Cat eye infection should be caught soon. Here is how.
Regular grooming sessions with your cat should always include an examination of the eyes of your cat and the removal of any debris.
This also gives you the opportunity to check your cat’s eyes for symptoms of illness or infection. As with all conditions, early treatment increases the chances of full recovery. Although some conditions can be treated at home, in the first instance it is always best to consult your vet about any potentially serious eye problem.
Weepy tear ducts and debris in the eyes can be removed with a clean, sterile cloth. Grip your cat firmly under the chin to hold its head steady, and be careful not to introduce other foreign bodies.
Cats have an inner eyelid that is usually hidden below the lower eyelid. It is commonly known as a haw, but more correctly called the nictating membrane. Its function is to keep the eye moist by passing tears over the eyeball, and to protect the eye from foreign bodies.
We only usually see the third eyelid when the cat is ill, in which case it appears to cover much of the eye. No one is quite sure why this happens, but owners should be on the lookout for other symptoms when it does, and if the eyelid remains obvious for several hours, have the cat checked by the vet.
The eyes of a cat that is in good health are clear and bright. Obviously, attention to diet is important in making sure they stay that way, but regularly washing away the debris that often accumulates, especially in the inner corners of the eye, will help to reduce the chances of infection.
HOW TO CLEAN THE EYES
Wash the eyes before undertaking other aspects of grooming. You will need a bowl of warm to tepid water and some cotton wool or a sterile, lint-free cloth. Don’t use cotton buds as you may poke them into the eye accidentally, particularly if your cat is nervous moves its head suddenly.
Soak the cotton wool in water, squeeze out the excess and gentlybathe around the eye, paying particular attention to the inner corners where there are tear ducts.
Longhaired cats are prone to blocked tear ducts, in which case tears running down the face can discolour the fur. This condition is not usually serious, although it can detract from the appearance of the cat, especially if you want to show it. To clean the fur below the eyes, make up a saline solution by dissolving 5m1 (a teaspoonful) of sea salt in 600m1 (1 pint) of distilled water and allow to cool. Use cotton wool to wipe the fur with the solution.
All kittens are born blind. It takes up to three months for their sight to develop to the standard of an adult cat.
To a cat, a stare indicates an act of aggression. This explains why, when you stare into the eyes of your cat, it will blink or look quickly away. This is your cat’s way of indicating that is not aggressive towards you.
When a cat blinks frequently it is a sign of contentment.