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I have had my cat for almost a year, she is around 9 years old, a healthy adult female. Whenever she wakes up from sleeping, she is usually squinting in her right eye. It's not bad though and clears up in a few minutes with some caking up but not excessive. There is no redness or swelling at all. Her eyes look clear as a bell most of the time. The mucus looked real bad once with a big glop across her pupil and I was about to rush her to the vet but she scampered under the couch. When she came out, it was gone and she has never shown any discomfort from it. It's only after she wakes up from sleeping.

I have done some research on this and even called a pet eye specialist (who happens to be in the same town i am), spoken to other cat owners and the consensus is this is nothing to worry about. I'm putting it out there though because it sort of has me concerned.

If its safe to avoid it, I would rather not take her to the vet because this cat gets scared beyond belief when I have to transport her. She is an indoor cat and always has been. I had to transport her once and it freaked her out to the extent of her living under the couch for a month. I would rather not put her in the box again. I know that time will come but for this, I am not sure it's necessary. I also know of a vet who can make a house call pretty cheap so that is an option.

Any input in this one? It's only one eye so does that mean she just has a duct problem or something in that area? Unfortuntely, her previous owners are not helpful in clueing me in on her prior health history.

Thanks in advance.
 

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I have been through your situation twice. First time I have got some eye ointment from the vet that made Frosty's squinting eye with infection go away for a while only. It came back worse and it was conjuctivitis. Here is a link that gives more answers to your questions. I hope it will help you :D

http://www.catforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=4345
 

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Thanks, I read those posts and none of them applied to my cat's situation. She does not have conjunctivitis or an infection. It's something she has had since I have had her.
 

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Are you sure it isn't conjunctivitis? A dianosis over the internet isn't a good thing too. There is many types of conjunctivitis than just one. And it will not go away unless treated, so it may vary well be conjunctivitis.
 

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does conjunctivitis last a year? also, doesn't conjunctivitis have noticeable symptoms? squinting and some excess mucus buildup after a cat wakes up doesn't seem convincing enough.
 

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I've read before that if you don't have a discharge, you don't have conjunctivitis. So it may be a possibility but I'm not sure on this. I hope your kitty gets better soon. <<))
 

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Archimedes, you might try draping a towel over the carrier, if you have to transport your kitty again. That might help keep her a bit calmer. I hate for you to not be able to get adequate health care for your kitty because of her fear of traveling. If she just is that afraid of travel, get that vet to make a house call. That way you will know if there is a problem and you can treat it. From the sound of it, you could use the peace of mind, yourself. :)

What kind of kitty is she? Being owned by a Persian, eye drainage is just a way of life for me. We're talking just another day....

Peace,
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When we first got Kota (she was around 2-3months old), she did what you are describing. After waking up, her right eye would be noticably smaller than the other, often with some gloop on it. Then it would clear on its own and you couldnt tell at all. I was going to take her to the vet for it but after about 2 weeks it never happened again.
I was thinking maybe some cats just get "crusties" on their eyes when they sleep, just like us.

The only thing that changed when we got her (compared to her previous owners) was her living environment (she is now indoors only instead of outdoors).

I think that if you spoke with a specialist, observed her to make sure she has no other eye problems other than the short-term gloop and squinting, she is probably okay. Maybe Dr. Jean will have more advice? :wink:
 

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You can find a lot of information online about conjuctivitis but you still need a specialist's opinion. It might be caused by Feline Herpes Virus which may lay dormant in a cat and can at any point in time act up due to stress. And as far as I recall conjuctivitis can last for a long time..it may be quiete resistant to medicine and fight back each time - depending from case to case. I hope you will find the perfect solution for your kitty.
Oh, some vets do house calls which will make it easier on your baby!
 

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Conjunctivitis is a description, not a diagnosis. It simply means "inflammation of the conjunctiva" which is the mucus membrane that lines the eyeball and insides of the eyelids. It can be swollen, or red, or both. There may or may not be a discharge, and it could be anything from slightly watery to mucus to pus.

Herpes conjunctivities, as mentioned, can come and go, and it lasts a lifetime. For more on this particular form (by far the most common in cats) see http://www.littlebigcat.com/index.php?a ... unctivitis.

Slight, dried eye crusties after sleep is okay, but significant, mucus-y discharge is not normal. She should be checked by a vet, preferably by a specialist.

Cheers,
Dr. Jean
 
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