Cats can pick up a range of different infections from being in the outdoors, a lot of injuries to the eyes also occur from anything to fighting with another cat or a simple poke in the eye from a branch. However, if you do notice any suspicious signs that may hint towards something more serious than a sore eye then you need to contact your vet as soon as possible.
Symptoms to look out for would be:-
- Discharge – watery or puss
- Squinting/ partial closing of the eyes
- Irritation and pawing at the eyes
- Crust around the eye
Common eye problems that are seen in cats which also have these signs would be:-
- Conjunctivitis – One or both of the cat’s eyes will look red and swollen usually along with discharge.
- Third eyelid protrusion – If the third eyelid becomes visible or crosses your cat’s eye, they may have a wound or may be suffering from diarrhoea, worms or a virus.
- Keratitis – If your cat’s cornea becomes inflamed, the eye will look cloudy and watery.
- Cataracts – This opacity on the eye is often seen in elderly and diabetic cats.
- Glaucoma- The cornea becomes cloudy and the eye enlarges due to an increased pressure in the eyeball.
- Retinal disease – Partial or total vision loss can happen when light-sensitive cells at the back of the eye degenerate.
It’s always advised keep a check on your cats overall health in general, but make sure you keep a close watch on the eyes. Cat’s eyes should look clear and bright, you can usually spot any unusual physical signs. If you do notice a build-up of dirt or crust around the eye – but it is not effecting the eye. Try taking a damp cotton ball a wiping it out but being mindful not to cause any damage to the eye.
Future eye problems can be avoided if you make sure your cat gets all her vaccinations and has thorough check-ups.