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

Canberra Cat Vet Blog

Sore eyes?

Thursday, February 14, 2019
                                                                                                                                                                       Poor Mali has cat flu, very common in young kittens when they face a new home, new people, and travel. Stress later in life may bring on another bout - or it may not.

Herpesvirus, one of the causes of cat flu, hides in the nerve root behind the eye and comes out when kittens and some older cats are stressed. In mild cases, and particularly when the cat has been vaccinated, they only suffer a few days of a watery eye and sadness.

In severe cases the virus causes ulcers on the eye and occasionally loss of the eye. The eye is squeezed closed and the discharge thickens. The cat may go off her food and hide.

Whether the bout of flu is mild or severe the kitten or cat needs treatment. The eye is painful and the virus makes them feel unwell.

Fight wounds, Chlamydia and Mycoplasma infections, and trauma also cause sore eyes in cats. Any eye disease must be treated promptly to avoid loss of sight or the eye.

We prescribed lubrication drops for Mali's eyes, pain relief and an antibiotic because we suspected a Chlamydial as well as herpesvirus infection. If he has another bout we will consider an antiviral drug as well.

Search Blog

Recent Posts


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


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