Eyes may appear cloudy, watery or red. In severe cases, the eyeball itself may appear swollen. Treatment: If you suspect your cat has glaucoma, take them to a veterinarian immediately.
Conjunctivitis is inflammation of the conjunctiva, which is the pale pink/white tissue that surrounds the eye. The signs of conjunctivitis are eye redness, discharge and squinting. In cats, conjunctivitis can be caused by bacteria (chlamydia or mycoplasma) or a virus (feline herpesvirus).
In some cases, cat eye infections will heal on their own, but otherwise a vet will likely prescribe either eye drops or an ointment. In more severe cases, oral antibiotics may be needed to treat an underlying condition causing the eye infection.
For the most effective treatment, gently rinse the affected eye 3 to 4 times a day. Since our eyewash is non-toxic and free of alcohol, steroids and antibiotics, no rinsing is required.
Prognosis: Will your cat recover? The common eye infection in cats has a good prognosis. In most cases, your cat will be chasing toys again in no time. The antibiotics used to treat bacterial eye infections are extremely effective and, in most cases, can clear the infection quickly.
In general, however, a cat with an eye infection may show one of the following symptoms: redness in the whites of the eyes. Discharge that can be either watery or thick or clear, yellow or green. Excessive blinking, winking, or closed eyes.
Most bacterial and viral infections clear up within five to fourteen days. In cases that do not improve or where other pets are at risk of infection, further testing is done to make a definitive diagnosis.
The signs that your cat is visually impaired can be fairly obvious. For example, the pet may bang into furniture, trip up stairs, or have trouble finding its litter box or food bowl.
Wipe the kitten’s eyes several times a day with a warm, damp washcloth. If a kitten’s eyes are sticky from the dry discharge, gently open the eyes with the washcloth. In some cases, a topical antibiotic ointment is required.
If the eye infection is the main problem, your veterinarian may recommend a topical treatment for your cat’s eye such as Terramycin® or Vetropolycin®. However, if your cat eye infection is due to an underlying condition, such as FeLV or calicivirus, the underlying condition may be the focus of treatment.
If your cat has an eye infection, the following symptoms may occur: redness around the eye, watery eyes, discharge and possible swelling. You may also notice your cat exhibiting other symptoms such as stuffy nose, sneezing or rubbing its eye.
Can humans get cat eyes? The feline viruses and bacteria that cause feline conjunctivitis cannot be transmitted to humans. However, if you have multiple cats, you can accidentally spread an infection from one fur baby to another by petting, feeding, or brushing.