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What are Eye Injuries?

Untreated eye injuries can greatly damage your cat’s eye, even leading to blindness in severe cases. If your cat is avoiding bright lights, keeping its eye closed, and squinting, it’s likely that the eye is injured. Seek veterinary care immediately if you suspect an eye injury.

An eye injury is caused by a foreign object that has either penetrated or fully punctured the eye. These injuries can be caused by play, fighting with other cats, and even projectiles like fireworks. 

Symptoms of Eye Injuries in Cats

Eye injury symptoms tend to occur rapidly, increasing in intensity as the foreign object remains in the eye or the wound worsens. The following symptoms indicate that your cat’s eye is injured:

  • Clouded cornea
  • Visible blood in the eye
  • Distorted pupils
  • Visible foreign object in the eye
  • Eye discharge 
  • Swelling or inflammation of the eye
  • Pawing at the eye 

Types

  • Penetrating: The wound or foreign object has entered the eye, but does not punctuate the cornea or sclera (the white of the eye). 
  • Perforating: The wound or foreign object has passed through the cat’s cornea or sclera. These typically are more serious injuries. 

Causes of Eye Injuries in Cats

Cats possess complex vision systems that allow them to hunt at night and see objects clearly from yards away. Cats have also a third “eyelid,” a thick membrane that protects the eye from scratches and debris. Despite this, cats’ eyes are prone to injury. Causes of eye injury in cats include: 

  • Fights with other animals
  • Scratches from leaves or branches
  • Playing with objects in the home
  • Car accidents 
  • Fireworks or other projectiles

Diagnosis of Eye Injuries in Cats

Injuries to the eye constitute a medical emergency. Only a veterinarian can diagnose an eye injury and recommend proper treatment. Even if the foreign object is visible, do not attempt to treat an eye injury at home. Doing so could risk further damage to your cat’s eye.

When you visit your veterinarian, give him or her an account of what happened, including when you first noticed the injury and what you believe may have caused it. Tell your veterinarian if you feel the injury is getting better or worse. 

During the exam, the veterinarian will first look for the presence of a foreign object. If the object is visible, the diagnosis will be straightforward. However, if there isn’t a visible cause, your veterinarian may wish to rule out deeper injury, cornea ulcer, or bruising by conducting a full ocular examination. The veterinarian will use light to check your cat’s pupils, ensuring they are symmetrical and responding properly. 

If natural causes are not responsible for the injury, your veterinarian may wish to examine the internal parts of your cat’s eye.

Treatment of Eye Injuries in Cats

Treatment for your cat’s eye injury will be recommended based on the severity of the injury and which part of the eye was affected. Penetrating injuries usually have a better chance of recovery than perforating injuries, and blunt traumas are more severe than sharp traumas to the eye. 

Penetrating Injuries

Typically, if the injury is penetrating and has no opening, your veterinarian will suggest an Elizabethan collar to prevent your cat from further damaging the eye. Antibiotics or eye drops are used to ease inflammation and swelling. Corneal ulcers are often treated with antibiotic ointments. 

Perforating Injuries

Surgical repair will be required for perforating injuries, including corneal lacerations and full-thickness wounds. If the foreign object remains in the eye, surgery will be needed to remove it. In most cases, lacerated corneas due to foreign objects can be treated.

Vision loss is possible if the injury is deep within the eye. If your cat is struggling with light perception, there may be an injury to the lens or a hemorrhage in the vitreous, the gel-like structure that gives the eye its shape. 

After surgery, your veterinarian will recommend antibiotics and pain relievers as needed. These medications will vary depending on the severity of the wound. 

Recovery of Eye Injuries in Cats

Following surgery, monitor your cat to ensure the injury is healing properly. Note any changes to the eye, and contact your veterinarian if you believe the wound isn’t healing. If your cat has suffered vision loss due to the injury, you will have to help your pet cope with its new disability. 

Most eye injuries in cats heal completely, allowing the cat to resume its normal activities. Recovery time largely depends on the type of injury and its severity. Be sure to administer all medications that your vet recommends, and remove any potential eye irritants from the cat’s reach. 

Eye Injuries Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Taco
short hair
4 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Squinting
Eye build up

My 4 month old kitten has been squinting one of his eyes the past couple days. He has it opened all the way most times when I look at him and he’s been up and about, but will occasionally squint. It’s half closed when he wakes up from a nap and a while after that. There’s some buildup continuously by his eye, but his eye doesn’t appear red.

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Hurcules
Unknown
2 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Broken eye.
bloody nose

One time, my dog attacked my cat, and my cat had a spinal injury. Well today, I forgot to lock the dog in the basement, and when I got home the cat was in the basement crying. I looked at him, and it seems as if his right eye broke. What should I do?

My bad he's about 10 weeks old.

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connie
angel
5 Years
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Watery eye
Eye Discharge
sensitive to light
closing one eye

i’m slightly worried about my cat because i just noticed that her eye seems infected but she looked fine & beautiful all day up until just now. i am just confused because she showed these symptoms which are: she seems sensitive to light in the infected eye and keeps closing the eye as a result, + some slight discharge and wateryness; very suddenly. now she’s just sleeping and seems calm, so i suppose i should wait until morning to see how shes doin. who knows- it could very well disappear as suddenly as it arrived. ;)

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Sushi
stray
8 Years
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen eye

I came home and my cat seems to be squinting with one eye, and there seemed to be a clear discharge around the eye as if he were crying. I looked around it but there doesn’t seem to be any scratches or signs of physical trauma. On closer examination, it seems to be slightly swollen. Should I bring him to the vet or is there some way to treat this before going to the vet?

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"blue rain"
short hair
8 Weeks
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

blind one eye

fostering a homeless kitten, five days, blue-black tabby 8-10 weeks old, right eye looked like a tiny black pearl, much smaller than apparently healthy left eye. right eye seems to be enlarging, pupil visible, sometimes white -- cannot find anything on this on-line -- any ideas? kitten is sequestered from my own cats, has not been seen yet by veterinarian (Best Friends is going to help with that). kitten has been indoors in warm, sunny, cat friendly mudroom five days, good food, water and many pets and cuddles, many comfy places to lounge/sleep, toys etc.

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Destiny
Maine Coon
3 years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

After we put up our Christmas tree we noticed our cat was squinting one eye and it seems to be watering. Sometimes it is worse then others. I do not see anything in here eye but don't know what the cause could be.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should flush your cat’s eye out with sterile saline and then apply an ophthalmic ointment to the eye twice per day; look out for any signs of improvement, if you see no improvement over the weekend you should visit your Veterinarian on Monday for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My cat got into a fight with another cat. His eye is shut closed but hes not bleeding. He sometimes opens it and is acting normal. Hes not hiding or scared. Should i take him to the vet or wait a bit to see if it heals. Theres no blood or open wound but his eye was tearing a lot when it first happened.

A stray cat has shown up at our house and has been here for almost two weeks. When she came, her eye had been badly scratched and was caked in blood. We fed her several times daily and even bought a bowl for her, but her eye has been looking worse and worse. We bought a spray for her eye to kill bacteria and disease, so that should make some improvements, but my worry is that she will not eat or drink. It has been almost two days since I have witnessed her eat and this is extremely unlike her. Is this a side effect of an infection in the eye? Thank you!

