Cat’s eyes are so special, they are so vivid and have beautiful colors that can mesmerize you! Whether your cat has pretty blue eyes, gray, copper, or another color. One thing about cats is you have to keep an eye on their eyes as they can develop problems. I’m sharing with you a list of the most common cat eye problems. These are eye health issues to watch out for in case you find that your cat is having watery, build up around the eye, or something else similar to the list below.
This is Sassy, she is one sweet little girl although she wasn’t when she was little but she grew out of it, hence her name! Awhile back she got a piece of cheat grass in her eye, and we were pretty nervous. She could barely open it and seemed to have a lot of tenderness and her eye almost constantly watered. Luckily we got the grass out and she is totally fine! It was scary because you never want something to be wrong with your cat’s eyes!
What Should Their Eyes Look Like
Your cat’s eyes should be clear and bright, and the area around the eyeball should be nice and white. The pupils should be equal in size as well. Try to look at your cat’s eyes randomly in a nice well lit room to really get a good look.
Common Cat Eye Problems to Look For
I always recommend seeing a vet when you can, taking the best care of our pets is what we need to do. A lot of the symptoms could point to more than one of the common cat eye problems. That is why you have to let a professional to really find the culprit behind your cat’s issues!
Eye infections are very common in cats! Generally, your cat might have some redness, swelling, rubbing of the eye, squinting, and even discharge. If it is a mild viral infection it should resolve itself. Try to encourage your cat to drink plenty and eat. Sometimes you need a vet visit to get a topical eye ointment to apply. Sometimes your cat might have a chronic or recurrent problem which can lead to more problems, so that is something not to overlook if your cat can’t seem to stop getting infections.
You may not know that cats can get allergies just like humans! Allergies are less common, but they can cause some irritation in your pet. Some causes for allergies are dust, tobacco smoke, perfumes, a cleaner, etc. If your cat’s suffering from allergies, they may have some drainage, redness of eyes, and frequent squinting. If your cat doesn’t seem to get better after a little bit, make an appointment with a vet.
This is something that doesn’t happen much at all, but it can. The eye appears to be very cloudy or there is an opacity of the eye lens. This can be pretty serious and needs to be seen by a vet. An inflammation of the eye can be the start of this or any trauma to the eye, and even genetics can be the culprit. There is no treatment to reverse cataracts, if it is inherited or spontaneous it might be removable.
The cornea is the clear tissue on the eye, where the light passes through. Corneal ulcers are open sores, caused by an infection, injury, or tear of the eye. Your cat’s cornea might look cloudy, they might squint, show redness, and even have discharge. You do need either ointments, drops, or antibiotics generally to help heal your cat’s eye.
Glaucoma means there is an issue with drainage of the eye. Some cats inherit this, or it is a secondary to a prior eye issue that didn’t get treated or healed. Your cat’s eye might be enlarged, cloudy, tearing, dilated pupils, redness, and more. If your cat does have glaucoma they need to see a vet, so they can get the treatments they need.
Trauma happens, no matter if your cat lives indoor or out. It is easy for your cat to run into something, fight with another cat, etc. Generally, these traumas if minor will heal okay, sometimes you need a little treatment from a vet. You might see your cat squinting, having some water from the eye, swollen, your cat acts in pain, etc.
I hope that sharing this list of common cat eye problems will help you to be more aware of the conditions that may affect your feline’s eye health.