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Paper Roses Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-09-11 06:52 AM
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Anyone know of a wiping product that will remove discoloration
around my kitty's eye?
Her left eye weeps and the fur around the inside corner of her eye is discolored. She has no health problem but this discoloration on white fur is unattractive.

Thanks for any hints.

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CountAllVotes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-09-11 12:01 PM
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1. that could be feline herpes
There is no cure for this.

My old cat that is 18 years old has this and it requires bathing the eye with warm water several times a day.

Stock up on organic cotton balls.

You can try getting your kitty to take l-lysine which is supposed to help.

However, my old kitty won't eat anything that has this in it. :(

Best of luck.


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TorchTheWitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-09-11 06:57 PM
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2. Your cat has a health problem
Normal eyes don't weep. There is definitely some kind of problem going on if only one of the eyes is weeping. This needs to be dealt with by a vet. If the cat has already been seen about this issue by the vet and declared that there's nothing wrong, get thee to another vet. Left untreated the cat could go blind in that eye or even lose the eye all together or worse and VERY quickly. Don't screw around with eye weirdness. This may be nothing more than a simple infection or foreign matter in the eye, but a simple eye problem left untreated can cause blindness or worse. But the simple fact that one eye is weeping means there IS a health problem of some sort and it must be addressed and quickly.

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CountAllVotes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-10-11 09:18 AM
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3. this is very true and good advice
I've taken my old kitty to the vet numerous times for her eye problem. It started in one eye and has spread to the other eye. I was worried because yes, you are very right, it could be something very serious!

Dummy me for not stating to take the cat to a vet! :dunce:

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TorchTheWitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-11-11 04:52 AM
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4. I learned this the hard way
One of my dogs I had years ago started with one eye getting a little drippy. I didn't think much of it since it didn't seem to bother him at all, there were no other symptoms, it was allergy season anyway, etc. I kept an eye on it for a few days, but it still struck me as odd that only one eye was doing it. I called the vet when after those few days of keeping an eye on it I noticed that when he was looking at me while standing in the darkened hallway that one eye was glowing a weird electric blue color I'd never seen before and it freaked me out. I called the vet in the morning, took him in that day and it was discovered he had an beastly type of eye infection and was already blind in that eye. I had to squirt this gooey antibiotic from a little tube in that eye for a couple of weeks every day to clear up the infection. Even then it was dicey as to whether or not he might end up losing the eye. We did one more round of the tube of gooey stuff in that eye and the eye cleared up fine, but the vision in it was permanently lost. For the rest of his life I had to keep a close watch on that eyeball to make sure nothing was going wrong with it, and luckily nothing more ever happened, so other than the fact he couldn't see out of it and it glowed that weird blue color in dark areas, it looked normal. You'd never know he couldn't see out of that eye. The only thing I ever noticed is that he was a little more hesitant when taking a step down because with only the one eye working he couldn't judge distance very well or very quickly all the time anymore. He was fine on a flight of stairs... it was just the first step that there was a wee bit of hesitation.

I learned a lot about eyeballs going through that, and they aren't all that different from animal to animal including humans. Though eyeballs have an amazing capacity to heal themselves generally speaking, seemingly small things can really screw them up badly with no real symptoms that would be likely to raise any alarms. I'm still a bit horrified that such a little thing that didn't seem like much of a symptom of a problem turned out to be something that made him blind in that eye in a few days and may have been cause to have lost the eye all together.

My last dog that I recently lost to cancer had drippy eyes all his life in the spring that was just allergies, but after the experience with the other dog years before it always worried me, and I was always keeping a close watch on them.

I think it's always best to err on the side of caution. I've probably made more seemingly silly phone calls to the vet for this and that than I can count, but there have been times when something seemingly silly turned out not to be so, and catching something in the beginning is the best way to fix a problem or keep it from becoming a problem. Better to be safe than sorry.

As for the fur discoloration... I do remember seeing something for just this purpose at the PetsMart the last time I was there before my doggie passed away recently. They went and rearranged the whole store, so I was trucking up and down nearly every aisle in the place searching for whatever the heck it was I was there for and noticed this stuff that was for dogs with white fur to take away that discoloration from normal eye moisture (I have noticed that on some white faced dogs or cats and it looks like certain breeds are more susceptible to these dark patches from normal eye moisture). I don't know if there was a different stuff for cats or if the stuff could be used on both or what, but I would think if such a thing exists for dogs there would be for cats as well. I only noticed it because the bottle had a picture of a really pretty fluffy white dog on it, and I'm sure I took a look at it just to look at the pretty dog. Other than that, all I really remember about it was that it was a rather smallish brown glass bottle, so I'd guess that maybe it's drops or you put a little on a cloth to wipe on the darkened fur or something like that though I suppose it could be something you mixed with water... I didn't really look at it enough to see how it worked since I picked it up to look at it for a silly reason anyway.

In any case, there is some kind of product that is made for this purpose, but I wouldn't try using it until you find out from the vet what's wrong with the eye and get that taken care of first. You might want to mention to the vet that you're interested in trying this stuff and ask when it would be ok to do that. They might even be able to recommend a particular product or tips in how to use it best or whether or not it's a good idea to use it at all.

Good luck with the kitty, and hope the eye problem isn't something serious.

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CountAllVotes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-11-11 12:58 PM
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5. thanks for your post
I wish there was more I could do for my old kitty. She's had this infection for several years now and as she ages, it is getting worse. The vet checked her out good and told me that the only treatment is the l-lysine for feline herpes virus.

Old kitty is a white cat and it is pretty awful looking. She actually comes and finds me when it is bothering her a lot for a good eye washing. After I bathe her eyes she goes running into the other room and claws on her cat scratcher being she feels so much better after wards.

Luckily, my other two cats do not have this virus and hopefully they won't contract it. It seems that the main culprit with this particular problem is likely age and a depressed immune system which comes with age. She's equivalent to an almost 88 year old human.

However, she is very active and is otherwise well. I just wish they could find something to help her.

Luckily, she does not have cataracts. It is difficult to know as she is an odd-eyed white cat (one blue eye and one green eye). I often wonder how much longer she'll live as she also has skin cancer from being all white. Lucky me -- I have two cats with this skin cancer problem being they are white in color overall.

Good advice and wow what a strange story that is about that blue eye thing. :scared:

Thanks again in any event.

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