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Sun, May 26, 2024
Eye
Squinting
Discharge

He’s been squinting his eye for about three days. He is able to open it completely for about a minute or two but then he squints it again. He’s still active and eating his usual amount of food


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The fact that he can open his eye fully for short periods suggests that the discomfort may be intermittent or that the eye is responding to light or other stimuli.

If the squinting persists, you can try to create a comfortable environment by ensuring your cat is not exposed to irritants like smoke, dust, or strong winds, which could exacerbate the issue. Keep the living area clean and free of small particles that could further irritate the eye.

It's important to prevent your cat from scratching or pawing at the affected eye, as this could cause further damage. If you notice your cat trying to scratch, an Elizabethan collar (cone) may be necessary to prevent self-trauma.

Be on the lookout for more severe symptoms that would necessitate immediate veterinary attention. These include a significant increase in discharge, especially if it's green or yellow or the eye becomes red and inflamed. Also, if the eye or surrounding tissue swells, if your cat becomes lethargic, stops eating, or shows any signs of pain such as crying out or retreating when the eye is approached, these are signs that the condition may be worsening and requires professional care.

In the meantime, ensure your cat stays hydrated and continues to eat, as maintaining normal behavior is a good sign of overall health. If the squinting does not improve or worsens, or if any of the more severe symptoms I mentioned appear, it would be prudent to seek veterinary care as soon as possible.

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