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What is Red Eye?

If you notice redness of the feline’s orbit, she might have experienced trauma to the eye, an allergy or irritant, a viral infection such as distemper, a bacterial infection, glaucoma, cherry eye or cancer. Red eye in cats could be a serious medical problem that could worsen over time, causing blindness and further destruction of the orbital structure.

Red eye in cats is a symptom of an underlying disease, ocular irritation, or injury to a feline’s eyes. A red coloration of one or both eyes is an indication that a feline is suffering from an unknown health condition that should be addressed by a licensed veterinary professional.

Symptoms of Red Eye in Cats

The rather obvious symptom of red eye in cats is, in fact, a red coloration of the eye. Depending on the source of the red eye condition, your feline may or may not experience the following additional associated symptoms: 

  • The whites of the eyes become reddened 
  • Swollen eyes
  • Swollen eyelids 
  • Eye discharge (clear, white, yellow or green in coloration) 
  • Tearing of the eyes
  • A protruded third eyelid (cherry eye)
  • Rubbing the eyes
  • Itchy eyes
  • Inability to open the eye
  • Loss of sight 
  • Sneezing
  • Watery eyes 
  • Coughing 
  • Painful eyes

Causes of Red Eye in Cats

A feline’s eyes can become red for a number of reasons. Trauma, allergies, obstructions, structural changes of the eye, disease, viral infections, bacterial infections, and irritants can all cause the eye of a cat to become red. The most common causes of red eye in cat include: 

Trauma

  • Scratches
  • Bites
  • Pokes
  • Allergens
  • Pollen
  • Dust
  • Bee stings

Irritants

  • Cigarette smoke
  • Perfumes
  • Air fresheners 

Obstructions

  • Seedling
  • Grass seeds
  • Dirt 

Structural Changes

  • Entropion (eyelid protrudes inward) 
  • Ectropion (eyelid protrudes outward)
  • Distichiasis (abnormal eyelash growth)

Disease 

  • Cancer 
  • Autoimmune disease

Bacterial Infection

  • Chlamydia
  • Mycoplasma

Viral Infections

  • Feline herpesvirus type 1
  • Calicivirus
  • Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) 
  • Feline leukemia (FeLV)

Diagnosis of Red Eye in Cats

It is highly important for pet owners to relay all the clinical signs and symptoms they noted at home as they bring the cat experiencing red eye to see the veterinarian. Since red eye in cats can be caused by a long list of potential causes, any information you can give the veterinarian to help create a diagnostic differential would be helpful. The doctor will begin by reviewing the cat’s medical record, playing close attention to past illnesses, medications, and vaccinations. He or she may ask to know about your cat’s living environment, including any possible allergens, irritants, or potential trauma tools in the feline’s surroundings. 

An Ophthalmic Exam

A physical exam of the eye will be the next step in the veterinarian’s diagnostic plan, as the examination will evaluate the eye and all the ocular structures. The animal doctor will likely use a tool called an ophthalmoscope, which is a light reflecting tool that will allow the vet to see the interior structures of the eye. 

Fluorescent Stain Test

An ophthalmic examination tool that uses blue light and orange-colored dye may be used to detect abnormalities within the eye. 

Schirmer Tear Test

An ophthalmic tests uses tear strips that are placed in the lower eyelid to evaluate a feline’s tear production levels. 

Tonometry

An ophthalmic test used to evaluate intraocular pressure of the eye. 

Lab Tests

The veterinarian may also collection a swab of cells or discharge from the eye for microscopic examination. The collected cells could reveal structural abnormalities or an infection from a bacteria. Blood work, a urinalysis and specialized testing for FeLV, or FIV will likely be a part of your cat’s differential diagnostic procedure. 

Treatment of Red Eye in Cats

The treatment of red eye in cats depends on the condition that is causing your cat’s eye to turn a reddish color. If allergies or irritants are to blame for your cat’s red eye, the doctor may advise a few simple changes at home and prescribe an antihistamine. However, if the cause of your cat’s red eye is caused by a structural abnormality, foreign obstruction, trauma or growth, a surgical procedure may need to be completed to restore your feline’s eyes to their original state. Chemotherapy drugs and radiation therapy could also be a part of your cat’s treatment plan if cancer is the source of your cat’s red eyes. 

Recovery of Red Eye in Cats

The prognosis for red eye in cats depends on the dominant cause of the ocular reddening in your cat. Your cat may need to wear an Elizabethan collar at home to prevent scratching the eyes and causing additional damage. The veterinarian may also ask that an air humidifier be placed in the home to remove irritants that may be affecting the feline.

