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Category: eye disease

It is normally quite straightforward to recognise that there is something wrong with your pet’s eyes. In most diseases that affect the eye the eye will look sore or there will be excessive discharge. If your pet has a reddened or runny eye, is blinking a lot or pawing at its face then an early trip to the vet is advisable. Cats that have suffered from cat flu as kittens may be left with permanently runny eyes and some infectious diseases can also cause conjunctivitis in cats.

Eye problems can be caused by a foreign body in the eye – often a grass seed or piece of dirt; a scratch on the eye caused by another cat’s claw or running into a twig, or a simple eye infection. To work out what is wrong with the eye your vet will need to examine it carefully. Any foreign material in the eye can be removed and it is likely that your pet will need some eye drops or cream for a few days afterwards.

Blindness is not commonly recognised in pets and if your pet is only blind in one eye they may compensate well and show no signs. However if an animal has gone suddenly blind in both eyes this will be easy to recognise as they will be bumping into obstacles and may appear disorientated or frightened and be unwilling to move. Animals in which blindness has developed more slowly may adapt much better and often vision can be very poor without owners realising there is anything wrong with their pets.

Eye medication: how to give to your cat

Eye problems in cats are quite common. Tears quickly wash out any treatment put in the eye so eye drops need to be given several times a day. This means you will have to learn how to give the treatment

Corneal ulcers – a sore eye

Although cat's eyes have a number of differences which improve night vision, the basic structure is much the same as a human's. Consequently cats can suffer a similar range of eye diseases to humans. Because the eye is complicated, delicate

Conjunctivitis in cats

If your cat has a sore or red eye, or there is discharge from the eye, then it is important to contact your vet. Your cat may have an infection in the eye, but a discharge can also be caused

Cataracts in cats

Cataract is a disease of the lens of the eye in which the normally clear lens becomes opaque or white. You may see the whiteness of the eye when you look at your cat. This interferes with vision and can

Blindness in cats

Just like people, cats normally use their vision for getting around, as well as hunting and interaction with other cats. However, a cat with poor vision or even total blindness can lead a comfortable and fulfilled life. How can I