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What is Enucleation?

Enucleation is the surgical removal of the eye. Enucleation surgery is the irreversible and permanent solution for various eye disorders. Enucleation in cats is performed when all other medical options have proven ineffective in order to alleviate pain and give the feline a better quality of life. Enucleation surgery is performed by a veterinary ophthalmologist. 

The veterinary ophthalmologist can approach enucleation surgery in two ways; transconjunctival or transpalpebral. The transconjunctival approach to enucleation has the advantage of reducing orbital tissue loss, subsequent orbital sinking, less hemorrhaging and a faster procedure time overall. In a transconjunctival surgery, the veterinarian ophthalmologist will only remove a portion of the eye’s orbit. WIth the transpalpebral approach, the entire eye globe is removed including the elements within the conjunctival sac (nictitating membrane, conjunctiva, eyelids). The veterinary eye specialist may choose to take the transpalpebral approach if the eye is unsalvageable. 

Enucleation Procedure in Cats

The patient’s vital signs are taken before induction of pre-anesthetic drugs are administered. General anesthesia is started after sedation is achieved through injectable tablet induction. The fur surrounding the affected eye is shaved to the midline. The upper eyelashes are trimmed with fine scissors and douched with ointment to prevent lashes from falling into the eye’s orbit. Tape is applied directly to the skin to remove fine hairs. 

  1. The periocular skin, corneal surface and the conjunctival fornix is prepared with a 1:50 povidone-iodine solution. 
  2. The patient’s head is placed in lateral or semi dorsal recumbency with the palpebral fissures aligned parallel to the floor. 
  3. The endotracheal tube is reinforced to avoid anesthetic complications. 
  4. The eyelids may be sutured shut if the globe is infected. Any suture material may be used, as the sutures begin from one corner of the eyelid to the other, close to the meibomian glands. 
  5. A No. 5 scalpel blade is used to cut around the eye. 5 mm thick elliptical incisions will be made away from the eyelid margins, joining the incisions at the lateral and medial canthus. 
  6. An Allis tissue forceps or towel clamp will be used to grasp the incised eyelid margins. 
  7. Blunt dissections will be made using a Metzenbaum scissor, alternating from side to side until approaching the sclera. 
  8. Using a No.15 scalpel blade, the medial and lateral canthal ligaments are transected.   
  9. Hemorrhaging is controlled and the orbital rim is identified.
  10. The posterior ciliary arteries and optic nerve are clamped, or ligated. These structures are severed through use of a curved Metzenbaum scissor. 
  11.  A plane of dissection is made using Metzenbaum scissors to release the globe from the orbital tissues that remain in the orbital rim. 
  12. The dissected globe is removed and handed off to a veterinary technician to prepare for histological laboratory submission. (Important for detecting life-threatening disease).
  13. The veterinary ophthalmologist will return to the orbital opening, dissecting the periocular tissue from the sclera. 
  14. The eye socket will be packed with gauze, applying light pressure for 5+ minutes to encourage a clot to form. Excessive bleeding may be ligated and synthetic hemostasis products may be applied to halt unsourced bleeding. 
  15. A sterile silicone orbital prosthesis will be placed in the orbit. The veterinarian will trim the prosthetic to size. (only used in non-neoplastic or infectious conditions) 
  16. Using 3-0 or 4-0 monofilament polyglyconate synthetic, absorbent sutures, the orbit will be closed with a minimum of three layers. The last layers of sutures will be using a 3-0 absorbable braided or monofilament type. 

Efficacy of Enucleation in Cats

Enucleation surgery is a permanent solution for unresponsive eye conditions. Removing the painful, infected, necrotic, damaged, or cancerous eye completely will ideally eliminate the problem, as well as preventing the condition from spreading.

Enucleation Recovery in Cats

The surgical site will be protected following surgery, as the feline will be sent home with an Elizabethan collar to wear at home until healing is complete. Mild swelling, inflammation and bruising around the suture site are to be expected. Blood may protrude from the nose occasionally as the tear ducts are connected to the inner nostrils. Epistaxis (bloody nose) symptoms will diminish approximately two to four days post-op. Careful monitoring is essential following surgery, as trauma to the suture site can cause adverse effects. Sutures are typically removed about seven to 10 days post-op, however, the feline’s whiskers will not regrown for six to eight weeks. Cats without whiskers are prone to becoming imbalanced and must be monitored to stay protected. 

Cost of Enucleation in Cats

An enucleation surgery for a feline can cost approximately $200 to $1,000. Preoperative and postoperative care should be taken into consideration for the total price.

Cat Enucleation Considerations

Removal of one eye can be a concern to cat owners, as partial vision will be lost. The majority of felines respond very well to partial blindness and continue regular activities quickly.

Enucleation Prevention in Cats

Enucleation surgery is often used for feline eye conditions that have unknown causes and prevention is not always possible. Preventing eye trauma is ideal and seeking veterinary attention when a problem is noted will be a step in the right direction. 

Enucleation Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Maxy
Calico
1 Year
Fair condition
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Has Symptoms

Constant congestion

A few months ago i rescued a young cat from Cyprus who had been found on the streets with her siblings. They all where very sick and unfortunately passed but my Maxy was a fighter and survived but had to have her eyes removed. It has now been 8 months since her eye removal and she is constantly congested. She is struggling to breath through her nose and antibiotics only help while on them but as soon as she stops her medicine, the problems come back. I just don't know what to do to help her and i don't know what is wrong. Please help.