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Biscuit
Dont know
6 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Eye injury

Hi my cat got hit in the eye with a golf ball.There's no bleeding or any swelling.its her left eye but she doesn't seem to be opening it fully.since she got hit she has not been playing as much. I don't know if it's because of the shock.
Thanks

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Any injury to the head should be checked by your Veterinarian to be on the safe side; without examining Biscuit I cannot say whether there are any neurological issues, internal injuries to the eye among other injuries. You should keep a close eye on her but visit your Veterinarian to be on the safe side especially if other symptoms present. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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No name yet
Not sure
7 Weeks
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Has no symptoms just the eye

My 7 wk old kitten 2 wks ago started out with a glued shut eye then went to bleeding little 2 days ago. This morning woke up n her eye is starting to pop out.. she is very playful though..

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If the kitten has her eye protruding from the orbit you should visit a Veterinarian immediately for an examination to determine the cause (infection, trauma etc…), you should ensure that the eye keeps lubricated with some drops until you get to your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Pudding
Cat
4 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

cant open
Redness

My cat came in earlier with bruising and blood around his eye, he cannot open it and inside it is red and black.He is walking slowly but is still eating and moving about. His other eye is fine.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It sounds like Pudding may have suffered a traumatic injury, in these cases when there has been possible trauma to the head you should visit your Veterinarian to check if there is any possible brain injury as the onset of symptoms may be delayed. Other possible causes may be due to snake bites (even if you don’t see any puncture wounds), chemical irritation among other causes; I would recommend a visit to your Veterinarian to be on the safe side in case there is head trauma or a snake bite. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Meow
Chantilly-Tiffany
5 Years
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

My cat ya a fight with another house cat yesterday. The same night. I noticed a white discharge from her eye. Her waterline is normally black but she has a sort of scratch that reveals a pink color.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is important to clean the eye clean and free of debris, flushing the eye with sterile saline will help and an ophthalmic ointment will help too; if the wound (pink area) is big it may need to be seen by your Veterinarian as it may need suturing or other treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My cat has been squinting her eye and it gets very watery I think she might have got it scratched by one of the other cat's I've been taking a wet cotton swab and rubbing it against her eye which it doesn't seem like it's hurting her what should I do to make it heal faster

What if there is puss discharge?

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Giblet
Grey Tabb
3-4 weeks (unsure)
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

drainage
Swelling

So I saved a kitten not too long ago and he was very sick. We got him treatments, he ate, drank water, and continued to improve. Although, today I checked on him and his eye was closed (it had already been infected and we were treating it). I think my kitten’s eye may have ruptured. The vet said that if this happened that they couldn’t perform surgery because he is too young. What do I do? Is there any way for him to get better?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If the eye has ruptured, surgery would be indicated when he is old enough and stable enough for him to survive the surgery based on your Veterinarian’s opinion. Until then, you should visit your Veterinarian for another examination and to clean the eye and dress the area to prevent any secondary infection or complications in the short term. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Champ
Shhes grey with green eyes
3-4weeks (not to sure)
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Hi doctor.
My name is stefanie.
I found a kitten in my yard and I've had it a week now.I dont have the means to get to a vet right now until next week.I need adviceurgently please !?
When I found her she looked pretty much dead she wasn't walking eating or drinking I've got a few cats and sort of know some symptoms to watch for.it looked anemic she had no fluids in her mouth I noticed an eye infection and runny nose.
Needless to say she's doing much better now I've been treating her and spending every moment making sure she she's happy.
But....she has now ruptured her one eye I think maybe she bumped it...and I can't see a vet until next week what can i do to treat it in the mean while I'm worried.
Please help....I've fallen in love with this kitten its been tough and she's a real fighter
Thank you

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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She really is a Champ isn’t she? If her eye has ruptured, this requires emergency veterinary care, I understand that there may be financial constraints but there are charity clinics and other nonprofits which may be able to assist you. Until you can get Veterinary attention, keep the area clean and free of debris; do not put any eye drops into the eyes if it has ruptured, most likely after a delay of treatment the eye would need to be removed. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

hi my cat just came in with his face swollen and bleeding in his nose one eye with discharge and other eye too is closed but im afraid his eyelid in his bleeding eye is injured like it(s a bit removed what should i do it's 2 am here and no vets here too and please excuse my english it's not my native language

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Ninja
tabby
9 months
Mild condition
-1 found helpful
Mild condition

My cat came home one day with his eyes bleeding and swollen shit. I dont have any money to see a vet. His eye stopped bleeding and now it is white but it seems to be draining puss and as an odor. What should i do? He doesnt seen to be in pain but the odor and puss is getting worse. What should i do to help?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is important to flush the eyes out with sterile saline solution and try to use an ophthalmic antibiotic ointment to see if there is any improvement; although I understand the cost of veterinary care can be expensive, you should visit a Veterinarian since Ninja may require systemic antibiotics - try a charity clinic in your area. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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midnight
Unsure
2 Years
Serious condition
-1 found helpful
Serious condition

was wondering if you could help me treat my cats eye its swollen and gunky it is more swollen on the outer corner and towards underneath it kind of looks like a lump im pretty sure he has been in a fight as there are other minor scratches on his head i have been wiping the best i can with warm salty water but he is now running a temperature and there is no vet avaliable where i live is there anything you can recommend i do

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You need to make sure that Midnight’s wounds are clean (a dilute antiseptic is best) and apply an antibiotic ointment like Neosporin as well; you should also flush the eyes with sterile saline and apply an antibiotic ophthalmic ointment as well. If Midnight is running a fever, you should get veterinary attention as the fever will need to be brought down and most likely systemic antibiotics would be required. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

ow ow

hello my cat just came it's midle of night here his eyelid is kind bleeding like it's injured i donn't know what happened exactly also his nose and the other eye has a dischrge both of them are closed and his face is swollen i don't know what to do i can't take hi to a vet now also the vets here suck sorry my english is not my language any help please

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Shadow
short hair
4 Months
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Walking into things

My kitten fell out of a tall tree on to a wooden table. Since then he has been walking into things and has a cut above his nose close to his eye. Could his fall have caused him to lose vision in one of both of his eyes?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I think it is possible that he may have had some trauma to his eyes or his head from the fall, yes. Without seeing Shadow, I can't say for sure what is going on with his vision or why he is bumping into things, but it would probably be a good idea to have him seen by a veterinarian who can examine him to find the cause and see what treatment he may need.

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Max
moggy
14 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Cut to cats eye

Hi there,

My cat Max was attacked by another cat and received a significant cut to his lower eye lid. I took him to the vet who prescribed pain killers, eye drops and oral antibiotics which I have been giving him. I’ve also been cleaning it as often as possible with boiled water and cotton wool. I am wondering how long will it take to start seeing improvement? It currently looks horrible and I’m worried for him... I think some of the swelling has gone down as the cut looks as though it’s coming together more then before but there is still a lot of pus.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Given Max’s age, healing time may be prolonged more than usual; however, you should start seeing some improvement within five days or so and depending on overall severity it may take two weeks or more to be healed (but this may be longer). You should continue giving treatment as directed by your Veterinarian and if the antibiotics end before the wound is healed or there is still pus you should return for another examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Emmy
Persian
15 Years
Moderate condition
-1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Over night my persian cat, Emmy, who is 15 years young .. w a very pushed in face. woke w the corner of her eye red and swollen .. within the day, she was terribly swollen and could not close her eye .. the vet I took her to, took xray and said it was a tumor .. behind the eye and only way to relieve her was to remove the eye ,, for $900. But said she couldnt say for sure if it was a tumor .. because an xray doesn't show soft tissue .I no way was going to have her eye removed w the vet GUESSING like that .. so went home to research natural help.. I started putting in her eye Colloidal silver and giving it to her orally..I also aternated the ointment that I got from the vet (neomycin sulfate and bacitracin zinc ointment) she was almost completely well . but now I think she may have scratched the eye due to the healing and itching and its bad again .. please help ..

