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Cats Eye Problems

Cats eyes are very important and cat owners should always keep a look out for cats eye problems. So why are they so important to a cat? If you take a dog for instance, a dog gets around by it's strong sense of smell as well as sight. Now take a cat - cats are hunters and they completely depend upon their eyes to exercise and stay healthy/fit.

There are a number of different tell tale signs that can tell you that there are cats eye problems happening. The most obvious is if you see them pawing at their eye - this can also be a little dangerous as they use their claws. If they start blinking furiously and you notice the eye watering then this is another sign of cats eye problems.

If you examine cats eyes closely you will notice that they have a very 'alien' second eyelid ( they look pretty cool actually!!! ). If this second eyelid is showing more than normal then you could be looking at cats eye problems. The correct terminology for this second eyelid is referred to as it's 'nictitating membrane'.

If you need to examine the cats eye closely then you should be very careful when doing it. Find a room that does not get to much daylight and get hold of a small flashlight. You must hold the cat and swiftly flash the light into it's eye. Now, cats are not really going to like this so you must take precautions. The best thing to do is wrap their body in a bathroom towel or an old suitcase to stop them from panic moving.

Have you ever heard of 'pink eye'? This can be very painful and distressing for cats. A mucus discharge usually comes with pink eye - it is very closely related to conjunctivitis and can become quite a problem. If the eye does not discharge mucus but instead seems very 'cloudy' then you could be looking at Glaucoma.

If you are familiar with the breed of cat called the Siamese cat you would have noticed that they are slightly boss-eyed or cross-eyed. Now this is fairly common in this breed of cat but if you notice it happening in other breeds of cats then it could point to eye muscle problems.

All of the above start off small and relatively you will not really notice them. Make sure you check your cats eyes on at least a monthly basis to prevent cats eye problems.


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