Why Is My Cat's Eye Watery?

There are several reasons for watery eyes in cats. On top of the list are viral diseases that cause upper respiratory disease and eye infection. Feline herpesvirus infection is a common example of these pathogens. Affected cats may exhibit respiratory symptoms, such as sneezing, nasal congestion, and conjunctivitis that causes the cat to blink and squint. There are also discharges from the eyes and nose that may range from clear to purulent (pus-like). The problem with viral infections worsens when secondary bacterial infection sets in. This makes the problem more complicated and difficult to treat. 

A milder cause for watery eyes in cats is allergies. The condition could be triggered by dust, pollen, chemicals, mold, or certain ingredients in pet food. Aside from runny eyes, the can may also be sneezing and itching. 

A problem with the tear ducts may also result in the overflow of tears. A blockage of the duct can occur when the lining of the nose is inflamed (rhinitis) or when there is sinusitis. Small hairs under the eyelid may also cause the overproduction of tears. 

Any sign of an eye problem should be brought to the attention of your vet Aurora, CO. More information at this website Aspen Commons Animal Hospital.


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