My cat had breathing problems for 3 years. We saw 4 veterinarians. I told each one, I think she has something stuck up her nose or something is growing in her nose. I was told no it is in her lungs, her heart, bronchitis, asthma, allergies, bad air quality in our valley, collapsing trachea. She was treated for all these. Countless rounds of antibiotics, shots, pills etc. I took her to a specialty vet and ask them to do what you need to do to prove to me that something is not stuck in her nose. The vet gave her a ct scan and was able to pull out by the root/stock a nasal polyp from her middle ear around the back of her throat and into both nasal passages. She weighed 7 pounds on a good day was down to 5.5 pounds, had a hard time swallowing her food and we could hear her breathing hard from 3 doors down the hallway. She is a new cat. Eating, running, playing and even climbed a tree. Three years of $$$, doctoring, pilling and all could be avoided if I would have not been talked out of believing in my instincts. Never again will I allow a doctor to tell me "no it is not what you think". The first 3 could have indulged me and looked up her nose or given her a CT scan. I hope you can help your cat. Good Luck.

My baby had one of her eye's removed as well. For nasal congestion I found an amazing, albeit temporary, form of relief is to steam up your bathroom. Always bring her in to the bathroom with you when you take a hot shower or bath or just turn the shower full blast on hot. It only takes a moment to steam up. Trust me on this, it works. Also, a humidifier will help. And, there are drops for children you can get at the drugstore that you can use or the ones they make for pets as mentioned by previous comment.

There is a product called Nose relief made by Homeopet. You can get it on Amazon. I have a cat who has nasal congestion frequently as well and this helps her breath better when I give it to her on a regular basis. It is not very expensive and I definitely think it is worth trying. I hope your cat continues to get better.

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astro
Domestic long hair
9 Weeks
Mild condition
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Diarrhea
Wheezing

About 3 days ago my 9 week old Kitten's eye was removed due to a severe infection, this evening I noticed that she still has bloody discharge from the eye incision and her nose, her appetite seems to be a little off and her breathing sounds a bit wheezy, she is currently on antibiotics as well as pain medicine. She also has been having diarrhea. She has a reevaluation scheduled in a couple of days but I'm just really worried about her. Is this normal?

Take cat into bathroom when you take a hot shower/bath. The steam clears them up for awhile. In between, use a humidifier and drops. The diarrhea is either the meds or likely she needs to be dewormed. If gets worse after being dewormed, have tested for coccidia. This can kill a kitten if not treated for and not all vets think of it. I have had foster kittens die of it before I knew about it.

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Argento
long hair
5 Months
Serious condition
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Eye Clouding
discomfort

My kittens when they were very young one of the kittens had injured one of the others later named Argento I was given some eye drops for him but that hasn't helped long-term his eye is rotting I am concerned it will become infected and kill him.

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Riddick
Shorthair
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Sneezing

My kitten developed a respiratory infection where one of his eyes needed to be removed and the other eye didn’t heal properly so now he is blind. After the surgery he developed this constant sinusitis and is now a mouth breather. This happened after the surgery. Could something have gone wrong. How do I help him. Sometimes he can’t even smell his food and there are times he reverse sneezes to clear his nose. All of this started occurring after the surgery.

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Winky
Short hair tabby
4 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Eye Bulging
Eye Clouding
Eye Redness

Hello,

My cat had an eye enucleation in July 2018. It is now the last week of September. I took her to the vet 10 days ago, and my vet checked her scar tissue. She explained that she was pleased with how it healed. Her eye is now seeping puss and swollen. I sought imideate medical attention, and she was placed on an antibiotic. How can I prevent further infection from happening to her eye while healing and long after.

Thank you in advance for your thoughts.

Itay very well be feline herpes. It is not transferable to humans or dogs. It's basically a cold or flue like virus that stays with that cat it's entire life. It will mostly be ok but in times of stress piss will come from eyes, congestion of nostrils and airways, sometimes vomit. It is hard to verify in cats as vets and owners may confuse it for something else. The virus can also cause the infection and rejection of the eyes, that's what happening to our 7 week old kitten know,she hasn't had the surgery yet. Best ways to help is a humidifier, some antibiotics, and try to prevent stress or perform acts for or to the cat that relieve stress. No cure, good luck.

Hi, I'm cureently suffering the same thing with my boy, he has now had two antibiotic injections and is on meds daily but it is still seeping puss every couple of days. Have you managed to get your girl sorted? If so please can you let me know what your vet did. Thank you

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Mona
Maincoon
8 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Eye Clouding

Hello,

I just got an 8 week old kitten who was very sick, being she had a cough, sniffles, yellow/green puss/discharge from her eyes and nose. I took her to the vet the exact day after I got her. Then, I noticed her one eye was almost clear like and I knew something was wrong. The vet gave me some eye drops, have her a shot of antibiotics and special vitamins and wet food.

Meanwhile, the doctor tells me she will most likely have to have that eye removed. After the shot and a couple days of the others, she’s perked up a ton. The eye is back to a normal color but there still isn’t a puple or anything. It doesn’t seem to be hurting her or affecting her at all. Should I agree to get it removed if the doctor says it’s needed or see a second opinion?