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without seeing her, I can't comment on what might be going on, unfortunately. She may need further medications to have the eye heal, or it may be a flare-up of any previous condition. It would be best to follow up with your veterinarian to see what the next step is. One option might be an ultrasound of the area around her eye, if that is available to you. I hope that she does well.

The veterinarian never came back into the room and wanted $900 to REMOVE her eye !!! And her assistant.. laughed at me when I said I am a natural healer .. and she said nothing natural will help w THIS .. and u didnt help either... BUT soo happy to say she is getting well.. w the continued use of Colloidal silver and lots of rinsing of the eye w a good saline solution to KEEP it clean ... learned this ALL on my own ,,, w NO help from any Vet!
I AM .. me amd EMMY are BOTH very grateful that I paid NO attention to any money hungry DR

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Sable
DOMESTIC
4 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

My cat has no eyeball

My cats eye fell out he acts normal and I cannot afford to to take him to the vet. How can I clean the socket out And close that I have permanently without taking him to the vet

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Cat's eyes don't tend to just 'fall out'. If there was a trauma associated with the injury, he may need further care. You cannot close the socket, as there are tear ducts and anatomic structures that can cause ongoing problems. Some conditions require medical attention - this is one of them. I hope that Sable is okay.

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Oscar
Tabby Cat
1 Year
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Eye Bleeding

I think my cats eye may be damaged...
I was playing with him with his new toy. It was like a fuzzy ball thingy and I was swinging it around so he can lift his arms up and get and I accidentally swinged the toy near his face and it hit his eye and I gently rubbed around it and left him be but then I realized that he kept on squinting it and leaving it closed for a while and was laying under our small trampoline that was leaning against the wall as if he was avoiding the light and then I put some food down for him and he looks up at me from his eating and I realize that one pupil is smaller than the other and there’s a tint of brown cloudyness covering his whole eye as if his eye is changing color almost and that’s when I start REALLY getting concerned and start balling my eyes out because I feel bad because Im the one who hit him in the eye by accident and I can’t go to the vet right now because it’s closed so I go to my bedroom with my cat and dog and my cat lays down in his bed while I lay in mine and I check his eye one more time and the pupil now seems to be the same size as the other one but it’s still a brownish cloudyness. What type of injury does he have?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. It seems his injury is related to being hit in the eye with the toy that he was playing with. He should be seen by your veterinarian as soon as they open to assess his vision, and his eyes, and get any treatment that he may need to help it heal normally . I hope that all goes well for him.

Okay, thank you for the advice but I just one more question. Is his eye injury serious/critcal? Because my vet doesn’t open until Monday (there closed on sundays). Over night it looks his eye kinda got better because the pupils are about the same size now, he’s not squinting as much but he’ll squint at some times, and the tint of brown cloudyness isn’t as pigmented. The only thing that’s wrong now is that there’s a little cloudy spot covering his pupil but it’s very transparent so you still see through but you can only see on a certain angle and under different lighting.

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Smokey
Mancoon
3 Years
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Eye injury

It appears that our indoor/outdoor cat got in a cat fight when he was out this morning. He came in and we noticed his left eye is almost half way shut and watering a bit. We think it was another cat because we can see what appears to be a paw scratch near his eye. Right now the eye is just watering (no bleeding). Are there any other symptoms we should be on the look out for and when do you recommend we take him to a vet? Thank you!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should firstly flush out the eye with sterile saline and then apply an ophthalmic antibiotic ointment to the eye to prevent against infection; if the eye gets more swollen, leaks discharge or you notice any other concerning symptom you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Where do I get antibiotic ointment

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Cloud
Mixed br
1 Year
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Eye Bulging
Eye Bulging, eye lid cant close

Hello my cat got hurt out side I cleaned him up he got hit in the head with something. His eye was yuckie I cleaned it up their was scabes and black like brusing around his eye I put medicine on his eye it got bette. He was able to open his eye now a few days have passed and his eye is bulging out he can't close his eye.I have no extra money for a vet. Due to family emergancys. I do I fix him?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Sometimes at home treatment isn’t enough, if the eye is starting to bulge outwards you should visit a Veterinarian regardless of cost to treat the issue; in the meantime you can place lubricating eye drops and an eye lubricant to help against infection and drying out. If you cannot afford a Veterinarian, you should consider charity clinics or nonprofits which may be able to assist with the cost. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Luna
Tabby Cat
1 Year
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Third Eye lie ripped

I don’t have the money right now for a vet at this point in time because of personal problems. Yesterday my cat started closing her left eye and it’s slightly swollen, I checked her eye today and it looks like she ripped her third eye maybe rough housing with our kittens. I have no clue what to do that wouldn’t break me. Should I wipe it with a warm rag until it heals?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Many clinics offer free first exams, that you may be able to use to have Luna examined. Eye injuries can be quite serious, and she should have appropriate medications. A veterinarian should be able to recommend something relatively low cost once they have seen her. I hope that all goes well for her.

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Meredith
short hair
1 Year
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Closed eye
Pain
Sleepy

Hello, my cat's right eye is very red and almost 'bloodshot' her pupil is also slightly deformed. There is no discharge or swelling but her third eyelid is showing a little bit. There is also a change in her attitude, she is usually a very friendly energetic cat but she is very sleepy, will not move unless picked up and is very reluctant to open her eye. She was fine one minute and then this happened, can u offer any advice on what you think it could be from or how this could have happened? I took her to the vet right away and was provided antibiotics and pain medication.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible that there is something irritating Meredith’s eye which is causing the redness; this may be due to a small scratch, infection, irritation from something among other issues. Continue with the course of treatment prescribed by your Veterinarian, it may take a few days to start seeing improvements but see how she is over the weekend. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ringer
tabby
7 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Pain
Hardly opening the eye
blinking
light sensitivity
Redness

My cat was diagnosed with a scratched cornea last night. They didnt have the eye med in stock. Sent me to CVS they didnt have it. Is there something I can use over the counter for the poor cat?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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A topical lubricant eye gel will help in a pinch to keep her eye more comfortable until you can get her eye medications, as the longer it goes untreated, the more chance there is that it will develop into a problem. If your clinic doesn't have the medications in stock and you can't get it at CVS, your clinic needs to find some for you, perhaps another clinic in town will have it?

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Lynx
Maine Coon
17 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Hibernating tucked away
Keeping eye closed
not grooming

Hey I accidently poked my 17 year old Maine coons eye and the first day it was full of white goop, I wiped it away, second day a tiny bit more, I wiped it away, but he has been sleeping all day except to eat and drink. He can open his eye for quite a while but I can tell it's uncomfortable... the eye is a bit discoloured and around his eye is slightly darkened like a black eye. I absolutely cannot afford to bring him to to vet.. he seems fine but also its like he is in hibernation mode... poor fella I feel so so bad.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without seeing Lynx's eye, I don't have any way to determine what might be going on with him. If he isn't improving after a couple of days and seems to be uncomfortable, he should see a veterinarian. Many clinics offer a free first exam that would allow you to have him looked at, and get a better idea as to what might be going on. A veterinarian will be able to recommend any treatment that he may need.

