Cats can develop many of the same eye conditions that humans do. Eye conditions can either be fairly benign or quite serious. It is important to consult your vet any time your cat develops an abnormality of the eye.
Commonly know as pink eye, conjunctivitis is one of the most common eye issues in cats. "Pink Eye" in cats can be caused by the feline herpesvirus1, which is a very common ailment in cats. Other causes may be due to environmental irritants, or an infection, which cause the inflammation of the conjunctival membrane or a foreign object. If only one eye is affected the cause may be an allergen or environmental irritant that has gotten into the eye, dry eye, and inflammation of the tear sac. Conjunctivitis in both eyes may indicate a bacterial or viral infection. Conjunctivitis may be a secondary symptom of another eye disease.
- Pink or red eye
- Mucoid discharge or a clear watery discharge
- Excessive blinking
- Swelling of the eye
Always consult a vet if you suspect your cat has an eye infection. Flushing the eye out with cold water may help flush out foreign particles.