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my cats third eyelids are showing in both eyes. vet said this

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my cats third eyelids are showing in both eyes. vet said this could be cat flu and gave him antibiotics, but 1 week later there is no change. he isnt off food and drinking plenty of fluids. he still likes to go out wondering for a few hours per day and doesnt have a problem going to the toilet. i have another cat that doesnt seem to have this happening to her.
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. John replied 6 years ago.
Hello. Thanks for writing in. There are multiple causes of third eyelid protrusion in cats. It can be related to pain associated with the eye (such as a corneal ulcer), a neurologic condition called Horner's syndrome (usually affects one eye), tumors in the area, a congenital problem or tranquilization. In this case, though, with everything else being normal, I suspect it may be a condition called Haws syndrome. It is a neurologic problem that is thought to be related to mild gastrointestinal issues. It usually resolves in 3-4 weeks and causes no ill side effects. If everything else is normal, I would continue to watch him for a few weeks to see if it resolves. It not, a recheck at your vet may be in order. The website below will have a lot more information for you about third eyelid protrustion in cats. Please let me know if you have any other questions. Hope this helps.
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