Thanks,

Brianna

Definitely second opinion! The key to your decision would be how the cat is doing, feeling, eating, acting. I just adopted our little boy who, apparently, was born with his "one eye" thing called Microphthalmia, where the eye is underdeveloped, and looks absent. I've only had him less than 2 weeks, but day to day seems ok. Vet did NOT recommend suturing the eye---unless it presented serious problems or discomfort. Buddy lives and plays and sees like no other! Vet indicated it is a very extensive & complicated procedure. Good luck!

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Smudgy
DOMESTIC
5 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Sleepy

Hi, our 5 year old cat Smudgy had a tumour in his eye which was removed a week ago. When we got him back he has not walked.Day 1 and 2 he would drag himself to his litter box and would fall asleep in it. We left him in a small room to recover. Now, a week later after him peeing or pooping himself we are taking him back because it looks like he is not getting better.we have been handfeeding him, then with a seeing because he couldn't grab the food anymore. Now he doesn't seem to swallow to much anymore either. What happend?????? We are so frustrated and hurt. We expected our baby to be ok after a few days but are giving up hope and think he is dying. What happend?????
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Samwise
Domestic shorthair
15 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

enucleation eye swollen with fliud

enucleation done on my cat many yrs ago, but now the area is swollen with fluid. Went to vet, she squeeze out the fluid then gave me antibiotics for him. now 3 weeks later his eye area is swollen again

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Tuffy
mixed
11 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

My adopted cat came with eye issues and ended up having one eye removed 11 months ago. Two days ago I noticed that the area where used to have an eye, has become quite sunken. Previously it was flat. Should I be concerned?

Nope, nothing to worry about! That is very normal!

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Tuffy
tabby
11 Years
Fair condition
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Eye

My 11 year male, adopted cat had his eye removed 11 months ago, due to ulcers. I have noticed in the last week or two, that the eye is more sunken, recessed. Is this to be expected? Is there something I should be concerned about?

It is completely normal for the skin around the eye to start to sink in as there is no longer an eye in the socket to hold the shape.

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Moma Cat
Cat
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting

My 2 year old cat recently had her right eye removed 5 days ago. She came home last week and somehow had an accident where her eye was missing and bleeding and we rushed her to the vet who had to remove her eye. Said it was either due to blunt force trauma or she could have gotten in an accident with another animal. No sure way to tell. We decided to have her fixed as well while she was under anesthesia. She has been on antibiotics and pain meds and been doing great until today. She is vomiting every where. I just gave her some phenergan. Check both surgical sites and they look great, Nothing is draining, swollen, etc. is this normal? She was eating and drinking great until now.

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Cameo
domestic short hair
Six Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

enucleated eye re-opening

About six years ago, we found a very sick five week old kitten. Both eyes were extremely infected and bulging. Both eyes had to be removed. They healed well, and she soon adapted to her blindness. She maps everything very quickly and gets around as well as any sighted cat, running all over the house and up the eight feet tall cat trees when she plays. Now, six years later, the suture sight is opening from the corner of one eye. It weeps a bit, and is more open now than a couple of weeks ago. Her vet dismissed it as "not a problem", giving us a jar of doggy eye wipes and sending us on our way. Should I take her back to her original surgeon to get this re-closed?

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Miya
Short hair, usual cat in Malaysia
9 Months
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Eye Bulging

Hi, i need advice on my kitten eye. Im not sure with her age but i think its 5/6/7/8/9 months?? Still a kitten i guess. Around a month ago, i think its 4th May that i noticed she had an infection in her eyes. Her left one a little bit swollen at that time, besides constant fluid coming out that closed her eyelids together. Found time to go vet a few weeks later and he gave me some eyedrops, (Nicol Eyedrops Phenylmercuric Nitrate Free). Her right eye before meeting wet have very small coating in the middle and after the eye drops, they almost disappear. However the left eye before meeting vet has a lot of coating, her eyelids also swollen. After few days, her eyes do get better, no more fluid and her left eye was also less swollen. She is very active still, playing around, eating and drinking alot. And then now I noticed her left eye got swollen again and almost bulging out but still in the socket. There is abit redness in the middle with the coating. I think i could still see her left eye behind the coating but im not sure. She does have some vision problem with that eyes but not completely. Might be her sense but i still hope she does still saw some shadow because when i fake to touch that eye she moved away. Anyway, i went to the vet today and the doctor only took a glimpse and said we have to undergo eye removal surgery. I'm blaming myself for not taking her to the vet sooner but if there is some hope, do let me know. If there are better option or medications, please help me. I'm afraid she could not cope after the surgery and take a toll on her body. She is playing and eating well and i dont want to take that away from her because of the surgery.

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Greyman
Domestic shorthair
6 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Damaged Iris

My cat Greyman's eye was damaged by a dog when he was just a kitten. His eye healed and even though it has been confirmed by a Vet that the iris is damaged and he can't see out of it, it doesn't cause him any problems at all.

He is now 6 years old and two vets that I have taken him to for check-ups have recommended that he have his eye removed to prevent cancer (Trauma Induced Feline Ocular Sarcomas) that might show up later. I've been told that the cancer is rare although it may has a higher prevalence the younger a cat is when they sustained the injury. Also this particular sarcoma is aggressive and often goes to the brain before it is detected.

My guy is an active indoor/outdoor cat and I am horrified at the possibility of an enucleation having effects like infection/congestion/irritation. Also, the idea of him getting cancer in his eye and knowing I could have prevented it keeps me up at night.

