Cat Eye Infections
Help for treating your cat or kitten's eyes
is the most common cat eye infection. This cat eye infection is
characterized by an inflamed pink membrane that lines the inner
eyelid and the white part of the eye. Oftentimes conjunctivitis
occurs only in one eye rather than both.
This picture from Barb Henry
is of her Tonkinese kitten Spike. His eyes are sharp and clear of cat eye
infections. Here's how to recognize the symptoms of
conjunctivitis. One, several or all of these cat eye infection
signs may be present. They may be present in one or both eyes.
The pink membrane lining, or conjunctiva, that surrounds
the eye is red and possibly swollen.
Watery or mucous-like discharge that appears clear, gray,
yellow, or a rusty dark red color resembling blood. It's
important to note, however, that it's not blood. Persians
and Himalayans are most likely to exhibit the dark red
Occasional or continual squinting. Exaggerated squinting
may signify a corneal erosion, or tearing, or ulcer.
The iris, the colorful part of the eye, may be a completely
different color than normal or appear dull. This may signify
a cat eye infection involving uveitis.
The cornea, the clear dome shield covering the eye, may
appear cloudy. This might signal a cat eye infection
involving a corneal erosion or ulcer.
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What is Cat Conjunctivitis?
Conjunctivitis is a Feline
herpesvirus-1. Not to worry about you or your kids eyes -
humans can not catch this virus from cats.
Conjunctivitis is a cat eye infection can occur intermittently for a
few months to several years. It may or may not occur in conjunction
with other eye problems. Sometimes conjunctivitis also presents with
a cornea erosion or ulcer; corneal inflammation, called Keratitis;
or intraocular inflammation, called uveitis. These other cat eye
infections are often instigated by Feline Herpesvirus-1.
A conjunctivitis cat eye infection is most often caused by Feline
Herpesvirus-1, Feline Chlamydia or Feline Mycoplasma. One, two or
all three of these organisms may cause conjunctivitis. Don't
worry—your kitty can't transmit the Feline Herpesvirus to you.
How to diagnose and treat cat eye infections...
Usually veterinarians can diagnose cat eye infections fairly
easily based on the symptoms above combined with a cat's medical
history. Sometimes, however, special tests are needed. Specific
cat eye infection tests may include collecting cells from the
conjunctiva and/or cornea to study under a microscope or DNA
tests to determine FHV-1 infection.
Cat eye infections caused by Feline Chlamydia and Feline
Mycoplasma can be treated with topical antibiotics. Feline
Mycoplasma-induced cat eye infections respond very well. But
Feline Chlamydia cat eye infections may recur. Sometimes topical
antiviral medicines may also be prescribed.
FHV-1 cat eye infections are remarkably stubborn. In fact,
topical antibiotics do nothing to tame them.
However, vets and cat owners are finding great success in using
remedies made of natural substances. These eye tonics
are a combination of burdock, rosemary, meadowsweet and
You mix this remedy with boiled water and then let the liquid
cool. Then you soak a clean cotton swab in the solution and
gently wipe eyes from inner to outer corners. Use new swab for each
eye. That's not so tough!