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Carley
Calico
12 Weeks
Fair condition
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Fair condition

10 week kitten only open eye 3/4 of way but mostly keeps it shut ! I feel a scratch or something ! Looks a little swallowen ! But very playful ! She eats good she potties good ! Like a normal kitten ! got her from a friend that got her off street

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining the eye, I cannot give you any specific details; but you should try to flush the eye out gently with sterile saline and apply Vetericyn eye ointment to the eyes. If there is no improvement or any other symptoms present you should visit a Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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LeeLoo
mixed
11 Weeks
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

No appetite
Stressed
Sleeping alot

11 week old kitten got bit in the face by dog. No puncture wounds but eye is swollen and goopy as well as eye muscle irritated. Nose bled but stopped and jaw sessions to be uncomfortable. She hasn't eaten and seems to be traumatized. What do I do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations
If Leeloo got bitten on the face/head by a larger dog, there are various different injuries which may have been inflicted and it would always be good to visit a Veterinarian for a thorough examination to be on the safe side since I cannot determine severity without an examination. In a kitten this age, I don’t want to recommend any over the counter medicines since I haven’t examined him, but you should ensure that any discharge from the eyes is cleared away using a warm damp cloth and please visit a Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Callie
Calico
7 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Puffy red interior lids

Hi. I'm assuming my 2 cats were playing and one got a scratch on her upper eye lid. Her eye lid is swollen but her actual eye seems to be ok. After a day or so I've it looks like there's an infection on both the inside of the upper and lower lids. She doesnt seem to feel any pain or discomfort. What can i get for her?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Cats have very specific bacteria that are involved in infections, and they need specific medications - it would be best to have her seen by your veterinarian and have her eye examined. They will be able to prescribe appropriate medication to help her heal from this.

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Heater
tabby
4 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen inner eylids

Hello. My hubby and I woke up this morning to go to work and didn't see one of our cats. So we called for him and after a few minutes he came downstairs. My hubby noticed that he was growling a little when touched, which isnt unusual, he isn't big on being held or pet too much. But his right eye was shut and he was squinting with his left. His left eye looks fine, but when I looked at his right eye, the lids inside are very swollen And he can't or won't open it.
He wasn't like this around midnight when I went to bed. I believe he may have gotten into a fight with one of our other cats and got scratched. I am at work all day and he was just curling up on our bed to sleep when we left, just like always. Other than a little growling he isn't acting any different. Is it ok to wait a day to see if he gets better? I don't have a vet nearby that will see him without charging an outrageous exam fee. But I want him to get better. Can I do anything to help him when I get home?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Eye injuries can worsen quickly, and if Heater has a scratch on his cornea, he does need to see a veterinarian to have his eye examined and appropriate medications prescribed. If he is still the same when you get home, he should be seen. I hope that he is okay.

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Sparkles
Domestic cat
3 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Scratch, watering eye

My cat had her eye scratched, we've taken her to the vets and have been given chlorophenical ointment, we've been using it for 5 days and it's still watery and keeps here eye closed. She's out of character a little

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Eye injuries often need to be rechecked somewhat frequently to make sure that they are healing as expected and not deteriorating. Since it has been 5 days, and you aren't seeing a dramatic improvement, it would be a good idea to have her rechecked by your veterinarian to have the eye looked at and make sure that she doesn't need any further care.

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Lucky
Cat
9 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Watery eye

My cat scratched my other cat in the eye. I can clearly see a scratch on his cornea. His eye is watering, less now, and he is opening it just fine. Can I wait to see if it gets better by tomorrow (no way to get to the vet today) or is this an emergency?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Lucky is holding his eye open and seems comfortable, you should be able to have him seen tomorrow. If he starts squinting, pawing or rubbing at his eye, or develops more discharge, then he should be seen right away. I hope that all goes well for him.

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Muffy
Unknown
7 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

pus
Closed eye
Sleepiness
Discharge

My cat scratched her eye. She has a white mark across her cornea and a pus pocket forming as well. She keeps it closed and has clear discharge coming out. Because of lack of financial help I cannot get her to a vet any time soon with another cat having to go in for a hurt tail. I have to make a decision on who seems more in pain and my cat with the tail problem is now becoming aggressive and my cat with her eye is calm and sleeos most of the day without any routine change. Will my cat lose her eyesight if I wait too long?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Loss of vision is always a concern is any infection is left long term, if you’re having financial difficulty affording veterinary care you should look to find a charity clinic in your area to get assistance. However, you should try to keep the eye clean by wiping any any discharge with a warm damp cloth, flushing out the eye gently with sterile saline and applying an antibiotic ophthalmic ointment; this most likely won’t improve things but will help in the short term. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.dogingtonpost.com/need-help-with-vet-bills-or-pet-food-there-are-resources-available/

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Lulu
Leop
10 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Eye Cloudy Cornea

My cats eye is not watery but it looks cloudy & she squints a bit but sometimes she opens her eye & plays. Should I take her to the vet or should I wait a little ?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Eye conditions can deteriorate quickly, and cats are commonly affected by infections, foreign bodies, and ulcers that require treatment. Since her eye looks cloudy, it would be best to have her seen as soon as possible to have the eye looked at and any treatment needed started. I hope that all goes well for her.

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Beanie
tabby
1 Year
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen. Glazed. Pink
Swollen.

My cat just came home after 2 days. His eyelid is swollen. The eye is glazed over and totally pink. What can I do? He doesn't seem to be in pain. His appetite is good.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
1607 Recommendations
Eye injuries can be quite serious, and can cause the loss of an eye if not treated. Since anything can happen to a cat outside, and the appearance of his eye is not normal, it would be best to have him seen by a veterinarian as soon as possible, so that they can look at him and get any treatment that he may need. I hope that he is okay.

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Bella
Domestic cat
4 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of Balance
fear
Sleepiness
Change in behaviour

Hi there,

9 months ago I found my beautiful girl Bella with a thorn that had penetrated through her bottom eye lid and appeared to be sticking into her eye. I had been at work all day so I only found her around 5:30pm.

I rushed her straight to the emergency vet clinic and they removed the thorn and told me that the thorn had pierced her eye on impact but had removed itself straight away and was sitting underneath her eye ball. They told me she may lose her eye ball and that their guess what's that the thorn had been in her eye for hours prior to me returning from work. They prescribed her some antibiotics, pain relief and eye cream and told me to come back in a couple of days which they prescribed more medication and booked another appointment a few days later.

Upon the last appointment, the vet told me her eye had healed as well as possible and she would not need to have it removed but he said that she was very likely to have lost vision but was unable to tell me how much damage there was to Bella's eyesight. Bella's pupil now sits to the left of her eye and does not become smaller when she is in the light.

