Eye Discharge in Cats
When to See a Vet
Your cat’s eyes are as delicate as they are beautiful. Small problems can
quickly turn into serious conditions. If your cat’s eye discharge symptoms
don’t clear up within 24 hours, talk to your veterinarian right away.
If you have medications left over from a previous eye problem, don’t use
them on your cat’s eyes. Different eye issues call for different
medications, and you can end up causing serious injury by using the wrong
Home Care: Tips for Keeping Your Cat’s Eyes Healthy
You can help avoid eye problems in your cat by keeping up with yearly
vaccinations, avoiding kitty overcrowding, and checking your cat’s eyes
frequently for redness, cloudiness, a change in color or shape, discharge, or
sensitivity to light.
To safely remove your cat’s eye discharge and make her more comfortable
while waiting for her vet appointment, arm yourself with a bag of cotton balls
and these simple tips from the ASPCA.
- Dip a cotton ball in water.
- Wipe away the eye discharge; always wiping away from the corner of the
- Use a fresh cotton ball for each eye.
- Steer clear of any over-the-counter drops or washes unless your vet has
Because correct treatment can be so critical to the health and well-being of
your cat, always talk to a veterinarian to be sure kitty is getting just the
right care needed.