Eye boogers, should you worry?

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CAT eye boogers are fairly nor­mal, and most of the time, your pet will wipe them away with a swipe of the paw.

“Fe­male cats usu­ally groom more than males,” notes Nur Aishah Ab­dul­lah, 26, vet­eri­nar­ian at An­i­mal Clinic in SS14, Subang Jaya. “If you see a black or brown flake here or there, that’s OK.”

“When the odd flake turns into a dis­charge, whether clear, yel­low­ish, green­ish or bloody, that’s a prob­lem. If it’s not seen to, your pet’s eyes will be­come puffy and swollen. If left un­treated, the ir­ri­ta­tion will in­crease and may lead to blind­ness.”

A dis­charge can be a symp­tom of a dis­ease such as a res­pi­ra­tory in­fec­tion, an eye dis­or­der, or an al­ler­gic re­ac­tion. In ad­di­tion, com­mon­place ir­ri­ta­tions can also be cul­prits for eye is­sues.

“Cats are cu­ri­ous and like to in­ves­ti­gate,” Nur Aishah smiles. “They might crawl un­der a cup­board and get into con­tact with dust, play in your bath­room and get soap in their eyes, or dive into the plants in your gar­den. Plus, they might get an in­sect bite near the eye.”

The im­por­tant things to re­mem­ber are these:

Never use hu­man medicine for your pet. An­i­mals and peo­ple have dif­fer­ent body chemistries; us­ing hu­man medicine on your pet can blind or kill. If you want to wipe, use clean wa­ter.

If you’re not sure, take the kitty to the vet. If you’re a new pet owner, or not cer­tain what you’re see­ing, then don’t take the risk of de­lay­ing. In the end, it can cost you much more.

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