I have made an appointment for a vet to check him out in preparation to have his eye removed. Am I doing the right thing? Reading on this site about some of the issues experienced by other cats after enucleation has me considering cancelling the appointment.

Thank you for any advice.

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Bear
Ragdoll
1 Year
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Cloudy eye
Blood in eye

My ragdoll has just turned a year old today. About a month ago I noticed a cloudy spot in his eye and took him to the vet. They gave me some eye gel but after a week the eye seemed worse. They then gave me a different kind and after a week of that it was still worse. They then added two types of eye drops one to dilate the pupil I believe and a steroid along with the gel. After two weeks there is no improvement and blood in the eye. They have advised me that removing the eye is best at this point, he is in no pain besides being annoyed by me constantly putting drops in the eye. I just want some reassurance that I'm doing the right thing by removing the eye, I am also travelling home (about 14 hours by plane) and would like to take him to a vet I trust to do the procedure. Would he be ok to fly about 17 days after the surgery?

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Lotus Tiger
Egyptian Mau
5 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

enucleation and eyelid removal
enucleation + lid removal recovery

1,5 months ago a cat I rescued needed a enucleation and eyelid removal.
The vet strategy is not to use a cream to stimulate tissues regeneration in the orbit till fill it and, I suppose, stitch it.
I found this a bit weird and a loooong therm solution.
Wonder is it is correct or we can consider alternatives.
I live in Egypt in a small town with few vets all formed here..so same school...
Closest city is 500km far..so I'm trying to find answers on line...
Thank you!

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Dutchess
Bengal
2.5 years
Mild condition
3 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

discharge from the eye

I recently adopted a cat with no right eye, there is an occasional slight discharge from the eye socket. When I adopted her, I was told the missing eye was a birth defect. Should I have the eye sewn up to prevent any foreign items or bacteria from entering the socket?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If the eye socket is open you should have that taken care of by a Veterinarian to ensure that the socket is closed and to prevent any secondary infections or foreign bodies as well as eliminating any discharge. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Blair
American Short Hair
6 Months
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Watery eye
Sneezy

Hi,
I have a kitty that recently had enucleation. She is six months old and super rambunctious. Should I keep her from playing with her other litter mate for a few days after suture removal? Also, it has been about 14 days since the initial surgery, and she is still quite sneezy and her good eye waters a lot (clear fluid), is this normal?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There could be a little water eye and a bit of sneezing after enucleation, what is important is that there is no discharge coming from the nose, the wound is not warm or bulging or anything else concerning; if the cats like to paw at each other I would keep them separate until the sutures are out. Visit your Veterinarian if you have any concerns about the wound or anything else concerning. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Daisy
Shorthair
15 Years
Moderate condition
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Has Symptoms

Eye Bulging

Hi, my cat Daisy got her eye removed a few months ago due to an infection that wasnt able to be controlled with antibiotics, antiinflammatories or steroids,The surgery went well and and she has healed well and been so much happier. In the last couple of weeks the eye has started to swell again, (this was her second surgery as previously she had infefted mass removed but it grew back). What ciuld it be?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Any swelling this long after surgery is concerning and you should return to your Veterinarian for an examination and possibly an ultrasound of the orbital cavity; fluid, bleeding, tumour, abscess among other issues may be causing swelling. Without examining the eye and possibly checking with ultrasound I cannot say with any certainty especially after a few months. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tigger
Calico
5 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Runny eye
Bleeding from eye

Hi my cat had his eye removed back in April and ever since then it has just been a battle. He has had 4 surgeries and has been sewed together several times. Now he has a small hole and the vet has me putting cream on it to see if it will heal on it’s own. Is this normal or should I get a second opinion?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Sometimes there may be issues with healing especially if there is a lot of fluid leaking or there is some inflammation; without examining Tigger I cannot say whether the appropriate course of action is being taken. If you have concerns, you should visit another Veterinarian to put your concerns at ease. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lucky
dsh
Four Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

see above

Our cat is four years old, I found him as a kitten and he had no eye balls. He has gotten along great until recently when one eye developed a small pea like bulb which sticks out of the corner of the eye. It doesn't seem to bother him but I talked to our vet about it and he suggested the enucleation of that eye. My problem is that since he was neutered and was at the vet clinic to have that done, he is terrified of people other than my husband and I. My vet said I could give him some valium to help calm him to get him to his office which is 45 minutes away. I am dreading taking him, the surgery, and the cone he will have to wear afterwards. Do you think this surgery is necessary at this time?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without seeing Lucky or knowing what the mass might be, it isn't possible for me to comment on whether he needs the surgery, but you seem to have a veterinarian who is trying to work with you, and him, to make the procedure as comfortable as possible. They think that the procedure is necessary, and it would probably be best to trust that opinion. It should help to know that it is only a day out of his life, and once he is back home he will be happier. There are also soft cones that you can look into buying for him so that he is more comfortable. I hope that everything goes well for him.

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Shelter Cat
American Shorthair
5 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

none

Hi! I visited a shelter and saw an adult cat that had recently had enucleation surgery. She was struggling with her balance, but that is expected with the loss of an eye. I am considering adopting, so I was wondering what further medical attention the cat may need and what I should be prepared for in terms of assisting her with recovery.
Thank you

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. It is very nice of you to consider giving this cat a home. Animals do quite well after the loss of an eye, and there is very little aftercare once the surgery site is healed. She would need to be an indoor cat as her defenses to threats are reduced, but otherwise should require the same care that any other cat would need. I hope that she is able to find a home with you!

