There can be many reasons for watery eyes in a cat. From problems with the eyeball itself to allergic problems. It is worth observing our cat regularly and in the event of eye problems, you should react quickly and go to the veterinarian.
Cats often have eye problems. One of the first symptoms that we can notice is the characteristic squint of the eye, its excessive tearing, and the secretion of purulent fluid.
Cats have lacrimal glands that are responsible for the proper lubrication of the eyeball. In the article “Do cats cry” you can find additional information on tear production and whether cats cry.
Excess production of tears by the lacrimal glands indicates problems with the eyeball. The most common diseases of the eyeball include:
- Corneal ulcer,
- Foreign body in eye,
Keratitis is caused by a bacterial, fungal or viral infection. In this case, the pet often suffers from pain and swelling around the eyelids. In addition, the animal characteristically blinks its eye, this symptom is caused by hypersensitivity to external factors and swelling around the eyeball. If you notice unusual symptoms that may indicate conjunctivitis, contact your veterinarian. We can drop or gently wash the area around the eye with boiled water before the visit.
Another medical problem that affects the constant tearing of the eyes is corneal ulceration, which is caused by damage to the cornea. The corneal ulceration can be caused by bacterial or fungal infection, deficiency of vitamins in the body, such as vitamin A, and mechanical damage. In the case of corneal ulceration, you should act immediately and do not underestimate the symptoms. If we quickly go to a specialist with our cat, there is a chance for full recovery after using appropriately selected medications.
Another reason for frequent watery eyes is a foreign body. In this case, if you notice them in the eye, you should quickly go to the vet. If there is an eyeball puncture, prompt intervention and the use of antibiotics are necessary to regenerate the damaged surface of the eye.
One very common cause that triggers excessive tear production is food allergies. In this case, after a thorough examination of the eyeball by a veterinarian and the diagnosis of allergies, an elimination diet should be implemented. You can read more about food allergies in cats in “Allergy in cats”.
In addition to excessive tearing, the accompanying allergy symptom may be a raid on the inside of the ear, and frequent scratching of the cat, and thus baldness on the body.