It’s easy to be impressed with the beauty of a cat eye. With their almond-shaped pupils and the intense iris coloration, they are truly remarkable.

However, the eyes and pupils in cats they’re often a window into their health status. And cats give us very few clues that they’re unhealthy, so it’s important to pay attention to the subtle changes we observe.

Conjunctivitis

Symptoms: It is usually found that the cat will have tears or even purulent discharge, squinting, scratching the eyes, etc. When the cat eye are opened, the red and turgid conjunctiva will be found.

Causes of Disease: Viral upper respiratory tract infections, bacterial infections (mycoplasma, chlamydia), allergies, foreign bodies, and mechanical damage.

Treatment: Seek medical treatment in time to prevent scratching (Elizabeth circle), often accompanied with keratitis, corneal ulcers, etc.

Keratitis

Symptoms: Usually cat eye will squint, weep, scratch, corneal transparency changes, looks misty.

Causes: Conjunctivitis often leads to keratitis. Other cause factors include bacteria, fungi, viruses, injuries, vitamin A deficiency, and neurological diseases.

Treatment: Take your cat to the vet in time to prevent scratching, further deterioration, like corneal ulcers, perforation, etc.

Corneal Ulcer

Symptoms: Usually cats will squint, weep, and scratch. The cornea can be seen with a small depression in the cornea, corneal edema, and yellow-green secretions.

Causes of disease: bacterial, viral infections, foreign bodies, decreased tears, damage, inversion of eyelids.

Treatment: Take your cat to a vet in time to prevent scratching.

Epiphora

Symptoms: It is often found that the cat eyes of the cat are moist and weep, and the hair color of the eyes is dark.

Causes of Disease: Excessive tears or blocked nasolacrimal ducts, often occurring in flat-faced cats or cats with severe respiratory infections as a child.

Treatment: Regular cleaning, use of steroid-free eye medicine to prevent; go to the hospital for examination, through the nasolacrimal duct (generally requires anesthesia, the effect will not be very good).

Glaucoma

Symptoms: Usually do not show typical clinical symptoms. But acute glaucoma, cats may have blepharospasm, tears, pain or even yell, drowsiness, anorexia; when the cat has conjunctivitis, corneal ulcers, uveitis, the cat should be checked with intraocular pressure.

Causes of Disease: The aqueous humor cannot be discharged circularly, causing increased intraocular pressure. There are two types of primary and secondary disease.

Treatment: Go to a qualified ophthalmology hospital in time to control intraocular pressure and prevent the possibility of permanent blindness.

Cataract

Symptoms: The pupil of the cat is no longer deep black or you can see the pupil appears white.

Causes of Disease: Genetics, congenital malformations, toxins, radiation, trauma, etc.

Treatment: Go to a qualified eye hospital in time.

How to Clean the Cat Eyes:

Prepare tools: First prepare the cleaning tools, including eyewash agents for pets, cotton swabs, cotton pads, and paper towels.

Eyewash: Let the cat lie between your legs with its belly up, and put 2 drops of eyewash on the eyes for 10-15 seconds.

Wipe the dirt on the eyelid gently: Use a cotton pad to gently wipe the dirt on the eyelid, wipe the left and right eyes separately to prevent cross infection.

Wipe with a cotton swab: You can use a cotton swab to wipe the areas that are not easy to wipe inside the corners of the eyes.

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