She has not been the same since her accident and still to this day is so jumpy and scared of everything. Her balance is definitely way off and she Is yet to fully recover. Her behaviour has also changed alot. I have just moved house around a month ago and she barely leaves my bedroom. She is extremely scared to go outside (she has always been an outside cat) and she is extra scared of everything around her. I'm aware this must be because she has lost significant eye sight but every bit of information I can find online says that cats can cope quite well with complete vision loss so I would assume that partial vision loss (only to one eye) would be able to adapt as well.

My question is: Is she still acting so strange because the incident was so traumatic and the administering of her medications was also traumatic for her or because her vision loss was so sudden and she didn't have time to ease into it ? Is it normal for Bella to be so reserved, still always sleepy and scared and cautious and off balance after nine months of recovery ? She always looks sad and scared and it really upsets me :( what else can I do to help her ?? It's hard seeing my little baby not return to herself. Will she ever ?

Sorry for the novel, I cannot find any helpful information anywhere else on the internet.

Thankyou !
Sincerely,
Bella's Mum.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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In a case like this, I would check in with an Ophthalmologist to see if there are any abnormalities in the eye which may be causing Bella pain; without examining her I cannot say what the specific cause of this change in behaviour is since she should be well recovered by now from the trauma of the event. Your Veterinarian will be able to refer you to an Ophthalmologist and send the case notes over. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I also forgot to mention that Bella's pupil is misshaped and not properly round anymore..

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Wildman
Orange tabby
8 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Watery, squinting eye.

Hi
I have a cat that lives in my shed. He was feral but has tamed up for me. He injured his rye last summer and has not healed. The eye it's self looks fine, but the lid doesn't open all the way it waters and is sensitive to sunlight. I can touch him but I can't get him in a carrier.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Unfortunately, without seeing him, I don't have any way to diagnose what might be going on with Wildman's eye. If you feel that he needs veterinary attention, perhaps there is a mobile veterinarian, or you may be able to get a mild sedative from your veterinarian to give him before his visit. I hope that he does well.

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Pilot
Bombay
10 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

pawing
Pawing squinting watery discharge
Pawing squinting

My cat was scratched in the eye and im broke. I dont know what to do aside from saline rinse. I get paid next Friday but im worried something bad will happen. Its a light scratch over the pupil/iris area. There's no cloudiness aside from the light blue line which is the cut. We're moving next week so I cant provide the emergency fee at a vet until my next check.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Pilot is pawing at that eye and squinting, it would be best to have him seen as soon as possible. Unfortunately, without seeing him, I can't recommend any medication, but a scratch on the cornea can be quite painful, and can become infected. Many clinics offer a 'free first exam' that would allow you to have him seen, so that you know what you're dealing with and how to treat it. I hope that all goes well for him.

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Mila
American Bobtail
3 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Eye Stuck shut
Squinting

The age and breed is unknown those are just estimates we found her in a abandoned house. I have a boxer dog and he lunges at my kitten whenever he sees her so I keep her in a separate room but she escaped and he attacked her for a few seconds bc i then pulled him out. She has been squinting one eye or shutting it. I recently checked up on her and part of her bottom and top lid we’re stuck together. What should I do to help her I don’t have any money to take her to see a vet.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
1607 Recommendations
Kittens can sustain eye injuries that can permanently damage their vision without treatment, and it would be best to have Mila seen by a veterinarian to have the eye assessed and prevent it from worsening. Many clinics to offer a 'free first exam' so that she could be seen. I hope that she is okay.

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Brix
tabby
8 Weeks
Fair condition
-1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

broken blood vessel

my cat seems to have a broken old vessel in her third eye lid. doesn't seem to bother her and she isn't expierencing any other symptoms. I noticed it by accident tonight. it is not bleeding or swollen and she seems to see just fine. is there anyything i would need to do for her?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations
If there is no sign of bleeding or pain, I would keep an eye on it for now and bring it up with your Veterinarian when you take Brix in for vaccination which you should start doing around now. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kitten
Tortoiseshell
10 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Squinting

I'm worried my cat was scratched in the eye by a friends cat I'm currently taking care of. She has opened her eye all the way when walking around, but keeps it closed when sitting and won't let me get a good look at it. Her actual eye does not look bad when she's walking around (aside from a little more watery than usual), but I am worried. When I try to get a good look at it, she won't move her inner eyelid. It's Saturday and my clinic is not open. Advice?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It would be best to have Kitten's eye looked at as soon as your clinic opens if she is still squinting and having eye problems. Scratches can cause corneal ulcers, which need to be treated so that they don't get worse. If she starts pawing at her eye, or won't open it at all, she should be seen at your nearest 24 hour clinic as soon as possible. I hope that all goes well for her.

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Nova
Domestic shorthair
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Squinting
light discharge

Medication Used

Cyclosporin 1% Eye drops

My cat has what seems like a minor eye injury. She squints but will occasionally open her eye. I have already taken her to the vet and have gone through a couple eye drops until the use of Cyclosporin (1%). Initially there was some cloudyness in a small spot but after the eye drops it seemed to go away. I've stopped using the drops and it looks like the cloudy spot is coming back. Do I have to just keep using the eye drops indefinitely? I want to know what needs to be done to fully get rid of this issue.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes for cloudy eyes in cats and cyclosporine is a treatment commonly used for some types of cloudy eyes; it may be that Nova may require a longer term of treatment or an additional treatment, you should return to your Veterinarian as they were the prescribing Veterinarian for a review of the cloudiness and treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Oden
mixed
3 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Fever
Bleeding

My cats eye got injured from my dog layimg on him. Hos eye is protruding and it's cloudy/red and was bleeding. I know he needs to go to a vet but i have little funds and need to know what he might need and the costs

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Oden's eye is actually protruding from his head, he does need to be seen very soon. He may need to have the eye removed if enough time has gone by and the nerves have died. Cost of treatment varies quite a bit depending on location, so it is difficult for me to comment on costs, but an intial visit will give you a better idea as to what might be going on and what the cost of treatment will be.

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Lucky
DOMESTIC
6 Weeks
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Eye Infection
kitten
Third eyelid

Medication Used

terramycin

I rescued a kitten after taking a tumble under a car and surviving without getting hurt, but he was in rough shape - his third eyelid is showing in both eyes, but in his right eye, it’s really red and swollen and it’s more than halfway across his eye. The visible part of the eye looks cloudy as well. I took him to the vet as soon as I picked him up, and he was examinated, bathed, and treated for worms. They gave him an antibiotic and gave me Terramycin to put on his eyes 2x a day for 2 weeks. I’m just a little worried because they never said anything about his eye and I just don’t want anything to happen to it. I’ve seen improvement in 2 days because he opens his eyes up all the way - he just still has that horrible red third eyelid showing.. is there anything else I can do for him?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Two days is still early in treatment, now you didn’t mention whether the third eyelid is just showing if it is prolapsed; if the third eyelid is just visible you should continue with the prescribed treatment and monitor for improvement as it may take a week or more for the third eyelid to retract back. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kurama
tabby
2 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Bleeding in the eye and mouth

Hi I'm just wondering what I should do about my kitten he got attacked by my mom's dog he's only 2 months old his eye is bleeding his mouth look like it was bleeding too we don't have any money for that we are desperate please help

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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A 2 month old kitten can have significant trauma from a dog attack, and he may have injuries to his eye and mouth that need medical attention. Unfortunately, without seeing Karuma, I can't determine how bad his injuries are. Many clinics do offer a 'free first exam' that would allow you to have him seen and at least have a better idea as to how seriously he has been injured and what might need to be done. I hope that he is okay.

