Health & Wellness
There are so many reasons to look into your cat’s eyes from showing love and appreciation to checking on their health. We’ve already covered what a cat’s pupil size and eye color can tell you. But, there are more ways cat’s eyes speak to their well-being. That’s why veterinarian and pet health advocate Dr. Aliya McCullough is breaking down the most common cat eye infection and their treatments.
Herpesvirus (one of the most common cat eye infections) is spread through contact with infected pets, stays with cats for life.
What are the symptoms of feline herpesvirus?
What are the treatments for feline herpesvirus?
Conjunctivitis can be caused by irritants (dust and smoke), bacteria, viruses, trauma, ulcers, uveitis or glaucoma. It happens when the conjunctiva, the tissue that lines the eye and eyelid, becomes inflamed. Depending on the cause, symptoms could last 1 to 2 weeks or be a chronic, lifelong issue.
When your cat (or dog) is suffering from conjunctivitis, always talk to your vet to determine the best treatment. Depending on the initial cause, topical medications like antibiotics or steroids may be necessary.
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Blepharitis is the swelling and redness of one or both eyelids. Some causes of blepharitis are:
Similar to conjunctivitis, or any eye-related infection or symptom, it’s important to go to the vet to identify the cause and determine the best way to treat the issue.
Dust and other irritants can cause symptoms similar to those of an eye infection.
Making sure your cat eats a well-balanced diet is a great way to boost overall health. In addition to making sure they eat right, monitor your cat’s eyes to track any changes.
Cat eye infections can be a real drag. With these tips, your cat should be feeling better and back to using their super vision to chase any mouse or catch any ribbon toy.
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