keeping a close watch on your cat to make sure she does not exhibit any unusual behavior associated with pain or refusal to eat. In that case a trip to the vet might be necessary"

    • MH 5 years ago

      Thank you so much! That's very helpful! Seems like there are many reasons for cat eye problems. Thanks for taking a look too.

      THANKS!

    • MH 5 years ago

      Hello again!

      The cat every once in a while has a little green snot like substance just outside the eye. Is that a clear sign of something?

      Thanks again

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      hglick 5 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      MH, This sounds like a crusting of the lids, which could point to Purulent conjunctivitis. The green pus like substance could be the result of a secondary bacterial infection. Keep an eye on your cat and bring it to the vet if the condition does not go away or becomes worse.

    • lmh 5 years ago

      Hi!

      I recently got my first kitten with my boyfriend. He's been doing great, is incredibly smart and playful, and just the sweetest guy. This morning I noticed that he had a whitish film on the inside corners of his eyes, which I'm pretty sure is his "third eyelid". I've read that this is a sign of a problem but he's not really showing symptoms of anything else. He's playing, eating (I think he's eating enough, but I have nothing to compare it to)and running around all the time. He's getting bigger by the day and has had his litter box down since day one. Since he's come home I've heard him sneeze maybe three times, and sometimes in the morning or after a nap he'll have some light green gooey stuff in the corner of his eye which I'll wipe away with a warm wet cotton ball. Should I be worried? Thanks!

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      hglick 5 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      imh, You shouldn't really worry unless the gooey stuff occurs daily or he stops eating or playing. Kittens sometimes develop a mild upper respiratory infection which is a type of conjunctivitis. Just keep a daily eye on your guy and make sure he doesn't alter his behavior.

    • Worried 5 years ago

      Hi, I recently moved to my new house and quickly learned my neighbor is an animal hoarder! I mean cats and dogs galore! Today I found a litter of kittens in our garage and 2 of them are sick! One looks like it's eye is hanging out of it's face but it just crusted black and puss-y. I've already reported this to the local animal control and they are calling the ASPCA. I just have never seen anything like this and because the kittens are on my property, they're "my problem" I plan to bring them to the humaine society tomorrow but didn't know what it could be or what I could do to possible help it.

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      hglick 5 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Worried, First, make sure that they have enough food and water for the night. Next, preferrably, try to locate an animal rescue organization in your area through the internet. They are usually very well equipped in the rescue of kittens and will be there quicker than the ASPCA.

    • candace23 5 years ago

      I have been reading and reading and havent found any helpful info in my case. Really hoping someone can give me some helpful info.

      My sons 8 yr old, male indoor only cat is having some eye issues, what is wrong i have no idea. Here is what is going on, yesterday morning his eyes, looked as if they were rolled back in his head. they were rolled up and to the outside on both eys. Last night when it was dark in the room his eyes were normal. I looked at his eyes several times through out the night and they looked normal.

      When we got up this morning they were rolled back agian, and have stayed this way all day.

      He has no discharge, no cloudness, hes not scratching at them.

      Thanks for reading.

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      hglick 5 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      candace23, strabismus is a condition in which eyes can be turned inwards or outwards. The most probable cause is usually some type of eye muscle paralysis. Predisposing causes could be injuries to the nerves and muscles of the eye or even brain tumors. You should have the cat examined by a professional.

    • New kitten moon 5 years ago

      Hello, I have two kittens that are 3 weeks old their mom got hit by a car and they were on my uncles farm so I took them home with me. gave them a bath and noticed they had lice I took them to the vet and they gave me some sprayto gentley use on them.she said they were healthy just a little under weight.she also deworm them. Yesterday one of their eyes was crusty and almost shut I thought maybe I got soap in it or it got scratched.I wiped it clean and it look alot better hardley can tell.now the other kitten has it in the same eye I did the same, wiped it with warm water and papertowel looks way better.I just took them to the vet and really cannot afford to take them again this soon! Any advice

      would be do helpful.thanks

    • New kitten mom 5 years ago

      I forgot to mention the discharge/crust is like a yellowish light brown color.thanks so much again

    • candace23 5 years ago

      Thank you so much for the info.

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      hglick 5 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      New kitten mom, the eyelids of newborn kittens do not open until they are 10 to 12 days old Usually there is a closed space beneath the lids that can become infected by bacteria that can gain entrance through scratches in the eye. A partially opened eye can develop a dry crusty covering. Neonatal conjunctivitis usually affects several kittens in the litter.

      Treat the kittens as prescribed by your vet. Once the kittens are older their eyes should be cleansed with a dilute solution of boric acid made up for opthalmic use. This can be purchased at drugstores or pharmacies over-the-counter and used as directed for people. This should create definite improvement within 24 hours. If not, have your cat examined by a veterinarian.

      Purulent conjunctivitis requires the application of antibiotics several times a day. An ointment containing a combination of neomycin, bacitracin and polymyxin works well.

    • DiGi 5 years ago

      My rag doll has always seemed "stuffy" and she snores to the point where she seems to be struggling to breath at times. She keeps a brown discharge from her eyes. We've had her to the vet for this as well as keeping her regular check ups. She always gets a clean bill of health. At my insistence that something wasn't right with her, they prescribed a steroid that did not bring about any improvement. She seems to be getting worse & isn't interested in playing like she used to be...she seems to tire easily. Now, the fur around her eyes has lightened. Any thoughts on what may be going on with her?

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      hglick 5 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Digi, I would discontinue the steroids and bring her to another vet. Steroids can definitely have an adverse effect on cats if they do not need them. It seems to me that your vet prescribed them to make you happy.