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Pumpkin
domestic short hair
3 Months
Serious condition
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Medication Used

Trobanycin

Hello my cat has been diagnosed with glaucoma in his right eye. I’ve been giving him the eye drops the doctor prescribed which includes Trobanycin (only right eye 3 times a day), Dirzolamide (both eyes 3 times a day),Latanoprost ( both eyes 2 times a day) and Levobunolol ( both eyes 2 times a day). The doctor said both eyes had high pressure and that we can try to save both but most likely only one will be saved and that’s the left one. His right eye seemed to get better the first days with the medication but now just look worse. His right eye has red on it and there is a lot of rheum inside this eye. Should I just remove his eye? How much will it cost?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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We should always try to save both eyes, but in many cases only one eye may be saved; you haven’t mentioned how long the treatment has been administered for as you should give it some time to see improvement before making a decision like enucleation. However, I would follow the advice of your Veterinarian and when they advice that one eye should be removed that should be the time to have it done. Costs vary from country to country and even city to city, I don’t know where you live so it is difficult to give a price but some practices in the USA do the procedure for as little as $300 however some Veterinarians may charge much more; you should call around a few practices in your area to get a local ballpark. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kate
Calico
14 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Fatigue
Vomiting
Sneezing

Medication Used

Metacam

Hi, I have a 14 year old cat who underwent a single enucleation (due to a tumour) 5 days ago. She was kept at the vet for one day afterward and was sent home with three days of a NSAID for post op care (her last dose was yesterday morning). The wound and sutures seem to be fine and though she has been a bit more calm and aloof, she has still been cuddling and enjoys being brushed. Since the operation she has been eating and drinking, but is being more picky about her food. She’s been sneezing a little bit and also vomitted a small amount late last night but hasn’t (as far as I know) since. Should I be worried?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It sounds like everything is going well for her recovery so far, and you seem to be taking good care of her. From your description, I don't think that you need to worry a lot, but I do think it would be a good idea to continue to monitor her eating and energy levels. She may still have some discomfort from that surgery, or she may be fighting off a viral infection. If her appetite isn't back to normal and the sneezing resolved over the next few days, it would be a good idea to call your veterinarian and let them know what is going on, and they can decide if she needs to be seen or not. I hope that she recovers well.

That’s great, thank you for your advice. I was getting too worried and appreciate you helping to relieve some of my anxiety.

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Puffy
Domestic longhair
13 Years
Fair condition
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Has Symptoms

Bloody nose sneezing

My cat had his eye removed last Wednesday (4 days ago). He has developed sneezing fits which resulted in a relatively severe nose bleed this afternoon. Almost like he was choking. Is this normal? He may also have allergies.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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This isn’t normal to see after enucleation surgery, however the surgery may be causing some sneezing; if it is getting bad you should visit your Veterinarian for a check to make sure that everything is alright especially if Puffy’s nose is bleeding. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Spanky
long hair
7 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

drainage of eye

I just adopted my kitten and unfortunately she lost her one eye due to an infection. The eye was removed, however, was not sewn shut. Is this okay? Should I get it sewn? Is she at risk for infection? It currently weeps. The Vet said it was possibly the herpes virus and gave me Tobramycin Opthalmic Solution for her other eye since this tends to drain.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Some cats do well without having the eye surgically repaired, although it tends to bother people more than them. If the eye socket presents chronic problems, it may be best to have it surgically repaired. If it is not bothering her, or you, you may be able to leave it alone. Your veterinarian can give you more advice on this if needed, as they an see Spanky, and the eye, and determine if there is a problem or not. I hope that she does well.

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Rascal
domestic short hair
12 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Ulcers and feline herpes. Neuropath
Ulcers and feline herpes

Medication Used

Drops and predisone

Past trama.permanent neuropathy. Frequent eye infections due to scratching now they want to remove His Eye Is there any medication that can stop him from scratching his eye? They said he scratches because his head feels numb looking for another solution

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Unfortunately, there is so much information that I do not know about Rascal's condition, health status and current situation from this question that it would be irresponsible for me to comment on it. it would be best to follow up with your veterinarain to see if there is a solution for him scratching his eye. You are also free to get a second opinion, as different veterinarians have different experiences and ideas. i hope that everything goes well for him.

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Asher
Domestic shorthair
1 Year
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Eye Bleeding
Eye Clouding
Eye Bulging

Hi. I recently had a foster cat in my home with my own. They did not get along and the foster cat had scratched my cat’s eye. His eye had immediately turned white and infected. I know it most likely needs removed and I’m not sure what the cost may be. He doesn’t seem to be in pain at all and it doesn’t bother him.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your question. Asher needs to see a veterinarian to have the eye assessed and see if it is treatable or does need to be removed; I can't tell without seeing it. The cost of the surgery varies by veterinarian, and by the area where you live, so they will be able to give you an estimate for cost if that needs to happen, as well. I hope that Asher is okay.

