How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask Dr. Schillig Your Own Question
Dr. Schillig
Dr. Schillig , Cat Veterinarian
Category: Cat
Satisfied Customers: 640
Experience:  Dr. Schillig has been practicing veterinary medicine for over ten years.
Type Your Cat Question Here...
Dr. Schillig is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

Bengal: my 5 month..month old..cloudy..his sight, appetite, or mood

Resolved Question:

Hi, I recently noticed that my 5 month old Bengal kitten's left pupil appears slightly opaque and almost cloudy. I noticed it about 3 days ago, and it doesn't seem to cause him pain or affect his sight, appetite, or mood, but I am worried that there could be something seriously wrong. His affected pupil dilates normally and doesn't seem any different from his other eye, except for the strange reflective color. While his normal pupil is black and dark, it is almost as you can see straight through the affected pupil and to the back of the eye, which is a somewhat opaque and marbly. If this problem doesn't improve within the next few days, I will take him to the vet to determine the cause, but in the meantime I was curious if anyone had any ideas what this could be, or any in-home treatment suggestions? Thanks.
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Dr. Schillig replied 6 years ago.



I am sorry to hear that your kitty is having this problem.


I would be most concerned about a problem in the lens of the eye, most likely a cataract. In a young kitten, this can frequently be addressed surgically if the retina is working normally.


You can get some idea of the function of the retina by flashing a bright light into the eye and seeing whether the pupil gets smaller. If it does, it implies that the retina has some function.


Here is a link to an article on cataracts:


I hope this helps!

As always, if you have further questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to ask them using the "reply" function.

Thank you,

Dr. Schillig

Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Sorry it took me so long to reply, I do appreciate your help. However, judging by the pictures you referenced of cataract problems, i do not think this is the issue with my kitten. His pupil is not completely taken over by a cloudy film, but instead looks like it is merely a slight white swirl on the back/inside of his pupil. It gives the eye a different, more reflective look in lamp light. I am still concerned by this, and I did try shining a bright light into his eye like you suggested, and he does in fact still have retina function and it doesn't seem like he is affected physically in any way by this abnormality. If you have any more suggestions, please let me know. Thanks again!
Expert:  Dr. Schillig replied 6 years ago.

Hello again,


The pictures on that page, now that I look at them, show only mature cataracts that affect the entire lens. Cataracts can be partial and only affect one section of the lens such as you describe.


I am glad to hear that he has good function and seems visible.

This being the case, if he seems comfortable, there is not likely to be anything that needs to be done unless something changes.


I would always encourage you to have him evaluated by your veterinarian or a veterinary ophthalmologist.


Good luck,

Dr. Schillig

Dr. Schillig, Cat Veterinarian
Category: Cat
Satisfied Customers: 640
Experience: Dr. Schillig has been practicing veterinary medicine for over ten years.
Dr. Schillig and 3 other Cat Specialists are ready to help you

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

  • The response from the Expert literally saved my cat's life. Thank you from the bottom of my heart -- I will recommend all of my friends to you!!! Lucia Rincon, Georgia
< Previous | Next >
  • The response from the Expert literally saved my cat's life. Thank you from the bottom of my heart -- I will recommend all of my friends to you!!! Lucia Rincon, Georgia
  • I will use your service again. I was very pleased with the response and the fact that you have a low cost option so that those of us on fixed income can have questions answered. I will also recommend you to others. Karen Jackson Heights, NY
  • You helped us to come to what we believe is a better next step in Jack's treatment, and hopefully have saved us $800!! Thanks again! Jack's Mom Tuscon, AZ
  • The vet said that the information and my following it will be what made the difference. Thanks again for being so very helpful. Tracy Grayson, LA
  • My oldest male cat had a seizure this evening. This site was the first place I could think of to go after the seizure had passed. Dr. Lucy was fantastic and she was spot on! Debbie USA
  • I must tell you I found this site by accident and was amazed when I asked a question of the Veteranians online. I wish I could have found it sooner it could have made such a difference in the outcome of my pet's surgery. However, I am passing along the information to my sister-in-law (a cat-rescue person who is also a nurse), and perhaps it will help someone else who may experience the same problem. The doctor who answered my question was amazing, and while it didn't come it time to change the outcome of my situation, it is reassuring to know the caliber of Vets/Doctors that you have at JustAnswer. Thank you for being there. Alice H. Jacksonville, Fl.
  • Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help. Mary C. Freshfield, Liverpool, UK

Meet The Experts:

  • Terri


    Feline Healthcare Expert

    Satisfied Customers:

    Expert in feline health and behavior. 20 years experience with cats.
< Last | Next >
  • Terri's Avatar


    Feline Healthcare Expert

    Satisfied Customers:

    Expert in feline health and behavior. 20 years experience with cats.
  • Dr. Gary's Avatar

    Dr. Gary

    Cat Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    DVM, Emergency Veterinarian; BS (Physiology) Michigan State Univ
  • Cher's Avatar


    Feline Specialist

    Satisfied Customers:

    Feline Healthcare & Behavior Specialist 40+ years Experience
  • Lori's Avatar


    Feline Healthcare

    Satisfied Customers:

    16 yrs health care mgmt & issues relating to cats, reproductive issues and multicat environments
  • Micki's Avatar


    Expert in cat behavior and health

    Satisfied Customers:

    Expert in cat medical and behavior issues.
  • Candy R.'s Avatar

    Candy R.

    Veterinary Technician

    Satisfied Customers:

    Practicing Veterinary Technician for 26 years.Former Veterinary Practice Owner, Technician Trainer
  • Theresa's Avatar


    A Voice for your Pet

    Satisfied Customers:

    19+ years in animal medicine as a veterinary technician