Our feline friends have many pretty features, including strikingly beautiful eyes. Fluffy’s eyes can be many different colors, from green to orange to blue. And, although cats never have brown eyes, their peepers can be dichroic, or odd-colored. Of course, pets are susceptible to many of the same types of eye problems as we can develop, so it’s important to pay attention to your kitty’s eyes. A local vet discusses cats’ eyes in this article.
Pink eye, or conjunctivitis, is not uncommon in cats. This can be caused by bacterial or fungal infections, or viruses, or sometimes from scratches from other animals. Kitties are also susceptible to inflammation, glaucoma, and cataracts, which are common in senior pets; corneal inflammation; and uveitis, which is an umbrella term for inflammation of the uvea, the colored part of the eye. Many of these conditions are treatable, but they require prompt veterinary care.
Many of the signs of kitty eye problems are visible to the naked eye. Excessive tearing and/or blinking is one definite red flag. You may notice excessive eye gunk, which could be green, white, or yellow. Fluffy may seem sensitive to light, and her eyes and/or lids may also appear reddened, pink, or swollen. She may also blink or paw at her eye. You may also see Fluffy’s third eyelid, which normally you should only be able to spot briefly as she blinks or opens her eyes. Some issues, such as cataracts, may cause a milky or cloudy appearance. It’s also worth mentioning that eye problems can also lead to behavioral changes, such as withdrawal or crankiness. Eye issues should always be considered an emergency. Contact your vet immediately if you notice any of these things.
There is really no way to protect your furry buddy from congenital issues. There’s also not much you can do about age-related issues. However, there are things you can do to prevent or at least reduce the risk of your pet injury or infection. Just keeping an ‘eye’ on Fluffy’s peepers will help a lot. Your kitty’s eyes should be clear and bright … at least when they’re actually open. Keeping Fluffy inside will also help, as she won’t be exposed to hazards from pollen, other animals, contagious disease, and chemicals. Last but certainly not least, bring your cat to the vet regularly for exams.
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