Eye injuries can have fatal consequences for cats if they are not treated in time by the veterinarian. In the worst case, your velvet paw loses sight. Therefore, you should know what to do in an emergency. First aid measures can contribute significantly to better chances of recovery.
The eyes are not to be joked, this is true for both humans and cats. Therefore, do not take any risks by hesitating too long if you are unsure. Let's have your pet checked too often by the vet too often. And note the following tips.
Eye injuries with foreign body outside
If you spot a foreign object in your cat's eye, you should see a vet immediately. It does not matter if it's just a small part of the plant or something bigger - such an injury has to be taken care of professionally. Until then, you can give your cat first aid for eye injuries.
If it is a small, mobile foreign object outside the eye, you can try to flush it out using a sterile electrolyte solution. Do not use tweezers, as the animal's defensive movements may hurt the eye even more. You can get the electrolyte solution from the vet - just ask him at the next routine check-up of your cat afterwards. Then you have them at hand, if your fur nose captures a foreign body on the eye.
Eye injuries with foreign bodies within
If a solid object is directly in the eye, do not pull it out. In the worst case, you could open your eyes like that. Instead, cover the injured eye with a sterile gauze bandage and secure with a head bandage. If possible, put a neck collar around your cat so you can not scratch your eye on your way to the vet.
How do I recognize inflammation of the eye?
Eye injuries due to inflammation manifest in aqueous or slimy discharge, which can also become purulent in the case of a bacterial infection. Most of the conjunctiva is red. Your cat often squints its eyes or scratches it with its paw. Also, a sudden photosensitivity or the rejection of pats on the head can be a sign of an eye infection.
How do I treat an eye infection?
Clean the corners of your velvet paw two to three times a day with a clean cloth. Nevertheless, you should definitely visit a veterinarian who can prescribe an ophthalmic ointment to relieve the symptoms.