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Watery eyes.

Species: Cat
Breed: Tabby cat
Age: 6-12 months
Minnie's eyes are very watery, she can't seem to keep them open and her nose is warm...she's snuggled next to me, which she rarely does...




Online vet, Dr. Marie

Dr. Marie replied:

Hi Diana. Let me ask you a few questions about Minnie first before I answer.

1. How is her appetite?
2. Is the discharge from her eyes clear or does it look yellow or green at all?
3. How long has she had these symptoms?
4. Is she sneezing at all?

Thanks



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Customer reply:

Thank you for your prompt reply Dr. Marie. :D


1. She's still hungry and eating

2. The discharge is clear

3. She's had the symptoms for 24 hours now

4. No she's not sneezing


Online vet, Dr. Marie

Dr. Marie replied:

OK, thanks for that information. It's going to be hard to say what is going on for sure without being able to examine Minnie but I'll give you some ideas. I can't give you a diagnosis over the internet but I can tell you some things to look for that will help you decide whether you need to see your vet.

The most common reason for a young cat to have runny eyes or have trouble opening her eyes is a mild upper respiratory tract virus. For some cats this can be very mild. She may develop some sneezing. If this is what she has then it can last a few days to a few weeks. As long as there is no green or yellow eye discharge and as long as she is eating well then no vet visit should be necessary.

The other thing that can cause squinting in both eyes is something called uveitis. Uveitis is inflammation in the eyes. It can have many causes. Often the cause is unknown. Some other serious viruses such as FIP can cause uveitis. Uveitis really isn't common though.

A scratch on the eye could cause these symptoms as well. But it's uncommon to see this affect both eyes. I have had cases though where both eyes were injured because of a burn. One cat had put her head in the steam from a kettle.

The most important thing for us to keep an eye on is her appetite. If you notice she doesn't want to eat then I'd have your vet take a look at her. And again, if there is a green or yellow discharge from the eyes or nose then she should be seen as this could mean an infection.

If she's still squinting like this in another 24 hours then I would have her checked just to be sure as well. There can be other possibilities and it's not always easy to say what is going on without me being able to see her.

I hope she improves soon!

Dr. Marie.



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