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Eye Problems in Cats

Updated on February 16, 2016
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Adrienne Farricelli is a former veterinary hospital assistant and now a certified dog trainer, behavior consultant, and author of dog books.

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Why You Should Visit the Vet Soon

Working at an animal hospital, we used to always recommended clients whose cats suffered some sort of eye problem to be seen within 24 hours. Reasons behind this were the risks involved with delaying potentially-aggravating eye problems could lead to blindness. Should your cat have an eye problem and you do not see any improvement within 24 hours, please have your cat seen by a vet; it could save his vision.

Cat's tears are produced by special glands found on the eyelids. Their main function is to lubricate the eye and prevent bacteria from causing infections. Usually tears evaporate and the excess is removed by a drainage system that delivers the excess to the nose. So when the tearing is apparent it most likely indicates a problem.

Veterinarian Explains Eye Infections

Some Causes of Cat Eye Problems

Foreign debris in eye:

Just as in humans, cats get foreign matter in their eyes. The fact that a cat's eyes are so large makes them more prone to irritation. Common foreign matter consists of dust, grass, seeds, hair and dirt.

When a cat has foreign matter in the eye, you can help by flushing the eye with cool water for about 10 minutes. Should the matter still be present, a Q-tip may be used to gently allow the debris to stick to the cotton. However, only allow a veterinarian to remove something sharp that is penetrating the eye, such as a thorn. Should the eye still appear teary and irritated and the cat keeps pawing at the eye, the object may not have been completely removed or a corneal abrasion may have occurred. In other words, the cornea may have a scratch, or worse an ulcer, and veterinary attention will be needed.

Corneal scratch:

When a cat's eye surface is scratched, a cat will feel pain, will rub the eye, squint and not tolerate the light. Such scratches may be caused by eyelashes rubbing against the cornea or foreign bodies stuck in the eye.

Should a mild scratch occur, it usually would heal itself within 24 to 48 hours.

If no improvement is seen within 24 hours, though, it is vital to have a veterinarian check the eye before a corneal ulcer derives, further complicating the prognosis. A veterinarian will stain the eye with a dye to look for corneal scratches. Never treat a corneal scratch with eye drops designed to treat conjunctivitis. The cortisone found in some of these products may cause blindness.

Nictating membrane protusion:

If you have ever found your cat waking up suddenly you may have noticed the presence of a whitish membrane covering the inner corners of it's eyes.

This is called the nictating membrane or third eyelid and it is rarely visible normally. However, if it remains protruding even with the cat is wide awake then this may indicate a problem. Causes may be an infection behind the eyeball, bleeding behind the eyeball or the presence of a tumor behind the eyeball.

When the third eyelid is protruding in only one eye, suspect a problem with that particular eye. If both eyes are involved then it could possibly be a systemic illness. Such illnesses may be Haw's syndrome which affects young cats, usually under the age of two, following some form of upset stomach. This disorder usually spontaneously resolves within a couple of months.

Another syndrome is Horner's syndrome where the cat also exhibits a sunken eye following a neck nerve injury or a middle-ear infection.

Blocked tear ducts:

Suspect this disorder when the cat's eye is tearing but there is no redness.

This blockage may be congenital or can occur in cats prone to cat fights and injured eyelids. The tear ducts may also be blocked by thick secretions due to chronic eye infections or dirt or seeds.

A blocked tear duct is diagnosed by a vet by staining the inner corner of the eyes with a special dye. When tear ducts are working properly, the excess tears should be delivered to the nostril, so if the dye does not appear at the nostril then the tear duct is obstructed. Blocked ducts may require the veterinarian to flush them and then treat the underlying cause.

Cat breeds that are flat-faced such as Persians and Himalayans are prone to excess tearing that stains their fur because of their facial structures and narrow tear ducts. Tetracycline may help relieve the staining. In some cases, a low dose tetracycline can be added to the cat's food long term. Ask your vet for the best course of action.

Conjunctivitis:

In this case the eyes are red due to inflammation. Discharge may cause the cat to rub its eye insistently as they are itchy. Eye discharge is usually clear when irritated by dust or allergens and is purulent when there is a secondary bacterial infection. In some cases, the secretions turn into crust and seal the eyelids shut. When both eyes are involved a virus may be the culprit. If the inflammation begins in one eye and then progresses to the other then it may be due to chlamydia or mycoplasma.

Crusty sealed eyes can be loosened by applying warm compresses. Neosporin opthalmic ointment may also be helpful.

Severe cases must be directed to the veterinarian promptly for a full course of antibiotics.

Noenatal conjunctivitis:

Baby kittens usually open their eyes around the tenth to twelfth day. When the eyes appear sealed shut by crust, however, then suspect an eye problem. A kitten affected by conjunctivitis will also have eyes that seem to bulge.

Should a kitten suffer from this disorder you must not allow the eyes to seal shut, rather, please consult with your veterinarian as soon as possible to prevent potential eye damage.

Keratitis

While symptoms of keratitis may be similar to those of conjunctivitis, the main distinguishing feature is that keratitis causes pain while in conjunctivitis causes itchiness.

A cat with keratitis will squint, rub the eye in pain, exhibit discharge and the third eyelid may protrude.

Keratitis often occurs when a corneal ulcer is left untreated and causes a secondary infection. Another cause is the feline herpes virus, which causes a respiratory infection with eye involvement.

Persians and Siamese are prone to develop a form of keratits where a brown or black spot appears on the cornea (sequestrum). Such a spot must be removed by the veterinarian. Untreated cases of keratitis may progress into partial or complete blindness.

Senior Nuclear Sclerosis

As cats age their eyes may develop a bluish tint. This does not usually impair vision and therefore no treatment is necessary. However, a spot that appears opaque may be a cataract requiring treatment.

Cataract:

An opaque spot in the cat's eye that prevents light from reaching into the retina. These are more common in dogs than cats but may require attention if they interfere with vision.

Glaucoma:

This condition occurs when there is an excessive build-up of pressure in the eyeball. There will be tearing, squinting and redness with the affected pupil appearing larger the other and will also feel harder when pressed on. If left untreated the eye may buldge and the retina may be damaged. Eye pressure readings by your vet may diagnose glaucoma. Glaucoma is a critical condition where the intra ocular pressure must be lowered as soon as possible to avoid complications. Severely affected eyes that have lost vision may be better off removed.

Iris Melanoma:

Should you notice a black spot in your cat's eye, have it evaluated by your veterinarian or have a referral to a ophthalmologist specialist. In some cases such spots are malignant melanomas which may require enucleation (removal of the eye).

Uveitis:

While in glaucoma the eye when pressed feels hard and in uveitis it feels soft. The cat also will manifest pain with squinting, watery eyes, some redness and a small pupil. Prompt treatment is required as it may lead to blindness.

Sunken Eye:

Cats who are dehydrated or have very rapidly lost weight may exhibit sunken eyes. Other causes are tetanus, a neck nerve injury or a middle ear infection.

Retinal Disease:

Cats start having trouble seeing at the night. They may refuse to go out or may be reluctant to jump and play in the nighttime. They may keep their head low so the whiskers can be used to detect nearby objects.

A lack of taurine in the diet may lead to retinal disease. This occurs in cats that are only fed tuna or are vegetarian. Other causes include toxoplasmosis, FIP, fungal infections, etc. Treatment is contingent upon identifying the underlying cause.

The eyes play a vital role in a cat's life. They are prominent granting a great vision for stalking and hunting. Paying close attention to a symptom suggesting an eye problem can help preserve your cats vision.

Disclaimer: This article must not be used as a substitute for veterinary care nor should it be used as a diagnostic tool. Always consult a vet should you believe your cat has an eye problem for appropriate diagnosis and treatment.


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      behepopie 8 years ago

      This information was very informative and beneficial in determing to proceed in having my cat's tear ducts flushed.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 8 years ago from USA

      I am happy it helped you, thanks for reading!

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      Yolanda 8 years ago

      This is the most helpful site I found - Thank you!

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      Cat lover 7 years ago

      Hey,

      um,one of my cat's eyes keeps blinking and looks kind of red around the edges. What is it

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 7 years ago from USA

      Most eye problems were covered above. One of the most common problems seen in cats is conjunctivitis, however, it never hurts to take a careful look in the eye for any debris. You can try to apply some cold tea bags on the eye and keep them for a few minutes to see if any relief. But if this is a case of conjunctivitis your car may need a course of antibiotics. I always recommend eye problems to be seen promptly by a vet.

