How do Cat’s get Conjunctivitis?

24 Apr 2019

April 24, 2019

Conjunctivitis is easily passed from cat to cat so it is possible that cats coming in touch with an affected cat will also get the condition, especially in a multi cat household.

Conjunctivitis is generally viral in origin and can be caused by the presence of feline herpes virus in the affected cat or other viral infections. If a cat has a compromised immune system or regular contact with other cats that are prone to viral infections can lead to developing this condition which is referred to as “pink eye”, due to the sore and irritated appearance simply it is an inflammation of the conjunctiva, or the outer layer of the eye.

In some cases, conjunctivitis is bacterial rather than viral which can be caused by irritation such as a foreign body within the eye, or by external allergen or allergic reaction or respiratory tract infection such as coughs and colds, can also be from allergies like grass and pollen, smoke or chemicals.

Conjunctivitis is the inflammation of the moist tissues in a cat’s eye which are the portions of the eye located near the globe and up to the edge of the cornea the front part of the eye which can discharge fluid and other uncomfortable symptoms such as persistent squinting, regular and excessive blinking, eye discharge, redness of the eye tissue, fluid build up in the eye or upper respiratory infection.

Treatment for Conjunctivitis salty warm water can help with bathing the eye a few times a day and eye lotion for cats to kill off the bacteria.

How to Reduce the Risks? You can make sure your cat is vaccinated against the main transmissible feline conditions such as feline influenza, if a cat is affected isolate from the rest of the cats. If you discover a cat is sensitive to certain food ingredients limit and change diet. Cat antibiotics may need to be considered if all else fails usually the eye will clear up within a week.