Cat Eye Infections: What You Need To Know

Long story short, a cat with an eye infection needs to go to the vet
A cat's eyes are one of its most alluring features. Unfortunately, cats are prone to several different types of eye infections which can be uncomfortable and disfiguring, and can even lead to blindness in the long term if left untreated for too long.
Signs Your Cat Has An Eye Infection
You are probably familiar with the cat's so-called "third eyelid," the nictitating membrane which can usually just be glimpsed in the inner corners of your cat's eyes. These membranes may be visible if your cat is sleeping with its eyes slightly open, or if it is very happy and relaxed.

Eye infections can cause a low-grade fever, which in turn can make your cat feel poorly. Your cat may stop eating, and may retreat to a safe area or be unusually lethargic. A sick cat loses interest in its normal routines. Other cats become extremely clingy, and refuse to budge from your side.
However, if only one eye has the membrane visible, or if the membrane looks red or swollen, this may indicate an eye infection or damage. An eye infection will often only infect one eye (at least at the beginning) but if the third eyelid is very visible in both eyes, this can be a dual-eye infection.
An eye infection may also cause your cat's eyes to be "weepy," either with a clear fluid, or with a pale yellow pus-like discharge. 
What To Do About Your Cat's Eye Infection
An eye infection needs to be treated by a vet. Your vet can prescribe antibiotics, either oral or eyedrop form or both, depending on how bad the infection is. An eye infection is as serious for a cat as it would be for a person. If you think your cat might have an eye infection, do not delay. 
If left untreated, the eye infection can spread to other parts of the eye. It can cause partial or total blindness, and it can even result in the cat needing to have that eye removed. 
In addition to antibiotics, your cat may find it soothing to have a warm damp washcloth gently laid against its infected eye. The heat can help with the itching and discomfort that an eye infection causes, and it can also help clear out some of the gunk. Then again, some cats want nothing to do with this procedure. If your cat isn't interested, don't push it!



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alexandra's picture


my cat had a pink eye when he had woken up :O


alexandra's picture


my cat had a pink eye when he had woken up :O


Lillian's picture


my cat isnt his self he rarely eats. thanks


Jon's picture


My cat has been laying down and sleeping for the past 2 days and his eye is showing the third eye lid whenever I try to see his eye.


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Tay tay

my cat had a red membrain eyelid and I didnt know what to do until I found this website thanks


hannah0285's picture


respiratory infection and a couple hours ago I noticed that around her eye was red and there was somewhat of a teary discharge. A little while ago I looked at it again and noticed that it had a yellowish white discharge. I'm worried about her but I can't afford going to the vet again. What you said sounds like it would be good advise in this situation. Thank you.


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Shivanii Alim

my cat have always seem to sneeze and his eye is always sort of crying what is the cure please.. :(((


wesara's picture


I have no idea what to do about my cats eye infection her eye won't open and I am scared please tell me what to do.


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