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      Carolyn 7 years ago

      Human eyes move side to side. This cat's eyes move up to down. The cat looks like a psycho cat. Any comment?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 7 years ago from USA

      I am not sure exactly what you mean. Is your cat's eyes moving up and down in an abnormal way? Any other symptoms? Any chances of this cat may have had head trauma or contact with poisons? Any history of seizures?

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      Brianna 7 years ago

      I recently got a kitten from a woman I heard "almost always has kittens." She rescues them, takes them in, fixes them up, and gives them away. She is a nurse for human babies, but her house reeks. There's no way it is sanitary. And the kitten I recently got from her has an infected eye. She has her third eyelid covering at least half of the eye, and it's pink. The upper lid appears to be swollen out of proportion from the lower lid. The eye itself is milky blue; I can't distinguish her pupil. She's been on an antibiotic and an ointment, and we've been washing her eye with boric acid. The swelling has gone down over the last few days, but tonight there appeared to be some blood in the excretions from the eye. Please help me. What is wrong with my kitten?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 7 years ago from USA

      Well, this sounds like from your description as a severe infection. It is good that some swelling is going down which may be a sign that the antibiotics are starting to work.

      There are chances the eye issues are due to herpes virus because the cat is a kitten and because it has lived in unsanitary conditions. You can read more about this here:

      http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_herpes_viral_...

      http://www.northwestanimaleye.com/620635.html

      Treatment may be lengthy if this is the case often requiring

      3 weeks of treatment. I am not sure if your kitty is being treated for this or not. Always make sure that the eye is clear of crusts as these may seal the eye shut causing seriosu complications. My best wishes for this kitty and thank you for taking good care of her! Feel free to give updates!

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      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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      Characteristics 7 years ago

      Great hub, I didn't realize cats can have so many eye problems, I knew alot of dogs have eye problems especially, boston terriors, pugs, and bulldogs.

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      Krista 7 years ago

      When I woke up this morning I noticed my cat won't open his left eye. Now he will open it for a few seconds and close it again. He isn't acting like himself. He also isn't really hanging out with my family either and he is normally a very social cat. Is this something I should be worried about?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 7 years ago from USA

      As already mentioned in my article, have your cat seen within 24-48 hours for eye problems, you never know what it could be, especially if your cat is in the upper range when it comes to age. This sounds like something that should be seen, especially since it sounds painful.

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      blah 7 years ago

      the part where it says use a toothpick to rid the cats eyes of the crusty stuff...don't do it thats dumb, you could poke that cats eye. Instead, get a wash cloth wet with lukewarm water and sort of soak the crusty part, then it will separate and you can wipe the pus away as it drains :) good luck

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 7 years ago from USA

      OMG!I never said a toothpick, that would be insane! I said Q-TIPS! Those sterile ones veterinary opthamologists use!

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      Anonymous 7 years ago

      Actually in noenatal conjuvitis or something like that, you did indeed say toothpick.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 7 years ago from USA

      It may sound crazy, but this is information comes from the Cat Owners' Veterinary Handbook page 133 ''the eyelids must be teased open with a tooth pick to allow the pus to drain out. Otherwise, there may be permanent damage to the forepart of the eye. Once the eyelids have been separated, pus will drain out in large drops''.

      http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/519PT3R8ZRL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA300_SH20_OU01_.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.amazon.com/Cat-Owners-Home-Veterinary-H...

      However, you are right, it does not sound like something to do, perhaps a vet may be good at this, but not the average pet owner. So I am editing it, even because I noticed the revised edition which I do not have, suggests to have a vet take care of this. Thank you for bringing this up to me. Even though I trust this source (this is one of my favorite books written by experienced vets) I do not trust the average cat owner in doing this and should have thought twice before adding that info.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 7 years ago from USA

      Sorry, bad link this is the book :http://www.amazon.com/Cat-Owners-Home-Veterinary-H... if you select to look inside and search toothpick, the excerpt will show up.

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      chrystal 6 years ago

      Im watching my aunts cats for her and when she brought them to me i noticed black crusties in his eyes and nose and on the edge of his eye lids. He never goes outside and i wash them off ALL the time!!!! Is it an infection???????

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      Karen Ball 6 years ago

      My cat's third eye has been present across her eye for 3 weeks now. It started when she seemed to have pain in her ear as she kept flopping her ear down and scratching it. I took her to the vets and she was given an anti biotic injection. The vet also noticed that her eye was very sore so also gave me eye cream, following the injection her ear seemed ok but the next day her third eye has been present. I did take her back to the vets and he suggested we just leave her for a month to see how things go as there could be a number of things it could be.

      Do you have any suggestions please ?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 6 years ago from USA

      Is the ear and eye affected on the same side? Perhaps a visit to an ophthalmologist specialist could help. Something interesting may be that according to Pet Education ''Horner's syndrome in cats'' could cause protrusion of the third eyelid and this could occur as a result of a treatment (e.g.; ear cleaning) or medication. You can read more about this below;

      http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=1+1344&a...

      Another helpful link:

      http://www.caminoanimalclinic.com/library/horners_...

      quoted ''In cases of idiopathic (no known cause) Horner's Syndrome, the condition often resolves after 6-8 weeks''Hope this helps a bit, best wishes!

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      Karen Ball 6 years ago

      Thank you very much for your information Alexadry....the problem is with her right ear and right eye and I have noticed today that she is shaking her head and flexing her right ear again, so it looks like the problem has come back again. This could be an inner ear infection according to the info on the links you gave me. She does seem ok in herself i.e still eating and playing but I will monitor her.

      Thanks once again.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 6 years ago from USA

      You are very welcome, make sure to let your vet know about this, best wishes!

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      worried novice 6 years ago

      My cat was beaten up about 6 weeks ago, when I got him, he had cuts close to both his eyes. I thought it was ok because he seemed to settle down, I took him straight to the groomers to get him cleaned up and he was fine. Six weeks on he seems to be bleeding from the corner of each eye, the corner next to his nose. I have tried to clean them with a damp cloth, and it bleeds again. At first I thought it was just the war wounds healing but as the weeks go on I am getting so worried. I never had a cat, please can you give me some advise is it normal (he is a white cat)which is why I know its blood and not dirt cos its clearly red colour! Please help

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      worried novice 6 years ago

      sorry, ment to say also, he doesn't seem bothered by the apparent bleeding eyes, nor does his nose seem to have anything wrong with it, very rarely he might have a little squint but nothing major. also time line is more like 8 weeks ago.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 6 years ago from USA

      Can you tell me if the blood is right red or if it more a brownish discharge? thank you

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      licoricegirl11 6 years ago

      Hello,

      I brought my cat in last night and he seemed to be squinting almost, not willing to open his eyes all the way. This morning he still seemed to be this way and it seems that neither one of this third eyelids are receding completely back into his eyes. Otherwise he seems perfectly fine and active and his eyes don't seem to be causing him pain and his vision seems perfectly normal. I think he might have Haw's syndrome based off of your article because he is under the age of two and doesn't seem to be having any other problems. Do you think this sounds correct? If so what do you think I should do?

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      jamie 6 years ago

      My cats left eye was half closed 2 days ago. When she woke the next morning, she looked back to normal. 2days later her right eye is half closed. She has no drainage at all. She is pawing at it though. She doesn't not have front claws and isn't around any other animals. Shes a very clean cat in a clean home. How could her eye problem occur in one eye, disappear, then occur in the opposite eye?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 6 years ago from USA

      It is quite an odd situation, and I would seek veterinary advice since pawing at the eye is sign of discomfort. It could be just about anything, exposure to something irritating such as chemicals used in the home, presence of pollens or dusts. It could be she had something on her paw and upon cleaning herself she spread whatever was on her paws to her eyes. Hard to say, but better be safe and have seen if she appears to be in discomfort. Best wishes~!

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      Mary 6 years ago

      Hello,

      I got my cat from a shelter 4 months ago when he was 4 months old. He had an upper respiratory infection and we treated both his eyes for infection. Since then, the eye infection has gone away, but one of his eyes waters all the time and he has boogers in his nose all the time. There are no other symptoms and his affect is fine, but I would like to know what to do. Is this just the herpes virus? Will he eventually outgrow this?

      Thank you!

