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Does your cat cry?
If you notice a watery discharge from your cat's eyes, the cause of this "crying" could come from several sources, such as scratches on the cornea, to conjunctivitis (an inflammation of the membrane inside the eyelid), or from an allergic reaction. Besides the weepy, watery eyes, if your cat has an eye problem, she'll let you know by rubbing or blinking excessively, or you will be able to see an irritation around the eyes or eyelid.
Home treatments are available to help relieve the problem, but if the condition doesn't go away, consult your veterinarian. If your cat will not let you touch her eye, or if she's holding her eye closed, call the vet immediately.
If you notice a gunky discharge from your cat's eyes, it could be conjunctivitis or pinkeye. The skin around his eyelids will be reddish and crusty. Soak a wash cloth in warm water and wring it out. Gently wipe away the discharge from both eyes.
If you're pet is the calm type, try holding a clean portion of the warm cloth against his closed eyes for a few minutes, sort of like what you do when you have a headache. Do this and the wiping with the warm wash cloth as often as your pet seems to need it on the first day. After that, do it twice a day until the condition improves. Call your Vet for advice, in case further treatment is required.
If you think your cat's eye problems are stemming from an allergic reaction, take a look around the house to see what could be causing it. Is it the new food you recently switched to? Or could it be that new blanket or bed you got him for his birthday? Change the stimulus to see if this fixes the problem.
Try Serene-um to calm your cat so that you can treat his eyes, but if your cat won't let you near his eyes, or his eyes are closed then, consult your Vet immediately.
Ian M. Stewart is the Senior Writer for Pet Food Express.com. He lives in Oakland, Ca. with his wife, two cats and dog.