what causes cats eyes to run?

yellow mucus in the eyes

Asked by Member 843586 on Jun 6th 2009 in Health & Safety
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Izadore (Izzie)

Your cat has an infection in it's eyes and needs to go to the vet for diagnoses and treatment right away. Not going could cause him to go blind.

Izadore (Izzie) answered on 6/6/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer

Mr. Fez (Angel Dreamboat #25)

Izzie is right - this sounds like an eye infection. Your kitty needs to see the vet ASAP.

Mr. Fez (Angel Dreamboat #25) answered on 6/6/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer

Minuit AKA Miss Meany

I believe when something appears out of the norm for our furry friends, it's time for a vet visit.
Eye and nasal discharge is normally clear, (in pets and humans), when the color changes to yellow or green it is a sure sign of an infection.
Have a good one.

Minuit AKA Miss Meany answered on 6/7/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer


Chibi had a URi that was herpes or of some other viral origin, and her eye discharge was clear. Spike, on the other hand, gets the occasional yellow goop in one eye, and that's likely to be caused by a chlamydial infection--bacterial, so it responds to antibiotic eye drops. Eye infections are common in cats, but dangerous--look them up on the Internet and you may want to goop out your dinner--but if you go to the vet, the visit and meds are not that expensive. I'm no vet, but going by Spike's history, would say that you have a bacterial infection that will be cured quickly and cheaply with antibiotic eye drops--obtained after a session with your vet.

Spike answered on 6/10/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer

Demona Snowbear

More than likely it is an upper respiratory infection which is very common with kittens that had one or more feral or wild parents. Is the cat sneezing too? Make sure you keep the eyes from sealing shut with gunk by gently wiping them with a warm washcloth. If the eye stays sealed shut for very long the pus can 'eat' the eyeball. Teramyacin Ointment for the eyes (get it from a vet) always worked good for me. Plus, the cat needs antibiotics. Doxicillin is good for URIs/viral infections.

If the cat has clear fluid leaking from the eyes it could be an allergy to something the cat is eating, or something in the home. It also could be eye herpes. The cat will get over it and, if it is like mine (Demona has the eye herpes) then it will be a healthy cat with a strong immune system.

Demona Snowbear answered on 6/17/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer