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Cats Eyes Diseases

Updated on May 27, 2009

Cats Eyes

Special cares

The eyes of healthy cats should be clear, bright and without the presence of dirt, secretions or inflammation.

The most common symptoms of eye disease are:
  1. Eyes or red or inflamed mucous
  2. Injuries on surfaces or in corners of eyes
  3. Look opaque and opaque
  4. Third eyelid exposed
  5. Excessive tearing or unusual secretions
  6. Crusts around the eyes

It is an inflammation of the membrane that covers the entire eye. Can be caused by allergies or bacterial infections, fungal or viral. Recurrent or chronic conjunctivitis in cats is often caused by herpes viruses. It can be contagious, so keep affected animals isolated.
Corneal ulcer
Can occur when the surface of the cornea is scratched or damaged, usually as a result of fights or by bacterial or viral infection.

It is the persistent overflow of tears, for excessive secretion or barrier to its flow. If the cat frequently or tearing the hair around the eyes is with crusts, he may have a hereditary problem that causes malformation of the tear ducts. As a result, the normal flow of tears is affected.
Cataract and glaucoma
Cats can have serious ocular diseases, then the early evaluations by the veterinarian are very important. It is more frequent in elderly or diabetic animals. The glaucoma is the high pressure inside the eye as a result of the decrease in the amount of fluid drained.
To diagnose these eye problems, the tests often used by the veterinarian are:
  1. Use of fluorescein for the diagnosis of corneal ulcers
  2. Schirmer test to determine the level of production of tears
  3. Ocular pressure for detection of glaucoma
  4. Ophthalmoscopy to see the bottom of the eye

How to administer the eye ointments:

  1. Remove the secretions of the eye of the animal with cotton soaked in saline solution.
  2. Hold the cat on its side on your lap or place it on a table. In this case, you may need someone to help contain the animal.
  3. Observe the instructions on the leaflet of the drug dosage.
  4. Gently pull the upper and lower eyelids of the animal.
  5. Hold the tube parallel to the lower eyelid, squeeze the tube and apply a quantity of product similar to a grain of rice. Do not let the tube touch the surface of the eye of the animal.
  6. Release the head and let the animal blinks.
  7. If necessary, gently massage the upper and lower eyelids to spread the medication.

How to administer the eye drops:
  1. Remove the secretions of the eye of the animal with cotton soaked in saline solution.
  2. Observe the instructions on the leaflet of the product.
  3. Use one hand to hold the bottle between the thumb and forefinger and place your other hand under the jaw to support the head of the animal.
  4. Pull the head of the animal back, and to prevent the cat flashes, use your fingers are free to hold the eyelids open.
  5. Hold the bottle near the eye. Do not let it touch the surface of the eye.
  6. Ping the drops in the eye and then release the head of the cat.
  7. The cat will blink spreading the medication over the surface of the eye.


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    • David Fallon profile image

      David Fallon 8 years ago from Pomona, CA

      thanks for the hub :) Paco is lucky to have a vet who cares

    • Ellandriel profile image

      Ellandriel 8 years ago from Portugal

      Mayhmong I believe some vets are vets cause failed med shcool and then go to vets.

      But they don't care and don't want to do anything to save animals...

      Most of them recommend right away euthanasia to save them some trouble.

      I alsways ask a second opinion just in case!

      I'm glad your kitty got well an is happy!

      Thanks for your comment.


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      mayhmong 8 years ago from North Carolina

      I wish I had this information from last year after finding an abandoned kitten. The kittens both eyes were covered in mucuos and crusty around the edges. Took him to the vet. The veternarian was like, well what do you want me to do about it? I was like, well...something?! Anyways, managed to clean him up good and its been a year with this playful kitty.

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      Ellandriel 8 years ago from Portugal

      Candie thanks for the comment... My cats actually are used to pills and drops but I prefer also ointments cause it last longer in the eye and you can rub a boit with the eye lid and it's much easier...

      Have a good weekend!

    • Candie V profile image

      Candie V 8 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      cats hate eye drops!!! I hate giving them eye drops!! so we're even! Thank you for clarifying all the differences !