Do you know how to identify a cat eye infection?

A cat’s eye is very important to its well-being. Cats have very good vision versus humans.  Unlike humans, cats are prone to eye problems. In order to properly diagnose the condition the cat is in, you need to be able to identify the symptoms of a cat eye infection.

A cat that is showing signs of pain or discomfort could be a sign of infection. If the cat is loudly meowing when they are usually quiet, it may be a sign of infection. Another clue is if the cat is hiding or being noticeable non-social.  Cats that are in pain will also seem to be more aggressive. They could hiss at you or attempt to scratch you.

Of course, the biggest indicator of an infection is to actually see something wrong with their eyes. These symptoms could be redness, swelling, or discharge around the eye. Another indicator is their third eyelid being inflamed.

The way a cat reacts towards light is also a good indicator towards being infected.  Squinting and excessive blinking shows that the cat has some problems with vision, especially if it recoils towards bright light. This may indicate that the light is hurting its eyes.

What kind of infections usually involves the eyelid

There are many different types of cat eye infection. One of the most common types is pink eye.  Pink eye causes inflammation of the eyelid and usually only affects one eye.  Due to the swelling, the cat may be seen constantly squinting. The cat’s cornea may also look cloudy or have an ulcer. As pink eye is a chronic condition, it can occur for months or even years.

Signs of pink eye do not immediately point to any underlying problems in a cat’s eye.   Causes of pink eye are commonly attributed to feline specific viruses. All three types could be the cause of the problem, or it could just be one.

Another type of cat eye infection that results in the inflammation of the eyelid is inflammation of the eye.  Unlike pink eye, inflammation can affect just one eye or both eyes.  A cat with an infection will be seen rubbing its face and there may be signs of discharge from the eye.

Difference between pink eye and inflammation

The difference between the two is the culprit organism.  While viruses are the main cause of pink eye, bacteria are what cause inflammation. In order to treat it, it is recommended to compress the infectious area with a warm cloth about ten minutes per day. Remove any discharges with sterile eye drops.

Unfortunately, an infection may require surgical treatment, depending on the root cause. This could be a tumor or just a dietary allergy.

A stye is a bacterial abscess that forms on the eyelid.  It is very painful as it can form on the underside of the eyelid.  In order to treat a stye, reduce the inflammation with a warm wet cloth.  You should trim hairs near the eye. This will make it easier to wipe away any discharge that may appear. If the stye lasts for more than a week, you must schedule a visit to the veterinarian to prescribe antibiotics.

Follow the instructions given by the veterinarian

After getting treatment by the veterinarian, be sure to follow their instructions properly.  If you’re unsure about anything, always call the office just to be sure.  The veterinarian will be able to properly answer your questions. Follow the recommended amount per day of antibiotics or anti-viral drops. Do not stop applying medication early, even if signs of the infection appear to be completely gone.

This can cause the infection to develop a resistance to the medication if it has not been completely eradicated.  This will make future infections harder to treat as well.  Your vet may also suggest administering an Elizabethan collar to your cat. The e-collar is a special collar that prevents the cat from being able to touch or otherwise damage the affected area.

As much as the cat may dislike wearing the collar, it may be a necessary process for some cats that cannot stop touching their faces.

Keep you and your home clean and quiet

Provide comfort to your recovering cat by giving it a comfortable recovery period.  Give it a proper diet, a cozy place to sleep; make sure things aren’t too noisy. Bowls, utensils, toys, and anything that the cat frequently plays with or uses should be clean and sanitary to prevent further infection.

Additionally, keep your hands sanitary before handling your cat.  This is especially important when administering treatment.  This will prevent further infections or spreading your cat’s infection.  Although most cat infections are restricted to felines, some can be transmitted to humans.

Why did my cat get an infection?

There is no one cause for a cat eye infection.  The sign of an infection could be taken as a warning sign of an underlying health problem that manifests as an eye infection.  Some of these health problems could be feline herpes virus, bacterial infections, parasites, or even weak immune systems.

External elements could also affect the cat and cause the infection. These could be foreign objects like dust and hair, chemical irritants, and damage to the eye from trauma.

The best way to treat infections is to not have any infections in the first place. Be sure to have all your cat’s vaccinations up-to-date and have regular check-ups.  These are important as your cat could pick up something nasty. Regular check-ups could catch something before it becomes a major problem.  Additionally, take some time to examine your cat’s eyes for any abnormalities.

Being vigilant on protecting your cat’s eyesight will keep it happy and healthy and prevent blindness or impair its vision. A cat eye infection is an event that many cat owners will face at some point. Do not get a pet if you cannot afford to provide proper medical care for your cat. Cats are family, and you want the best for your family.


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