Conjunctivitis in cats: a frequent and "democratic" problem, because it does not look at either race or age. But look into the eyes, and it's about the eyes of our cats. Yes, the conjunctivitis in cats it should not be neglected at all, because it can degenerate creating serious damage, or be a symptom of other pathologies, just as dutifully to treat.
In the meantime, let's start by explaining what we mean when we say "conjunctivitis in cats". Which then does not differ much from "our" conjunctivitis. It is a inflammatory process which affects the membrane that covers the front surface of the eye and the inside of the eyelids. It is a "bad thing", so much so that it alters the physiological ocular defenses, creating fertile ground for more serious diseases, if not treated.
If it strikes without particular preferences, it cannot be denied that the conjunctivitis in cats it is more frequent if he runs around gardens and lawns, or if he is in contact with other animals, cats or dogs. The chances of infection in such situations inevitably increase. And the conjunctivitis in cats, does not play dice.
To realize that you are facing the conjunctivitis in cats at home, or on the street, just notice if you have, for example, frequent tearing, swollen or chapped eyelids. Or eyes that are red and swollen, so much so that it is difficult to keep them open completely. The inside of the eyes can even appear as bloodshot: other than vampire scenes!
In addition to the tears, the conjunctivitis in cats sometimes it also involves the emission of purulent liquids that leave ugly halos around the eyes and encrustations that do not make him scratch with his paws. Let's rather distract him with a nice one spring toy.
What if he suddenly becomes cross-eyed? Yes, with the conjunctivitis in cats this can also happen but it is only a consequence of the swelling, with the healing it resolves and everything returns as before. Let's face it, it's an alarm bell, but let's not get too alarmed. If a venus squint could give the feline, a questionable fact, it better be healthy first of all.
Among the symptoms of conjunctivitis in cats, if it is linked to an infection, respiratory troubles may also appear. This happens for Clamydial infections which manifests itself with signs of dyspnea: the so-called hunger for air.
If accompanied by other symptoms such as nasal discharge, inflammation and oral ulcers, fever, conjunctivitis could be instead of a pathology in itself, the manifestation of other different ones. For example, those that affect the respiratory system such as viral rhinotracheitis, the calicivirosis and, as already mentioned, thechlamydiosis.
In this case, action will be taken on the basic infection ... in this case, but in any case, it is good not to underestimate these symptoms and, noticing even one, take our cat to the veterinary. We avoid a lot of suffering an unnecessary aggravation of the situation with serious consequences if not treated in time.
There feline rhinotracheitis it is viral and dangerous especially for small kittens, it is transmitted by direct contact or by sneezing, but it does not reach us humans. Among the most common symptoms are a runny nose accompanied by sneezing, therefore, but also ulcers, both oral and corneal, as well as fever and diarrhea.
Similar signals can be seen with the Caliciviròsi, the therapeutic treatment is also similar, but unlike rhinotracheitis it does not involve a recurrence of stress-related attacks. There Chlamydiosis it is instead a microorganism similar to bacteria which, by infiltrating, damages the conjunctival tissues of the eye. Among the most recurrent symptoms here is the conjunctivitis in cats, often one-eyed, to begin with. This time we talk about contagion even to no human beings, without washing our hands, let's wash our hands, well, after applying the ointment to our cat.
If it is not linked to the aforementioned pathologies, however, why does the congintivitis in cats? For various reasons: from exposure to an irritant, allergy to a new household cleaner, from a cold to contact with pathogens. Almost always, however, the cause is related to the presence of viruses and bacteria.
Before you go to the vet - but let's go! - you can get an idea by observing the appearance of the eye. There conjunctivitis in cats with edema, tearing and redness it is probably of viral or allergic origin, otherwise, if del purulent liquid the origin is bacterial and the best idea is an antibiotic treatment so always rely on the veterinarian and avoid doing it yourself.
Before you act, remember two important things. No to eye drops for human use and be careful not to get infected. The former can have very serious effects on the feline's eye, aggravating the situation and lengthening the healing time. Instead, you can try with i homeopathic medicines such as eye drops based on Euphrasia officinalis (for acute conjunctivitis with lacrimation), Apis mellifica (for mucous secretions) or Mercurius solubilis (for abundant purulent secretions).
As for the contagion, the conjunctivitis in cats, it is the same as in humans, we can be infected, and it is not necessary to be so supportive to wash your hands thoroughly every time there has been contact with the infected cat. It is obviously also infectious towards other cats or dogs that live together or come into contact with our poor cat, so be careful not to have chain conjunctivitis.
If you really don't want to sit idle, facing one conjunctivitis in cats, we clean all the residues on its nose, but if you do not follow the correct procedures you risk worsening the infection further. Convinced to proceed, let's get one cotton swab dipped in warm water e chamomile or calendula, or saline solution. Firm but delicate hand, let's pass it very lightly and measuredly at most three to four times a day. A cotton cloth can also be used, but with even greater delicacy. And with the foresight to stay on topic.
As for drugs - and I never tire of repeating not to take initiatives - I begin to give an idea of what a good veterinarian can usually prescribe in the event of a conjunctivitis in cats. There are those for external use, like antibiotics and antihistamines, in various formats: creams, ointments or even drops. The dosage and methods of application are explained to us by the doctor, since it is a question of touching the irritated or infected part.
If the infection was viral or otherwise particularly violent, doctors might suggest oral intake of antiviral drugs. If you are having trouble convincing the wary feline, mixing them in the pope can be a good solution to not waste too much time. Note the stubbornness of cats, if sick, even more so. I recommend a nice and stainless bowl: it can put the cat in a good mood.
If, on the other hand, the ingestion is on an empty stomach, hoping that the cat will not be frightened, we use a small syringe without a needle, introducing the substance slowly into the cat's mouth, in the meantime it is better to reassure and distract him while reassuring him with caresses and sweet words.
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