Contagious Cat Eye Problems - Vet’s Advice On Contagious Cat Eye Problems


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Are there any contagious cat eye problems?

There are several contagious cat eye problems that can occur. The most common problem is one called conjunctivitis. Conjunctivitis is a common contagious cat eye problem that is associated with strays and unvaccinated kittens. The conjunctiva is a thin tissue that lines the eyelid and covers the white of the eye. This is one of the most contagios cat eye problems in shelters, catteries and among barn cats. It has several causes including viral infections (such as herpesvirus or calicivirus), chlamydial eye infections, and bacterial eye infections. The eye or eyes can become inflamed and common symptoms of this contagious cat eye problem includes: redness, excessive tearing, blinking, squinting, and/or holding the eye closed. If you suspect your cat has a contagious cat eye problem, see your veterinarian. Contagious cat eye problems can be very painful and can cause long-term complications if not treated properly.

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Debra A. Primovic, BSN, DVM, Editor-in-Chief, is a graduate of the Ohio State University School of Nursing and the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine. Following her veterinary medical training, Dr. Primovic practiced in general small animal practices as well as veterinary emergency practices. She was staff veterinarian at the Animal Emergency Clinic of St. Louis, Missouri, one of the busiest emergency/critical care practices in the United States as well as MedVet Columbus, winner of the AAHA Hospital of the year in 2014. She also spends time in general practice at the Granville Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Primovic divides her time among veterinary emergency and general practice, editing, writing, and updating articles for, and editing and indexing for veterinary publications. She loves both dogs and cats but has had extraordinary cats in her life, all of which have died over the past couple years. Special cats in her life were Kali, Sammy, Pepper and Beanie.