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How to Treat Pink Eye in Cats: Home Cat Eye Conjunctivitis Remedy

Updated on May 26, 2012

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What is Cat Conjunctivitis?

Some times known as "The Squinting Cat" Conjunctivitis refers to the inflammation of the delicate pink membranes or conjunctiva that cover the inner surface of the eyelids and over the white part of the eye (the sclera).

The conjunctiva can become quite reddened and swollen in some cats, and often it is just in one eye and not in both.

Cat conjunctivitis may occur without any other eye problems, or the eye may also have a corneal ulcer or erosion - painful open sore on the cornea (which is the "clear windshield" part of the eye) - corneal inflammation, and/or intraocular inflammation.

What are the causes of cat conjunctivitis?

While Infections of the eye and surrounding structures are common in pets this cat conjunctivitis usually involves the conjunctiva, leading to conjunctivitis or "pink eye."

Typical causes of infections include various bacteria (like Feline Chlamydophila), viruses like the Herpes virus - Feline Herpesvirus-1 (FHV-1), Feline Mycoplasma, foreign material or irritants in the eye and even Lyme disease.

The main culprit is Feline Chlamydophila (formerly known as Chlamydia). It is the main cause conjunctivitis in cats.

How do you know if your cat has conjunctivitis.

In most cases observing your pet should tell you they are suffering.

Some of the tell-tale signs that your cat may have cat conjunctivitis are:

• Squinting of the eyes (cats may hold their eyes partially closed).

• Watery or mucoid discharge.

• Red or swollen conjunctiva (the pink part just inside the eyelids).

• The iris (colored part of the eye) may also appear dull or cloudy.

How do Cats become Infected?

You take great care of your pet but how do they become Infected?

Feline Chlamydophila cannot survive for long periods of time in the environment therefore cat infection typically occurs through direct contact (with infected animals) for example where large groups of cats are kept together, such as multi-cat households, breeding catteries and shelters. Kittens may catch it during birth.

Your pet may also get an infection through an Indirect means, like through food bowls, litter trays, etc.

You the pet owner may also inadvertently transmit it to healthy pets if they come in contact with an infected pet and do not take due care to disinfect themselves.

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