    • Pattie 5 years ago

      I adopted a female cat from a friend of a fiend that was confined to a wheelchair due to MS and could no longer take care of her. I didnt realize it for some time that she is deaf. I have no idea how old she is - between 8 and 18 is all I know. She has progressivley been loosing her eyesite. Within the last two weeks - she has gone totally blind. She has almost golden eyes and looks just like Garfield. Recently I installed a window airconditioner. Queen appeared to catch a cold. Her eyes have been watering and looks terrible. I was concerned that the airconditioner had some type of mold present as it had been stored in a extremely damp - moldy smelling basement. I ceased using it and cleaned the filter and any exposed parts with hot hot water and saturated it with Lysol. In two days her eyes seem to be improving and she igns of feeling much better. This morning her eyes looked much better and alsmost quit watering. I left for about two or three hours. Upon returning, her right eye was solid black and both were watering slightly. Several hours later, her right eye has started to slightly regain some color. My fiance was suddenly hit with renal cell carsonoma (Kidney cancer) in Dec. and had to have his kidney removed. No insurance and unable to work. I have been suppporting the household the best I can. I cant afford to take her to the vet. Not that I dont want to incovience myself, I would gladly do without something to help her quality of life. Its all I can do to buy her the kind of food she likes and her favorite treats. I lost my bird of 18 years at Christmas, almost lost my fiance and now my cat has me so worried. I dont think I can bear to loose her right now, so I need some advice on what I can do to help her. She eats a lot but not obease. Mostly licks the gravey till the remainder of the food is dry and drinks a lot of water. I was only able to get internet last week. The need to get it was to research medical avenues for my fiance and now for my cat. I dont thionk either will make it too much longer if I dont take some action. The more I have researched m cats symptions thie past couple of days I think sha may have kidney and blood pressure problems. I am rally concerned about the sudden black color of her one eye and what can I do?

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      hglick 5 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Pattie, the sudden black color of your cats eye could be glaucoma, could be an eye injury. or could be several other eye illnesses. My best advice to you is to either do a google search on cat rescue organizations in your area that offer free veterinary exams. Do a search on free pet clinics. Also you can get free veterinary help online at the "Ask a Vet Online" website. The link is http://www.justanswer.com/sip/veterinary?r=ppc

      I am very sorry for your situation and wish you the best.

    • Kristi 5 years ago

      Hello!

      I have inherited my parets 18 year old VERY persnickity cat. After going to the vet for her annual shave, one eye had small red scabs around it and was draining orange pus. I took her to the vet who was not able to properly examine the eye to Miss Kitty's intimidating ferocious behaviour. The vet prescribed antibiotics and cleaning. The eye cleared up almost immediately but I completed the full 7 days with the antibiotics. Her eye has been fine for three weeks now. However, yesterday we were back to scabs, orange goop and now both ears are draining bloody wax. She is eating, drinking and moving around normally but this worries me. Mostly because her ears are also affected this time. While I was cleaning her ears, I noticed that the ears themselves felt like sandpaper and the skin was very flaky. Any ideas? I have the rest of the antibiotic from before and would like to avoid another trip to the vet as she is becoming almost too expensive but I do not want to let something fester if it is serious. Also, the scabs around the eye are exactly the same size, shape and position as before. I thought the first time she may have scratched her eye, but I highly doubt she would have scratched herself inthe exact four places in the exact shape and size as before.

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      hglick 5 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Kristi, It sounds as though your cat has either obtained a bacterial infection of the ear or has ear mites. You may have to pay another visit to your vet if the condition worsens. See https://pethelpful.com/cats/Cat-Ear-Problems

    • basket 5 years ago

      my cats eye isa bit red and something like an eyelid is covering some of her eye. her pupil is a lighter color then the other one.

    • basket 5 years ago

      its cloudy

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    • Edgar 5 years ago

      So there is a cat that always hangs out around my house, I feed her and recently she had baby's. One cat that is white was born with a green and blue eye and a vet said that was normal when I came across one I asked. Right now I have no money to take it to the vet but it seems like one eye cannot be found. Her eyes started getting puss and close ... So I started opening them for her but there is one eye now that when I try to clean all I see is pink inside... And no sign of her eyeball. She eats fine and it all started when her eye started going sideways... Now the eye closes a lot and is pink in the outside as well. And her other eye seems pink now too... What happen to her eye and why? Willbit heal by itself? Or will she go blind? I heard contacts liquid is good to disenfect .. Is that true?

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      hglick 5 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Edgar, It is imperative that this cat get some professional help. If you can't afford a vet, either contact the ASPCA or do a google search on cat rescue organizations in your area. If that doesn't work try to find no kill shelters in your area that might provide free medical help for this cat.

    • Edgar 5 years ago

      What is wrong with it? It brakes my heart to separate her from her mom, they are always playing together ...

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      hglick 5 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Edgar, a cat with a missing eyeball has a serious problem, and needs to get professional care. It is as simple as that. If the eyesocket becomes infected and you do not seek some help, the cat will die.

    • jami 5 years ago

      My seven year old cat suffers from allergies (food, seasonal,dust,alot of differnt triggers). She was diognosed as a kitten and her primary sympton is eye irritation. Because of her constant reaction to something my vet suggested only treating her allergies during extreme reactions. As a result her eyes are always watery or crusty and we clean them daily. Lately we have noticed a thick white almost scar like tissue covering her eyes. We took her to the vet (a new one-we just moved)and the vet had no ideas other than to rule out corneal ulcers. Could this be scar tissue or cataracts from the constant irritation? She does not appear to be in pain but does show some signs of light sensitivity.

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    • imaan 5 years ago

      i noticed it just now n i am hell worried...my siamese cat is three months old and today she has some blood like clouding over half of her left eye...but there is no tears nor she is effected by the light...her both eyes are equally open and she still very playfull.. but that blood is making me very nervous...what should i do?

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      hglick 5 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      imaan, Blood in the eye could potentially be a serious problem and swhould be examined by a vet immediately. Minimally, she could have received a corneal abrasion or cut her eye on something in the house.

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      klb5 5 years ago

      We had a little girl cat adopt us about a month ago and she was pregnant when she arrived at our home. The kittens are 2 weeks old now and all are doing well. But, one of them has an issue with one eye. There is a large, hard scab like patch over it's eye. Today when I checked on them there seems to be puss oozing out of the bottom of it and the patch is getting larger. How do I help this little kitty?

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      hglick 5 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      kib5, The eyelids of newborn kittens can easily become infected, where the partially opened eye develops a dry crusty covering. Any discharge from the eye of a kitten is abnormal. Neonatal conjunctivitis usually affects several kittens in the litter.

      You should get the kitten to a vet for treatment. However, If this is is impossible you can try the following:

      1. Tease open the eye with a toothpick to allow the pus to drain out.

      2. Flush the eyes with boric acid eyewash and medicate with antibiotic drops (Neomycin, Gentamycin) four times a day.

      3. Crusted eyelids should be cleansed several times a day so they don't paste shut again.

      4. It is often necessary to treat the entire litter, If you can.

    • Icestar 5 years ago

      your comment has been most help full since I got a kitten last night that lived under a porch most of the time and it's eyes were bleeding and I have been wiping it with worm water and it woke up with them glued closed. but one thing instead of toothpicks why not Q-tips?

