Tips to Keep Your Cat’s Eyes Healthy
18 March, 2014
We want our cats’ to be healthy and thrive in every way. We need to feed them the right food, make sure they get some exercise, play time, and groom their nails. But, how many of us perform a good eye exam on our kitties. It’s very important to add to your check list of thing to do for our kitties to make sure your cats’ eyes are healthy.
Below are some simple tips to keep your cat’s eyes healthy:
How to take an eye exam at home
Take your cat to a brightly lit area and look your kitty in the eyes. They should be clear and bright and the area around the eyeball should be white. Your kitty’s pupils should be equal in size. Roll down your cat’s eyelid gently with your thumb and take a look at the lid’s lining. It should be pink, not red or white.
How can you tell if there is something wrong with one or both of your cat’s eyes?
Look for the following:
Red or white eyelid linings
Crusty gunk in the corners of the eye
Cloudiness or change in eye color
Visible third eyelid
You can also tell that your kitty has an eye issue if your cat is squinting or pawing at or around his or her eye area.
If you find any of the above symptoms, you should immediately call your vet.
A little wiping is very helpful
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 make sure to use a fresh cotton ball for each eye. Snip away any long hairs that could be blocking your cat’s vision or poking his or her eyes. Try not to use eye washes or eye drops unless they’ve been prescribed by your vet. If you notice unnatural discharge, make sure to call your vet.
The following eye-related disorders are commonly seen in cats:
Conjunctivitis: One or both of your cat’s eyes will look red and swollen and there may be discharge.
Keratitis: If your cat’s cornea becomes inflamed, the eye will look cloudy and watery.
Cataracts: This opacity on the eye is often seen in elderly and diabetic cats.
Glaucoma: The cornea becomes cloudy and your kitty’s eye enlarges due to an increased pressure in the eyeball.
Bulging eye: Bulging can occur because of accident or trauma or an eye tumor.
Retinal disease: Partial or total vision loss can happen when the eyes degenerate.
Watery eyes: The fur around your cat’s eyes may be stained with tears because of blocked tear ducts or an overproduction of tears.
How to treat eye conditions
Many feline eye disorders can be treated with vet-prescribed drops or ointments. Your vet will give you a prescription or a recommendation of a type of solution and show you how to apply eye drops at home.
Always take your cat to the vet if you see anything wrong
The best way to prevent eye conditions is to make sure your cat gets all his or her vaccinations and has thorough check-ups. Make sure to examine your cat’s eyes regularly and if you find anything abnormal, make an appointment with your vet. Eye conditions that are left untreated can lead to impaired sight or even blindness.