Eye Discharge and Other Eye Problems in Cats
Your cat has an eye problem if there is matter in the eye; the eye waters; the cat blinks, squints, paws at the eye or gives evidence that the eye is painful; or the nictitating membrane is visible. The first thing to do is examine the eye and try to determine the cause. Eye problems can go from minor to serious very quickly. Be prepared to visit your veterinarian if you can't resolve the problem right away.
Signs of Eye Ailments
Do not neglect minor eye ailments. If there is any doubt about the diagnosis, and particularly if the eye has been treated at home but has not shown improvement in 24 hours, call your veterinarian. Eye problems can go from minor to serious in a very short time.
This article is excerpted from “Cat Owner’s Home Veterinary Handbook” with permission from Wiley Publishing, Inc.
Copyright © 2008 by Delbert Carlson, DVM, and James M. Giffin, MD. All rights reserved.
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