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 6 years ago from USA

      You need to have your vet assess this as it can be allergies. If this kitten had herpes virus consider that cats that get this virus have it for life. You can ask your vet to manage it with l-lysine, if this is the case, here is a helpful article, best wishes!

      http://petdoc.com/story/feline-herpes-virus-cats

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 6 years ago from USA

      This unfortunately is only something your vet can tell for sure, best wishes!

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      Amylia 6 years ago

      We can't afford to get him to a vet right now, but we have a cat who's got what looks like blood spots - kind of a reddish brown, some on the outer ring and some very close to the center of the eye - in his one eye.

      He's always had one little spot, but now it seems to be spreading through out the eye.

      Will this be okay if left untreated? Is there some way we can help him without the expense of a vet - finances are especially tight right now, we really can't afford a vet.

      Suggestions?

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      Tonya 6 years ago

      hi. my cat has recently been squinting and closing her eye alot and has had green puss oozing out of it and has been really crusty. today when i came home from school i cleaned up the puss and her eye seemed watery but not as pus filled inside, what can i do to help her.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 6 years ago from USA

      Sorry, for all I cannot give any advice, there is no way for me to tell if your cats have corneal scratches in the eye in the case of Tonya or other issues such as potential eye tumors in the case of Amylia.. Eye problems can only be diagnosed by a vet and should be seen within 24 hours.

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      Clydesmum 6 years ago

      Hi, just need a lil advice. My six month old kitten developed cloudy eyes with no other symptoms. It started in the right eye and seems to possibly be moving to the left one but not as bad, she doesn't seem to be in any pain, still sleeps in the bright sun and is eating normally. I don't really have the money for a vet visit right now, please advise what would be best or the longest I could wait to get her in I love my kitten very much.

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      Roijason Lagunzad 6 years ago

      my cats has different shape in lens...i don't know if its lens or pupil or something..but the black one,,the one is bigger and the other is small...what's that??

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 6 years ago from USA

      Clydesmum, I really wished I could help you, but the only way to know is to have a vet take a look\... I would not let more than 24/48 hours pass for an eye problem..

      Roijason: unequal pupil size is known as ''Anisocoria''. Here are some causes:

      http://www.petmd.com/cat/conditions/eyes/c_ct_anis...

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      Jenna 6 years ago

      My kitten is about 2 months old and was born outside we saved her and she was fine after I tamed her but for the past week she has had a few eye problems, it started off with er face swelling up and her eyes began to puss. I was keeping them clean with a warm cloth, the pussing stopped but the swelling is all around her eyes top of heal ears and tear ducts. Her right eye is glazed over with white and has a tiny pin point black dot in the center I'm afraid I'm going to lose my kitty :( and I took so much time training her to be a house cat were really attached to eachother. :( what do I do? And what's going through my poor kitty's head??

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 6 years ago from USA

      Sorry, eye problems should be seen by a vet. Since you are so attached to her, get her treated, it is certainly worth it! It could be she has an allergy to something or an abscess, something that needs vet attention. Best wishes!

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      Charvel Garibaldi 6 years ago

      Hi, I need just some advice. I have a black cat who is going on 4 years. After looking into cat eyes, I have read many times the third eye should be white and never showing. My black cat's third eyes are barely visible in the corner of her eyes, but are outlined in black, then go to white. Is this just because she is a black cat? Like how her gums are a hint of black? Or is this potentially serious? Any advice is much appreciated. Thanks!

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 6 years ago from USA

      If your cat's third eyelid is barely visible, I do not think it is a problem. I am adding a picture of how a third eyelid showing looks like, so you can get an idea;

      http://tovet.blogspot.com/2007/07/horners-syndrome...

      the right eye is for a good part covered by the third eyelid, whereas the cat's left eye is normal.

      This forum also has another picture:

      http://www.catforum.com/forum/38-health-nutrition/...

      And here is another one:

      http://www.aboutcatsonline.com/articles/cateyes.ht...

      If is is only a little bit like in this picture it should not be a problem, and the black line there is normal:

      http://mmbenya.com/dianas-day-at-the-vet/

      Note how I am adding pictures of black cats so you can have a better idea.

      It may be worth showing your vet though for peace of mind, especially if you never noticed this before or you seem to notice it more than before. Also, consider that you may see a bit more of the third eyelid normally if you catch your cat that has just woken up and opened its eyes.

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      Eye Irritation 6 years ago

      This is a great hub and I am amazed at the feedback you have given in the comments. You really know your subject and your love for cats really stands out. Great work.

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      Char 6 years ago

      My kitten (almost cat) may have had her 3rd eyelid scratch in a friendly tussle with her sister (litter mate). the bottom part of the white at the bottom of her eye seems to have a part that has a slice in it. She isn't acting differently, doesn't seem to be in any pain and she is not rubbing it. Is this something i have to be worried about?

      Thanks!

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 6 years ago from USA

      Char, sorry for the late reply, been away for a few days. My biggest concern would be a corneal ulcer, have her checked out for peace of mind, kind regards!

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      Roxy 6 years ago

      me again :) i wanted to ad that me and my boyfriend are not totally avoiding the vets, WE LOVE THESE BABBIES like they are our kids so if no improvement by end or today i will ring the vets. i also want to add to those who ''cant afford'' to take there babbies to the vets, you SHOULD NOT have them then. we have two cats and two only because we CAN afford the two, never get pets if your in money troubles. my lil lady when i was a kid had to be put down because my parents couldn't afford to give her the lungs operation to save her from watery lungs, i kissed her head as she went and promised to LOVE CARE AND BE THERE for my cats (pets) no matter what. if i had to sell something I WOULD. i would and will do anything for these kids :) my boy is 1year and my girl is 5years old lil bi*ch she is lol a mummys girl haha hiss's at the 1year old and still don't except him fully. she wouldn't of scratched his eye i doubt tho coz she wont even let him walk past her haha shes funny x

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      Lisa 6 years ago

      Hi, I adopted a feral calico cat that is about a year old 6 months ago. She has yellow eyes and two days ago,I noticed her right eye has gotten darker and is more of an amber color now. Is this something I should be concerned about? Her personality and appetite has not changed at all and its not bothering her either. Thank you!

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 6 years ago from USA

      Sorry, but due to the nature of eye problems I cannot offer much advice.

      Roxy I hope the eye has gotten better by now..

      Lisa for eyes that appear out of the norm I think a vet visit is best, blood pressure problems at times may cause these changes, but your cat sounds young. I would have it checked out.

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      kiwibean 6 years ago

      hi, i have a cat of about eight years old. I first suspect that my cat had something in his eye as it remained closed for a few days, however after washing it with warm salt water it still remained closed, we carried on cleaning his eye twice a day and it gradually opened. However it still does not seem fully open and the eye effected has changed color to green to brown. He is not pawing his eye and does not seem discomforted, is this something i should be concerned about?

      Many thanks.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 6 years ago from USA

      Blood pressure disorders or thyroid issues at times are known for causing eye color changes, I would have it checked out, best wishes!

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      patricia 6 years ago

      Please Alexadry, my female cat of 8 years has been tearing from one of her eyes each time that she is in a sunny spot, the eye looks normal apart of this, what could it be? many thanks

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      patricia 6 years ago

      sorry I forgot, the watering of my cats eye has been happening since some 3 months, many thanks again

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 6 years ago from USA

      If the pupil looks normal and dilates and restricts normally when in the light and in the dark, it may simply be that exposure to the bright light is too much for this sensitive eye,causing it to water. To be safe, I would have it checked out by a vet especially if there is some thick white, yellowish, or greenish discharge, rather than simply watery. Try to avoid direct sun light, today's UV rays can be quite damaging.

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      honigram 6 years ago

      We have a 2 month old kitten with a condition that must be rare. One eye has opened only in the center third - the corners are sealed completely, one third toward each end of the opening. No discharge, nothing causing the lids to stick together - we've soaked and pulled for days to no avail. We can see enough of the eyeball to see it is fine. What would cause the lids to be grown together at the corners? Thanks you

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 6 years ago from USA

      Is this something that just happened or was this kitty born with this ? thank you for the details.

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      honigram 6 years ago

      Nothing happened. Lids were sealed as normal for the whole litter the first days of life, but this one eye is still 2/3 sealed with only the center open. No swelling, discharge, weeping or crustiness. No redness that we can see in what opening there is & the eyeball seems to move normally. We've seen sticky-eye before and this is not that. I don't know what holds the lids together the first days after birth - I've never tried to pry eyes open at that stage - but it seems these two edges are still fused. We've really tried, after warm compresses, to pull the edges apart with NO success.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 6 years ago from USA

      That does sound indeed like something unusual. By now the eyes should have been opened,as you have seen in the litter mates.I am wondering if there is something wrong with the conformation of this kitty's eyes. Better have a vet have a look at it.