Red Eye Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Ghost
mixed
2 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Redness in eyes

Cat previously was taken to a vet office and was diagnosed with having an upper respitary infection. The cat was given augment injections orally. Cat was doing better and was finally starting to eat/drink again. My cat has been doing better but now is starting to get Redding again in its eyes. It’s trying to close its eyes and looks irritated. There is some gunk coming from the inside of the corners of the eyes. Is there anything else suggested? I noticed the cat is still in a good mood and eating/drinking.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should flush the eyes out with sterile saline and apply an ophthalmic antibiotic ointment to the the eyes, if Ghost is still receiving treatment guided under your Veterinarian you should return to your Veterinarian for an examination. If there is no improvement with the flushing and antibiotic ointment you should return to your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Zumma
Persian
10 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling

I let my sister watch my cats for a few hours and while there one of them ended up injured. My female kitten now has a completely red eye and some light sensitivity. I was wondering what I should watch for and do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Cats may get a red eye from some irritation, infection or trauma; a slight abrasion may cause a reddening of the eyes and the eye should be rinsed out with sterile saline and monitored. If the eye swells or produces a discharge you should visit a Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Pandora
Balinese mix
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Eye Redness
Redness

Medication Used

none

Hello,

I just noticed now after my cat has napped that one of her eyes is red with a small bump near the tear duct. She’s squinting and keeps cleaning it and rubbing it with her paws incessantly.

I’d really appreciate your advice.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes for a bump on the eyelid margin which may include cysts, tumours, other growths among other causes; these may lead to some irritation of the eye increasing tear production and causing other issues. You should flush the eye out gently with sterile saline and apply an ophthalmic antibiotic ointment, but you should get the bump checked by a Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Jack
Black
4 Weeks
Fair condition
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Fair condition

The inside of my kitten's eyeball is red. around the eyeball is red but not the eyeball. He has been snezzing and has had argellies. Is it argellies or something else???

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
1604 Recommendations
Kittens can get infections and viral problems that cause eye irritation, and 4 weeks is pretty young to have allergies. If the redness and sneezing is not improving, it would be a good idea to have Jack seen by a veterinarian so that he can get treatment for that problem.

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Sophie
Persian
4 Years
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Pink around left eye, discharge, squinting
Pink around left eye

I have a persian/ragdoll mix white cat and it looks like she has pink eye for 3 days now. She had a bit of watery discharge for about 3 days but not as much today, but is still squinting at times. She also doesnt seem to be in pain at all.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3314 Recommendations
There are a few causes for pink eye in cats which may include infection (including upper respiratory tract infections), allergies, trauma among other causes; wipe away any discharge with a warm damp cloth, gently flush the eye with sterile saline and try to apply some ophthalmic antibiotic ointment. If there is no improvement or symptoms get worse, visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Titan
tabby
10 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Watery
Cherry eye
Squinting

My cat has had what looks like pink eye for 3 days. Started of pink and squint and watering alot, now not as much discharge but has "cherry eye" and squinting. Doesn't seem to bug him though. What is it?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Common reasons for red eyes in cats include viral diseases, bacterial infections, allergies, and trauma. Since I can't examine Titan, it would be a good idea to have him seen by a veterinarian, as they can look at his eye and determine if any treatment might be needed.

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nina
kitten female
4 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

redish eyes
Sneezing
eyes closed with gluish
eyes closing

Hi, what do I do if I cant get to a vet and my 4 month year old cat is sneezing and her reddish eyes are closing?
Her mother cleans her eye buy it gets closed again and its is reddis and lookes to different place with eye balls, and the white that is closer to the nose(in the eye) became bigger.
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Thank you!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Upper respiratory tract in kittens are not uncommon and you should ensure that the eyes are gently flushed out and Vetericyn ophthalmic gel is applied as directed; however, it would be best to visit a Veterinarian regardless as many infections are viral and a secondary infection may develop. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bear
American Short Hair
6 Weeks
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Eye Discharge

I adopted a kitten today but he has fluids coming out of his eyes and they are both red and foggy. He isn’t sneezing and according to the previous care takers he was eating normally. They were keeping him outside and he’s roughly 6 weeks old.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
1604 Recommendations
If his eyes are red and cloudy, Bear should be seen by a veterinarian. Kittens can get infections that can cause permanent damage to their eyes, and he may need treatment for that problem. I hope that he is okay.

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Vincent
Domestic longhair
2 1/2 - 3 Years
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Red Eye

The other day I noticed my cat had a reddish eye on his right side. And my first thought was the hamster scratched him but my cat was totally fine touching him he was fine the whole day, it was like he didn’t know he had a red eye. But couple of days the right eye looked like it was back to normal but with a red line. So I thought he must of damaged his blood vessel. So his eye is completely red. But he’s seems to be fine. I plan to take him in to get a check up soon. But at the moment I can’t take him in.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Vincent’s eye isn’t bothering him, you can just try to flush the eye with some sterile saline solution to remove any debris and then apply a topical ophthalmic ointment (Vetericyn) to see if there is any improvement. Once you are able to visit your Veterinarian you should take him in then. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Maddie
Himalayan
12 Weeks
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

