Appointments: (02) 6251 1444
16-18 Purdue St, Belconnen, ACT
(Parking via Gillott Street)
Mon - Fri: 8:30am - 5:30pm
Saturday: 8:30am - 1:00pm
BOOK ONLINE NOW!

Canberra Cat Vet Blog

Sore eyes

Thursday, November 22, 2018
                        Poor Mali's eye started running within days of arriving in his new home. His carers noticed that he was squinting and sad so they brought him in for a check.
It is very common for kittens and even adult cats to get one or two sore eyes when they are stressed. Mali had left his mum and brothers and sisters as well as his first home. Despite lots of love and care his new home was strange to him and he was understandably a bit stressed. Cats don't like change!
The feline herpesvirus behaves a bit like the human herpesvirus except that it hides out in the nerve to the eye. When the cat is stressed the virus is activated and moves to the window of the eye, the cornea. Human herpesvirus usually moves to the lips causing cold sores. Both human and feline herpesvirus lesions cause a lot of pain.
The feline herpesvirus produces ulcers on the surface of the cornea. The eye becomes red and watery, and the cat squints in pain. With veterinary care the ulcers usually resolve but occasionally they may rupture the eyeball or produce brown scabs on the cornea disrupting vision.
Mali's eye responded to treatment and he settled into his new home very well. Occasionally if something new comes into his environment his eye runs again but his carers know what to do and the virus rarely gets out of hand.


Search Blog

Recent Posts


Tags

pain relief heart disease urinating outside litter hairball high blood pressure ACT virus hearing holidays hard faeces inflammatory bowel disease desexing hunched over introductions cat worms litter box hungry sun odour diet urinating hunter skin cancer hyperactive pill mental health of cats check-up signs of pain flu asthma kidneys stress slow tumour free antiviral urinating on curtains or carpet runny nose conflict restless wobbles cat vet rough play best veterinarian skin tick cryptococcosis physical activity aggressive allergy, desex ulcerated nose eye ulcer rash runny eyes cage whiskers litter paracetamol New Year's Eve diarrhoea hiding string birthday spray vaccination training enemies change lymphoma furball learning tradesmen lilly paralysis tick new kitten poisoning panadol body language brown snake open night sucking wool fabric blind feline enteritis ribbon overweight new year cat history snot sneeze mycoplasma hyperthyroidism cancer pica vet visit lily crytococcosus plants rigid head pheromone diuretics lame pain rolls cough calicivirus pet pet insurance Hill's Metabolic snake painful hypertrophic cardiomyopathy pain killer attack comfortis off food xylitol grass breeder pred enteritis AIDS cystitis permethrin arthritis moving cat fight twitching depomedrol mass marking abscess behaviour ulcers fear cortisone visit prey water exercise cranky blood test joints cat containment introducing biopsy diabetes adipokines home visit eye infection senses sore kidney disease sensitive fluid pills plaque bite worms RSPCA senior health check holes in teeth urine spraying straining gasping activity feline AIDS dental check panleukopaenia insulin appointment strange behaviour groom dental treatment tablet intestine blockage computer spey euthanasia liver anaemia feliway award sick advantage poisonous plants collapse decision to euthanase house call indoor cats mouth breathing sore ears meows a lot food puzzles lick fits changed open day kitten play snakebite vocal worming discount radioactive iodine kitten lilies roundworm fleas holiday constipation nails enclosure aggression best vet client night toxic kibble checkup mince blindness echocardiography hole anxiety seizures eyes return home old cat panadeine behaviour change urination microchip foreign body weight heavy breathing sore eyes toxins wet litter poisonous cta fight massage wool bladder yowling vision grooming appetite hunters castration christmas noisy breathing love competition introduce abscess,cat fight vaccine thirsty dental wet food teeth vomit prednisolone blood opening hours poison in season annual check FORLS carrier kidney new cat herpesvirus allergy not eating tapeworm fireworks hypertension flea prevention examination nose scabs dymadon obesity best cat clinic unwell stiff revolution head when to go to vet cat enclosures IBD Canberra poisons panleukopenia flea treatment information night gifts snuffles unsociable train hunting FIV holes African wild cat heaing jumping fever weight loss aerokat sense of smell blocked cat on heat petting cat socialisation cat outdoor cat panamax old Canberra Cat Vet kitten deaths catoberfest goodbye snuffle thyroid sensitive stomach salivation spraying urine photo competition paralysed bad breath thiamine deficiency chlamydia dehydration pancreatitis vomiting sick cat scratching post dementia fight tartar scratch pet meat scale blue aspirin best clinic blood pressure touch cognitive dysfunction introduction cat friendly rub snakes corneal ulcer antibiotics fat kittens bed cat flu polish blood in urine bump itchy drinking a lot stare into space home paralysis sudden blindness headache obese feline herpesvirus furballs drinking more weight control cat behaviour eye renal disease scratching skinny dry food ulcer breathing difficult snake bite hospital cat enclosure thirst face rub dilated pupils tooth bladder stones lump

Archive

A calm, quiet haven for cats and their carers staffed by experienced, cat loving vets and nurses.

Canberra Cat Vet 16-18 Purdue St Belconnen ACT 2617 (parking off Gillott Street) Phone: (02) 6251-1444

Get Directions