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Taking care of my cat’s eyes

26 October 2021

Even though it has effective cleaning and defense systems, the eye is a fragile organ. It is therefore essential to maintain your cat’s eyes regularly!

Your cat’s eyes may become sensitive in certain seasons or environments. It may then be necessary to clean them regularly in order to eliminate impurities. Find out how often, and which products to use, to clean your cat’s eyes.

Why should you clean your cat’s eyes?

Your cat’s eye is equipped with its own natural protection consisting of three eyelids and tear glands which help protect it from dust or other foreign objects. However, this protection system is not necessary infallible. 

Your cat’s eyes may become irritated, itchy, or sore when exposed to dust, pollen, and dirt. Regularly cleaning your cat’s eyes helps to reduce impurities and reduce the risk of ocular injury and infection.

Caring for your cat’s eyes

It is important to take care of your cat’s eyes, but it is essential to do it correctly with suitable eye cleansers. Cleaning is done about once or twice a week, or even more in some individuals. Compresses, or cotton discs, are recommended. Other accessories could have harmful particles, which come off during the treatment.
To wipe the outside of the eye, soak the compress with physiological saline, eye solution, or even antiseptic lotion prescribed by your veterinarian. This loosens and cleans the hair around the eyes and helps soothe the eye. Inside the eye, use eye drops intended for this purpose, if possible recommended by your veterinarian.

Eye symptoms that require the advice of a veterinarian

If your cat’s eyes are itchy, appear irritated, red, or they are showing signs of discomfort or pain, then contact your veterinarian as soon as possible. Signs of ocular pain may be squinting, excessive blinking, holding the eye closed, or an abnormal discharge (yellow or green in color). Your veterinarian will assess your cat’s eyes and may prescribe suitable medication to treat infections, reduce inflammation, and manage discomfort.

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