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My cats eye has been draining clear fluid for a week

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My cat's eye has been draining clear fluid for a week or two. I did not worry since the liquid was clear but two days ago, the fluid became cloudy and a green mucus was located within the fluid. What could be the diagnosis for the cat's condition? What should be my first steps?
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  ChristineLVT replied 8 years ago.

I'm sorry to hear about your cat. It may have been something that settled in her eye which has now caused an obvious infection. If attempting to treat at home you want to be very careful first of all that the eye continually looks better through treatment, and no signs of rubbing at it, reddening worse, or cloudiness appear in the eye.

You should rinse the eye with saline, like that found in regular contact lens solution, and do not let the tip of the container touch the eye. Rinse well, so whatever started this issue may be rinsed out.

You can also find an ophthalmic antibiotic ointment at a pharmacy: like terramycin, triple antibiotic (neo/poly/bac), etc. Ask the sales people if you need help, but it does need to be safe for the eye, not a topical one for skin. After rinsing the eye, apply the ointment 3 times a day (every 8 hrs) for 10 to 14 days.

This is likely conjunctivitis, but could also be a scratch or ulcer forming and if not starting to clear up in a couple of days, you'll need a vet to check it. It is always possible some debris or litter settled in your cat's eye, and did cause a scratch.

Best of luck, and let me know if I can help further.


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