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Old 12-08-2008, 01:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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THERE IS A WHITE THICK FILM IN MY ONE CATS EYE. THERE IS ALSO GUNKY LIKE PUS AROUND EDGES OF EYE AND CRUSTY BLACK STUFF AROUND EYE TOO. THE EYE IS USUALLY HALF OPEN. SHE SEEMS OK OTHER THAN THE ONE BAD EYE. SHE IS A 13 YEAR OLD PERSIAN. CAN SOMEBODY PLEASE TELL ME WHAT THIS IS AND WHAT SHOULD I DO. THE VET WOULD COST ME A LOT THAT I DONT HAVE. UNLESS IT IS CRITICAL TO TAKE HER TO VET, I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHAT I CAN DO TO HELP HER.
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Old 12-08-2008, 01:55 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Cats have a protective eye membrane, the "nictitating membrane" which humans don't have. This membrane only shows if the cat has hurt its eye or is protecting its eye for some reason. Sounds like that is the case, and your kitty should see a veterinarian to see what the cause is....

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Old 12-08-2008, 03:10 PM   #3 (permalink)
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This membrane is also called a '3rd eyelid'. If it's showing, there's a problem. It can be a sign of a systemic problem (e.g. parasites), but since there's goop in the eye, it sounds like your cat either has an infection or maybe scratched her eye. A vet visit is definitely in order, this isn't something that is likely to clear up on it's own. Letting it go could very easily lead to needing to remove the eye, which would be awful for the cat and much more expensive in the long run.
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Old 12-08-2008, 05:00 PM   #4 (permalink)
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...UNLESS IT IS CRITICAL TO TAKE HER TO VET, I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHAT I CAN DO TO HELP HER.
You can take her to the vet. Eyes are delicate, can be injured and permanantly damaged easily and do not regenerate/heal well without prompt attention. Your cat is already squinting her eye, which means she is in discomfort/pain.
I'm sorry, your kitty needs to see a vet. I do not think this is something you can treat at home. There are specific treatments for specific eye ailments (scratches, viruses, ulcers, et cetera) and if you mix up and use the medication for one problem on a different eye problem, you risk permanantly damaging your cat's eye.
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Old 12-08-2008, 09:43 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Please take her to the vet. The sooner the better. Eye problems don't usually clear up on their own and can get much worse (and more expensive).
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