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Cat Eye Care and Problems

Seeing “eye to eye” with your cat may be one of the best things you ever do for her health. A good home eye exam just before grooming can clue you into any tearing, crust, cloudiness or inflammation that may indicate a health problem. Here are few simple tips to keep your kitty's eyes bright, healthy and on the prize-you!

Home Inspection

Face your cat in a brightly lit area and look her in the eyes. They should be clear and bright, and the area around the eyeball should be white. Her pupils should be equal in size.

A Closer Look

Roll down your kitty's eyelid gently with your thumb and take a look at the lid's lining. It should be pink, not red or white.

What to Watch Out For

How can you tell if there is something wrong with one or both of your cat's eyes? Look out for the following:

  • Discharge
  • Watering
  • Red or white eyelid linings
  • Crusty gunk in the corners of the eye
  • Tear-stained fur
  • Closed eye(s)
  • Cloudiness or change in eye color
  • Visible third eyelid

Eye-Catching Behavior

Certain body language will also alert you to possible eye distress. If your cat is constantly squinting or pawing at her eye area, give her eyes a good inspection. If you find any of the above symptoms, you should immediately call your vet.

A Little Wipe Goes A Long Way

Wipe away any crusty gunk from your cat's eyes with a damp cotton ball. Always wipe away from the corner of the eye, and use a fresh cotton ball for each eye. Snip away any long hairs that could be blocking her vision or poking her eyes. Try not to use eye washes or eye drops unless they've been prescribed by your vet. If you notice unnatural discharge during your grooming session, consult your vet.