My feline eye specialist here in New York just quoted me $2,300.00 for a 20 minute enucleation procedure............. :(

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Douglas
Ragdoll
10 Years
Fair condition
-1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

cancer
Eye Redness
Eye Bleeding
Eye Clouding

My cat had an eye removed due to severe swelling, redness and some cloudy growth over the pupil that didn't respond to medication. He was abandoned by his previous owner, and I've only had him for 2 weeks, so I have no idea how or when this eye issue began. The vet says when he removed the eye, it completely crumbled. He found this abnormal and sent it off for a biopsy, which came back inconclusive. The veterinarian is confident that my new kitty has cancer, despite the biopsy, and wants to know if I'd like to treat it or let him live out his days naturally. Is it usually cancer when the eye falls apart like this? If a biopsy is inconclusive, is it normal to assume cancer? Is there a way to conclusively determine that a cat has cancer before beginning treatment, especially considering I can't answer any questions regarding his health history or what happened to the eye?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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There are many causes for swelling of the eye, and I would hesitate to diagnose cancer without a definitive biopsy. Many eye cancers in cats do not metastasize or spread, so removing the eye is generally a cure. You can decide with your veterinarian what the best course of action for Douglas, or seek a second opinion, to see if treatment for cancer that hasn't been diagnosed is the best idea.

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Babette
domestic medium hair
2 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Blindness

I adopted a cat last week who was described as partially blind. Per the shelter's advice, I took her to the vet opthomologist to just see what was going on with her eyes. She has noticeable cataracts in both eyes. The vet said she was unresponsive to light in both eyes and subsequently fully blind. Her right eye registered pressure at 3x the desired pressure. The vet said she does not seem to be exhibiting any pain symptoms related. They tried drops but it was unsuccessful in relieving the pressure. They sedated her and drained the eye for a temporary fix. The vet suggested removal of the right eye. I am worried about putting her through surgery. I want to make sure she has the best quality of life. I would like to hope that this would prevent any future procedures that she would need to manage the glaucoma, but I worry that the surgery will have lots of complications and complicated after care. She is two years old and I am wondering how she managed this for 2 years and now all of a sudden she needs eye removal ASAP. I am wondering what to do for my little love bug.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Glaucoma is something that may develop for various reasons in an eye with the majority of cases having glaucoma affect the second eye after a year or so; you should follow the instructions from the Ophthalmologist as they will have evaluated all the options and would be in a better position to advise you about the eye. The removal of the eye is a straightforward operation and will prevent pain or discomfort developing in the eye. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Thor
domestic short hair
2 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen eye
Bloody eye

I found a kitten with an eye closed, I started putting terramycin eye ointment I read helped a lot of problems, and it seemed to work but I had to travel for the weekendand my parents didn't continue the care, when I got back his eye was swollen again and now its eye bleeds and the eye gel didn't work anymore, now there's discharge and blood and it seems like a little ball popped up, its dried and he can't close his eye. I'm on disability so I don't have a lot of money but don't want to dump him at the shelter, does he needs his eye taken out?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm sorry that that is happening to Thor. Sadly, without seeing him or his eye, I'm not sure what might be going on with him, and he needs to see a veterinarian. Many clinics do offer a 'free first exam', or there may be a low cost clinic in your area that would be able to see him. He may need different medication, and the eye may be able to be saved. I hope that he is okay.

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Tula
Persian
6 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

scratching

Medication Used

none

My cat had her one eye removed in December. Since we removed her cone she continues to scratch the area and wounding herself. I put the cone back on until it heals but once the cone is removed she is back to scratching. Is this normal?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Whilst this behaviour is not normal, it may occur and may indicate pain or discomfort due to the surgery; without examining Tula and possibly doing an ultrasound of the orbit cavity I cannot say whether there is something to be done or not. You should return to the Veterinarian who performed the surgery for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Squawk
domestic short hair
3 Weeks
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen eye

Hi. I am fostering a 3 week old kitten who's eye is swollen and seems to be protruding from the eye socket. It has a cloudy appearance but doesnt seem to be causing any discomfort. She was found with 2 siblings who do not have any issues and all 3 kittens seem to be thriving with proper care. Our vet suggested enucleation because it presents like glaucomatous of the eye. At 3 weeks old is it not too early to take this drastic step? What other things can be done first? All 3 kittens are currently on antibiotics.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If the eye is damaged beyond resolution, enucleation may be the best route to go. Some kittens are affected by viral disease that causes this condition and can permanently damage the eyes. If Squawk is doing okay otherwise, it might be okay to wait until she is a little older and larger before having the surgery done, but it would be best to trust your veterinarian, as I cannot see or examine her. I hope that all goes well for her.

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Vader
American Shorthair
9 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Eye Bulging

We took our cat Vader to the vets. He has a protruding eye. No tests for cancer yet but they think its cancer and suggested we put him down. He had a dental abcess before and healing has been extremely slow. My concern is that its not cancer but that he may have gotten a secondary abcess behind his eye. Do you have any advice 😢?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I can't examine him, but euthanasia seems a drastic option with no testing done at this point. It is possible to have x-rays or an ultrasound to try and determine what is going on with his eye. Enucleation may be another option, as the eye can be sent off for pathology to determine is the eye is cancerous. Cats tend to adapt very well to having one eye. If you aren't sure if these tests can be done at your veterinarian, it may be a good idea to have a second opinion. I hope that everything goes well for him.