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Nomi
tabby
15 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Bloody cloudy eye

my one cat scratched my other cat's eye really really bad. It's bloody and cloudy. that cat is on amoxicillin for a skin infection will the amoxicillin cure the kitties eye?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Amoxicillin won't cure that eye, no. Nomi will likely need topical medications to help with that, and it would be a good idea to have her seen as soon as possible for that, as blood and cloudiness in the eye can lead to other complications like glaucoma.

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Mouse
tabby
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Poked out eye

My cat mouse likes to play rough and i believe oneof my other cats have scratched out one of his eyes. When he opens it, its a little sunk in. I dont have the money for a vet at the moment, i was wondering if maybe antibiotics would hold him over until i can get him to a vet and what i could do because i have no clue how serious this is.I have never had this happen to any of my other cats before.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Eye injuries can be very serious and can result in long lasting blindness if not treated. It would be best to have him seen as soon as possible to have the eye looked at and any treatment needed started. Many clinics do offer a 'free first exam' that may allow you to have him seen, as antibiotics will probably not help him at this point.

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Silver
DOMESTIC
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Runny, red eye, held shut

Medication Used

Neomycin and polymyxin B sulfates d
Neomycin and polymyxin B sulfates dointment
Triple antibiotic ointment

I came home from work today and my cat, who is outside during the day, was walking around squinting his eye. He wouldn't hold it shut all the time but I went and visited a vet anyways, foxtails are definitely an issue around here. She put numbing drops and fluorescent dye in his eye to check for scratches and found that there was a topical abrasion across the surface of his eye. She prescribed ointment, neomycin and polymyxin B sulfate and dexamethasone. Now, 6 hours later, he will not open his eye at all, it's runny, very teary, and from what I have been able to see when i open it, it's very inflamed and red. I don't know if I should continue using the antibiotic cream. Could the vet visit and examination have contributed to the inflammation? Is he having an allergic reaction? Or is it to be expected? He's definitely doing worse after his vet visit.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Steroids are generally contraindicated with corneal trauma, and that may have been an error in dispensing of the medication. Without seeing Silver, I can't comment on his condition, but it would be worth a phone call to see if that was what she intended for him to get or if it was an error. Ulcers can be quite painful, and can take time to heal. I hope that he is okay.

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Hercules
mixed
4 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Puffiness and Swollen eye lid

Hi, so my cat has red swollen eyelids. Its pink and under the skin. Its not really making his eye smaller just parts around it bigger. There is some discharge as well. I don't know if its an infection of because he was fighting with his brother. Its only in his right eye.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible that some inflammation and infection occurred due to fighting, a single scratch may cause a nasty infection; you should flush the eye out with sterile saline and apply an ophthalmic antibiotic ointment. You should monitor the eye for improvement, but if you see no improvement or it gets worse you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Left eye
Feral?
2 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen eye
Eye Discharge
Redness

We found a couple kittens the other day on our property and one of them had a sticker in his eye lid. We were able to get it out and anytime we can get near it we clean out puss with a warm wash cloth. We’re over an hour away from the nearest town, so going to the vet isn’t an option. What, if any, treatments can we do here at home?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is important to use a warm damp cloth to clear away any discharge from the eye, you should also try to flush the eye out with sterile saline and apply an ophthalmic antibiotic ointment to the eye. Do this during the weekend and monitor for improvement, however if there is no improvement or the eye gets worse you should make the hour long trip regardless as the cat may require more systemic treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Melina
Tuxedo
2 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Eye Clouding

Medication Used

tobrex zodon

Hi, I have a house with a number of rescue cats inside and one seems to have injured her eye (probably from one of the other cats)... when it was fresh I could see a small nick off center to the cornea (to the left and below center)... I have had her on eye drops suggested by my vet (tobrex 3-4 times a day) and she is also taking antibiotics (zodon) which also has helped on an other matter (gums)... It has been around 2 weeks now and the inner eyelid was pretty swollen obstructing view of the eye itself... now the inner eyelid seems to have retracted almost to normal and the eye is visible but looks completely cloudy should I change something? what can I expect?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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The cloudiness of Melina's eye may be a problem, or it may be normal healing of the cornea. Since I cannot see her eye or comment on whether it is a problem or not, it would be a good idea to have a recheck for her, as your veterinarian will be able to determine if further care is needed.

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Sylvester
tabby
9 Years
Critical condition
0 found helpful
Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Red inner white eyelid on the right

My car was attacked in the early hours of the morning. I know it was from another cat as my neighbor had seen it happen. The eye that did get hurt is open rather than squinting so I'm not too sure. This particular car had also hit his back right paw and his chest area.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Since I can't see Sylvester and don't know very much about his injuries or health status, it would be best to have him examined by a veterinarian - eye injuries can be serious, and they are best looked at earlier vs. later.

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Milkshake
Unknown
2 Years
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Closed eye, 3rd eye shows when eye open
Closed eye. 3rd eye showing

Hi,
My cat, "Milkshake", has had one of her eyes closed for about a week now. There has been no fluids leaking out or swelling, or redness. When she does open it, the 3rd eyelid covers about 1/3rd of her eye. I'm not sure what happened, I do have 2 other cats who sometimes play aggressively. Is this something that may go away on its own? I don't really have money to pay for a vet visit at the moment, unfortunately. I have a lot of medical things going on myself. Thanks for any advice.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Milkshake’s eye, it is difficult to say specifically what is going on but we do know that cats like to fight and get the claws out; you should try to flush the eye out with sterile saline at least twice per day and apply an ophthalmic antibiotic ointment as well. Monitor for improvement, but if there is no improvement, discharge forms or anything else concerning you should visit a Veterinarian regardless of cost. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Pixie
Unknown, possibly ragdoll
Eleven Months
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Soft eye
Oozing
Bloody discharge

Medication Used

none at this time

I have had my cat since she was four weeks old. She had been found in a field (by someone else one week prior) in very rough shape. I took her to the vet and she was only six ounces, had conjunctivitis in both eyes and an upper respiratory infection. The first vet (not the one I took her to) prescribed an ointment to go on her eyes daily for ten days. My vet prescribed eye drops. I was told she would more than likely be completely blind. Thankfully, her right eye has improved greatly. She has vision, maybe not 100% in that eye, but she can see. Her left eye, however, was swollen out of the socket and had a thick buildup on the globe. We tried a third eyelid flap when she was about six weeks old, not much improvement with that treatment. We were scheduled to have her eye removed when she was twelve weeks old (diagnosed with glaucoma). About a week before that appointment though, her left eye would just spontaneously start bleeding...a lot. It only happened twice and after the second time, it appeared that her eye was less swollen. I brought her back in to the vet the day before her surgery was scheduled and the vet said that her eye had gone soft. The good news was that she no longer needed surgery because her eye did not hurt her anymore. The bad news, I have no idea what to look out for. I see our vet regularly. Pixie is now almost a year old. A couple months ago the third eyelid on her good eye started to show (it covered about a third of her eye). I brought her in and the vet said it could be from stress or just the fact that her eyes weren’t completely healthy to begin with. He referred us to an ophthalmologist, but we can’t get in for a while. Her good eye looks better now, but her bad eye has started to get goopy. It looks like there is blood in mucus oozing from her eye. I clean it regularly, she’s not rubbing at it. Just wondering what my next step should be? Thank you!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Certainly make sure you’re booked in with the Ophthalmologist for an examination as they will be able to tell you more since I cannot examine Pixie at all; if the eye has a bloody discharge you should return to your regular Veterinarian to see if they can determine the cause, if the issues continue it may be best to have the eye removed so that problems don’t recur later in life. For now, wipe away any discharge and flush the eye out with sterile saline until you see your Veterinarian or the Ophthalmologist. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Cecil
European Russian Blue Mix
11 Months
Mild condition
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Foggy eye