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      hglick 5 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Icestar, You have to be careful with q-tips, because the cotton could easily pull off and become lodged in a sticky eye.

    • Natalee  5 years ago

      I have taken in a feral cat who gave birth in my dads yard. I had her (and her kittens) fixed and got her a full work up of shots and de-worming. I have decided to keep her hoping to domesticate her at the very least allow her to be a "garage kitty" I don't have very much cat knowlage at all...

      I notice one of her eyes has a glassy mirror like appearance all the time almost glowing kind of like what their eyes do when light is shined in their eyes but all the time in dark and day light and its just one of her eyes. The pupil does seem to be very very slightly larger, but her eyes seem to dialate and shrink at the same time under the same circumstances... should I take her in for this? Any ideas? For the sake of knowing, she is only about 8 or 9 months old.

      Thank you!

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      hglick 5 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Natalee, There is an outside chance that your cat has Glaucoma, which can be managed with eyedrops and medication. You should have her examined by a vet.

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      Danielle Eadson 5 years ago from Sutton in Ashfield

      I have recently noticed that my cat's eye glows green in the light. Its only one of her eyes and she seems able to see out of it ok, but there is a dark browny-red patch to the outside of her eye. I think she may have bumped her eye the day before i noticed this because it was fully closed. She's around 3 or 4 months old and im really worried about her.

      Thanks.

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      hglick 5 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Danielle, Observe her behavior and eating habits for several days. If she doesn't loose her balance or hide somewhere, she is probably OK.

    • sks 5 years ago

      Hi, Our cat just had kittens about 9 days ago and one of te kittens has only one eye opened none of the other kittens have any opened eyes yet should i b concerned

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      hglick 5 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      sks, SEE my answer to kib5 4 comments ago

    • Worried :( 5 years ago

      Hello, thanks for this thread. My kitten received her distemper vaccination 3 days ago and the vet said she had a slight apPearance of conjunctivitis. They gave her some erythromycin ointment in both eyes and she hated it. We watched her for awhile and she seemed fine but when we returned about an hour later she had rubbed her right bottom eyelid raw and it is swollen and hairless! We put an e collar on her 2 days ago but the swelling doesn't seem to be going down. any suggestions? I don't want her to suffer but I also don't want to stress her out more with another trip to the vet. Anything practical I can do to help w the swelling?

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      hglick 5 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Worried, Sudden swelling of the eyelids may be due to allergic reactions. In your case your kitten may have reacted to allergens in the medications she received. This is usually not a serious problem, and should be of short duration. It will improve, if the allergic agent is removed. Simple cases may be treated with drops or eye ointments containing a corticosteroid like Neocortef.

      After several days, if the swelling does not go down, you should speak to the vet on the phone to discuss what is happening.

    • Steph 5 years ago

      I just noticed that my cat has a swollen eye (top and bottom eyelids) and when I looked in his eye it looks like he has a contact lens folded in half, in his eye towards the top outside corner. He had some discharge from it but no active discharge now... what could this be? The thing that looks like a contact lens is clear... I'm worried and my vet is closed :o(

    • SphynxMom 5 years ago

      My beloved 4 year old female Sphynx cat has suddenly developed a small oblong black spot just along the side of her pupil so that from afar it looks like the pupil has changed shape. Up close, you can see the spot is just overlapping the pupil and slightly above the pupil. Im very worried and will take her to the vet Monday morning. Any hope this is something benign?

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      hglick 5 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Steph, It is very difficult to determine whether your cat received a corneal abrasion. or got some debris in his eye, without actually observing him. You should definitely get him into a vet as soon as you can.

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      hglick 5 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Sphynxmom, Benign and malignant tumors usually occur on the eyelids. This is not meant to diminish the cause of the spot on the pupil that your observing on your cat. There are many possinilities here. Bring your cat to the vet as soon as you are able to.

    • SphynxMom 5 years ago

      Thank you. Weird thing is that when we woke up this morning the spot on my cat's pupil was gone!! I am positive it was not something ON her eye but seemed to be IN her eye. We will be closely watching her. Thanks again.

    • corduroycat 5 years ago

      my 1 year old indoor cat has had a brown crusty build up in the corner of one or both of her eyes now for a couple months. she has been to the vet twice and received antibiotic injections which seem to help for a week or two, then the discharge comes back. there doesn't seem to be irritation or redness inside the eye, and she seems healthy except for a little sneeze very occasionally. if this is a minor respiratory infection why does it keep returning? is there anything i can do besides bringing her in to the vet all the time? (going broke!) thanks much!

    • Ashleyyyp 5 years ago

      so my 3 yr old cat has green goop nd drainage coming out of her eye is it poss that the 5 month old kitten scratched her eye? if so how long till it heals?

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      hglick 5 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      corduroycat, Your cat could possibly have a form of conjunctivitis.

      A mild version of this can be treated at home. The eye should be cleansed with a dilute solution of boric acid made up for opthalmic use. This can be purchased over-the-counter and used as directed for people. Usually there is improvement within 24 hours.

      Also, See: http://hubpages.com/hub/Cat-Eye-Problems-and-the-T

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      hglick 5 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      sorry corduroycat, the correct link is:

      https://pethelpful.com/cats/Cat-Eye-Problems-and-t...

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      hglick 5 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Ashleyyyp, It's more likely that your 3 year old cat may have caught an upper respiratory infection from your kitten. The healing time depends upon the strength of the infection and the antibiotics that you use. You should have the eye examined by a vet.

    • Christy 5 years ago

      I got my kitten on the 19th of August from the pound he was 8 weeks old. He has never been a frisky kitty ad likes to be sleep alot and doesn't eat a whole lot for the past 3 days he's had book coming out of his rich eye only what should do?

    • Ann 5 years ago

      Hi, my cat's eye is bloodshot and she only opens it halfway.

      I noticed it about two days ago, and rinsed her eye with water today.

      what could be the problem?

      you can visibly see bloodshot-ness in the colored part of her eye (blue.)

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      hglick 5 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Christy,

      Here is a prior response to a similar question by kib5 - above

      "The eyelids of newborn kittens can easily become infected, where the partially opened eye develops a dry crusty covering. Any discharge from the eye of a kitten is abnormal. Neonatal conjunctivitis usually affects several kittens in the litter.

