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What is Eye Discharge?

While occasional eye discharge may not be a great concern, chronic or long-term recurring eye discharge should be addressed with your veterinarian. Many of the diseases and conditions that cause eye discharge can cause blindness or systemic infection and seeking early veterinary attention can help save the sight of your cat.

Eye discharge in cats is typically a symptom of an underlying condition and not a disease in itself. Eye discharge is usually an indication of an infection, injury, or other problem and can cause serious discomfort for your cat. From seeping discharge to scratching, pain, or irritation, eye discharge is an uncomfortable symptom for your pet. 

Symptoms of Eye Discharge in Cats

Eye discharge in your cat can vary in consistency, frequency and irritation levels. In some cats, eye discharge may occur on its own. In others, it may show up in connection with one or more additional symptoms. Signs of eye discharge and conditions related to eye discharge in your cat may include:

  • Substance accumulating around edges of eyes ranging from thin and watery to thick and mucus-like
  • Crusty formations around edges of eyes indicating dried discharge
  • Cat itching eyes or continuously rubbing face against humans or household objects
  • Red, swollen, or irritated-looking eyes
  • Excessive wetness to tear area on cat’s face

Causes of Eye Discharge in Cats

Eye discharge in your cat may be a symptom of a number of different conditions. Some of the most common causes of eye discharge may include:

  • Conjunctivitis (pink eye)
  • Eye infection
  • Upper respiratory infection that has blocked tear ducts
  • Allergies
  • Foreign object in eye
  • Injury of eye
  • Ulcers of the various structures of the eye

Diagnosis of Eye Discharge in Cats

Since eye discharge is a symptom shared by a number of underlying diseases and conditions, diagnosis of your cat’s medical issue will begin with a process called a differential diagnosis. This is an investigative technique in which your veterinarian will attempt to rule out the most common causes of the condition until he or she finds an underlying cause that most accurately fits the entirety of your cat’s symptoms. This type of diagnosis will require cat owners to provide as much detail as possible regarding the cat’s condition at the initial veterinary visit. You should inform your veterinarian of when the symptoms first began, whether there has been any worsening or improvement, and whether there are additional symptoms besides eye discharge that may help your veterinarian narrow down the specific underlying cause. 

During your initial visit, your vet will perform a thorough physical exam. Your vet may check your cat’s temperature, check them over for any sore or tender areas and also request a standard blood panel. All of these procedures will help your vet determine whether your cat is suffering from an underlying system-wide infection, or perhaps is having an allergic reaction or suffering from seasonal allergies. 

The most definitive diagnostic tool for determining the underlying cause of eye discharge in your cat will be an exam of the eye using a tool called an ophthalmoscope, the same device used in human eye exams. This will allow your vet to see a magnified view of the eye. Your vet may also want to look at your cat’s eyes under this same microscope after application of dye in a procedure known as a fluorescein eye stain test. In this test, harmless eye drops are applied to your cat’s eye which will react under certain lights. This allows your vet to see the contours of your cat’s eye and to check for ulcers or other injury.

Treatment of Eye Discharge in Cats

Treatment of eye discharge in your cat will depend on the cause of the symptoms and the underlying condition. In the case of conjunctivitis, your vet may prescribe prescription drops or eye ointment to help fight off infection. They may also prescribe oral medications to help support your cat and fight system-wide infection. 

Eye Flushes may also be performed at your vet’s office to clear the eye of any debris or foreign material. In many cases, this procedure can be done while your cat is awake and alert. Depending on the location and severity of any foreign bodies, sedation may be required in order to completely eliminate the material from your cat’s eyes.

Recovery of Eye Discharge in Cats

Depending on the underlying condition, the prognosis for recovery from eye discharge is very good. Your cat will need supportive home care in order to alleviate symptoms as they heal. Regular cleaning of the eyes should also be performed in order to eliminate as much of the eye discharge as possible and help your cat be more comfortable. In cases of infection, it will be important to closely follow all veterinary instructions regarding drops or ointments as these conditions may recur if not completely healed.