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      chris aka gt 6 years ago

      help, my kitten's eye is triple the size it should be and completely glazed over, the kitten itself is moving being two weeks old and the mother is still feeding it. Any suggestions, don't want to take it to the vets to say put it down but then i have three cats already and two of them have had litters before getting them done, so i have 7 kittens and costs are spiralling!!!!!

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 6 years ago from USA

      I don't think they would put your kitten down for an eye problem, I think kitty has an infection and may need antibiotics. Google images of neonatal conjunctivitis and see if the pictures resemble your kitty's eye.

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      Katie 6 years ago

      Hi there. My little male kitten is about two and a half months old. He developed this tiny snatch of white-ish film in the corner of one eye overnight. He also seems to be shaking constantly, and he wont eat or play or move from his blanket. Im very worried but not sure if i am over-reacting. Ive given the eye a little dab with warm water but there doesn't seem to be any pus, just the little white in the corner. should i be worried?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 6 years ago from USA

      The whitish film you are seeing is the nictating membrane showing, you can read more about potential causes here:

      http://www.petplace.com/cats/protrusion-of-third-e...

      I would have this kitty checked out, shaking constantly is not normal and you can try to rub some honey or karo syrup around her gums in case her blood sugar is low, hope this helps, best wishes!

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      new kitten owners 6 years ago

      we have a new 7week old kitten! And she has crusties all over her eyes..i have used a warm washrag everynight to help moisten and remove them...but every morninh they are back!!! Wat could be vausing the crusties in her eyes???

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 6 years ago from USA

      If the crusties are yellowish or greenish, it could be there is an infection. You may need to give antibiotics or a prescription eye drop.

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      julio 6 years ago

      please help my cat got scratched by another cat the clear round thing in front of his eye is kinda cut could it heal by itself or im gonna need to take him to the vet??

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 6 years ago from USA

      I would be concerned. It may be a corneal ulcer so I would go to the vet as these may cause complications that can be serious enough to impair vision. Best wishes

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      Dick and Gene 5 years ago

      We have four cats. One is about 1 year old. We have had him for 8 months. He is an active cat that is allowed outside on a long tether an hour or two most days. He has developed black crusts in the corner of one eye. It's beginning in the other eye and the front of one nostril. When we wipe them off with a wash cloth they will reappear gradually getting bigger over the next few days and leave the underlying area looking and raw. Keeping them clean daily prevents buildup but does not stop the process. Our Vet has examined him and given us eye ointment (it doesn't help). She thinks it is the result of tears spilling over out the corner and also down into his nazel passage, most likely the result of a closed tear drainage duct. But it seems to us that his tears are unlikely to dry black and crusty and cause the rawness. Has anyone who has seen this problem have any answers. Thank you. D & G

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Tears are generally clear but tend to oxidize to a dark black crusts overtime due to the presence of pigments. You can read an explanation of this at this link:

      http://www.petplace.com/cats/epiphora-in-cats/page...

      Best wishes!

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      Dick 'n Gene 5 years ago

      Thanks to all Re: the cat eye problem. Knowing that tears that spill over can cause black crusts that can be irritating to the skin both explains what's going on and molifys our concern. We'll try the tea bag cleanup idea too. Thanks again. D.'n G.

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      hannah 5 years ago

      our family has a cat that is about a year old. As far as we know, it is a normal cat and hasn't had any eye problems before. All of a sudden, when we looked at her today, her eyes are both like cross eyed except they are going out instead of in. Do you know what this would be?

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      Kay 5 years ago

      I have a 15 yr old male cat. He started with a cloudy eye a year ago. I brought him to the vet because he fell off the bed and was not alert for 10-15 minutes. He urined in that time all over. I brought him immediately to the cat hospital in my area and the vet said he was fine and probably fell off the bed. She did an eye stain and there was nothing wrong with the eye. 4-5 months later he started to develop eye discharge. It was not bad so I kept an eye on it. Then, I noticed a few months later he had a large build up of dark gook in his ear. *same side I tried cleaning it and watching it for a few days. He then had a cut in his ear. I brought him to the vet in my area. She gave him a eye steroid and said she was going to get an ear drop for him. She never got the ear drop so I brought him to another vet. He gave him an antibiotic shot, a by mouth antibiotic, ear drops and said to keep giving him the eye steroid that the first vet gave me. He said he was not able to look deep in the ear because he did not do that and said if things did not get better in 2 weeks to bring him to the cat hospital in my area. I did that 2 weeks later because now my cat had a puss bubble on the outer ear area. I brought him in and the vet did the same test as the other vets - even though I brought records. She gave me the same treatment and sent me home. A week later his ear was smelling gross. I brought him back and asked to have the veteran vet check him. She said had to do surgery on the ear canal because he had scratched it to the cartilage. She also put a drain in the puss filled bubble. I did it of course. She gave me the instructions to put the cone on him and to give him the antibiotics. I did... upon follow up his ear was getting better. He was healing well and she then told me to treat him by putting peroxide in his ear to help it heal. I did and his ear looked great. BUT his EYE is still the same. it's very painful and now he has a swollen lip. Also, the bubble in his ear is coming back. I exhausted my vet monies and wanted to see what anyone here would suggest or have had the same happen with their cat. I want to bring him back but I want to get some input before because I do not have a lot more money to explore all different kinds of options and the vet seems to not have any idea of what is going on... she thinks the eye draining is from the ear pain. ???? HELP!

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Medical mysteries as such can be frustrating, time consuming and heavy on the wallet. I am wondering if they checked your cat's teeth? Often a lot of problems start from there -especially with tooth root abscess-and being 15, his teeth may no longer be in top shape.

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      emmie-louu222 5 years ago

      my cat sensi was fighting the other day and got an abscess above her eye .. the vet drained it and gave her some antibiotics and that is healing nicely , but now she doesn't shut her eye and when she is sleeping her nictating membrane is visible. I'm not sure if this is related to her recent problem or should i take her to the vets again?? thank ou

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      I would take her, usually vets charge less for follow up appointments, she may need some eye drops. Best wishes.

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      Rose 5 years ago

      My cat on day was blinking his right eye. Just a little liquid but barely. My vet couldn't see to the back of the eye with light, as he could the left eye. He ruled out cateracts or glaucoma and gave me ointment I drop in 2x /day. 1 week and not better - from far it looks reder (more golden) than the warmer brown other eye. At the check up he was diagnosed with CRF. Could kidney disease be related? Great site, by the way.

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      christine 5 years ago

      Thank you for the information. under my cats eye is a little swollen it dosent seem to hurt her but I cant find any information on it. its been pike this for 2 weeks I thought it would go away but it got a little bigger, any idea on what it is?

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      Steven Cormier 5 years ago

      My cat has an eye ulcer I brought her to the vets and it cost 300 and they did nothing but recommend me to go to a specialist. So now I must go a specialist and possibly have surgery any idea how mush this might cost

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      How old is your cat? At times, dental problems can cause facial swelling..

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      steven 5 years ago

      my cat has corneal ulcer in her eye was trying to get what it will cost to remove.

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      christine 5 years ago

      shes two, I tried to look in her mouth but she didn't like it I couldn't really see any thing

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      mohit 5 years ago

      i have four days old kitten. plz tell me..how many days cat eye open.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Mohit, expect eyes in kittens to open between 10-14 days.

      Chrsitine,major teeth problems are uncommon in cats that young, however it is worth having the vet see her, it may be allergies or an infection from some scratch.

      Steven, did they diagnose it already? If so,prices vary on the type of ulcer, superficial ones often require special drops so I would assume treatment to not be over $100 (but ask your vet as most will give upfront prices), but if they are deep surgery may be needed and this varies from vet to vet. The costs will be higher if you need a referral to an eye specialist, best wishes!

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Rose, there is a correlation between kidney disease and eye problems. Kidney problems may lead to hypertension, and hypertension leads to eye problems which can also result in bleeding into the eyes and retinal detachment.Did your vet check your cat's blood pressure?

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      Lupe 5 years ago

      My cat had kittens &' one of the kittens eye won't open it has like brown things surrounding it . And my dad don't want to take him to the vet is their anything I can do . He said human saliva makes it better but I'm to scared to try it . Please help .