      You should get the kitten to a vet for treatment. However, If this is is impossible you can try the following:

      1. Tease open the eye with a toothpick to allow the pus to drain out.

      2. Flush the eyes with boric acid eyewash and medicate with antibiotic drops (Neomycin, Gentamycin) four times a day.

      3. Crusted eyelids should be cleansed several times a day so they don't paste shut again.

      4. It is often necessary to treat the entire litter, If you can.

      "

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    • Roi 5 years ago

      Hi, my 3 months old kitten is scratching her left eye and suddenly when I look at it her left eyelid is swelling, I tried to stop the scratching by putting a cone like shape on her head so she won't scratch it and after a while the swelling got better but the tears don't stop, I remove the cone on her head, but she scratches it again and the swelling came back again. I'm really concerned about my cat and I'm not that familiar with the causes. Will she be able to see again and how can I stop the swelling? I saw this hub a good site so I thought you can help me on my cat's case.

      I will really appreciate your help, Thank You!

    • Mary 5 years ago

      I have a cat with one runny eye that has occasional yellow puss. I would like to clean it with boric acid solution. I have the powder and would like to know the ratio of powder to water?

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      hglick 5 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Mary, The eye can be cleansed with a dilute solution of boric acid MADE UP FOR OPTHALMIC USE. This can be purchased over-the-counter and used as directed for people. Any other form of boric acid SHOULD NOT BE USED!

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      hglick 5 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Roi, Sudden swelling of the eyelids may be due to allergic reactions. Simple cases may be treated with drops or eye ointments containing a corticosteroid like Neocortef.

      After several days, if the swelling does not go down, speak to a vet.

    • chzuege 5 years ago

      For the past month my kitten has had an eye problem with just one eye. I got her when she was 2 months and her eyes were fine. Took her for her first shots, a week later she

      developed issues in one eye, watery & 3rd eyelid showing a little. Vet put her on an antibiotic. It went away for a few days and came back after done with medicine. Vet put her back on antibiotic for double amount of time, and also eye ointment. After two weeks of that it seemed to go away. A couple days after she was done with anti-biotic, the eye condition comes back again. She acts totally normal, except for the squinting, watering and 3rd eyelid showing a little. What should I do? What is happening?

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      hglick 5 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      chzuege, your kitten probably has a feline respiratory infection. If the side effects are serious, rest and proper humidification of the atmosphere are important items in treatment. Confine your cat in a warm room and use a home vaporizer. Also, make sure that she has had her vaccinations of FCV (feline calico virus) and FVR (herpes virus). Also, continue seeing your vet if the eye conditions persist, because he will prescribe the best antibiotic to fight the condition.

    • Madeleine joy 5 years ago

      My cat Romeo has a clear,thick liquid coming out of his right eye. He is a indoor cat (only). His normal behavior has not changed. He has had it for a week it hasn't got better or worse. I have not been able to take him to the vet. I am concerned. Please help me.

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      hglick 5 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Madwleine, This could be a condition which was described in a previous comment. Here was my answer

      "This may be a form of purulent conjuctivitis. Purulent conjunctivitis often begins as a milder form of conjunctivitis, which becomes secondarily infected by bacteria. Thick secretions crust the lids and the eye discharge contains mucus or pus. When this type of conjunctivitis involves both eyes, your cat may be suffering from a viral respiratory illness. Keep a watch on your cat's behavior and eating patterns over the next few days. If they change for the worse, you may need to see a vet, who can subscribe an antibiotic.

      If your cat seems fine she may just need some eye drops to clear up the problem."

    • mike 5 years ago

      We have an inherited cat and live in the caribbean The cat is probably between 1-2 years old sometimes the Left eye is widely dilated whereas the right eye appears normal .As the cat was feral for a time and also appears to have been abused(used to shy away(now very affectionate) but the tail looks as though it has been shortened??cut Just wondering if the cat is affected by Toxoplasmosis

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      hglick 5 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      mike, you really do not mention any known side effects of the disease in your cat. Signs include fever,lethargy, loss of appetite, weight loss, diarrhea,coughing and difficulty breathing.

    • Mike 5 years ago

      Hi Hglick

      no other side effects at all otherwise healthy cat!just left eye dilated some of the time right eye normal most peculiar. If the cat was human with a bang on the head `Id be very worried maybe its some form of congenital problem!

      Mike

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      hglick 5 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Mike, Changes in eye pressure are caused by disorders of the inner eye. The pupil might become fixed and fail to respond to light. A hard eye with a dilated pupil indicates Glaucoma.

    • Patrick 5 years ago

      I have a domestic long hair cat and she has a red or rust discharge from both eyes, I have in the past cleaned these off of her but she HATES ma doing anything with her eyes, she fites me as much as she can and noe whenever I reach out my hand to her she will dodge my hand,thinking that I am going to do something to her face or eye. Is this discharge normal or is it a real problem that needs to be adressed?

      Thanks for your advice.

      Take care and God bless.

      Patrick

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      hglick 5 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Patrick, a red discharge should be examined by a vet. Your cat may have an infection that requires an antibiotic to be administered.

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      Chelle Rosequist 5 years ago

      My cat's eyes looked clouded over in a picture recently, but when I look at her with naked eyes her eyes are very clear with no discharge. She is 14 years old, though you'd never know it by the way she acts, and has never lived outside, but it is "allergy season." Could she have an allergy or is it possible she is developing cataracts? As an RN that photo looked so much liked bilateral cataracts in a human, it scares me.

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      hglick 5 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Chelie, An allergic reaction is an unpleasant side effect caused by the cat's immune system. It doesn't sound as though your cat is having any unpleasant side effects to anything, therefore I'd rather doubt the speculation of allergies.

      Cataracts are rather rare in cats, and I doubt that your cat has them. If you are worried, you should get a professional opinion.

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      michelle decosta 5 years ago

      hi my his cat is almost 4 yr old he mainly stays in but wanders the neighbors yard once a night tonite he came back n his 3rd eyelids were showing in both eyes hes his normalself but im conserned about them all of a sudden showing what should i do please help

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      hglick 5 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      michelle, When the nictitating membrane is visible in both eyes, the most likely cause is a viral respiratory infection. You should have him examined to determine the extent and the medical path to follow. Usually medications or antibiotics are prescribed.

    • sdt65 5 years ago

      Our 13 yr old cat starting bleeding from the eye about 5 weeks ago. I thought at first she had scratched it as it did not bleed everyday. AFter about a week, I took her to our local vet that said he had not seen anything like it and was hoping it was a cut that wouldn't heal. He gave her a antibiotic shot. We are now 3 weeks after the shot and sometimes it looks ok-not great-and others like tonight blood is dripping on the floor. Any ideas? Please help.

