Cat Eye Injury

Cats take care of their eyes with great conscientiousness. Ocular injuries are relatively rare, even among old quarrelsome cats with scars from glorious fights. However, in some cases, they do happen and checking it out is not easy. The most affected ones are males in time of heat. When, all of a sudden, appears an eye that wont open or is swollen, then you should suspect it has an injury. If you dare to inspect, you have to separate the eyelid delicately and the eyeball has to be checked out with a flashlight that illuminates it indirectly. Must do it quickly because it displeases them. Eye injuries require an intensive treatment by a veterinarian.     

In case of injuries, use of inadequate medicine, with cortisone, can dramatically delay treatment. It is also harmful to wash and wipe the eyes. In many cases, the eyeball is intact and injury is only on the eyelid. It’s true that the cutaneous tissue has an extraordinary tendency to heal, but animals can’t lick itself in that area. Sometimes when it rubs it, it irritates and can even get unnecessary scratches. In some occasions, veterinarians must suture. It is important to treat eye wounds very carefully. Any wound ends up healing, but it can constantly shed tears. 

Foreign bodies
It’s hard to find a foreign body in a cat, since they are careful animals, such as cereal beard, spines or other similar objects. However, you can think there is something if you see one eye shed tears and it closes, same as when it has some injury.

The inspection will be done as described before; the only problem is that the diagnosis will only be reliable if some foreign body is found. You can try to take out whatever it has if you have good sight, skilful hands and a very calm cat. Small cotton balls are practical for this. With them, you can try to take out delicately what they have. If nothing has been found previously, I dissuade passing the cotton ball below the eyelid. I consider it to be a torture for the animal. If you don’t obtain immediate results, put an end to the test. In effect, the irritated eye can swell up and the veterinarian as a last option will have the worst part and not even to mention what the animal suffers.

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