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      Christine 5 years ago

      Ok thank you for your help and time.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Lupe, How old are the kittens? If over 10-14 days the eyes may be sealed shut due to crusts. This is called ''neonatal conjunctivities''. A vet should moisten the crusts and un-seal the eyelids, wash the eye and prescribe topical antibiotics. Warm compresses applied daily will prevent them from sealing again. You can read more about this here:

      http://www.petmd.com/cat/conditions/eyes/c_ct_opht...

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      Lori 5 years ago

      Hi--9 months ago you posted this response to "worried novice" but she never answered you:

      Can you tell me if the blood is right red or if it more a brownish discharge?

      My cat Oscar has had a similar problem as long as I've had him. He was a rescue at appr. age 18 months-2 years and has always been a curmudgeon. His eyes have always been somewhat weepy--he is a white cat--but recently he has been staying indoors much more and the discharge is more copious. It is more brownish than red, but it definitely has a red tinge, more at some times than at others. I just cleaned his eyes from a good-sized stream of very brownish discharge. He comes over to be scratched every time I am in the room with him, but otherwise he seems less active than usual. Any suggestions?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Yes, the reason I asked that is that some cats have a red/brown discharge and this is often due to a condition known as ''epiphora''. According to Petplace ''While tears are typically colorless, they can dry to a dark red-brown-black crust, especially in the cat. Chronic tearing can also result in a brown to rust-colored staining of the hair around the eyes and face of animals. This is believed to be due to porphyrins or other pigment-like substances present in the tears. '' you can read more about this here:

      http://www.petplace.com/cats/epiphora-in-cats/page...

      Best wishes!

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      Cate Dartfinger 5 years ago

      I have a 1 year old Siamese. Shes an absolute doll. I had noticed last night though, shes got a line in her eye that you can only see when the light shines into them. For lack of a better description, it looks like when you crack a glass cup, the fissure line in the glass. Not a sharp jagged edge, but like the inside line crack. (if that makes sense) She does have blue eyes, and her vision doesn't seem bothered by it, but I'm curious to know if you've ever seen anything similar to what I've described?

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      Lori 5 years ago

      Thanks!

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      5 years ago

      This morning my cat wouldn't open one of his eyes all the way, and upon looking at it, the eyelid seemed to be read, and maybe a bit bloody?

      We have made the trip to the vet, and have antibiotics but no real diagnosis...any suggestions?

      it is clearly bothering him as he won't open it all the way at all, but otherwise is his happy self?

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      jasmin 5 years ago

      i found a cat in the street that was hit on her mouth and eye. her mouth was all bloody and her left eye won't seem to open she seems to be a few weeks old can someone tell me what to do

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      kirsty1312 5 years ago

      Today i was cleaning my cats eye as usual as it's been weeping for a few days, i opened her eye as it looked like some crusty stuff had got in and i wanted to wipe it away. When i opened her eye it looks horrid! It looks like a small patch on her eye ball has peeled away and there is a brown dot in the middle of the poorly bit. Any ideas of what this could be?

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      Emma-jane 5 years ago

      hello all. my kitten who I adopted 3 weeks ago (15 weeks old- looks about 7 weeks old, runt of the litter)had an awful dose of the flu a while back (I work at the shelter) but she got through it, except 1 of her eyes is still oozing and pink and sore. Its green gunk(like snots), and tears mostly. I'm treating her 2-3 times a day with "maxitrol", before that I was using "fucithalmic", she had 2 injections from the vets for whatever it is in the past 3 weeks,they dyed her eye green to see if there were scratches and there wasn't some days it would be semi ok, but it flares up the next. her brothers eye ruptured and killed him. pretty worried about her. she's so tiny. its been going on so long that her good eye is actually bigger looking than the sore one. other than that she's in great form. any suggestions? what's this about tea bags? many thanks x

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      That does not sound too good to tell the truth. Did they test for herpes virus? If so, all you can really do is provide supportive care and hope for the best. People often use damp room temperature tea bags for eye problems in pets, the tanic acid in the tea seems to help sooth and reduce the PH of his tears.

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      Emma-jane 5 years ago

      I'll bring her in to the vets and ask them to test for herpes then. I did the tea bag thing last night, but she's just as bad this morning. thanks for your help. sore eyes are awful, poor little mite.

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      Donal 5 years ago

      All of these people asking you question alexadry, when your answer to each and every one ends with "bring him to a vet".

      So people, why post on here while your kitten/cat may be suffering, enduring a wait, only to be told once again, as in the original article to BRING YOUR CAT TO A VET.

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      Emma-jane 5 years ago

      brought her to the vet yesterday. he said its a flu virus that's embedded into her system. got another injection, another due on friday. back on fucithalmic. has a collar on to stop her rubbing at it. I asked him if it had a name and he said chlymidia/herpes/calichi virus. it won't bother her much but its there for life and her eye will probably keep flaring up. brought her in with 7 other's from the shelter and he said "this would be one I'd consider" (as in putting her down) as she's "un-adoptable", that's before he knew she was living with me, and she's happy as larry, so as long as she's cared for, she's good! purring away on my lap now. NOT going to God! not on my watch!

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      Aaron 5 years ago

      1stly thank you for the info, the best I have come across by far :)

      I have a quick question. My cat has had a teary eye (just the left) for about 8 weeks now, we have been to the vet 3 times. done the anti biotics, steroids, cortisone cream etc.. and it still persists. the vet seems to think that I should just leave it be for a month and see how it goes (i was given another round of cortisone) but i'm worried the vet isn't any good, i mean surely they would know if it was a blocked tear duct or not wouldn't they?

      I mean my cat plays and eats and seems happy but I am still worried as its been a lot of drugs and a long time with no change and no answers.... any suggestions? is there a point in going to another vet?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      It never hurts to get a second opinion. Some vets have different treatment plans, like some are conservative and try to avoid steroids as much as possible while others prescribe them deliberately. If the discharge is clear there are chances it may be allergies or some irritation. If it was greenish-yellow it would likely be an infection. Another vet may take a different approach or may concur with your other vet, it would not hurt and that is what I would do if in doubt, best wishes!

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      mei mei 5 years ago

      thank you for all the wonderful advice. we have 2 persian kittens...6 mos, we rescued at 3 weeks old. they then had ringworm and after nursing them through that, they are fine, and wonderful beyond wonderful pets. the one long haired kitten has tears that are brown and stain everything she snuggles into. clothes, sheets and towels. it doesn't come out of the things either. we are not complaining we love her, and even took her to a vet specializing in eye problems. she said it is the nature of the beast with persians. anything else we can do? thank you always.

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      Highpriestess0524 5 years ago

      My cat's pupils have stopped narrowing or changing in any way in any light. I noticed this yesterday when we were playing with a feather. I'm very concerned.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      mei mei, your vet is right, Persians are prone to this kind of discharge:

      http://www.petplace.com/cats/tear-stains-and-eye-d...

      http://www.petplace.com/cats/epiphora-in-cats/page...

      Some people report good results using Angel eyes, here is a link:

      http://www.angelseyesonline.com/

      Highpriestress, I would have your cat checked out,especially if your cat is older as this can be a sign of hypertension, have him/her see a vet right away, best wishes!

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      Katie 5 years ago

      My cat had a scratch on his eye his been to the vets twice and him seemed better but a week after we took him to the vets his left eye wont open and when it does its only slightly. His 3rd eye lid is very red and he seems to be irritated.

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      Julia 5 years ago

      My kitten is six months old and just got spade. She seemed fine until today i noticed she was squinting one of her eyes. Then i noticed when she closed it then opened it again i could see her white eyelid going back to its original place. it doesn't stay across her eye it just seems to take longer to go back when she opens her eyes. the other eye doesn't have a problem. The squinting eye isn't red and i havn't seen her scratch it at all. I don't know if something happened at the vet because she was spaid on Wednesday. I really hope she is okay and i don't want to spend a huge vet bill. Is there something wrong and if so could i treat it from home? I'm scared for my little kitty! P.s. she doesn't seem in pain and it doesn't seemn to be effecting her regular activities so far.

      -Julia

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      Teresa 5 years ago

      I've brought my cat to the vet twice with my himalyan kitten who has deep tear ducks. The vet says the situation is chronic and common in the breed. I've gone through twice applications of antibotics and have another treatment on reserve for him. I am just sick of cleaning eyes every day with at least four cotton balls to get out the gunk. It's just red discharge often seen in white animal breed like the maltese dog. I've never had this and I'm still frustrated.