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      hglick 5 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      sdt65, Cats can bleed spontaneously for many reasons, most of which are fairly serious. If your cat is still bleeding, without other side effects, you might need to get some blood work on her, to make sure there are no other more serious problems going on.

    • rachael 5 years ago

      something is wrong with my cat... im scared. i went to class this afternoon at 6 and she was fine, when i got home at 9:30 she was squinting and there is a clear discharge i can see her inner eyelid thing its in the bottom corner of her eye and is sticking out. i dont have money for a vet.. i dont know what to do.

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      hglick 5 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      rachael, If your cat is not eating or behaving strangely, call up your local shelter and see If they can provide you with some help over the phone.

    • Jeannie 5 years ago

      Hi! I just recently took in a stray cat from a friend of mine who had no other choice but to give it to an animal shelter so I took her off her hands. Sadly, my new kitty has a definite eye problem. It honestly looks infected. It is draining mucusy, whitish, liquid (probably to flush the eye of bacteria or something), as well as definite clouding in the center of the eye (it is blue when looked into in direct light), and slight swelling around the eye. It is clear to me that she is partially if not completely blind in that eye. I don't have money to see a vet until next Wednesday so I was hoping you could help me make her as comfortable as possible until then, and maybe lend some insight to this problem. Thank you for your time. :)

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      hglick 5 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Jeannie, the thick mucus discharge suggests a form of conjunctivitis. If treated at home, the eye should be cleansed with a dilute solution of boric acid made up for opthalmic use. This can be purchased over-the-counter and used as directed for people. Usually there is improvement within 24 hours.

      If you don't notice any improvement, keep her warm, with a clean supply of water with a clean litter box, until you can see the vet.

    • Yoda 5 years ago

      Hello.I have been caring for an outdoor (feral) cat for four years. She ("Leo") is semi approachable at this point, it's taken a lot of time and effort to make her somewhat friendly. I noticed a few days ago that the membrane in the left eye was prominent. She is not showing any signs of discomfort, no discharge, no swelling, no rubbing. It would be impossible for me rub ointment in her eye or take her to a vet. I have no trouble giving her pills using treats and food. Is there anything I can give her orally, (antibiotics?), that could help? I also have indoor cats, so I have a supply of cat meds available.

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      hglick 5 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Yoda, The visibility of the nictitating membrane does not necessarily call for the use of antibiotics. You should leave her alone until you notice a change in behavior or some discomfort

    • Charlotte 5 years ago

      I have quite an old cat and from what I believe she is showing signs of conjunctivitis. It is constantly watering or discharging something. Her eye won't open either at all or it's only open slightly, never fully. It's very red and sensitive to light. She's showing no signs of it being in pain and I've never seen her paw or rub it. However she does show signs of upper respiratory infection, she is constantly sneezing.

      What treatment can I give her if I can't afford the vet? I'm aware she's very old, of about 16 years but is there something I can do to help her?

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      hglick 5 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Charlotte, Clavomox is used to treat upper respiratory infection in cats, but it is best to get a vet to prescribe the dosage for you, so the animal will be able to tolerate it.

    • Lira 5 years ago

      A stray had a litter in my yard, and I brought in the two kittens once they were weaned to get them socialized etc in hopes of finding them homes. They are playful, friendly, eat/poop well, but both sound as if they have an URI (sneezing, occasional rattle with purr) and have a thick dark discharge around their eyes and, to a lesser extent, the nares. I plan to purchase a small carrier and take them to my local vet on my next day off, but was wondering if this discharge rang any bells. I have had to remove it daily for the past three days upon returning home from work.

    • asia thornhill 5 years ago

      what does it mean when a kitty has its

      eyes shut

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      hglick 5 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Lira, The discharge is most probably a mild form of conjunctivitis. The vet will probably prescribe an antibiotic and an eye ointment.

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      hglick 5 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      A kitten with closed eyes has developed conjunctivitis and a viral infection. You should get it to a vet as soon as possible

    • kevin 5 years ago

      hi, my cat gave birth to 4 kittens and 3 of them have all opened their eyes just fine but one of them only has one eye open and each time i clean it open it closes the next day. is already been more than 2 weeks since they been born.

    • Rachel 5 years ago

      Hello

      my cat has a sticky geen like discharge from his left eye only. I was sitting with him and saw his eye water up and this light green discharge run out of his eye down his nose. I wiped it off ok , he did not mind. He is eating fine and acting normal. Last year he had an eye infection in same eye( conjunctivitis) and we were given ointment and it cleared up. I thought he had the same thing again as the discharge looked the same so I took him to my vets yesterday( discharge had been going on about 4 days) and told the vet about the discharge and they checked his eyes and said nothing was wrong. He also had his full yearly body check too which came back fine. His eye had the discharge thing again last night. I do not know what to do as my vet said his eyes were fine. I have looked at his eyes and they do look healthy, no redness and the whites are white( last time the white bit was red during his infection). My cat is 11 years old . Could the vet be wrong? Or am I just worrying about nothing? He does not hold his eye funny or scratch it or squint. He is not sneezing or anything or does not have any other signs of illness. Any advice would be great, thanks.

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      hglick 5 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      kevin, Your 4th kitten has probably acquired a viral infection such as conjunctivitis and needs to be treated by a vet.

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      hglick 5 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Rachel, As long as your cat behaves normally and is eating, some eye drops and an occasional q-tip or cotton swab wipe will help make him more comfortable. If the behavior changes, observe him for a few days, and return to the vet If he stops eating.

    • Amber 5 years ago

      I have a kitten he is a rescue..he is about 10 weeks old and I have had him for almost two weeks. the past 3 days I have noticed a problem with his left eye...it waters some and looks a little smaller than the right one. He blinks alot and only the problematic eye blinks. I'm worried that he may be in pain. Any suggestions?

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      hglick 5 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Amber, If the kitten's watery eye is also red, the problem is a feline respiratory infection. If this is indeed the case, an antibiotic such as Neosporin Opthalmic ointment can aid in the treatment. A vet should be consulted when prescribing an antibiotic for a kitten.

    • Amber 5 years ago

      Thank you. His eye is not red at all.....what else do you think it may be?

    • Pamela 5 years ago

      Haya,

      Ive got a little problem and hopeing you could help!!

      Ive got a 13 week kitten and has just started having some brownish discharge from him eyes, ive been cleaning it with hot water but a few hours later and its back again :/ his eyes are not red though they look fine, could you please advice what u think it might be and if there is anything i could use at home to help him :)

      Thanks

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      hglick 5 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Amber,Here is an excerpt of how I responded to a similar question by Juanita above. It seems as though it applies to your cat as well.