1 red eye

my 11 weeks old kitten got a red eye 3 days after I adopted her this month. She is from TN and I live in Maryland. SO she was delivered to Maryland. I took her to see a vet and the vet did a few tests to prove she did not have ear infection, there is no scratch on her eye, since there is only one eye is red, this red eye is not considered caused by allergy. So she told me she thinks the kitten gets an eye infection. She gave me a tiny bottle of eye drop telling me my kitten needs to use it twice a day, it is called Tobramycin 0.5% ophthamic solution 5ml. The thing is I have been given my kitten the eye drop for 7 days, but her red eye is still kind of red even the eye lid are pinkish red--not the same as the other normal eye. Her red eye can not open as wide as the other normal eye. So how long do you think my kitten's red eye can recover completely? Does she need sterile saline also? If yes, where can I get it ?

Thank you

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Maddie's eye should have returned to normal in 7 days if the infection was responding to that medication. There are many different antibiotics for eyes, and she may need a different medication. It would be a good idea to have a recheck for her since her eye is not improving, and see if she needs a different treatment.

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Coco
Hemalayan
6 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Sneezing
Red Eye
Coughing

Hi i have adopted a hemalayan kitten as she was sick. I gave her two medicines the first was an eye drop which i managed roughly to put on her eyes and the other eye ointement the cat refused what so ever to take!
I am very concerned and worried that she may die! Please can u help me

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Coco it is difficult to know exactly what is going on with her; many different infections especially viral infections may affect young kittens as well as bacterial infections, trauma, foreign objects among other causes. Gently flushing the eyes with sterile saline and applying an ophthalmic antibiotic ointment is a good start but if there is no improvement you should visit your Veterinarian as there may be a more serious condition with the eye being one of many other symptoms. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Oliver
Orange tabby
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen eye
Redness
Red Eye

My kitty Oliver is 2 years old and I came home from work today and one of his eyes are half closed kinda squinting, it is red on his water line and red around his iris. It doesn’t seem to be bothering him he’s still drinking and eating but is it just a scratch from playing or could it be something serious, he hasn’t had any issues besides a few weeks ago he was throwing up but with a vet visit they said everything was fine and he probably ate something bad. He got an anti nausea shot and the throwing up stopped. I’m not sure if they could be correlated. But I’m a very concerned, very poor, cat mom.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3314 Recommendations
Without examining Oliver it is very difficult to say what the underlying cause is, however it is possible that there is a slight injury and you should try to flush the eye out gently with sterile saline and apply an ophthalmic antibiotic ointment. If there is no improvement over the weekend or other symptoms present you should visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Max
Feline
2 Years
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

sneezing alot...red eye may be catc

Hi my cat is an indoor outdoor cat...well he came home today with a red icky eye n keeps sneezing...I have another kitty also that doesn't go outside and he's sneezing also can u help plz

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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An upper respiratory tract infection is a possible cause of the sneezing and red eyes if both cats are affected, if only one was affected then allergies may be more likely; for the time being monitor both cats and ensure that they are eating, drinking and behaving normally. Also keep both cats inside and you may also apply a topical antibiotic ophthalmic ointment to the eyes to help against secondary bacterial infection; if there is no improvement, you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Black
Tux
3 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Watery eye
Irritated eye
Sneezing

My cats eye is watering , looks red and irritated occasionally see a tiny bit of goop but it’s open . He has a little scab above his eye . He is indoor at night outside during the day. And he is sneezing he is still eating and drinking and doesn’t seem very unusual mostly can tell that he is affected by it . He is mello but he isn’t constantly sleeping

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Schmoo
white cat
12 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

red eyes, severely cloudy,

Medication Used

Oflaxacin 3% drops.

Our 12 year old cat has severely clouded and red eye. Vet originally sent home, claimed it was from a corneal abrasian and going to be "fine" . Back a few days later with severe discharge, gave oral antibiotic for a week, followed by eye drops (Ofloxacin 3%)Now, the second eye is cloudy and red. How could this be from an injury if the second eye is now affected? They want to bring in a specialist for $500 exam.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It seems that a specialist might be the best idea at this point, as Schmoo isn't responding to medications that way that he is expected to. $500 sounds like a lot of money for an appointment with a veterinary ophthalmologist, and you may be able to locate an ophthalmologist that can at least examine Schmoo and let you know what might be going on. I hope that all goes well for Schmoo.

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Grey
stray
3 Months
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Red eyes, scratching, pain in eyes

My cat got red and watery eyes 3 days ago it got better in these days but they're still red and the eye waste is almost white or yellow in colour. He sneezes a lot too I think he has caught cold but what should I do?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Cats are commonly affected by upper respiratory infections and irritations, especially as kittens. Without treatment, these infections can become quite severe. It would be best to see a veterinarian, have Grey examined, and get any medications that might be appropriate to help clear up the discharge and sneezing.

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