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      Tania 5 years ago

      Just noticed my cat has a redish brown spot in the color of his eye it's never been there before he is 7 years old and has 1 eye he had glaucoma and had the other removed, what could it be?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Tania, there may be various causes, such as scar tissue from an injury known as ''corneal sequestrum'' you can read about it here:

      http://www.petplace.com/cats/corneal-sequestrum/pa...

      but since there may be other causes I would recommend a referral to an opthamologist, in older cats, there are slim chances it can be a tumor (melanoma) until proven otherwise, whereas in younger cats it could be caused by bleeding in the anterior chamber or small areas of inflammation (uveitis).

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      marley 5 years ago

      we have a cat that was given to us for free, and we know little of his history. he is an outdoor cat, and recently has been getting in vicious fights with a neighborhood cat. a couple weeks ago he had a flap ripped off of his ear, with a big cut. i washed it daily with warm water, and it has been healing well, in fact the hair is now starting to grow back and the wound seems fully healed. a few days ago, we noticed that he has a cut next to his eye (same side as the injured ear- not sure if this is a coincidence). it has gotten worse over the last couple of days to the point that now he can ahrdly open his eye, and his 'third eye' (the lid underneath) is very swollen. i just washed it with a warm cotton ball, and an EXCESS amount of puss came out. i will take him to a vet if it is absolutely necessary, but we do not really have the means to be spending large amounts on a vets advice. id rather spend money on meds. should we be concerned? since removing the pus he seems to be able to open his eye a bit more.. anything helps!

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      If there is puss very likely you are dealing with an infection and only a vet may prescribe antibiotics to treat it. The visit should not cost more than 100$ you can call and they may give you a quote.

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      mell 5 years ago

      so why has my cat only developed one brown eye in her older age? its still yellow around the pupil but the other hasent changed at all?!

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      cat lover 5 years ago

      my cats eye wont open as much as the other and her pupal is not centerd me and my mom think she got in a fight

      what's wrong with him

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      tabatha 5 years ago

      Hello, my cat has one small thick short line on the bottom of one of her pupils.

      Does anyne know what this is?

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      Andi 5 years ago

      I just took my cat to the vet 2 weeks ago and the other day we noticed her left eye was half closed with clear/yellowish liquid coming out. I don't want to have to go back to the vet (we paid $800 for our last visit) we don't think she's sick, she either got in a fight or hurt herself. What would be a good anti-biotic to buy or eye drop? It's been 24 hours, still bad.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      I am sorry but I am a not a veterinarian and therefore I cannot make recommendations over medications. It may be an infection but there are no over the counter antibiotics for a cat's eyes. If she got into a fight, it could be she has a corneal ulcer. Please have her seen by a vet if this is going on for more than 24 hours. Best wishes.

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      Andi 5 years ago

      Oh Alright!!! Thanks. How much do u think it might cost? We're on a budget.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      I hate to tell you but knowing what vets charge these days it could be around $100-120, but call around, most vet receptionist can give you quotes for the office visit. You may find at times low cost vet clinics which charge considerably less. That's why I have pet insurance.

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      tamara 5 years ago

      my cat sudanly his eyes become all black and he cant see anymore, the doctor said he never had a situation like this, im sooo worried and scared :( anyone know what it could b?

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      tamara 5 years ago

      my mom wanted to cut his nails as we always do, but i don't know why he got soo scared and he didn't accept after 2 days he had this situation, i don't know if its bcoz he got so nervous .. :(

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Tamara, it could be an outcome of high blood pressure, kidney disease, hypertyroidism but there can be other causes. Acting scared upon cutting his nails maybe due to him not seeing, so he may not know what may be going on. Your vet should run several diagnostic tests.

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      Amanda 5 years ago

      Hi. My ginger cat has what looks like sore, raw tear ducts. They don't seem to bother him, but it often gets crusted over in what looks like dried blood, and then when he knocks this off, underneath is raw looking. His eyes otherwise appear normal, and they don't seem to be causing him any pain or discomfort. I have looked through your entire page as I initially thought conjunctivitis, but he has no swelling or puffyness or pink-ness other than in the duct which goes from the corner of his eye towards his nose. I was wondering whether you thought an over the counter eye cream for cats would suffice, as the vet would be costly, and for what might be something minor and manageable.

      Many thanks

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      It is always best to rule out infections and other eye conditions with a vet. However, if what you see sounds similar to what is described in this link, it could be you are dealing with ''epiphora'':

      http://www.petplace.com/cats/epiphora-in-cats/page...

      Is your cat himalayan or persian? these breeds are more prone to it. Even if it is epiphora, as you may read, there may be underlying disorders causing this which is why I recommend seeing a vet. I know a product known as ''angel eyes'' may help reduce tear stains, I am not aware of any over the counter creams that are safe to use in cats, so again a vet visit would be the ideal approach, best wishes

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      Jack 5 years ago

      what is a gray scale around the white part of a cats eye right by where it turns to colored on the eye

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      franky 5 years ago

      my c has blood on the bottom of the eye, but not in eye just a bit under, almost looksw like he clawed himself,but he keeps closing it what could it be???

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      If your cat is keeping the eye closed it obviously must hurt, could be he injured himself somehow, I would have it checked out.

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      nadine 5 years ago

      hi i have a kitten whos about 6-7 months now when i got him his eye was infected and the woman gave me the drops she got from the vet which i used 2 days later i was in emergency vets as her eye had exploded (not literally) and she gave her a jab new drops and said she should be ok now she is the dominant one of her sister and is a sweet nutcase lol but as time has gone on the eyeball is sinking in and now has a brown layer over the top and i can't find anything on eyeballs after exploding on cats so i don't know if this is correct any information would be grateful

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      Kristina 5 years ago

      I have two cats they love to play and fight together but I noticed after that one of my cat had a scratch on it's eye. His eye kept tearing up and he kept cleaning the area. It's looks like a very small scratch on it's eye. It's been about one day since the incident and he seems to get better. But I was wondering if it will heal on it's own or will it cause damage to his vision in the long run? Today he was able to open his eye normally

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      It is hard to say and really depends on the extent of the scratch. Vets in this case will stain the eye with a dye so they can evaluate how deep the scratch is and treat accordingly. You can read more here:

      http://www.sniksnak.com/cathealth/corneal.html

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      PookieeA 5 years ago from Lady Lake, FL

      Thanks so much, I think I have a lead to what my cat has. The nictating membrane protusion sounds closest... Shes maybe a little over half a year old, & has a white tinting over the corners of her eye. Her right eye is very watery and seems to be slightly shut... with I guess goo or something in the corners with tears. I`m worried, & I`m afraid to go to a vet, considering the costs, & it`s cristmas, so we have a tight budget. Do you have any suggestions, & if this is the right infection, so I may try curing it at home? Thankyou

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Call your vet and ask for prices, they may give you an idea at what you may looking at before going there. A vet visit and antibiotics if needed, may be less than $80, ask your shelter about low-cost clinics. If this is an infection, there is nothing you can really do at home.

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      mellie 5 years ago

      i have a young kitten, about 4-5 months old. she was found being kicked to death by a group of boys. she was mostly starved to death and her skin was black with brusing. her right front leg was broken and has healed back wrong, so she cant straiten it or walk on it. in the last 2 weeks her right eye started getting dark spots in it, like paint splatter, than it started getting foggy over the pupil and turning red out around where it is supposed to be yellow. she has no discharge, no pain, and no apparent vision issues. is this due to head trauma? is there anything to be done? she is a rescue kitty, and i do not know if we are keeping her, but i want to help her if i can so she can have a long and happy life, despite those boys.

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      Ang 5 years ago

      My kittens eye is shut but I clean it frequently. When her eye is open its cloudy and has a bump on it and the other eye is starting to get cloudy too. What can it be?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      The bump could be a bruise, but due to the fact both eyes are cloudy really a vet visit is in order, it could be an infection..unfortunately it is almost impossible to diagnose eye problems over the internet, best wishes!

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      beckyk 5 years ago

      I got home and my 6 week old kitten's eye was closed he experienced discomfort when I tried to touch it, but it does not seem to be hurting him. His eye is not red and there was only a small amount of "tears" clumping his eye. It looked pretty normal though. Please let me know if I should be worried.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      I wished there was a way to know for sure. Generally, yellow/green discharges indicate infections, but there are many other eye conditions that can cause start as weepy eyes and progress. If it does not get better I would recommend a vet visit, there could a corneal scratch.