When my Russian Blue mix was playing with his toy on the hardwood last night, he slid and smacked the side of his head on the corner of the cabinet. I checked for bleeding and any bumps he could've got, but he was acting fine and nothing seemed wrong physically speaking. When I woke up this morning it looked a little foggy, however, but when I looked at his eye closer it seemed fine and chalked it up to how bright it was in my house. Cut to 9 hours later when I got back from work and I see it's a lot foggier. He's still acting fine, just as one might expect an active 11 month old to behave, and his eyesight doesn't seem to be bothered. He blinks fine, doesn't react to my touch in a way that suggests pain, and he still jumps on counters and furniture like it's no big deal. He's be staring at me with that eye while hiding behind the door threshhold, too. So, it's genuinely worrying me, and I thought I'd take to the internet before I spent over a hundred dollars I don't have on something that might heal itself in 3 to 5 days. Of course, I'll probably still be taking him to the vet anyway, but I thought it'd be worth a shot.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Ocular trauma may cause cloudy eyes in cats due to inflammation of the cornea or uveitis; without examining Cecil I cannot say for certain or if there are any other signs of injury. You should keep an eye on Cecil for the time being and apply an antibiotic ophthalmic ointment to the eye to be on the safe side; if there is no improvement or you suspect there may be brain injury from the head trauma you should visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Cecil has healed up without a hitch. Got my hands on some Vetericyn and his eye cleared up completely by this morning. Thanks again, Dr. Callum!

Will do. Thank you, very much!

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Emi
Siamese
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Watery eyes

My cats eyes have been getting watery, and usually this happens after play fighting with my other cat. Should I be concern? This has been going on for a few weeks or so.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If the watery eyes occur just after fighting with the other cat, it may be that there is some trauma to the eyes; you should ensure that there are no scratches or other injuries to the eyes and flush them out with sterile saline and pop a dab of ophthalmic antibiotic ointment in there too. You should also try to discourage play fighting between the two cats. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Taako
Shorthair, white with gray spots
13 Weeks
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Squinty eye
Eye Redness

Hello!

We got our kitten at 6 weeks and he had what was diagnosed as an upper respiratory infection. His eyes would get glued closed while he slept and his lids were red and swollen. He got the both the pink syringe antibiotic, along with an antibiotic ointment, which we gave to him for 3 weeks - 10 days longer (per the vet) than originally prescribed due to one eye still being squinty with red eyelids. I forgot to give it to him one day and his eye seemed like it was better without it, so we stopped giving it to him altogether. Now, 3 weeks later, his eyelid on the one problematic one eye (white rimmed, the other eye is dark rimmed) is still pink and gets squinty when he’s tired or after playing a lot. He gets dried eye discharge after a nap, but no regular discharge or cloudiness. Is this something that should be concerning, or is will that eye always be a little squinty because of his infection when he was little?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Taako’s eye I cannot determine if there is a remnant of infection, irritation or something else going on there; you should keep an eye on it for now and visit your Veterinarian if the redness gets worse. There are other causes for redness of the eye including allergies, irritation, small foreign objects among other causes. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kobe
Short hair domestic
2 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Eyelids showing

My cats third eyelid is showing in both eyes. It changes throughout the day, sometimes worse then better. I noticed it over two weeks and 3 days ago. I took him to the vet two Tuesdays ago and she said he had a fever of 103/104 so she gave him a shot and said to follow up. Tomorrow is our follow appointment but I’m nervous because his eyes are still similar and she said the fever was possibly causing it. I just don’t want it to be anything serious or end up costing me a ton of money to try and figure it out as well as curing it. It just came on out of nowhere but his personality is still the same and he’s still playful and everything. Nothing has changed except for the eyelids sticking out. Help, please!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It can be difficult to determine why the third eyelids are presenting; normally conditions like conjunctivitis, allergies, trauma, Horner’s syndrome, Haw’s syndrome (may occur without diarrhoea) among others may cause the third eyelids to be visible. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.vetstream.com/treat/felis/diseases/haw-apos;s-syndrome

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Taco
Tabby domestic shirthair
5 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

discomfort with touch
keeps eye closed usually

Just in the past day or two my cat has a slight amount of gray discharge inside the lower part of his eye and some in the corner. He has been keeping it closed mostly but sometimes just hangs out with it wide open like normal. He doesn’t want it touched but doesn’t show other signs of pain; meowing, pawing, etc. no other mucus or symptoms I have recognized. Could it just be irritated or gotten litter in it or something?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It is possible that Taco did get something in his eye that is causing irritation. If he is keeping it closed for the most part, and it isn't getting better over the last couple of days, it would probably be a good idea to have it checked out by a veterinarian. Sometimes things with the eye don't improve on their own, and he may need medication to help heal what is going on.

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Jingle
Bombay
9 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Watery eye
exposed third eyelid
Squinting

Okay so I noticed this morning that my cat's left eye wasn't as open as the right eye, and that it seemed to be running badly. She closes it completely when in direct contact with any light and only opens it when she is shaded by something.Her third eyelid doesn't seem to be fully closing as well. What is wrong with her, and is it something I should be taking her to the vet for?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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There can be many causes for those signs in Jingle, including an infection, a viral disease, or a trauma to her cornea. Because eye injuries can worsen quickly, and because it seems quite sensitive for her, it would probably be a good idea to have her seen by a veterinarian, and determine if treatment is needed for her.

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Raven
Scottish Fold European Burmese
11 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

My cat didn't come home and when I found her on the neighbor's porch, she had a swollen face, was unsteady on her feet and most importantly her eye is bloody and closed!It doesn't seem like she can shut it all the way and I can't get a closer look at her eye since her face is very stiff and I couldn't open it at all. I didn't mess with it too much for her sake. I'm taking her to an emergency vet soon, my question is, what can I expect cost wise? Also, do you think she will be able to keep her eye?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm afraid that I don't know the answer to your questions without being able to see Raven, as I can't tell what is going on with her eye. Having her seen at an emergency veterinarian is the best thing to do, and they will be able to let you know more what is going on, and will give you an idea as to cost of treatment, whichever treatment she may need. They'll also be able to give you a better idea as to whether she will have vision in that eye or how traumatized it is. I hope that she is okay.