      "There are several possibilities in which a cat opens and closes it's eyes with a watery discharge. The first is a feline respiratory infection. This is usually accompanied by a red eye. If there is no redness, one of two other possibilities could still exist. Either your cat has irritated it's eye with a foreign substance, or there is inadequate tear drainage. If you can see it, a foreign substance can be treated by moistening a cotton-tipped applicator and use it to swab the eye. The foreign body may adhere to it. When there is dirt in the eye, irrigate the eye with a salt water solution (one teaspoon of salt to a pint of water) Soak a wad of cotton and squeeze it into the eye. After you have removed a foreign object, apply an antibiotic opthalmic ointment(Neosporin)The cat may persist in rubbing his eye after treatment. In this case the foreign body may still be in the eye or a corneal abrasion may have occurred. Professional assistance will be needed in this instance.

      Inadequate tear drainage usually suggests that there is an infection of the ductal system. This can be treated with antibiotics by a veterinarian.

      I would suggest keeping a close watch on your cat to make sure he does not exhibit any unusual behavior associated with pain or refusal to eat. In that case a trip to the vet might be necessary"

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      hglick 5 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Pamela,

      There is an outside possibility that your cat has conjunctivitis and may need to be treated. Also, it is possible that he has an upper respiratory infection. Minimally he is

      probably going to need an antibiotic for the eyes and an upper respiratory antibiotic (either Amoxicillin or Clavamox). You should try to get him to a vet in your area

    • Amber 5 years ago

      Thank you so much. You have ben very helpful!

    • J.J. 5 years ago

      My newborn Kitten's eye is smaller then the other. All the other Kittens are fine and so is she otherwise. She can see out of it, no irritation and no sign of infection or scratch. It's just flat out smaller then her other eye. Granted they only opened them up a week ago. She (they) are perfectly healthy. So my question is, is the eye thing normal, will it gradually get better and open up more.....ect?

      P.S. For the record, She is not in pain and doesn't rub at it. No crust, puss, redness or watery-ness at all. I swear it's just smaller then her other eye. I figure if it doesn't get normal I'm gonna bring her to vet but I'm wondering if it's normal.

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      hglick 5 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      JJ, wait a few weeks, and see if things get back to normal. If she's healthy and eating, it may just be an optical illusion.

    • J.J. 5 years ago

      Thanks. I'm almost positive the eye will grow or err... Get normal as she gets older. Anyway, thanks again =)

    • Mere 5 years ago

      Yesterday morning we noticed our cat's left eye is swollen and has a white film on it. His right eye isn't swollen, but he looks out of it. He won't come around us and he's acting extremely scared. He's usually very sweet and affectionate. Do you think he got hit in the eye or ate something? We don't know what to do :(

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      hglick 5 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Mere, It sounds as though your cat received an abrasion, or was bitten by an insect. Keep a close watch. If his behavior or eating habits change, you will need to get professional help.

    • cloudy eye 5 years ago

      my cat is around 6 months old yesterday we noticed his eye had a filmy or cloudy look to it. it seems to be a diffrent color not red just a darker color which may just be the film or whatever is on his eye causing it. what do you think could be the cause of this and what should we do?

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    • Kimmyko 5 years ago

      Hi, i have a 6 weeks and 4 days kitten and i noticed that she uses alot of her senses and hearing to get around and to play... she has greyish eyes with hint of very light blue but i notice some places seems to have a touch of white... anyways, i play with her and she doesn't always seem to be able to follow the toy or my hands very well... she uses her paws to feel more... and doesn't notice my son coming until she feels him really nearby then runs away.... either even nearsighted? and i put my fingers on each side of her head to notice if she sees both fingers but she only sees my left finger which is her right eye... she never notices the right finger with her left eyes... the other kittens who were born from same batch have no problem whatsoever...so, are those signs of being half blind? or should i wait a lil longer.... thanks!

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      hglick 5 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Kimmyko, Keep a close watch on your kitten. If she seems to lose her balance or bump into furniture, she may have impaired vision. Also, observe whether she carries her nose close to the ground. Blind cats usually can get along very well.

    • luke 5 years ago

      My cat has cloudy eyes but no discharge. She also has the third eyelids coming out more than normal in the corner of her eyes, her toilets have been runny but i think that could be due to change of dry to wet food.

      Any ideas?

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    • Ginge 5 years ago

      Hi, I've just got a 9 week old kitten today and as the day has gone on, I have noticed that he is not really opening his right eye much. There's no discharge, it looks the same colour as his left eye and it's not cloudy. He hasn't eaten or drank anything since he's been here but has been sick once and has slept pretty much most of the time. I am a bit worried that it's a bit more than just settling in. Please help.

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      hglick 5 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Ginge, Your kitten might have gotten a foreign body in his eye. Examine the eye. If you see the material you might be able to remove it with tweezers. If you do not see anything, you might to get him examined by a vet.

    • Winter Grace 5 years ago

      My kitty,he's not even a year old yet,has a cloudy eye and his eyelid is hairless.He is kind of squinting out of it.My family is getting really scared.Just 3 days ago he tried to climb my christmas tree so my baby brother sprayed him with water,it got his eye accidentally.We dot know if that had anything to do with it but we are really scared.Please help:(

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      hglick 5 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Winter Grace, See the following blog:https://pethelpful.com/cats/Cat-Eye-Problems-Why-t...

    • Winter Grace 5 years ago

      Okay thank you so much!

    • kayla 5 years ago

      i have some cats outside and i saw that one of their cat friends looked like they were missing an eye. So then i thought mabe it lost it fighting but then i see a smaller cat with the same thing. Is there a breed of cat that is missing the right eye or is it an eye problem that i can help with.

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      hglick 5 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Kayla, Not sure what the problem is, but there is no breed of cat with a missing eye. This is either a deformity or they lost the eye in a fight.

    • Laura 5 years ago

      I have had my cat for 3 years and she has had a chronic problem with her eye watering. It will go away for a few months then come back. I have taken her to the vet two times and they just give her a different medicine (neo-poly-bac hydro), but it comes back again in a few months. Her eye is not red at all and she lets me wipe it with a tissue. She her behavior doesn't change when her eye waters. She acts normal.

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      hglick 5 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      laura, Your cat probably has an irritation or an allergy to something in the house like a plant or other substance involving contact with her face.