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      Mamdouh 5 years ago

      Hi my cat one i is squinting a lot and is red for some reasons i cant take her to the vet is there need for treatment or will it heal on its own

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      It's hard to say. If there is an infection she may need need antibiotics. If its just a mild irritation it may go away on its own. I would call around for low-cost clinics if money is an issue.

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      Paulart 5 years ago from 2510 Warren Avenue Cheyenne,Wyoming 82001

      Great stuff .Keep it up.

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      Briana 5 years ago

      We just looked at our cat and noticed her eyes look small and almost crossed to look at her nose. Also, a third eyelid is showing. My father believes it's because of a worming pill she took today. Any suggestions of how to help?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      I would have this checked out by the vet just to be safe. Here is a link about strabismus in cats, best wishes!

      http://www.petplace.com/cats/strabismus-in-cats/pa...

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      louromano 5 years ago

      Great information!

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      GW 5 years ago

      Hi Alex. My cat has recently presented with what looks like a sliced nictitating membrane. There is no other damage to the eye, it's not protruding or sunken and there is only very slight excess tearing. It looks like a sliver, approx 8mm long, of the top of the membrane has been detached. She appears fairly unconcerned about it and is healthy and behaving normally in every other aspect. I was wondering if it will just heal in time, or if it really needs to be seen by a vet, as I'm not a rich man. I think a vet might just cut the flap away - I strongly doubt there is enough tissue there to stitch anything back together, or if it would be beneficial to even try. I am monitoring it for any worsening or infection.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      I always recommend vet visit for any eye conditions because there can be so many things going on they can get worst fast and even cause loss of eye sight. So I would not wait.

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      GW 5 years ago

      Thanks for your advice :)

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      You're welcome and best wishes for a speedy recovery!

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      Alexandra 5 years ago

      My Cat has a sort of worm like thing at the side of his eye is this normal???

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      No not normal, what color is it, can you provide more details? where is it? do you think it is a foreign body?

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      mary 5 years ago

      Great, just what was looking for, taking my cat to the vet first thing tomorrow morning, I would hate for her to loose vision, so far looks just like an eye infection.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      that is good mary, she may need some eye drops to get get better, best wishes!

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      Scott Pingel 5 years ago from Neenah, Wisconsin

      Hello,

      My cat has green pus almost covering his entire right eye. He doesn't wince in pain or act like it even bothers him. But when I try to clean it out...that's a different story! He just lays around most of the time and keeps his eyes closed. He eats like my other cats and walks around like they do. Is it an eye infection? Has been like this for about 4 days now.

      thanks

      Scott

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      From what you describe (green pus) it sounds like an infection.I would recommend a vet visit. Best wishes

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      Tara 5 years ago

      I don't have money for a vet so any help is appreciated. I love my cats very much. I have always had cats and kittens and they haave always been healthy. A year and half ago we moved in to the country. Our cats had kittens like usual and the kittens when they were about two months old started getting crusty eyes. Some of the eyes got real bad. Some kittens died amd the ones that remained didn't grow much and had diarreah. I have new kittens this year and the babies are starting to get crusty eyes again. Can there be something on the property causing this? Is this the herpes virus? Any help would be appreciated. I have been thinking about buying penicillin but I not for sure how much to give. The babies are about 5 weeks old.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      I wished I could help you but it is hard to really understand what is going on, even if you call a vet they will likely not know either and will tell you to bring the cats in for some tests. It may be rhinotracheitis you can read about it here and the other link talks about other eye conditions:

      http://www.2ndchance.info/rhinotracheitis.htm

      http://www.justanswer.com/pet-cat/0z1z9-4-month-ol...

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      Scott Pingel 5 years ago from Neenah, Wisconsin

      His entire right eye is now covered with a black bubble....

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Scott, you didn't take your cat to the vet yet? infections will not go away on their own,and I am afraid this is getting out of hand:(

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      Sheri 5 years ago

      There is a sticker in my cat's eye. 2 days ago she had one in her eye and she got it out herself. Then she got another one in her eye today. You can tell there is some tearing and she barely has it opened. What should I do?

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      Jeffrey Pastorino 5 years ago

      There is a sticker in my cat's eye. She had a a sticker in her eye two days ago but she got it out herself. Now she has another one. I don't know what I should do?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Better off see the vet as you may cause damage in your attempt in removing it. Cats are not the most collaborative beings and the wrong movement may prove deleterious. Vets are equipped with the right tools. By sticker do you mean a fox tail?

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      Jeffrey Pastorino 5 years ago

      It could be a fox tail. My cat is sleeping right now and I don't really want to bother her right now because she is walking around pretty slow.All she has been doing is laying down all day. It's watering alot. Do you think she could last 1 more day till the vet? How much do you think it would cost?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      I really cannot tell if waiting will not be OK or not, I am sorry. There are so many things to consider. There are risks for a corneal ulcer which happens when an item scratches the eye. In regards to cost I would say your average vet visit plus any tests.meds they may order. Prices for the pet eye specialist I used to work for a while back were $125 for the exam not including additional tests and meds. But this may be something your vet may take care of. You can read more about this in this article under foreign object in eye:

      http://pets.webmd.com/cats/eyelid-problems-squinti...

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      Jeffrey Pastorino 5 years ago

      Took her to the vet and they got out the fox tail right away. There was no damage to her eye at all. It was about one hundred and thirty-dollars. I got antobiotic ointment to put in her 3x a day for 4 days. Thanks for your help. My cat is thankful for your help. Thank you again!

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      Jeffrey Pastorino 5 years ago

      Is it possible if your giving your cat medecine she will just run away?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Jeffrey, great! turned out quite costly though! but your cat should be very happy and feel much better without that sticky in the eye! what kind of medicine are you giving drops or pills? are you trying to put eye drops in the eyes?

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      kitty girl57 4 years ago

      my kitty is about 7 weeks and is building crust around and in her eye i'm starting to worry for her she has no other symtoms plz help me

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      It could be an infection, what color is the crust?

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      dd 4 years ago

      I was looking to get a rescued kitten. In the ad it said the kitten has a third eyelid that does not recede. Is this a sign of problems to come or is this an otherwise healthy cat

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      It really depends on what it is causing it as the causes may be various. In medical terms third eye lid is known as 'nictitating membrane" so you may want to google this term to find out more . here is a resource:

      http://pets.webmd.com/cats/cat-third-eyelid-proble...

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      Sophxo 4 years ago

      What do you do if you poke the side of your cat's eye by accident?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      Well, you "keep an eye on it" for a start and see your vet if you notice anything worrisome signs of cat eye problems ie red eyes, tearing, squinting etc.

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      Sophxo 4 years ago

      well my cat's eye has been squinting and a bit teary. Mum said that she will be fine & that it would probably heal itself but I'm not convinced. Does rinsing the cat's eye with water help because I tried that & it kind of inproved the problem.

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      Sophxo 4 years ago

      *improved

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      Rinsing with saline solution is safe for cats and can be found at your local grocery store, but please have seen in squinting and teary.

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      Stephanie 4 years ago

      Hi, My two kittens where playing the other day and one of them scratched the others eye and because of that the kitten kept blinking really fast, twitching in it's eye. I am concerned because the kitten has green eyes, but the one that got scratched has turned a darker, kind of brownish color. At first I thought it was just me who was imagining things, but yesterday I looked closer and it is true, one of her eyes is that darker brownish color. What should I do?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      I'm afraid your pet may have sustained a corneal ulcer and that it's causing cloudiness which may cause the eye to appears as if it changes color. My best piece of advice is to see a vet. Best wishes.

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      Tailwind49 3 years ago

      My cat has a "rolled pupil" it has red leaking into his eye. Also cloudy. It looks like snake eye any ideas??? All three Vets said they never saw this before! Help

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 3 years ago from USA

      Try seeing a veterinary ophthalmologist, that's what our vets did when they had odd or difficult cases. They're the eye specialists par excellence.

