Cataracts in cats: causes, symptoms and treatment

Cat eyes

Cats, unfortunately, can also have Cataracts. This is a problem that consists of an alteration and a loss of transparency of the lens, which prevents you from seeing well. It is very common, especially in older felines, but it is not always detected at an early stage.

Cataracts in cats should be examined by a veterinarian so that they can be treated appropriately as appropriate. But let's see what are the symptoms and what is that treatment that I could put our friend.

How do I know if my cat has cataracts?

We will know if it has cataracts when we see an opaque, bluish-gray spot in one or both eyes of the animal. This is one of the signs that will tell us that the cat is having serious problems seeing well, but in addition, we will notice changes in its behavior to the point that it may not recognize us, trip over objects, be insecure when walking, and miscalculate the distances.

Thus, we will see him walking very insecurely, taking very high steps to try to touch anything in front of him with his paw. But there will also be changes in your eyes, such as:

  • Very wet, very bright eyes
  • Your pupil changes in size and / or shape
  • His eyes change color

Treatment of cataracts in cats

It will depend on each case, but of course, an early diagnosis is essential so that the furry can return to normal life as soon as possible. In these cases, most of the time it will be enough to put drops of an anti-inflammatory eye drops, or change her diet if the vet tells us that they have appeared due to nutritional deficiencies.

However, if the cat's vision has deteriorated, the professional will choose to replace the affected lens with an artificial one under general anesthesia. But the operation has a high cost, so many humans prefer not to operate on their cats, always keeping them indoors.

Yes, if you feel pain then it might be best to remove the affected eye so that you stop feeling it.

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Observe your cat carefully to prevent cataracts or any other pathology from affecting it.

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  1.   shub niggurath said

    My baby had a gray spot in his left eye and his pupil is constantly changing in size but he is only one year and 6 months old, he is an orange tabby mongrel, should I consult a veterinarian?

    1.    Monica sanchez said

      Hi shub.
      Yes, it is the most recommended. Thus, whatever you have, it can be solved better and faster, without leaving sequelae.
      A greeting.