What to do if your cat has a swollen eye

Our furry friends sometimes give us the odd scare. One day they are perfectly healthy, running, jumping and doing everything cats can do, and the next day they wake up with problems in their precious eyes. Of course, in these situations we worry, because it is not normal for them to have an eye problem and, in fact, many times we do not know how to act, especially if it is the first time something like this has happened to them.

To help you, I’m going to explain what to do if your cat has a swollen eye , and what are the most common symptoms and causes.

Our furry friends sometimes give us the odd scare. One day they are perfectly healthy, running, jumping and doing everything cats can do, and the next day they wake up with problems in their precious eyes. Of course, in these situations we worry, because it is not normal for them to have an eye problem and, in fact, many times we do not know how to act, especially if it is the first time something like this has happened to them.

To help you, I’m going to explain what to do if your cat has a swollen eye , and what are the most common symptoms and causes.

Cats are able to withstand pain much better than we do, so they often only complain when the problem has already advanced a lot . In the event that you have problems with your eyes, however, it will be relatively easy for us to detect it in time, as its symptoms and / or signs are:

He starts to scratch his eye with his paw

When feeling discomfort, what he does first is lick a paw and then rub it over the affected eye to try to remove what is causing that discomfort.

Blinks more than normal

Like when we drop an eyelash on our eyeball, we blink a lot to try to stop feeling bad .

Tearful eye

The cat does not cry out of joy or sadness, but because something has happened to it, such as:

  • Obstructed tear duct: it especially occurs in cats with flat faces, such as Persians. If the eyes are not kept clean, it can cause infections.
  • Infection: it will be accompanied by white or yellow discharge and hairballs will also form around the eyes.
  • Hair or other discomfort: if you lose a hair, a speck of dust, etc. It will cause you discomfort and excessive tearing.
  • Corneal ulcer: It is a scratch normally caused by a cat while playing or fighting.
  • Keratitis: is the inflammation of the cornea caused by herpes, bacteria, allergies or fungi.

Depending on the color of the tear, the animal will have one problem or another:

  • Transparent: the tear may be damaged or infected.
  • Clear: it is usually a symptom of an allergy, but if they are clear and the eye is red, it is conjunctivitis.
  • Mucosa with inflamed eye: the cat could have conjunctivitis accompanied by chlamydiosis.

Closed eye

Together with an excess of tears, it will keep the eye closed at all times and, in addition, it will remain in semi-shaded places , away from light. If not treated in time, it can lead to a serious problem, such as glaucoma.

The eye changes color

If the white of the eye turns yellow, the animal could be suffering from jaundice . It is also a symptom of melanoma (cancer).

His pupils change

If the pupils are always fixed, it is a sign of glaucoma; On the contrary, if they are kept small, it may be because the inside of the eye has become inflamed .

Eye that protrudes or, on the contrary, sinks

If it stands out, it is because the cat may have a tumor or abscesses, or suffer from glaucoma; if it sinks, it is because you either have lost weight, are dehydrated, or have tetanus .

Causes of a cat having a swollen eye

 

When our friend’s eye has swollen, it is because there is some microorganism that has caused that to happen, be it a virus , a fungus or a bacteria .

Viral infection

Caused mainly by feline herpesvirus, if it is not treated in time with antibiotics, ulcers can appear on the cornea causing the cornea itself to remain dry, and the eye to also remain dry.

Bacterial infection

It is the most common. Caused by chlamydiosis, it causes the annoying and uncomfortable conjunctivitis with its symptoms: runny nose, irritation, and in severe cases, the appearance of ulcers in the mouth. Treatment will consist of applying an antibiotic ophthalmic ointment to the affected eye and administering oral antibiotics to the animal.

Fungal (yeast) infection

Caused by an environmental fungus called cryptococcosis, which is treated with antifungal medications. It causes dilation of the eyes , peripheral blindness and inflammation of the retina .

Whenever you notice that your cat is not well, it is important that you take him to the vet so that he can give him the most appropriate treatment as the case may be.

Home remedy to clean the eyes of cats

 

In addition to taking him to the vet and administering the medications he has recommended, at home we can also help our furry to gradually regain his sight. Thus, to clean the eyes, you can use a gauze moistened with chamomile infusion – at room temperature, without burning – between 3 and 4 times a day.

How do you know if the problem is serious?

 

It will depend on the symptoms that the cat presents. An infection will always manifest itself with a specific set of symptoms, while if our furry friend has been stung by a bee in the eye area, there will be no symptoms other than swelling, which will subside in a matter of hours or a few days. It can get quite itchy, and in fact, if the next day we have not seen improvement, it is highly recommended to take it to a professional to look at it, but it is not usually as serious a problem as an infection can be.

To avoid upsets now and later, it is important to vaccinate the cat so that its immune system remains healthy and with its defenses ready to fight the microorganisms that want to affect it.

We hope this special has served you, and you can know why your furry has a swollen eye. Remember that with patience, pampering, and proper treatment, you will surely improve sooner than you imagine 😉.

 

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