Eye Discharge In Cats

Eye discharge in cats can be caused by anything from a simple foreign material in the eye to a cold to a serious health issue. Thus, if you notice your pet’s eyes appear a little gooey or he is pawing at his eyes or rubbing his face against the carpet or any surface, you should take a closer look. Eye discharge is usually present in various medical problems such as:

  • Upper respiratory tract infections (URI)— These are usually associated with bacteria, viruses, and protozoa. The eye discharge of affected cats may be sticky and pus-like. Common causes include feline calicivirus and herpesvirus. 
  • Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye) –It is characterized by the inflammation of the conjunctivae, the lining of the cat’s eye. The eye discharge of affected cats may be clear, teary, or thick and mucus-like. 
  • Corneal disorders – Anything that causes injury, inflammation, or ulceration of the cornea may result in increased tear production. 

Since eye problems can have devastating consequences, always have your cat examined by your Murrieta, CA vet when you notice signs indicating that there is something wrong with your pet’s eyes. Click here to learn more.


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