Home Remedies for Cat Conjunctivitis
The Squinting Cat - Conjunctivitis in Cats
Conjunctivitis is 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.
Causes of cat conjunctivitis
Infections of the eye and surrounding structures are common in pets and usually involve the conjunctiva,
leading to conjunctivitis or "pink eye."
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.
Feline Chlamydophila (formerly known as Chlamydia) mainly causes conjunctivitis in the cat.
How to tell if your cat has conjunctivitis.
Here are the tell-tale signs that your cat may have cat conjunctivitis:
- Squinting of the eyes.
- 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?
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.
There can also be Indirect infection, through things like food bowls, litter trays, etc. 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.
The medical history of your cat and symptoms it is presenting are enough to diagnose the
condition, in some case special tests may be needed.
Treatment of cat conjunctivitis
Conventional treatment usually involves aspirin, corticosteroids, or other anti-inflammatory drugs for pain relief - as well as eye drops or ointments and topical or oral antibiotics.
Mycoplasmal and Chlamydophila infections respond well to a number of different antibiotics, and Chlamydial infections often also respond, but can recur.
Topical therapy with eye drops or ointment is usually recommended,
but this should be combined with systemic (oral) therapy as the organism can be present at sites other than just the eyes.
If giving eye drops is difficult, infections will still respond well to oral therapy alone.
Generally, treatment is recommended for a period of four weeks and all cats in the
household should be treated (irrespective of whether they are showing clinical signs).
However, FHV-1 infections do not respond at all to topical antibiotic therapy.
Sometimes topical antiviral medications are also used.
Eye infections may become chronic if not treated and can cause permanent damage if neglected.
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There are vaccines to protect cats against Chlamydophila conjunctivitis.
These vaccines do not always prevent infection, but will help in preventing severe clinical disease.
FHV-1 is a very common virus in cats, and most of the cats have it, and are exposed to it when they are small kittens.
The virus can then be dormant in the cat's body for the rest of the cat's life, or flare up and cause problems at any time.
A key factor in the severity of the disease and how recurrent it is, is STRESS.
Anything that stresses the cat can suppress the immune system and allow the virus to reactivate and cause problems.
This article is not a replacement for a veterinarian visit. The article is provided for informational purposes only.
Always seek immediate veterinary advice for any health problems in your pets.