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Why Does My Cat Close One Eye? (Painful Problem?)

If your cat seems to have one eye closed yo may be wondering why this has happened and if this is a common issue for cats…

Why does my cat close one eye?

Your cat could be closing one eye for several reasons. The most common reasons are it is in pain, got an obstruction in its eye, has an infection, conjunctivitis, or blepharitis. If you have any concerns its worth consulting your vet in the first instance to check it over.

So, now you know. But, why does my cat appear to be squinting? Can eye infections just go away with time? How can you flush your cats eye, if need be? Keep reading for these answers, and much more…

Why is my cat squinting his left eye?

Why does my cat close one eye?

A cat with one eye closed.

If you have noticed that your cat is squinting through one eye it could have picked up an infection. Some common symptoms are rubbing the eye with its paw, redness around the eye, discharge from the nose or eye, etc. The best thing is to get it to a vet as soon as possible to confirm.

The sooner you get your cat looked at the better it will be. Your vet should be able to offer a solution. And, with these infections the earlier it is detected and treated the better it will be.

Do cat eye infections go away on their own?

Some eye infections are known to go away on their own but it is quite risky assuming they will. Some infections are simply the sign of a bigger underling issue that needs to be treated. And, in some extreme cases, if they are left untreated, it could lead to a more serious situation.

Some infections could be covering a problem that could lead to blindness if it is not treated in a timely manner. So, if you are looking at your cat and wondering why their eye is always closed it best to get it checked out as soon as possible.

How can you tell if a cat is in pain?

You can tell if a cat is in pain by looking at its bdy language. I particular, look out for the following: constantly mewoing, acting aggressive when you approach it, hiding away from you, change of character, avoiding being petterd, rubbing or licking a particular body part.

If you have noticed any of these symptoms with your cat then your cat could be in pain. Someties it is difficult to say for sure because it is quite subtle so its important to look out for these signs.

Can you put human eye drops in a cat’s eye?

You should NOT use human eye drops in. cat’s eye. This is because it is not formulated for cats and you have no idea what the effect could be. It is also worth being cautious using over-the-counter eye drops for cats. Ideally, you should consult your vet to see what they recommend and follow their direction.

Regarding the latter, being cautious with over the counter cat eye-drops, some may say this is being too cautious. But, you do not know the effect on your cat until its too late and you have no idea what the actual problem is with your cat without consulting your vet first, are you with me?

How to flush a cat’s eye

If you have noticed a need to flush your cats eye, maybe there is something caught in there, for example, you may be looking for the correct procedure. Before you attempt this, consult your vet first to confirm that they agree with the following:

01. Calm your cat

Before you even consider starting you need to calm down your cat. Why? Well, hopefully its obvious, but the eye is delicate and an aggressive or upset cat will make the job impossible. You can simply Offer it some treats (Click here to see the reviews, on Amazon #Ad), or something else.

The reality is you know your cat better than anyone else, so go with what calms your cat down the best.

02. Prepare the eye

The next step is to prepare the eye. Meaning, soaking the eye with water. But, before you turn on the tap and start wetting a cloth you need the water to be warm, not too warm, and ideally some cotton wool (Click here to see the price, on Amazon #Ad) is best.

The idea is to wipe away any discharge or mess from the eye first.

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03. Rinsing the eye

Once you have calmed your cat down and prepared the eye you need to get some saline solution (Click here to see the price, on Amazon #Ad) to rinse the eye. This is mainly if the eye is swollen, you need to apply this to the eye following the instructions on the solution bottle. Just make sure not to aggressively squirt it, you need to be gentle.

04. Monitor

Once you have completed this you need to check and monitor the eye to see how it responds. If there are any doubts its worth consulting your vet.

What can obstruct a cat’s eye?

A striped cat with one eye closed.

A striped cat with one eye closed.

There are several objects that can cause an obstruction in your cats eye including fur, dead grass, fluff from an old rug, etc. If you notice that your cat is squinting out of the blue, and this is out of character then there is a good chance that it could be a foreign object.

If you are sure, or strongly suspect its a foreign object stuck its worth booking an appointment with your vet to help you remove it safely.

Can Conjunctivitis cause your cat to squint?

Conjunctibvitus can cause your cat to squint. It is quite common in cat, and humans as well. It typically causes the eye inflammation or discharge that can form a gunky seal around the eye. This can be caused for several reasons, including being in conjunction with a eye infection.

If you have ever seen a baby with an excessive amount of eye matter almost causing the eye to close this is likely to be the same conjunctibvitus I am talking about. And, yes, this affects cats as well.

How can you remove a foreign object from your cat’s eye?

To remove a foreign object from your cats eye you will have to flush the eye with saline solution. It is not advisable to attempt to pick it out even if it seems easy. This is because your cat is likely to put up some serious resistance and potentially cause you to injure it by accident.

Think about it logically, if yu were an irritated cat and your owner started to hold you down and approach your eye with its finger, or an object, like some tweezers, wouldn’t you freak out? Lets be honest, this is natural response for anything approaching the eye, right?

How can a cat’s 3rd eyelid make it blink with one eye?

Cats have a 3rd eyelid that help to keep its eyes moist. This eyelid makes it possible to blink less than us humans. One of the reasons yo may see your cat, or kitten blink with one eye at times is because one of its eyes was already moist from the 3rd eyelid and wasn’t required.

If you monitor your cats blinking pattern closely you would probably notice that it is not as regular as we do, and this is one of the reasons.

Lindsey Browlingdon