Causes of Kitten Eye Infection

If you have a cat and notice that its eyes start to tear up more than usual, you may want to visit a veterinarian in case there is an infection happening. Slightly thicker excrete is a certain sign of infection, which can develop suddenly or in stages. Depending on the cause, it can be watery, thick or even bloody. A general rule of thumb here is that the higher the amount of excrete, more serious the condition is. There are several condition which may cause your cat’s eye to excrete some pus so we’ll discuss this issue today in detail.

What causes my kitten’s eye to excrete pus?

Common causes of kitten eye infection include obstruction of the tear canal due to a genetic disorder, extreme production of tears due to irritation or inflammation of the surface structures of the eye, glaucoma, trauma, dry eye syndrome or other correlated infections. It’s necessary to mention some less common causes such as bacteria or virus caused infections, as well as allergies, exposure to chemicals, wind, dust or smoke irritation. With allergic conjunctivitis there is an equal redness in both eyes, issues with tearing up, burning in the eyes and itchiness; most animals experience rhinitis, which further increases the intensity of itchiness and therefore the cat will rub it. Cats generally tend to get an infection caused by conjunctivitis which is an inflammation of the gentle membrane connecting eye tissue. Dust or pollen falling into the eye are most common causes of this.

Specific diagnostic procedures are essential in order to precisely determine what caused the eye infection in the first place and these include the following: a complete ophthalmologic examination of the eyelids, cornea, anterior and conjunctiva as well as posterior chambers of the eye. Schirmer eye test is widely available in veterinary clinics too. In case of complications, there are additional diagnostics to be done, such as complete blood count test as well as blood biochemistry test to identify some of the existing diseases which might correlate to the infection.

Treatment methods are semi-effective

Specific therapy of this eye infection highly depends on what caused it to begin with. There are numerous reasons for this to happen, as we’ve mentioned before. Allergic conjunctivitis is treated by allergy treatment and may disappear on its own once the allergen has been eliminated. In case the condition is not treated timely and appropriately it can advance into a chronic condition. Due to the long-lasting excrete changes on the area below the eye start to show up, while eye lashes begin to fall out. An all parts of the eye there are lymph follicles to be noticed, while inner eye becomes an accumulation area of a yellowish brownish excrete. Other structures of the eye may also become affected. So, even with antibiotic therapy it’s possible that the process will eventually repeat itself as the cause may be physical in its nature (such as wind, dust etc.). Therefore, it is necessary to improve your cat’s metabolism with proper diet.