Diagnosing and Treating a Cat’s Squinty Eye

A beautiful flame-point cat was brought to the San Jose Animal Care Center looking sick.

The cat’s right eye was swollen shut with a large amount of thick, yellow discharge coming from it. The cat appeared to have an upper respiratory infection (URI) plus a secondary bacterial infection. The shelter’s veterinary team started him on medication and kept monitoring him.

Cat Entropion Repair Animal Shelter Veterinarian Hotz-Celsus

Before surgery, you could see hair along the lower eyelid rubbing against the eye.

The team watched as the yellow discharge subsided, but the cat couldn’t stop squinting as if he had something irritating his eye. On closer inspection, the shelter’s medical team noted that the cat’s lower eyelid curved inward causing hair to rub against the surface of his eye. This condition is known as entropion, and it is easy to go unnoticed!

Cat Entropion Repair Animal Shelter Veterinarian Hotz-Celsus

After surgery to repair to the entropion.

The cat received the necessary surgery to correct the entropion, and he spent about a week healing from the surgery. At this point, the cat no longer had yellow discharge coming from his eye, and he could now open it and see out of it.

Cat Entropion Repair Animal Shelter Veterinarian Hotz-Celsus

Healing from surgery.

Shortly after this photo was taken, the cat was placed up for adoption and he quickly found a forever home!

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