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Caring for Your Cat's Eyes


green cat eyesA lot of cat owners take for granted how amazing their pet’s eyes really are, and specifically how clean they tend to be. A lot of dog owners will be quick to lament their pet’s weepy eyes, but cats don’t usually have the same problem. Still, they’re not exempt from getting some eye drainage now and then. Here’s what you should know about your cat’s eyes and how to clean them if need be.


Cats, like humans, have a simple pair of eyelids that open and close vertically to shield them from light or dust or what have you. However, unlike humans, cats have an extra eyelid called the haw lid that moves horizontally across the eye from the nose-side and is used to help avoid most instances of dust, dirt, and makes for an even more peaceful rest.


Because of that extra eyelid, cats aren’t known to have a lot of problem with grit in their eyes as the haw lid protects them, though there may be times when you’ll have to clean your cat’s eyes nonetheless. In these instances, you’ll need nothing more than a clean cotton swab, perhaps some diluted eye wash, or some cooled boiled water. All you’ll have to do is wash the eye out like normal and swab the eye if need be, though woe be upon the individual that has to do this to their kitty. Knowing how much they freak when being forced to take a pill, get their nails clipped, or take a bath, the hell a eye-washed cat will unleashed is frightening. Most times it’s best to just let their tear ducts work things out.


As previously mentioned, cats don’t usually have the problem of weepy eyes in the same way that a basset hound owner will mention having to clean eye goop from the former of their pooch’s eyes. This is less true for breeds with very flat faces, such as Persians or Himalayans though as their eyes are, well, less efficient at doing the job. Beyond that, it is still possible for a cat to have a blocked tear duct, so you’ll need to once again go in with your eye washing kit and endure the suffer that will most likely bring.


Something to note though is that even though you won’t typically have to worry about your cat’s eyes, they are a good first indicator that something else is wrong in terms of illness. If you check your kitty’s eyes and see that one has the haw lid covering it, that could just indicate some dust or dirt, but both eyes having the haw lid covering them may mean illness. If the haw lids don’t retract within a day or so, it’s time to take your pet to the vet.


Cats are lucky with their eyes, and cat owners are just as lucky as they’ll rarely need to clean out their cat’s eyes. But you should still be aware that someday the stars will align and you’ll have to wash out your kitty’s tear ducts. Good luck to you when that day comes!



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