Eye boogers, should you worry?
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.