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      Nat-nch 2 years ago

      Hello,

      Today I found a kitten outside of my house and at first I thought he was dead because their was flies around him but the I think he heard me and moved his head towards me and I noticed he was actually alive and when he moves his face I noticed his eyes were closed shut like is somebody sowed his eyes or something so I moved the flies around him and put him in a box and he was so skinny,and took him to the animal hospital as quickly as possible and when we got there I noticed that he had opened his eyes a little but their was a pus like liquid coming out it was yellowish. I left him there and I'm gunna call tomorrow and check on him but I just can't wait thinking of what he has because even the lady there didn't know what to do and I can't stop thinking about this poor kitty. Please help me. Thank you.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 2 years ago from USA

      It could be a variety of issues ranging from conjunctivitis (eye infection) to allergies, virus etc. If this was a small kitten, it may be Noenatal conjunctivitis.

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      Mary 2 years ago

      I am wondering if the above kitten made it. I had one like that and it lived. Then others did not. I doctored it with some medicine I had for my cat one time. Hope it lived

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      david aler 2 years ago

      Hi my female cat had a tumor removed in her right eye 8 months ago. They couldn't get it all. She got horner's syndrome from the surgery in the right eye. The CT scan showed that her left ear was fine. Now, 6 months after her right eye horner's syndrome has cleared up, her left eye is now showing signs of horner's syndrome. She gets monthly blood test and takes chemo pills. The vet is going to want to do more scans that will cost thousands if surgery is needed. My question is. Any of this normal? Can horner's syndrome switch eyes?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 2 years ago from USA

      Are you seeing a regular vet for this problem? If so, you may want to seek a board-certified veterinary ophthalmologist as they have much more expertise in treating and diagnosing eye problems. A neurologist may also be helpful. From what I know from working with an eye specialist years ago, Horner's syndrome occurs when there is injury to the sympathetic nerve that leads to the eye. Sometimes though it can appear for no reason and then may disappear as it already has in your cat's case after 6 months. I don't think it can really switch eyes, (I be could wrong though) but perhaps it could arise from some underlying issue that is involving these nerves or some condition affecting the ear, eye, brain, neck or chest. My feeling is that your vet wants to do the CT scan to try to pinpoint what is causing this. I would consult though with an eye specialist because they see Horner's quite frequently. Sending you best wishes for a good outcome.

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      Eunice Tran 2 years ago

      Hi, there. Please tell me how I can help my little cat. I thank you so much. First of all, her right eye shut and then swelled day by day. The vet said it was exploded. the vet injected her and asked me to drop eyewash for her. Her right eye discharged pus and I cannot see her right eye but it still keeps discharging pus. But she still eats, drinks and plays. Now it happens to her left eye. What should I do? I wonder whether it is dangerous to her life. I love her. I think she loves to live. What can I do to cure her? Please give me an advice. Thank you so much!

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 2 years ago from USA

      I would ask for a referral to a veterinary ophthalmologist. These are eye specialists that would best advise you. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

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      Dorothy 2 years ago

      This information was no help for me

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 2 years ago from USA

      Dorothy, most likely you were looking for a diagnosis or home treatment. Eye issues can be serious and things can get worse quickly, which is why it's recommended to see a vet quickly when dealing with eye problems in cats and dogs.

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      Juntjoo 14 months ago

      I gave this article a zero even tho it was good because the prompt to rate it invaded my page before I barely even started reading. Might want to fix that

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      Lorna 13 months ago

      My 14 year old cat has a swelling on her lower eyelid which appears to be growing and looks sore. She is a very nervous car and has never been to a vet. Do you know what this might be?

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      Mashyia 12 months ago

      My kitten has really dark pink around his eyes and he hasn't been acting right and I'm worried is he ok or not .

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 12 months ago from USA

      Can be an eye infection or tooth problem, please have her evaluated by a vet.

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      M.J. 11 months ago

      I have a very unusual situation w/my 8 year cat & here is the scenario:

      His tail is extremely long & because of this he's constantly swishes it

      into an eye which causes him for days to keep the one eye closed or

      will squint for a couple of days. Is there anything I can do for him, I

      don't think a Vet. will shorten a tail or will he or she?

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      Maria 11 months ago

      My little cat poppy has something wrong with her eye , she has a black dot and a blister type of thing over it?? Any advice welcome

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      RJ 10 months ago

      Hai sir I have 3 months old cat it has got bitten by another big cat from then it has'nt been active as it was I also took him to the vet, he gave one injection and said it would be fine but it has'nt worked and now it is got blind.

      Why is it

      What should I do

      Plz plz plz help me

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      Mary Osborn 7 months ago

      I rescued a kitten about 6 months ago her left eye was gone she had a nasal infection and of course it was oozing there was nothing in there it's totally sucking in I did treated with some of feline ointment that I had from the vet for another CAT and it went away she cleared up her infection in her nose and her eye seemed to heal up. It has again started oozing and there is a horrible smell coming from her you can smell it coming from about 5 feet away I know I should go to the vet I have no money to afford that anything I could do temporarily till I save money for about a month?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 7 months ago from USA

      Hello, so sorry to hear about your kitty. If your kitty smells that bad it may suggestive of some sort of an infection that would give off that strong odor. Another possibility is that if your kitty has been feeling sick she may not have been cleaning herself properly and maybe she may smell like feces or perhaps she ate something rotten if she is let out. Your kitty may need oral antibiotics if the infection is widespread and unfortunately only a vet can prescribe these. Infections left untreated can cause serious complications, may be you can call around and see if a vet working for a shelter can offer a discount?

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      Curt 6 months ago

      When you look into my cats eyes from the side it appears there are strands that r black coming from the pupil to the outter eye ball

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      Sarah Wolfe 5 months ago

      A few days ago a big cat came to our house in front of our window and I knew it hade been at our house before but this time I saw it had one eye closed and it had this green stuff over it and the other one was starting to do the same. I have it in our garage and I don't really know what to do with it. my parents don't want to take it to the vet because its not ours and they don't want to spend lots of money on someone elses cat. Any tips?

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      Jayme 5 months ago

      My cat had an enucleation just prior to his adoption 4 years ago. The socket has always been a bit itchy for him but I've noticed that he has a hard bump in the lower corner that seems to be the root of extreme itchiness. My vet does not seem concerned but methods of itch relief have not solved the problem. Any idea on what the issue could be?

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      John Sarsour 5 months ago

      What happened to my kitten it was alright yesterday morning now it dies because its weak and can't swallow. It was really skinny too.

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      Louise grundy.louise@yahoo.co.uk 4 months ago

      My cat recently had kittens but the one kitten his one eye hasn't opened at all what should I do

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      Claire 4 months ago

      My cat had a fight a few years ago &I there was damage to his eyelid. This third eyelid. This was dealt with & apart from an abscess near this eye, which was successfully drained, he is fine. However I have noticed the pupil in the same eye is now hardly visible &I seems to have "floated upwards? It doesn't weep or seem to bother him. Will it affect his sight. He is 10 years old.

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      Julie 3 months ago

      My cat is not isplaying any of the above symptoms. I noticed a few days ago that on his left eye near the bottom there is discoloration. His eyes are a yellow to yellow-green but when he is looking up I now sometimes see this weird orangey-red color, which made me think of blood filtering through. I thought he might have gotten scratched by my other cat or scratched himself, or maybe it was something irritating his eye... but he isn't favoring the eye, there is no discharge, and I can't see anything on the outermost lense (retina?). (Before with my dad's dogs, i could usually see what actually looked like a scratch if their eyes had gotten hurt.)

      I also wondered if his iris was changing color.. but that seems unlikely? Am I missing something? I don't want to take him to the vet for a false alarm. He has stress problems that affect his urinary tract health, and he gets really upset at the vet - so i try to only take him for shots and sickness.

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      animal lover 2 months ago

      pls help my two months old kitty's eye is swollen,and its getting a little red and its watery. My kitty isnt behaving the way he should sometimes he cant open his eye sometimes he can what should i do??!!

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      S castro 2 months ago

      Rescued a stray cat and had him fixed. He came back with an eye infection. Took him to the vet and he had an ointment for almost two weeks seemed better now less than a week later it looks like it's back. Red eyes with drainage. Do I think it's allergies?

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      colleen wilson 2 months ago

      this site is so helpful , thank you

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      Melody 4 weeks ago

      I have a cat whose left eye won't close when she is awake. When she blinks only one eye closes. Her left one stays open. Also if you up anything near her eye it Stoll won't close. She seems to still be able to see with that eye but her eye does seem to drip clear liquid. I'm not sure if its tears or not. I just know its clear. She is approximately fifteen years old do you know what's wrong with her?

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