Keeping your cat’s eyes healthy is not hard. Cat eye care can be included in your standard grooming practices and does not take that much extra time. It all starts with a simple at home inspection. You can do this in any well-lit room, and you simply need to look your cat in the eyes. Picking your pet up and holding it while looking at his or her eyes in the sunshine is one way to do it. Take note of how your cat’s eyes look. A cat’s eyes should be clear, alert, and sparkling. You should not see any color change in the iris or any cloudiness in the pupil. The area around the eye should not be inflamed. The pupils should be the same size. This established, you should gently roll down the eyelid a little to make sure the lid’s underside is healthy pink, not lacking blood flow or reddened and swollen.
If you notice a discharge, watery eyes, a non-pink eyelid lining, crusty gunk or dried mucus around the eyes, tear stains on the fur, that her eyes won’t open, the third eyelid, or changes in clarity and/or color when making your visible inspection, you need to step up your cat eye care program to deal with the causes of these conditions. Also, watch your cat for signs of squinting, pawing at the eyes, or other odd body language. Do not delay taking your cat to the vet if you spot any of these conditions.
One way to help maintain your cat’s health that is simple is adding a little cat eye care step to their grooming routine. Using a moistened cotton ball you should wipe away any dried mucus or other crusty residue. Wipe away from the eyes. Use a fresh ball for each eye. If you notice there are hairs that might be causing this excess production of tears or mucus, you should trim those away. It is not suggested using any type of eyewash or drop unless the vet has prescribed them. Any discharge you see should be a sign that you need to have your cat looked at by the vet.
Cat eye care requires knowing a little about the different diseases that impact the eyes. Red and swollen eyes can indicate Conjunctivitis. A cloudy eye can indicate Keratitis, a cataract or Glaucoma. Worms, parasites, and viruses can cause the third eyelid to be inflamed or visible and seeing that should get you cat a trip to the vet. Chronic watery eyes or the eyes looking like they are bulging can indicate several different causes, and taking your pet to the vet is the best way to determine what is going on. In all these cases, your vet can provide you with drops, ointments, or other medicines to help treat them. Remember a little prevention goes a long way- get your cat vaccinated and keep up with check-ups to avoid long-term issues with your cat’s eyes.