Fri, Dec 22, 2023

He ran off the other day and he got back and he had his big old two holes in his eye like something bit him in his eye and it looks pretty bad he won't eat and he won't drink

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The symptoms you've described suggest that your cat may have encountered a traumatic event while outside, possibly involving an altercation with another animal or an accident that resulted in injury to the eye. Such injuries can lead to complications like infection, abscesses, or even more severe internal damage to the eye structures.

Keep your cat in a quiet, safe space away from any stressors to help reduce anxiety and prevent further injury. And he may try to scratch or rub the injured eye, which can worsen the condition. You may need to use an Elizabethan collar (cone) to prevent this.

Encourage your cat to drink water by offering fresh water or enticing him with ice cubes or a dripping faucet. If he refuses to eat his regular food, you can try offering a strong-smelling wet food or a little bit of tuna juice to stimulate his appetite.

And, even if cats do not eat for at least 48 hours, they will develop fatal liver damage (hepatic lipidosis).

It's crucial to recognize when immediate veterinary care is needed. If you observe any of the following, take your cat to a veterinarian or emergency animal hospital right away:

- The eye injury appears to be worsening or is bleeding.
- There is a visible foreign object in the eye that you cannot gently remove.
- The lack of appetite persists for more than 24 hours, or there is no water intake, as this can lead to dehydration.
- The eye or surrounding tissue swells significantly, or there is a foul odor, which could indicate infection.

Prompt professional evaluation and treatment are essential for eye injuries to prevent long-term damage or loss of vision. I would recommend taking him to the hospital if possible to determine his exact condition.

If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to come back to us! Thank you.