Cat Eye Discharge: Is it an Infection or Something Else?

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If you see a discharge in your cat’s eye, this liquid is likely a sign of a problem. Eye problems in cats can start with water around the pupils, blinking more than usual, or batting at their eye with the paws. To get a surefire answer as to what the eye issue is, see your vet about an ophthalmologic exam as soon as you can. It may be a sign of eye disease.

What Does Cat Eye Discharge Look Like?

Discharge in a cat’s eye can vary in color and consistency. It may be:

  • Clear or murky
  • Green or yellow

Cat Eye Infections

Bacteria, viruses, and parasites can commonly lead to infections of the eye in your favorite feline. Perhaps your fur kid got an eye injury or came in contact with pesticides or fragrances that irritate the eye. Typically a thick yellow discharge is a warning sign of a bacterial condition.

If this is the case, then you may notice your cat squinting, rubbing the eye, or that it swells. Conjunctivitis or pink eye is an infection of the clear membrane over the outer eye and inner eyelid. The eye will be red. Sneezing is another of the symptoms of eye problems in cats, as is dripping of liquid from the nose.

If it is a minor virus, then the best thing is to rest and recover. See the vet to get to the heart of the issue; this professional may suggest antibiotics, depending on the exact nature of the problem. Herbal therapies are another option; an example is a burdock. Sometimes though the issue may be more serious and, in this case, it will occur again and again. The cat eye infection can even worsen to secondary problems like corneal ulcers.

If it is a Cat Eye Trauma

cat trauma

The source of the discharge may also be eye trauma. When you see your vet, the doctor may suggest a topical ointment. Trauma may be the result of many scenarios, such as a fight with other felines, a fall, or a car accident. Cat eye trauma can be uncomfortable and even painful for them. If it is more serious, then the vet may even recommend surgery to fix the eye.

Other Reasons for Cat Eye Discharge

Did you also know that your cat has a third eyelid? It is located at the inner corner of the eyes. Look here for a white or off-white liquid over the eyeball. Sometimes this can occur if debris is stuck in the eye or even if the cornea has a problem. If there is an eye disease, then the eyelid can swell and be itchy.

Alternatively, the problem may be lack of tears (dry eyes) or too many tears. As with humans, dry eyes can get itchy, and the cornea can become irritated. Thick yellow discharge can result. Allergies can alternatively lead to an overproduction of tears, which explains the watery eyes you may witness in your furry girl or boy.

Other causes of cat eye discharge include:

  • Flu
  • Blepharitis (eyelid inflammation)
  • Stye
  • Blocked tear ducts

The delicacy of the Eyes

As with us, the eyes of cats are delicate. If you notice the discharge continuing over a day, see a veterinarian immediately to get the appropriate solution for the issue. Failure to do so can worsen the condition and potentially even lead to blindness. While you may already have medicine in the cupboard, avoid reusing it for this issue as the eyes aren’t an area to be messing around with. It could even make the infection or other cat eye problems worse.