Question by Jill: Does your cat have feline conjunctivitis?
Does your cat have feline conjunctivitis?
If so, how often does she get it and what do you do? My cat has gotten it on and off for years and we treat her with eye drops. It seems like it might never go away for good. I feel bad, like I could be doing more. Does anyone else have cat with feline conjunctivitis and how do you handle it?
My vet didnt say what caused it. She said it could be anything and to just use the drops say “anti-inflammatory/anti-biotic” Maxitrol is the brand name. She has never been an outdoor cat and had a clean bill of health when she was younger. She also has always had a squinty eye.
Answer by troublesniffer
Conjunctivitis is just a word that describes eye irritation and inflamation of the conjunctiva, the tissue that lines the eyelid.
This can be caused by a wide variety of conditions, ranging from bacterial infections, foreign body in the eye, and the viral disease, herpes.
Depending on what is causing the problem will have your veterinarian prescribe the correct medication. What did you vet say is the cause?
There is no cure for herpes. What does help is giving your cat L-Lysine, and depending on her size, the general dose of this natural suppliment is 250 mg twice a day.
Conjunctivitis can also be caused by allergies. So depending on the time of the year, with pollens in the air this can cause inflamation of the eye.
You might want to consult with a veterinary eye specialist for further treatment options and a more in depth diagnosis.
We have two cats with Herpes that flare when they are stressed, and when they flare they do get conjunctivitis. We treat it with eye medication that our vet prescribed that is dispensed with a tube. They also get 500 mg of L-Lysine a day, to help prevent flares. It has been quite successful most of the time.
Hope this helps,
Owned by cats for over 40 years
Edit after further information provided: If your cat’s eye problem is caused by Herpes, steroids which are contained in the eye drops your vet has prescribed is totally inappropriate, as viral disease can actually be heightened with the use of steroids. It is really important for your vet to arrive at the correct diagnosis, and if your vet cannot do that, you should be referred to a veterinary eye specialist for further testing.
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