Vet should look at change in cat’s eye

Boston Herald - - THE EDGE | ADVICE - By DR. JOHN DE JONG ASK THE VET Dr. John de Jong Got a ques­tion for Dr. John? Send it to ask­thevet@ boston­her­ald.com. Got a ques­tion for Dr. John? Send it to ask­thevet@ boston­her­ald.com.

My 5-year-old ex­otic short­hair cat re­cently de­vel­oped a change in her left eye color. The eye looks darker and al­most has a cloudy ap­pear­ance to it. She doesn’t seem to be in much pain. She is not squint­ing at all. There is no red­ness, and there is no dis­charge from the eye. What could be go­ing on? Can a cat’s eye change col­ors as she gets older? Is there much that can be done about it?

I would need to see what is go­ing on be­fore I could make a di­ag­no­sis. I sug­gest you not mess around and take your cat to see your vet­eri­nar­ian. While a cat may be born with two dif­fer­ent col­ored eyes, it is not com­mon for eye color to change in a ma­ture cat. If one eye is af­fected, it may be a sign of a prob­lem. More typ­i­cally, a change that one per­ceives in eye color could be a sign of an in­fec­tion, but other is­sues could be go­ing on as well, in­clud­ing au­toim­mune dis­or­ders, viruses and more. You also men­tion that the eye ap­pears cloudy. This sug­gests to me that the eye has a con­di­tion known as an­te­rior uveitis. This in­flam­ma­tory con­di­tion should be ad­dressed and can usu­ally be re­solved with a course of eye med­i­ca­tion in the form of drops or oint­ments. I’m sure your vet­eri­nar­ian or a ve­teri­nary oph­thal­mol­o­gist can fig­ure this out. Don’t de­lay. Have it seen. Good luck.

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