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Iris
domestic medium hair
1 Year
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Discharge

I adopted a cat that had her left eye enucleated as a kitten because of an injury and infection as a result of the injury. They eye has been sewn shut but occasionally will produce a brownish dishcharge. It doesn’t seem to cause her pain or bother her, should I be concerned about the discharge?

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Jake
domestic short hair
11 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

no symptoms

My cat had his eye removed 3 weeks ago. Had his sutures out 8 days ago. The vet said to keep the cone on for another week when we had the sutures removed. I’m scared to remove the cone bc I can’t tell if it’s healed all the way. How can I tell? I don’t want to risk him getting his nail hung in it and tearing it open.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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The best way to see if it has healed to the point where you don't need to worry and can take the cone off would be to have your veterinarian recheck it for you. They will be able to look at it quickly and let you know if it is healed or if it needs a little more time.

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Kitten
Domestic shorthair
1 Month
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Large eye, swelling, bleeding, runswater

Medication Used

Tobramycin dermalazide genteal tear

How much would it cost to remove an eye in a 3 month old kitten? I know it depends where but an estimation would help. Also we have been doing drops and oral meds but she has herpes most likely vet said eye needs to be removed. What would she need done prior to surgery to insure she is ready and can make it through ok.Also runt of litter and has ringworm and flea. Very curious and playful good appetite. She is currently on dermolizide and tobramycin eye drops. Genteal tears gel. Clavamox oral and a pill for herpes.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You didn’t mention country, but in the USA the cost of enucleation may be as low as $355 at a low cost clinic (like the one linked below for an example) or over $1,000 if performed at a specialist center. There is no specific preparation for this surgery, but the Veterinarian performing the surgery will examine the kitten prior to surgery and will give you instructions if required. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.helpinghandsvetva.com/procedures-pricing/

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Beau
British Shorthair
10 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Conjunctivitis
Herpes
Eye Infection

Medication Used

Topical eye antibiotics
Lexicom
Doxycyclin

My cat has a herpes induced eye infection which is ulcerating the cornea. The infection is now secondary (staph) and proving impossible to treat as we’re on a third range of broad spectrum antibiotics with no marked signs of improvement. The vet opthamologist has suggested that removal of the eye may be required as the quality of the cat’s eye sight is going to be compromises.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are two possible options here: one is to have a culture and sensitivity test done to identify a specific antibiotic which the infection is susceptible to or if the Ophthalmologist believes in their opinion that it isn’t possible to save the eye then enucleation would be recommended. Personally, I would follow the lead from your Ophthalmologist and put trust in their opinion. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Morgan
Tuxedo
5 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Sneezing with nasal discharge

Hello. A month ago we adopted a one eye cat. He is doing awesome. Eating and playing non stop. However he is always sneezing and always has a green mucus discharge from his nose. Is so bad that he will sneeze buggers everywhere and his nose clogged because of dry snot.
Any idea why is this happening?
Thank you

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A green nasal discharge is most commonly associated with a bacterial infection, you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination and to confirm whether an infection is present; they will prescribe treatment as necessary, but at this point I don’t think anything over the counter will help with this. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Chubby
American Short Hair
8 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My cat Chubby has a pink mass growing on the iris of his eye. It's not painful and he isn't in any discomfort. I read it is probably malignant and it has grown in the last few weeks. Is enucleation the most likely solution and cost effective or are they're other options?
Thank you in advance

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Chubby does appear to have a growth on his eye, it may indeed by cancerous, and enucleation would be the treatment of choice for that. There are not other options for cancer in the eye of cats. It would be best to have him seen by a veterinarian to determine what is going on, and they can give you a better idea as to the next step for him.

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Marv
tabby
14 Years
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Worsening uveitis
WorsenUveitis

Hi, my cat is having enucleatiom performed on left eye tomorrow. I am still debating having a prosthetic eye placed. Would you please discuss pros and cons? Much appreciated!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A prosthetic eye is something for the owner and not the cat, Marv isn’t going to know whether or not he has a prosthetic eye or not. I wouldn’t recommend a prosthetic eye since it would do nothing to change Marv’s circumstances but would only make him look better aesthetically. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Azrael
Siamese.
4 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling

My 4 month old kitten got an infection in his eye, like pink eye. One day I came home from work and his eye was bulging and red. It only got worse and one of his litter mates I think wounded it further. It was removed by the vet and been two full days since. Bled a little from the sutures and from the nose that was to be expected. The area where the eye was removed however is very swollen. It's the same size as when the eye was bulging from his head. He still eats well but it very sleepy. He hates his Elizabethan collar. He was given dissolvable sutures. I'm very worried about his swelling and now sure how I can make him more comfortable during his healing.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is important to keep Azrael as calm as possible and to isolate him from the other cats in the home during healing; some swelling and bleeding is to be expected but if the closed eyelids are bulging out you should return to your Veterinarian for an examination to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Capt Cat Sparrow
tabby
1 Year
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

eye missing

I've taken in a stray cat emaciated and missing one eye. Conflicting advice on closing or leaving the socket open concerns me. If an open eye socket is going to drain there was one vet who said he would not close because it would prevent natural drainage from leaving the eye. The main reason I hear to close the eye is to prevent discharge, the other to prevent infection. I want to do what is best for this cat. He has been on his own for sometime and the vet was surprised that he was keeping it clean. He will be inside now, I have no problems cleaning the site. What is best for the cat vs convenience for the human?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining the orbit and the cat in general it is difficult to say what the best course of action would be, normally I would be on the side of closing but since the eye was already lost I cannot say for certain without an examination. In this type of case it may be best to visit an Ophthalmologist for a specialist opinion. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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5 Spice
domestic short hair
2 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Laceration to the eye

