Hello everyone!
Spike, my 9 yo indoor male, has been having some
what looks like tears coming out of one of his eyes - he has no other symptoms of anything - eye isn't red, he doesn't seem to mind us touching it, it isn't a constant tearing, and it is a slow, clear tear. I tried to find out info on the net, but all I could find was info on the herpes they get in their eyes, as well as other more serious eye problems and diseases. I was just wondering if this eye gunk is allergies or should I be more concerned?

None of the others have this clear tear stuff, one of them has the regular run of the mill eye gunk and the other two are fine, occasionally getting eye gunk...
Any ideas to what this is?
Thanks!

Christi
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Hello everyone! Spike, my 9 yo indoor male, has been having some what looks like tears coming out of one ... the mill eye gunk and the other two are fine, occasionally getting eye gunk... Any ideas to what this is?

My first guess is a URI of some sort, but if he has no contact with other cats, I would wonder how he got it. A vet visit to rule out problems is always a great idea. That said, my dog has a tear duct that is too small, so her eye constantly tears. She'd need surgery to correct it, and it doesn't bother her, and the vet said it was not a health risk, so we left it as it is. Perhaps your kitty has a blocked tear duct? The vet can tell by putting green drops in the corner of the eye and waiting for them to drip through the nose. If they don't, the duct is blocked.
Allergies, IMO, would cause both eyes to tear the same.

Talk to your vet and see what (s)he thinks.

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Hello everyone! Spike, my 9 yo indoor male, has been having some what looks like tears coming out of one ... occasionally getting eye gunk... Any ideas to what this is? Thanks! Christi Stampin' Up! Representative Art Without Anxiety www.ArtWithoutAnxiety.com

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I'd imagine it's irratated, maybe by a hair or something. Keep an eye on it. Karen
Hopefully "L" or Mary or Sherry can help you with this problem if they take time off from bashing me LOL
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Hello everyone! Spike, my 9 yo indoor male, has been having some what looks like tears coming out of one ... mill eye gunk and the other two are fine, occasionally getting eye gunk... Any ideas to what this is? Thanks!

May be allergies or an irritant - or a scratch. If it persist for more than a couple of days, take him in for an eye stain and exam. The stain can be a little pricey but is worth the peace of mind, incase there is a tear in the cornea or something.

-L.
Perhaps your kitty has a blocked tear duct? The vet can tell by putting green drops in the corner of ... through the nose. If they don't, the duct is blocked. Allergies, IMO, would cause both eyes to tear the same.

One of my cats has a teary eye, caused by a blocked drainage path from eye to nose - as disgnosed by the drops noted above. The initial cause of the blockage was probably an allergy (my theory is an allergy to wood mould, but that's by the by). I elected to do nothing about it, mostly because flushing the blockage must be done under anaesthesia and I prefer to minimize and such procedures. I'll get it done if the cat needs to go under for some other reason. Also not sure how experienced yer average vet would be with this flushing procedure.

This tearyness in my cat has been going on for many months, but has generally improved somewhat over time. Interestingly, the tears flow most freely after the freak has been eating. Not sure why. Maybe he's upset at the quality of the food?
After the initial vet visit, I had to bodge some ointment in the eye for a week or so, because there were the signs of some infection or somesuch. This did nowt for the blockage, and I guess the blockage and infection were somewhat independent.
Steve.
circa Thu, 29 Jan 2004 20:23:52 -0600, in rec.pets.cats.health+behav, Christina (Email Removed) said,
Hopefully "L" or Mary or Sherry can help you with this problem if they take time off from bashing me LOL

The only one I see being obsessed with perpetuating a flame war here is you. Therefore, I, for one, find it much easier to simply killfile you as I'm tired of running across your seemingly never- ending stream of thread hijacks attempting to start your little battle over again.

Laura

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