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Caring for Your Cat’s Eyes

Have you ever glanced into a shadowy corner of your home and found two eyes staring back at you? That reflective sheen is one fascinating thing about our cats’ eyes. Fluffy’s peepers are certainly very important to her overall health and well-being, so you’ll want to make sure her eyes are healthy. Below, your Cedar Park vet discusses caring for your kitty’s eyes.

Kitty’s Vision

Have you ever wondered how well your cat can see? Kitty’s vision is both better and worse than yours. Cats can see better in the dark than we can: they only need about a sixth of the light that humans require. When it comes to color, however, we have superior vision. Fluffy, it turns out, is a bit colorblind. She’s also slightly nearsighted.

Common Eye Issues

There are many eye conditions which can affect your furball’s peepers. Conjunctivitis, glaucoma, cataracts, keratitis, and third eyelid issues are a few of the more common ones. Many of these ailments can be treated with eye drops or medication. You’ll need to visit your vet for a prescription, however, as you’ll need to get a product specifically made for kitties. Never use medicine made for humans on your cat, unless your vet specifically recommends it.

Caring For Your Kitty’s Eyes

Keeping up with your feline pal’s scheduled checkups and vaccinations will help ensure that those cute little peepers are in good shape. At home, you don’t have to follow any strict routines for eye care, you should keep Fluffy’s eyes free of any gunk or crusts. To clean Kitty’s eyes, use a damp cotton ball and gently wipe the goo away.

Symptoms of Eye Problems

You’ll want to inspect your feline friend’s eyes regularly. Watery discharge, redness, tearstains, closed eyes, and redness are a few common symptoms of eye problems in cats. Another thing which can be a sign of eye trouble is a visible third eyelid. You might catch a glimpse of Fluffy’s third eyelid when she opens or closes her eyes, but otherwise, you shouldn’t be able to see it. If you do see anything unusual, contact your vet immediately.

Do you know or suspect that your kitty may be having eye problems? Please contact us if we can be of assistance. As your Cedar Park veterinary clinic, we are here to help!

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