    • Hanna 4 years ago

      My cat is 12 years old and recently his eyes have been very shiny, like two flashlights, during the night and sometimes at day time too. It doesn't look like he has any film or gray cover, nor crossed. What can be the reason?

      Thank you

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      hglick 4 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Hanna , This should be a normal behavior in your cat,

      Cat's eyes have a reflective mebrane behind their retina called the tapedum lucidum. The tapedum lucidum acts as a mirror so that light that passes through the retina will get reflected back and therefore have a second chance of stimulating rod cells which are in the retina and used to detect light. A human's eye actually has the opposite type of membrane. It has a membrane behind the retina that absorbs light so that reflected light does not blur the vision.

      As long as his eating habits and balance seems normal he should be OK.

    • Hanna 4 years ago

      Thank you very much!

      Hanna

    • Rachael 4 years ago

      today i noticed that on my cats left eye the outside is a pinkish/red color. he is also squiting and pawing at it should i be concerened about it?

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      hglick 4 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

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      Mmargie1966 4 years ago from Gainesville, GA

      WOW! Great advice...thank you!

    • Kelly12 4 years ago

      I have two 8month old kittens from the same litter, they are spay and vaccinated. They both go outside. Last week we noticed Jess had a cloudy eye, she is still as crazy as normal, eats and drinks normally and is just her normal self, lily our other kitten is absolutely fine. We took Jess to the vets and they were unsure if it was her second eye lid or an infection, they have given us eye drops and it worked well and cleared but now it's gone to her left eye and is worse, there's no discharge I can see. We have been told if her right eye didn't clear up to take her in this Tuesday and there do further tests, she have scratched it as they already checked and as its in the left eye now I'm really worried about her, is this common? We will take her to the vets tomorrow or tuesday.

      Please help!!

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      hglick 4 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Kelly, Jess might have had an infection that spread to the other eye. The vet will probably advise you top put eyedrops in her second eye.

    • Totalblank 4 years ago

      Hi. My kitty will be a year old in may. I always have loved her eyes,shes the only cat i have with greenish eyes and the other night i was sitting playing my xbox with my lamp only on and i looked at her and 1 eye looks normal color and the other is a BRIGHT yellow/green like it looks like one eye is a flash light. So i turned all the lights off thinking okay its just a relection and that eye still glows,so i turned all the light on and when she looks at me her eye doesn't shine anymore the eye is not so cloudy its not grey it just looks like it maybe has a light light flim over it or kinda like the whole eye became lighter then her other one. If you wanna imagine kinda what it looks like in the dark,you know when you take a picture of a cat and both its eyes come out a bight yellow because of the flash,well imagine that but im not taking a picture ,and only one eye is shining like that. I cant get my cat to a vet right now i dont have the money and iv been looking this up all night and i cant find anything on it. She has no discharge,she is playing normally eating normally and everything seems to be fine. I can never get her eye open enough to see the whites of her eyes really but they look normal,they are white with some red veins. Anyways ty very much and i appreciate you taking you time to read this.

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      hglick 4 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Totalblank, Normal behavior and eating patterns is a GOOD THING, therefore you may not be looking at anything too serious. However, for safety sakes, let's repeat an answer to a similar situation commented on previously in this article.

      An opaque third eyelid, normally not seen, (the nictitating membrane), may come out to protect an injured eye. When one eye is involved, the most likely cause is a painful eye condition such as corneal injury, foreign body in the eye, or a cloudy eye problem. When both eyes are involved, the condition is most likely caused by a feline viral respiratory infection. If this is the case, antibiotics may be required.

    • Tiffani 4 years ago

      I have been looking through the page and didn't really see any symptoms my new kitten has. I just got him today and I noticed that he gets excessive eye mucus. I have had cats all my life and it looks normal. I don't see any redness or anything but I am having to clean his eye with a warm damp washcloth a couple times an hour on average.

      Now I did have a cat growing up that was born without a tear-duct. He always had mucus build up and run off. Never any redness or anything. His eye was usually about half open. My new kitten is kind of doing the same thing but he is being very cooperative in letting me look and clean his eye. Please help with some advice to what I should do

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      hglick 4 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      tiffani, It is fairly common for a kitten to get a sticky eye due to a bacterial infection. You should drop by a vet for some antibiotic eyedrops, which should clear up the problem.

    • z kitty 4 years ago

      i think my cat cant see anything. She is bumping. she only response for sounds. How can i treat her.

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      hglick 4 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Z kitty, Get her to a vet right away

    • Wendi 4 years ago

      My outside cat has a white layer of skin covering 1/3 of his eye. It started in his left eye and now his right eye began to do it too. Im constantly brushing him cause he's shedding like crazy and has a bad case of dandruff.. Any ideas what's going on?

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      hglick 4 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Wendi, It appears as though the nictitating membrane or third eyelid has come out to protect an injured eye. Since both eyes are involved, the cause is probably a feline viral respiratory infection. You should try to get the cat to a vet for eyedrops. An antibiotic such as clavamox might also be in order.

    • Leigh 4 years ago

      Help?

      My cat is about 10 years old, female and indoors for the last 5 years. She is pretty healthy although she is on the small side due to a first-heat litter delivered before I met her at a shelter.

      I have noticed that she has started to make occasional small grunting-type noises (almost light snoring) when sleeping, especially at night, intermittently. She normally subides after a few minutes and may or may not start again.

      Tonight as I looked over beside me where she was sleeping, I saw her left eye open (right eye was closed so I couldn't compare) with a small amount of nictitating membrane visible but almost no pupil showing at all (pinpoint pupil equivalent in a human).

      I was seated beside her in a low light environment that would never have allowed her pupil to constrict to that point.

      I decided to try to wake her and it took her more than her usual insta-wake but she did wake up. however, it appeared that she needed another few seconds before she kinda gave herself a shake and looked like she was truly "with it". At that point her pupils then appeared to be dilated as per normal and reacting to light.

      Is this something that is likely REM-sleep related and harmless or do I need to be thinking of getting a CT or MRI done?

      She is normally pretty healthy and reasonably active with no food changes or exposure to any toxins/illnesses.

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      hglick 4 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Leigh, During REM sleep, your cat's eyes move behind the eyelids, limbs twitch, and whiskers move around. Up to 60 percent of your cat's sleep is REM sleep, three times more than we have when we are asleep. It is common for the nictitating membrane to be visible during REM sleep. This is also a period where weird sounds or noises can occur, the same way some of us talk while we sleep.

      What you describe, seems like fairly common sleeping patterns in a cat.

