It is very important that all symptoms of an illness are identified so appropriate treatment can be sought. Here is some information about cat eye care and preventive measures.
Causes Of Watery Eyes
Watery eyes are often caused by dust, dander, allergies, infections, or other physical problems. Flat faces are more susceptible to watery eye conditions than long haired breeds like Persians and Scottish Reds. Brachyurus, Siamese, and British Shorthair breeds are more prone to severe tear drainage. Fluid can build up in the lower eyelids or around the glands that produce tears. Clogged drainage can lead to bacterial infections and other complications, so it is necessary to clean these areas on a daily basis.
Ringworm of the eyelids is one of the most common causes of watery eyes in cats. This fungal infection is also known as Permeability Factors of the Lid and is generally found on the face, ears, armpits, chest, groin, or underarms. This fungal disease is difficult to eliminate and often produces a grayish discoloration to the affected area. Cats with this disease respond well to topical medications and should be given daily application of a medicated eye drop until the infection is gone.
Allergic reactions are also a major cause of cat eye problems, with symptoms including itching, redness, and inflammation of the eyelid region. Common allergies include fleas, pollens, and mites. In extremely rare instances, genetics may play a role in eye allergies. Cat allergies can be hereditary or related to exposure to a specific allergen. The symptoms of an allergy include watery, itchy eyes, and the inability to blink properly.
There are many causes of cataracts, but one of the most common reasons that cats develop them is because they have diabetes. If you suspect your pet has diabetes and has not been treated, you should take him to the vet for a complete medical history. A complete medical history will allow your vet to find the underlying cause of eye symptoms, which in turn will enable your vet to properly treat your cat eye care problems.
Eye symptoms can also be caused by a viral or bacterial infection. In these cases, the symptoms are a loss of vision and severe itching. Cats with viral infections of any kind should be checked by a veterinarian, as these infections often involve infections of the eye or surrounding tissue. For bacterial infections, your vet might prescribe antibiotics to kill the bacteria.
Some cats also develop watery eyes due to a fungal infection. This type of infection, known as arthralgia, is generally caused by mites and can be treated with anti-fungal eye drops. If your cat’s watery eyes prevent him from opening his eyes completely, then he needs to be seen by a vet right away. You can help your cat by gently rubbing his eyes and gently cleaning his nose. If the infection is not responding to treatment, your vet may prescribe antibiotics to clear up the infection.
When treating an infection such as this one, it’s important to start with soothing the eye area, using warm water and a soft hand. Next, apply an antiseptic eye drop or antibiotic eye drops. Follow this up immediately with applying warm, soothing, sterile cotton balls to the infected eye, as the temptation to scratch the eyes can be great. After two or three days, use sterile gauze or a piece of tissue to remove any excess tears and apply a bandage over the eye to protect it while it heals.