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Tilly
Domestic long hair
7 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

swollen eyelid

Medication Used

interferon

My cats top eyelid is folded up and swollen. I had red about cherry eye in cats but I believe the swelling is in the wrong place. The lid looks as if its flipped up and exposed. A local vet thought she had cat herpes. We treated it aggressively with two types of meds. This has not worked. HELP! It looks so painful! She was prescribed interferon and a chewy type med in which i do not recall the name.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If the eye looks similar to the eye in the image, it may just be a severe case of conjunctivitis but without examining Tilly I cannot say for certain. You should return to your Veterinarian (or another Veterinarian) for an examination to determine a different course of treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM http://infovets.com/healthycatsinfo/Images/F218-03.jpg

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Uno
tabby
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Watery eye
Swollen Third Eyelid
Red skin around eye
Eye Inflamation
Swelling around eye

At about 4pm today we noticed our cat was squinting her one eye (she only has one, the other was completely removed 2 years ago). She was rubbing it occasionally as well. We looked closer and it looked like it was watering quite a bit and slightly pink in the skin around her eye. About an hour later we noticed her squinting more and slight swelling in her cheek under her eye. At about 5:30pm we noticed her third eyelid was showing and very swollen and white, slightly bulging from her eye. It is now 7pm and her eye is almost completely swollen shut, there is a lot more swelling into her brow, and the skin around her eye is red and irritated. When she does open her eye a bit to see, which she doesn't do unless she absolutely needs to in order to see where she is going, the 3rd eyelid is still pretty swollen and still white. She keeps rubbing it and will not let us rub her face, which is her favorite place for pets. She only allows some back pets and even then she kind of acts like she wants to be left alone. She also runs away if we turn the light on, not sure if its actually a bother, or if it helps her see her escape to avoid being bothered. Help!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Since Uno has only the one eye, I would recommend visiting your Veterinarian immediately for an examination since the speed of the swelling and symptoms in general are concerning; infections, allergies, trauma, insect bites, small foreign objects among other causes may lead to this level of swelling. Since you cannot get near the eye to flush it out etc… you should go immediately to your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Maxwell
Himilayan
7 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Eye Discharge

Our new kitten may have scratched the older cat's eye. It is red around the eye and has discharge. Older cat is also being treated for pancreas and upper GI upset (not infection). It is, of course, the weekend and I do not know what to do to help the older cat. Should I keep the two apart?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If a Veterinarian is open anywhere close, you should visit; however if no Veterinarian is available until Monday you should use a warm damp cloth to remove any discharge and gently flush the eyes out with sterile saline. I don’t know which medications are currently being used so I will not recommend any over the counter medications. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Emerson
domestic medium hair
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen around the eye

Yesterday at around 7:30 AM, Emerson was playing/fighting with our other cat, Ertha. I came in and saw he had his left eye closed shut but then he started squinting it. I saw blood that covered the eye. We haven't put anything in his eye such as a saline solution or an antibiotic. We don't have that much money so we haven't gone to the vet clinic yet. So, it is swollen around the eye and I really can't tell where the cut is. All I know is that it is not on the white part of the eye, so it is probably on the iris or pupil. So far, he has been acting normal as well, not acting any different from his normal self. We have kept him and Ertha separated for a while, making sure they don't interact with each other. Oh, and he also has a third eyelid on part of his eye sometimes, mainly when he is squinting. I just really hope he can go through this without possibly going blind in that left eye.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Emerson I cannot give you any specific advice or know the severity of the injury; it is important to flush the eye out with sterile saline and to apply an ophthalmic antibiotic ointment regularly. Cat scratches are very prone to getting infected and you should take action as soon as possible, it would be best to visit your Veterinarian especially if there is discharge or a worsening of symptoms. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Luna
White an tabby
5 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Squinting, Rednes,Cloudiness
Squinting, Rednes

My kitty broke a lamp and she broke the loght bulb. Im not sure if something went into her eye but i just notices her inner eye is cloudy and the white part of her eye is very red.She has been acting very down and im not sure what is wrong. Should i take her to the vet and check it out jist to be safe. Her eye is very watery.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible that Luna has a little injury or debris in the eye from the falling lamp, however I cannot say for certain; due to the possible presence of glass I wouldn’t recommend you trying to flush the eye or treat yourself, this would be something to visit your Veterinarian for. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Masya
Persian mix
4 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Squinting

My cat broke a glass and somehow cut the top of her eyelid. She isn't bleeding anymore. But she is squinting and there is a bit of film in her eye. What do I do?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If there is a possibility that Masya hurt her cornea or her eye with that glass, it would be best to have her seen by a veterinarian to make sure that she is treated for any injury, as injuries to the eye can quickly become a problem. I hope that she is okay.

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Luke
Orange Tabbies
5 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

swollen
slowly walking

one morning our cat came inside with his eye fully closed and blood around it when we cleaned with saline he could open it but inside was red on one side then black on the other we believe he got into a fight with another animal but we are not sure whether to take to vet or not

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Shadowcat
Feline
12 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Spot on eye

Hello,,I have an appointment to take Shadowcat to the vet next wednesday the 12th,,but i need to know if i can help him in some way until then,please. I believe he has what looks like a corneal ulcer forming.It is a grey cloudy patch with a white spot in the middle hiding behind the lateral side of his right eye. He is not in pawing at it or acting like he is in any pain or light sensitive; and is not distributing any symptoms at all besides alittle bit of watering this week,,but i believe he either got in a scuffle with the other cat or has something stuck in his eye,because the cloudy patch and white spot is sliding around the side of his eye.His eye is not watering anymore and my Mom said to rinse it with some fresh saline solution to keep it hydrated. Would that be helpful to him while I wait for the vet visit? He is 12 yrs old.Thankyou so much for this free advice. <3 <3 <3 Makaria

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Minoru
no breed
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen eye
Eye Bleeding

My cat is mostly outgoing and is hard to keep him indoors most of the times. He is just over 3 years old and is healthy most of the times. A couple of weeks ago he got into a fight and got a really bad wound on the neck. Applied a disinfectant right away and got him treated. An injection and a dose of anti biotics over a week. Scratching made it worse but he was treated for flees and we stopped him whenever noticed. The wound mark had almost disappeared but when he came home today the wound was bleeding and he had some more scratch marks over him. Also his left eye was swollen and had red pus emitting from it. It also started bleeding an hour ago. Not bleeding continuously now but after intervals. Got an appointment with the vet in around 7 hours more. Wanted to know what precautions I can take in the meanwhile and also get a possible second opinion.

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Solgaleo
Cat tux
9 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Third lens
Yellow discharge
swollen

Don’t know what happened to the cat. Noticed his eye was shut. He is still a kitten at the age of 5 months. He has a sister that could have possibly caused the injury, but I don’t see any marks or injuries. It has been about twos days and hasn’t improved unless I clean it a little. His eye is almost fully closed only opens every once and a while. Has a yellow orange discharge. His little third lens does come out too.

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Gato
Maine Coon mix
10 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Cloudy eye
Discharge
Runny eye
Swelling

Recently my cat has gone outside,when he came back home, 5 hours later, his eye was running profusely and irratated. Next day it was swollen and gunk was coming out. Today, day three its getting much better, hes able to open his eye, theres no more watering or discharge, and it's not as swollen. While its still a little swollen, today we noticed his eye has gone cloudy. At what point should I go to my vet, hes 10 years old, has been very healthy, and has recovered from the injury quickly. Were just worried about his eye becoming cloudy.

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Simon
Mix
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Scratch
Discharge
Redness
Swelling

My cat got into a fight with another cat. He came home with a scratch on the upper right eye. It's red, a bit crusty, and almost swollen shut. He absolutely freaks out in cars so if a vet trip isn't necessary I'd rather not put him through that. If no vet what should I do to treat it?

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