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Old 12-28-2008, 05:08 PM
 
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My himalayan has yucky stuff in his eyes. I took him to the vet ASAP and she said he had a cold in his eye, gave me some stuff to put in it. Well now the one eye has gotten a little better but it is in the other eye now.

The area around his eyes looks like it is a little swollen and red.

I am not sure if that is normal as I have never had a cat with a cold. I wondered if anyone had any knowledge on something like this.
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Old 12-28-2008, 05:52 PM
 
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I have had cats that needed eye drops before, but I've never heard of it referred to as a cold in the eye. Just some sort of conjunctivitis, is what my vet calls it.
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Old 12-28-2008, 06:18 PM
 
Location: Gilbert, AZ
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Never had this happen before or heard of it. I hope your kitty recovers quickly and is feeling better
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Old 12-28-2008, 07:09 PM
 
Location: California
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A discharge that is thick, sticky or mucus like, along with red inflamed eye is usually conjunctivitis, also known as Red Eye. If it is a clear discharge without the redness or pain it usually means a problem with the tear drainage system. Never heard it called a "cold" .
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Old 12-29-2008, 07:31 AM
 
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LOL.. I told the vet that I thought it was conjunctivitis but then she said 'it is a cold in his eye'. I asked if it was contagious because I have 3 other cats and she said 'no'. So far the other cats have had no problem, but he now has it in his other eye.

I wonder if she was trying to simplify it by saying 'cold'.

Shelbygirl.. it was yucky stuff (kind of like yucky snot) and the eye lids were all red and looked swollen.
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Old 12-29-2008, 07:39 AM
 
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LOL.. I told the vet that I thought it was conjunctivitis but then she said 'it is a cold in his eye'. I asked if it was contagious because I have 3 other cats and she said 'no'. So far the other cats have had no problem, but he now has it in his other eye.

I wonder if she was trying to simplify it by saying 'cold'.

Shelbygirl.. it was yucky stuff (kind of like yucky snot) and the eye lids were all red and looked swollen.
What medicine did she give you? Antibiotic ? If the discharge is contains mucus or pus...it usually suggests a bacterial infection.
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Old 12-29-2008, 10:41 AM
 
Location: Ocean Shores, WA
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If the discharge is contains mucus or pus...it usually suggests a bacterial infection.
If it's a watery discharge, it might be a viral infection. There are many of these, mostly herpes variants. They are recurring symptoms from a prior infection and will come and go on their own. There is no cure and the only treatment, which is not universally accepted, is to supplement the diet with Lysine which supposedly increases the immunity to viral infections.

However, anti-biotic eye drops or ointment is often prescribed during these outbreaks to guard against or treat secondary bacterial infections.
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Old 12-29-2008, 01:51 PM
 
Location: DC
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My cat had that when she came from the shelter as a kitten. From what I read, it was most likely a "cold", which often ends with conjunctivitis. Apparently it's common, though whether it was bacterial or viral I'm not sure (probably bacterial, given the antibiotics). Calling it a "cold in her eyes" was probably just simplifying it. I had her on antibiotics and eye cream for a few weeks. I don't know if it's necessarily contagious to other cats (I think it's mostly harmful for kittens or cats who are already sick).
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Old 12-29-2008, 05:26 PM
 
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I am putting vitropolycin in his eye. Today, the one eye is back to normal but the other one is still red and swollen.
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