    • Monti S. 4 years ago

      I recently took in a stray cat (which I’ve had for about two months now) who was getting attacked by another cat I believe. I’ve let him go outside and he would always come back unharmed but a couple weeks ago I let him out and he returned with an injured eye. He cleans it with his paw but it still is oozing and he doesn’t open it often but when he does the corner of the eye is red and the eye itself is slightly hazy. I don’t have the money to afford to take him to the vet and plus he still hasn’t fully learned to trust me yet and won’t let me touch anywhere near his eye. I don’t know what I should do please help.

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      hglick 4 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Monti, unfortunately the cat probably needs to get some antibiotic ointment in the eye at a minimum. You might look into rescue agencies in your area, who might supply some free or inexpensive care. You need to get his eye looked at by a professional

    • Amber 4 years ago

      Hi, I have a question concerning my 2 year old cat. 3 days ago I gave him a bath because he had flee dirt all over him and needed it because he is easily infested if no bathed periodically. Yesterday I noticed his eyes are odd looking. Starting from the inner eye where our tear duct would be to about mid-eye he seems to have a film or like his second eyelid is inflamed and it's like that today as well. He acts te same, no change in appetite and playful just skittish. This morning however I noticed him sneezing a bit but stopped after a few. What could this be and can I do anything to help? Sort on money so I'm hoping it's a cold that will clear in time and hoping its not a respiratory infection. Any suggestions?

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      hglick 4 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Amber, Sorry to say this but it sounds as though he has a feline viral respiratory infection. You should minimally have a vet examine him, He may need an antibiotic.

    • Andrea 4 years ago

      I just wanted to mention that a bulging eye isn't always a simple solution or diagnosis. My 15 year old Blue Burmese started with nasal discharge and was diagnosed with cat flu. 6 months of extensive treatment and testing costing $7700 resulted in no improvement. Then in 48 hours his eye was bulging and his third eye lid was half shut. This led to a CT scan to reveal he has an agressive tumour throughout his sinus, extending down into his throat and behind his right eye. No surgery, radiation or chemo is able to treat it. Just pallative care now. I want to remind people that cat flu is over-diagnosed as a simple solution as to why your cat's eyes or sinus may be runny. Self diagnosis over the net isn' worth your kitty's life. Please take your cat to a vet when they are ill. Good luck to all that have unwell kitties. My Thomas is in his last few days and its been a privilege to have been his owner.

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      hglick 4 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Andrea, Thank You For sharing, and we will pray that Thomas is

      comfortable in his last few days.

    • Loviecat 3 years ago

      Hi. I have a question about my cat's eyes that has not been covered. Lately, just in the past few months his eyes have been changing color. The last few days I have noticed he is spending more time on the bed rather than playing, though he does play in the morning. He is 5 yrs. old. I just witnessed him blinking a lot and his eyes are half-mast. I did consult the vet last week about him, but I have other cats, and one with a heart condition and thrombosis and owe the vet quite a bit of money. Taking Lovie for an exam right now may be out of the question with my vet until I can get the bill paid down some. Do you have any clue what could be causing this to happen to him? I'm hoping and praying it is not serious--this cat puts me to bed every night and is the most loving, gentle creature in my home. It would break my heart if something were seriously wrong at his age, but whatever it is, if it can be treated I want to try. First I need to know what can it possibly be. My vet said just to keep an eye on it, if the brown spots get larger then it could be a tumor but it seems he has a bit of brown in both eyes, one is quite large.

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      hglick 3 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Loviecat, This article may help you:

      http://www.vetinfo.com/cat-eye-color-changes.html

    • Stacey 3 years ago

      The last couple weeks my one cat has had these rough patches right above his eyes. You know how some cats have an area between their ears and the top of their eyes where the fur is not as thick and you can see skin? This is right above both of his eyes from the edge of the eye lid about the area of a marble. I don't notice him itching or rubbing at it, it doesn't seem to bother him at all, but I noticed that those 2 spots are getting thicker and scabbier looking and today it looks like some of it is trying to peel off. I don't see anything oozing it's just crusty, patches that have progressively gotten thicker. He doesn't have any other spots like that on his body that I can feel or see. Just those 2 spots above each of his eyes. No dietary changes have been made recently, we did go through a bout of fleas in the last few months but I think they are gone and this started afterward. He was originally a partial feral cat and he still spends a lot of time outdoors with other ferals (that we do take care of) but I haven't seen any skin issues on any of them. Just wondering what in the world it could possibly be to be in only that location on his head and symmetrically on both sides like that.

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      hglick 3 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Stacey, I believe this may answer your question: http://www.vetinfo.com/cat-hair-loss-above-eyes.ht...

    • Emily 2 years ago

      I'm not sure if you answered this question before, but two of my kittens have a white film over the eye, with a white blob near the center. BUT the blob moves with the eye. I think I've seen it before, but I can't quite remember what happened... If you can help, it'd be much appreciated! :)

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      hglick 2 years ago from Ronkonkoma, NY

      Emily, It appears as though the third eyelid or nictitating membrane has covered your kittens eyes, probably due to an infection. The white blob could be part of the infection or the third eyelid. You should see a vet.

    • Claudia 13 months ago

      Hello, my cat's name is Bastet, and it seems she's been having some eye irritation lately. It happened suddenly where she just started keeping on eye closed, and didn't open it much at all. After a few days I wiped the outside of the eye with a warm damp cloth and now she occasionally opens it just a little or sometimes almost fully, but mostly keeps it closed. I've looked closely at her irritated and good eye and they look the same except for maybe one blood vessel I noticed on the bad eye. I figured it was just a stubborn foreign object irritation but it's been more than a week now and she's started to not eat her dry food as much. She still eats it but is reluctant, and when I gave her wet food she ate it all up very quickly. This is the only behavior change I've noticed. Is it just a foreign object or could it be something more?

    • KK 3 months ago

      what type of food should be given to cats when they are facing eyelid infection?

    • Hayley 7 weeks ago

      Hi, my cat's name is Coco, and she's been keeping her eye closed for a couple of days. It's weeping clear discharge and when I try to look under her eyelids it's very dark and almost looks like theres no eye there (but there is). Have no idea what this could be? She sometimes opens it a little but only very very slightly. She's not acting any different apart from keeping her eyes closed. Do I need to visit the vet or should it clear up on it's own?

    • Dee 12 days ago

      Hi my cat has redness coming from corner of both eyes no discharge or weeping it's not bothering her but looks sore what could this be please can you help

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