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Hi,
Ok , so we started off with one kitty about 3 months ago...
then we ended up with another that a family member couldnt have anymore...
neither are vacinated for feline leukimia, the vets here never push that one saying that it can cause tumours...
anyways... the second kitty Lilly woke up one day with her 3rd eye lide covering half of her eye...
it didnt even last long enough to get her to the vet it went away pretty quick... so we didnt even think anything of it really! maybe an irritation?
so then my brother finds out he has to wait 3 weeks to get his cats fixed... and his female was in heat and because they are bro and sister he REALLY didnt want them to mate so we took one for him for the tree weeks.
SO... then Otis our originall cats eyes do what lillys were! a few days after Mrs. Murphy (brothers cat) shows up. It lasted again a few days... (we are renovating out house so there is a bit of dust... but Lillys eyes acted up BEFORE we got her to this new house so that doesnt explain that.
So Otises eyes got better...
then this morning Mrs.Murphys eyes are doing it! :shock:
I am SO scared that they all have this luekimia (sorry bout the spelling) and now we may have effected my brothers cat!! Im so worried! But i did some research and I couldnt find anything abut it... and the vet said its just probably irritation.... in the first two cases... but why would all 3 cats get it and NOT at the same time? IT seems infectious :?: but they arent sick in anyother way!
Im just very worried about this and my husband just got laid off (WONDERFUL time of year for that to happen) and we dont have hundreds of dollers to get ALL The cats tested with the chance to come back that they are fine. We WILL if it means life or death, or sickness for them.... its just very weird that they are PERFECTLY healthy as far as we can tell except they are taking turns with the eyelid thing!
so if ANYONEs has ANY experiance with 3rd eyelids appearing in your cats i would really like to hear what it turned out to be if anything!
if it is serious, i mean we could get a loan or max out credit lines if it comes to that, but buying a house sure sets you back! anyways, im rambling!
so any input would be appritiated!
thanks
 

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I have heard anytime you see a third eyelid, it's time to get the cat to the vet, pronto! I don't really know in your case though, if the vet told you it could have been an irritation. :?
It shouldn't cost you hundreds of dollars to get them tested for feline leukemia, I don't think. The low cost clinic over here charges I think around $20. Definately see if you can find a low cost place to test them at. Or at least see if you can find a vet that will give you a discount since you are testing 3 kitties at once.
 

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I haven't heard about the 3rd eyelids but it sounds like you should get another opinion from another vet and see if you can find a vet that will be cheaper. I know some vets charge alot but for testing and shots, it usually doesn't cost that much and it could be serious.

Good Luck! :wink:
 

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This is something you do need to speak with your vet about, it could be caused by something minor, and maybe something worse. Even if their eyes are just a little irritated, a bit of medication could help with that.

One of my cats, Isha, her 3rd eye lids are almost always showing, and that's just the way she is, I haven't ever been told of a real explanation for this, but she does not come across as in any pain ever from this. She functions normally.

This is a good picture of her, where you can see her 3rd eye lid and it almost always looks like this in the years I have had her.

The feline leukemia test would be a first important step, more important right now then getting the vaccine for the moment. Our practice charges about $22.95 for one FeLuk test, not too bad.

 

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I hope Mrs Murphy has only developped a sort of allergy to the chemicals involved in rennovating the house. All the best to you and your baby, Treehugger

(Angel Zoo - I can see Isha better in this picture than in the one in your signature - she is so pretty, she looks so calm)
 

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I keep a tiny tube of terramycin for my cat's eye infection. It generally cures whatever eye problems they may get. I wouldn't worry about FeLV, unless one of your cats is a carrier of this disease. Any new furkid that is brought in to your home should be automatically checked for Feline Leukemia Virus at your vets'. If you adopt from a reputable animal shelter, this should have been done and it should be so stated on the sales contract.
 

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about the third eyelid

hi!
i discovered the other day that one of my cats (7 months)has the third eye lids showing. like you, i was very concerned + worried about it so i rang the "phone vet" (something one of the insurance companies has here in sweden; a call costs around 2 $.) anyway, she said that the third eyelid can show for various reasons and in itself it's not dangerous but it's a sign of weakness of some sort. a common cause for the third eye lid showing is that the cat has got parasites of some sort. so... today i managed to give them anti-worm-medicine or whatever it's called in english! the vet said that unless the cat is showing symptoms of being ill in any other way, i could wait and see for a week or two. apparently it takes quite a while for the third eye lid to go back. my cat is perfectly fine apart from the eye-thing. i can't see anything sign of eye infection either. so... i sort of hope he's got worms, if one may hope for such a thing...! good luck with your cats!
 

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Hmm, I haven't known the 3rd eye lid problem to be a culprit of worms.

At any rate, Isha has been de-wormed more then once in the years I've had her, and she's had the 3rd eyelid problem for so many years now, I think it's perminate ;)

Let me know if that de-wormer does anything for you cat. There are many parasites a cat can get, and a simple dewormer such as strongid will not get rid of them all.
 

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hello again!
my cat still has the third eye lids showing. i called "my" vet today and the first thing she asked was "dewormed?". she said the cause could be lots of different things. if it doesn't get better i'll bring him in for some blood tests to check for infections etc. he's still just fine, playing, eating, drinking + driving me mad at times! so i try not to worry!
 
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