. WHAT PRODUCTS CAN BE USED TO CLEAN A CAT’S EYES?
USE CAT EYE CLEANERS (SPECIFIC PHYSIOLOGICAL SERUM, EYE DROPS,..)
To clean a cat’s eyes, it is essential to use a compressed eye solution (a kind of physiological cat serum) or suitable wipes (the use of Cotton is not recommended because it may “stuff” and deposit fibres on the eye), non-irritating, and which must have cleansing and antiseptic properties.
The advantage of a cat-eye solution is that it is perfectly suited to the pH of tears and contains antiseptics that eliminate bacteria present in contact with the eye and potentially pathogenic (antiseptics of the type sodium borate, methylene blue).
AVOID WATER, EVEN BOILED!
In this regard, it is not recommended to use water, even boiled, because it is not isotonic to the cat’s tears, not always of a suitable pH and it does not contain antiseptic products in its composition. As a result, water may increase eye irritation.
. HOW TO TREAT CONJUNCTIVITIS IN CATS?
CLEANING AND MAINTENANCE OF THE INFECTED EYE
Benign cat conjunctivitis is a superficial inflammation of the conjunctiva characterized by an irritated, red eye that secretes tears or mucus that is more or less purulent and fluid.
Good hygiene of the cat’s eye through the use of antiseptic cleaning solutions are usually sufficient to treat his common conjunctivitis, the use of eye gels with viscous properties, allowing in addition to protecting and lubricating the eye of your cat.
IF CONJUNCTIVITIS PERSISTS, CONSULT THE VETERINARIAN
Suppose the conjunctiva’s eye discharge and inflammation persist. In that case, we advise you to consult your veterinarian quickly to determine the cause of this conjunctivitis and prescribe the appropriate treatment to your cat’s eyes to keep your cat’s eyes healthy.
. HOW DO I PUT A EYE DROPS IN THE CAT’S EYE?
How to care for the cat’s eyes
- Before putting the eye drops, secretions that line the eyes should be removed with a compress soaked in a specific physiological eye solution (physiological cat serum) or cat cleaner wipes.
To put an eye drops in a cat’s eye, you must first keep it lying sideways on your lap or install it at a right height on a table (possibly asking for someone’s help).
- Flip the cat’s head back, prevent it from blinking by keeping its lower and upper eyelids apart with your free fingers.
- Bring the bottle of eye drops very close to the eye, obviously making sure not to touch the cornea. Squeeze the bottle and place the drops in the centre of the eye and release your cat’s head. By blinking the eyelids, it will spread the drops of eye drops all over the surface of the eye.
HOW TO PUT OINTMENT IN A CAT’S EYE?
STEP 1: CLEANING THE SECRETIONS
To put an ointment or gel in a cat’s eyes, removing the secretions around the eye is the first step (solutions or cleaning wipes).
STEP 2: KEEP THE CAT CALM
Your cat’s restraint will be the same as the one described above, having gentle, reassuring and precise gestures. Indeed, a cat hates to be kept despite itself, and the more you handle it abruptly, the more it will try to escape.
STEP 3: APPLICATION OF OINTMENT
To apply an ointment in the eye of a cat, hold the tube parallel to the lower eyelid, press it slightly to deposit the appropriate amount of ointment on the eyelid’s edge, obviously without touching the eye with the end of the tube! It may be necessary to massage both eyelids to distribute the ointment evenly over the eye.
HOW OFTEN DO YOU CLEAN YOUR CAT’S EYES?
It is customary to recommend cleaning your cat’s eyes at least 2 to 3 times a week. It is true that many cats groom themselves and that the character of each individual will define the frequency of care.
The frequency of cleaning may depend on several factors such as the length of the hairs and the anatomy of the face (Persian-type cats, for example, with the short face, are more prone to the flow of tears). A daily cleaning using cleaning solutions, compresses, eye wipes or specific gels will then be recommended.
HOW DO I KNOW IF A CAT IS GOING BLIND?
SIGNS OF BLINDNESS IN CATS
The most apparent sign of vision loss (blindness) in a cat is that it starts bumping into objects. A blind cat is disoriented and moves in its territory more slowly than usual. If blindness has appeared suddenly, the cat appears distressed and always frightened.
THE CAUSES OF THE CAT’S VISION LOSS
The leading causes of vision loss in cats include neurological conditions, trauma, glaucoma, eye tumours and high blood pressure (prevalent in hyperthyroidism in older cats).
CAT BLINDNESS TREATMENT: SEE YOUR VETERINARIAN URGENTLY
Whether it is united or bilateral, vision loss in a cat is an absolute emergency requiring consultation with a veterinarian to diagnose the underlying cause of blindness and prescribe appropriate treatment to help them regain sight.
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