Eye Discharge Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Itachi
Black Tabby
11 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Eye squinting
Eye Discharge

My cat is close to 11 yrs old and for the first time ever his right eye is starting to discharge clear with a light crust since yesterday? If it clears up on it's own how long will it take and when should I take him to the vet if it doesn't clear up? He's well fed and healthy.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2466 Recommendations
This discharge may just be from some irritation or allergy if it is running clear; use a warm damp cloth to clean away any crust and flush the eye out with some sterile saline, afterwards you could apply an ophthalmic antibiotic ointment twice per day (or as directed on the packaging if different) and monitor for improvement. If there is no improvement over the weekend visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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KiKi
ferel
3 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Eye Clouding
Eye Discharge
Disorientation

I have a feral cat that I trapped and had fixed. She has been with us a couple years. She has had an eye discharge that on occasion she will let me wipe away. The discharge looks like it may have a liittle blood in it when I look at the wipe. I have some antibiotic eye ointment, but have been unable to effectively get it in her eye. Is there something I can put I can put in her good that would help. She is inbred and is cross eyed. Thanks in advance.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without seeing Kiki, I unfortunately am not sure if the discharge is worrisome or not, or what might be causing it. Cats frequently have ongoing problems with viral disease that can cause these signs, and sometimes a Lysine supplement helps. If there is a possibility that there is blood in the discharge, or if her eyes are cloudy, it would be best to have her seen by your veterinarian, as they will be able to examine her eyes, and advise you as to any necessary treatment. I hope that all goes well for her.

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Dolly
Maine Coon mix
3 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Eye Discharge
Whistling while breathing
Loud Breathing
Squinting
Sneezing

My cat has had an opaque, greenish-white eye discharge for a few months now, ranging from needing me to wipe it 3-4 times a day to just once, or just wiping crust once a day. It gets worse when the weather changes, so I figured it was just allergies, but she's recently started snoring more and I'm starting to get worried that it is part of an infection. So far her eyes don't look red at all, and while I've seen her third eyelid a little it's always been while she's lounging and half asleep. She squints occasionally and it's entirely possible that her fur is getting in her eye--she's a long haired maine coon mix so she's got some long lashes. Hoping to get an idea of what it might be; don't have a lot of money and want to go in with an idea of how much it'll cost so I can budget around it. She's still full of energy and eating, drinking, and pooping fine (she's puked occasionally, but I'm almose certain those were scarf-n-barfs)

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
1044 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. Dolly may have a mild ongoing viral infection that may benefit from eye medications or dietary supplements, or an infection that may require antibiotics. Those are two common causes for what you're describing. A visit to a veterinarian will be able to let you know what might be going on, and what treatments might help. None of those options should be very expensive. I hope that she is okay!

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Sonny
domestic short hair
3 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Eye Discharge

My 3yr old cat, Sonny started getting a greenish discharge from one eye. She seems to have difficulties opening it all the way. We recently adopted a new kitten, can the kitten have scratched her eye in some way? Or could she have gotten it outside?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2466 Recommendations
There are various causes for the presence of discharge with both your new kitten and something from outdoors both being possible causes for the discharge; you should flush the eye out with sterile saline solution and then apply an antibiotic ophthalmic ointment (Vetericyn for example) to see if there is any improvement, repeat at least twice per day. If there is no improvement you should visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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cody
tabby
2 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Yellow discharge

Hi I'm 14 and my sis has a cat and the cat is about 4 months and sister is 10 so she doesn't know what to do so I'm trying to ask he has a yellow goey discharge in his eye and I'm just trying to figure out why we have a lo ot of other pets is it possible he's allergic to them or the pet dander

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2466 Recommendations
A yellow gooey discharge may be indicative of an infection, you should use a warm damp cloth on the eye to slow remove any discharge and I would suggest to use an ophthalmic antibiotic ointment twice per day or as instructed on the product label. If you don’t notice any improvement, you should visit a Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kex
Domesticated shorthair
3 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

We adopted two kittens, 3months old, several days ago. One kitten has developed a watery, swallowed eye a day ago. His eye is red, produces clear discharge that dries out into a crust. The kitten is active as before,plays and fights with his brother, and eats well.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It looks like a blocked nasolacrimal duct to me, I cannot say for sure without examining Kex but a clear discharge can be caused by a blockage; the redness of the eye may be caused by fighting with his brother. Flush the eye out with sterile saline twice a day to see if there is any improvement; but check in with your Veterinarian in case there is a blockage of the nasolacrimal duct. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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