Cat Eye Discharge
 

Cat Eye Discharge  

MURZBO
Originally Answered: Cat Eye Discharge

Coming from left eye only small amount of discharge in the corner typically after sleeping here's what it looks like btw he's right by the balcony so there's a bit of breeze hence some squinting but besides the discharge he seems his normal cute cuddly mischievous self.  Thanks Dr Woodnutt and Dr Wooten and Mallory anyone else want to chime in feel welcome here's what it looks like see if this looks familiar or any idea what it is https://youtu.be/Ub7VeQNpyjc


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MURZBO
Originally Answered: Cat Eye Discharge

One more thing like 3 days ago he was sleeping on his bedding blanket sideways which was full of fur and dander I think he might have gotten some of it in his left eye I had to shake hair dander off and toss it in the washing machine 


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Dr. Chris Vanderhoof, DVM, MPH
Originally Answered: Cat Eye Discharge

Hey there, I'd be happy to chime in on this for you. First off, what a great-looking cat you have!

I had a look at the video you attached and I can appreciate the very small amount of discharge in the left eye. If this is something you're only noticing after prolonged periods of rest or sleep, it can be a normal build up of material called rheum (or sleep crust more commonly), which is kind of a collection of mucus, skin cells, oils, and tears. My own cats have a little bit of this material on occasion too.

Usually when a kitty is active, normal blinking functions in constantly lubricating the eyes and washing this material away. During prolonged periods when the eyes are closed, the material can collect at the inner part of the eye. It's usually a very small amount of crust or a little clear or white mucoid material. It could occur in just one, or both eyes. 

It sounded from your description that you're not seeing this at other times or throughout the day, so that seems likely.

If, however, you did continue to see discharge throughout the day, and certainly if it developed a green or yellow color, we could have a concern about a separate medical problem. This could include an abnormality with the tear duct or infection or inflammation of the eye and surrounding tissues. Any true squinting especially can indicate pain or discomfort and if coupled with some of those other abnormal signs, would warrant an exam with your vet to determine the underlying cause.

Based on your video and description, monitoring this is probably fair, unless you were to see any persistence or worsening. I hope that's helpful for you.

Kind Regards,

Chris Vanderhoof, DVM, MPH


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