Hi, I tnr for feral cats & trapped a female with a severe laceration to the left eye. She was spayed today & the clinic recommends removal of the eye. Is this practical for a feral cat who will eventually have to be released? Or is euthanasia the kinder way to go? I can recover the cat after surgery, but she will have to be caged. Thank you for any advise.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Many cats live with one eye including indoor outdoor cats, generally a cat will live a normal life with one eye apart from possibly having some issues with depth perception. I cannot see the loss of one eye being enough to justify euthanasia in this instance. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kimmi
Manx
13 Years
Critical condition
0 found helpful
Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Eye Bulging
Eye Bleeding
Eye Infection
Eye Inflamation

Medication Used

none

Our cat is around 13 to 14 years old. About a year ago she gave herself a simple cut on her eyebrow while grooming and it became mildly infected. We’ve been able to treat her ourselves by cleaning it and preventing her from messing with it, but over the last couple months it has became very badly infected. It has scabbed severely, all around her eye is very red and swollen, and it leaks a lot of puss and blood. Either because of her age or the tole of this infection, she’s also lost a lot of weight and has become very thin and weak. We are concerned about her well being but also don’t want her to suffer. Would pursuing removal of the eye and having it cleaned out be effective and helpful at this point? Could she even survive the procedure at this point and should we consider putting her down? We are concerned for our kitty and just want the best. Thank you for your time helping move forward

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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This is something which may have been easily cleared up with a course of antibiotics which it first became infected; however at this stage either aggressive antibiotic therapy or surgery may be an option. Without examining Kimmi I cannot say what the specific best course of action would be, you should visit a Veterinarian sooner rather than later and they will be able to tell you the next best steps. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Pip
Bengal
7 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Dilated pupil

My Cat had her right eye removed 6 days ago due to an ulcer that was present. She also had the herpes virus in that eye as well. After treating it with meds for a couple of months it was apparent that the medications weren't working. The decision was made to remove the eye. The surgery went well and the eye area looks good with minimal swelling; however her good eye's pupil is very dilated. I'm taking her back for examination in a couple of days and I've notified my vet of this....Will then pupil in her eye go back to normal?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes for pupil dilation, however after enucleation there may be some dilation of the other pupil; but your Veterinarian will examine it to ensure that it isn’t anything to be concerned about. Without examining Pip’s eye I cannot say whether it will return to normal or not; many times it is a wait and see approach. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ray
dsh
11 Weeks
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

drainage
Discharge

In June we adopted a kitten that had recently had both eyes removed from a rescue. It’s one week shy of being two months from his surgery and there is still a small opening where each eye was. Also he is still having some discharge. Generally it is thin and clear a slight yellow tint. Every now and then though it is a thick, opaque cloudy yellow. The vet who did his surgery says the holes are to allow for draining and that discharge can be normal for awhile. He lets me clean his face and does not show any signs of being in pain when I’m close to either site. He has not ran a fever and he eats/drinks, plays, etc just like any other normal 11 wk old kitten. Is drainage for this long normal? Should we consider seein another vet?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Drainage may occur for a while as fluid does accumulate in the orbit since there is little soft tissue present, fluid may drain for a while and it is important that it is able to drain. Keep an eye on the drainage holes and if the fluid becomes thick, discoloured, smelly or anything else concerning return to your Veterinarian; if you have other concerns visit another Veterinarian for peace of mind. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

my cat has a runny stuffy nose after having her eye removed is this normal

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Garwood
Cornish Rex
3 Years
Mild condition
2 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Seizures
Ear infection

Our 3 year old Cornish Rex had his eye removed at 4 months due to an infection in that eye. We wondered if there were any known long-term complications from enucleation surgery because
he started having seizures a few months back for no apparent reason (generally 1 every 1-2 weeks). Our vet has checked him out and given us Valium to administer following a seizure, if needed. (No plans have been made to have him on a long-term med like phenobarbital at this time). He also has frequent ear infections. We were also hoping for a recommendation on what type of feline specialist we could consult with for possible resolution. Thanks. :)

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I’m not aware of a cat being prone to seizures after eye enucleation surgery. For the frequency of seizures at this point, there is no need for daily management unless they become more frequent; if they do become more frequent then your Veterinarian may change the medical management approach. You could visit a Neurologist for an examination to see if they are able to shed some light on this issue for you, check the link below. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM http://find.vetspecialists.com/

Thank you so much!

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Demothi
Bengal
3 Months
Moderate condition
2 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Small eye puncture that scabbed

My 3mo. Old kitten was playing with his brother and his brother's nail caught left eye of his bro. Leaving a small puncture that scabbed being treated with Tobramycin drops starts to look better, but my vet tomorrow wants to prep him to take eye, as the drops could take over a month to work on eye. Is there any other meds or option than removal, I fell it is the easy way out as it does not bother him at all and is starting to look a little better. A drop are every 4 hours is what he is getting now.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Demothi I cannot really weigh in, if your Veterinarian feels that enucleation is the appropriate course of action I cannot legally advise against without an in person examination; if you don’t agree with your Veterinarian you should visit another Veterinarian in your area for a second opinion. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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