Cataracts in Cats – Symptoms and Treatment

The falls are a frequent eye problem in cats, especially as they age. A cataract is a condition that consists of a change and a loss of transparency of the lens or intraocular lens that hinders vision.

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Although some cats show no signs of decreased vision , especially if only one eye is affected, in most advanced cases, cats have poor eyesight that can progress to blindness. Sometimes cataracts can be irritating and painful.

To be able to recognize a cataract in your cat we are going to explain to you in this article of the YourCatCareguide the symptoms and treatment of cataracts in cats .

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Symptoms of cataracts in cats

If your cat suffers from cataracts, the main symptom you will notice is a bluish gray spot when looking at your cat’s pupil. This opaque stain may remain small or increase in size over time. Cataracts sometimes evolve rapidly and cover the entire pupil; vision loss is often seen as a consequence of opacity of the lens.

The deterioration of vision may be variable and the symptoms you may notice are as follows:

  • Abnormally high steps.
  • Abnormal wandering.
  • Insecurity at the time of walking.
  • Stumbles on familiar objects.
  • Calculates distances poorly.
  • Does not recognize familiar people.
  • His eyes are abnormally moist.
  • Change of color in your eyes.
  • Change in size or shape of the pupil.

Cataracts can develop in only one eye or both. Many cataracts are congenital , that is, they are present since the birth of the cat.

A flow-shaped nasal discharge that may be cloudy or clear may appear. In reality this secretion comes from the eye, this occurs especially when the cause of the cataract is an infection, when the cataracts are caused by an underlying infection.

Treatment of cataracts in cats

An early diagnosis is decisive for treating the primary causes and stopping the advancement of cataract in either adult puppies or cats:

  • Cataracts that affect kittens can improve spontaneously and may require no treatment.
  • Cataracts in adults that have a slight opacity and that do not alter the cat’s vision do not necessarily require a treatment.

However, in these cases an anti-inflammatory eye drops can increase the cat’s comfort. There are also cataracts that are caused by dietary deficiencies, the evolution and worsening of these cataracts can be stopped by balanced diets and dietary supplementation.

For cats with impaired vision, surgical resection of the affected lens is the only truly effective treatment. Then replaced by an artificial lens, if an artificial lens is not implanted the cat can see only from far and very bad.

The prognosis is best when surgery is performed early in the course of cataract development, and the veterinarian will make sure the cat is healthy before operating it.

This surgery should be performed by a veterinarian specializing in ophthalmology and its high cost makes many owners decide that it is not necessary once your cats can adapt to their environment including their loss of vision. Effectively our feline friends use their nose for most of their activities, and do not originally have very good eyesight. Still, for their safety and well-being, cats with partial or total loss of vision should be kept indoors.

If an owner decides not to operate his cat from his cataract, he should ensure frequent follow-up by the veterinarian to monitor the progression of the cataract.

When you lose your sight, it reaches a certain point that the cat may suffer from pain, and then it may be better to surgically remove the affected eye to prevent our four-legged friend from having unnecessary pain.

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This article is purely informative, in we do not have the capacity to prescribe veterinary treatments nor to make any type of diagnosis. We suggest you bring your pet to the veterinarian in case of any type of condition or malaise.

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