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I have a problem with my cats eyes is there anyway to

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Hi, I have a problem with my cats eyes is there anyway to forward a photo?
JA: Hi there. I'll do all I can to help. Can you tell me a little more about the cat's situation? How long has this been a concern?
Customer: We just noticed it was a problem last night, I’ve noticed it before but I thought she was just sleeping she’s also had an eye infection as a kitten
JA: Have you spoken to a vet about the eye infection yet?
Customer: no we used Terramycin and it cleared up right away
JA: What's the cat's name?
Customer: twix
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know about Twix?
Customer: she’s had a litter of kittens that have the same eye infection she did as a kitten
Submitted: 14 days ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 14 days ago.

Hello, you are through to Dr Linda, a UK based vet with 10 years of clinical experience working out of West London. It will be my pleasure to help you today.

I'm sorry to hear to this and understand your concern for Twix.

You can attach a photo here.

Customer: replied 14 days ago.
This is her right now
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 14 days ago.

Thank you. sure.

Her 3rd eyelids are raised significantly.

There are several things that can cause this.

Is she up to date with her vaccines and wormer?

Customer: replied 14 days ago.
She’s not had any vaccines, she’s had working tablets
Customer: replied 14 days ago.
Worming * sorry
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 14 days ago.

Ok, thank you.

Do you know when she was last wormed and what was used?

Does she have loose stool?

Customer: replied 14 days ago.
It was a worming tablet from “itch” I will have to double check the name, I’ve not noticed loose stool as she doesn’t go in the house however we’ve noticed a very strong smell from her behind that has never been an issue
Customer: replied 14 days ago.
she was wormed about 4 weeks ago
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 14 days ago.

Thank you, ok.

Have you noticed any discharge from her eyes?

Do her ears seem waxy or smelly?

Customer: replied 14 days ago.
No discharge now but when she was a kitten she had a lot and was very crusty, we gave her Terramycin and it helped massively, I’ve just checked her ears she has small wax but nothing significant and no smell
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 14 days ago.

Thank you, ***** *****

Before typing my reply is there anything else I should know?

Customer: replied 14 days ago.
No nothing else
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 14 days ago.

I'm sorry Twix has developed this issue and know you will be concerned.

There are several possible causes including:

  • Haw's syndrome (a condition that occurs for no known reason and will improve with time)
  • A bacterial or viral eye infection
  • An irritation to the eyes due to e.g. dust or a chemical burn
  • Bilateral Horner's Syndrome (uncommon)
  • Worms

It is sensible to have her checked at the vets, so we can examine both eyes and ensure there are no primary eye issues.

We would also check for a fever, inflamed intestines or an ear infection.

Any issue found would need to be treated with e.g. antibiotics or anti inflammatories.

If all is normal, we can assume this is Haw's syndrome and it should improve with no intervention.

Customer: replied 14 days ago.
Ok great thanks for your help
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 14 days ago.

Not at all.

Do you have any further questions today?

Customer: replied 14 days ago.
Is it ok to assume that her litter has inherited the same infection she has? Two of three have the same eye infection she had when she was born that passed over to the others
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 14 days ago.

I'd be suspicious of feline calici or herpes virus, especially if not vaccinated.

These sort of viral infections are highly contagious and can affect the eyes, yes.

Customer: replied 14 days ago.
Ok will get them checked as soon as possible. Thank you
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 14 days ago.

Of course and take care.

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Customer: replied 14 days ago.
Thanks so much