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Cat eye injuries: what to do? First aid tips


Eye injuries can have fatal consequences for cats if they are not treated by the veterinarian in good time. In the worst case, your velvet paw will lose sight. You should therefore know what to do in an emergency. First aid measures can make a decisive contribution to better chances of recovery. A cat's eyes are high-performance organs that deserve your regular attention - Image: Shutterstock / BHamms

The eyes are not to be trifled with, this applies to both people and cats. So don't take any risk by hesitating too long if you are unsure. Let the vet check your darling too often rather than too little. And keep the following tips in mind.

Eye injuries with foreign bodies outside

If you discover a foreign body in your cat's eye, you should immediately consult a veterinarian. Regardless of whether it is just a small part of the plant or something larger - such an injury must be treated professionally. Until then, you can give your cat first aid against eye injuries.

If it is a small, moving foreign body outside the eye, you can try rinsing it out with a sterile electrolyte solution. Do not use tweezers, because the animal's defensive movements could possibly injure the eye even more. You can get the electrolyte solution from the vet - just ask him about it the next time your cat is examined. Then you have them on hand if your fur nose catches a foreign body on the eye.

Eye injuries with foreign bodies inside

If a solid object is directly in the eye, never pull it out. In the worst case, you could open your eye. Instead, cover the injured eye with a sterile gauze bandage and secure it with a head bandage. If possible, put a neck collar on your cat so that she cannot scratch her eye on the way to the vet.

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How do I recognize inflammation of the eye?

Eye injuries caused by inflammation are expressed in watery or mucous discharge, which can also become purulent in the event of a bacterial infection. The conjunctiva is usually red. Your cat often squinting or scratching at it with its paw. Sudden sensitivity to light or the refusal of caresses on the head can also be a sign of an eye infection.

How do I treat eye inflammation?

Clean the corners of the eyes of your velvet paw two to three times a day with a clean cloth. However, be sure to see a veterinarian who can prescribe an eye ointment to relieve the discomfort.