Cherry Eye in Cats
Symptoms, Causes & Natural Remedies
Cherry eye, also known as the third eyelid, is a condition that can affect cats and canines alike. This condition occurs when the gland in the third eyelid, which is responsible for producing tears, protrudes out of the eyelid and becomes visible. Cherry eye is more commonly seen in younger cats and kittens, although it can affect cats of any age.
In this guide, we’ll take a holistic approach to understanding the symptoms, causes, and natural treatments of cherry eye in cats.
Symptoms of Cherry Eye in Cats
The most obvious symptom of cherry eye in cats is the appearance of a red or pink lump on the inner corner of the eye. This lump is caused by the protrusion of the gland in the third eyelid, and it may appear swollen or inflamed. Other symptoms of cherry eye in cats may include:
- Watery or thick discharge from the eye
- Eye redness and irritation
- Squinting or pawing at the eye
- Eye sensitivity to light
- Decreased appetite or lethargy
If your cat exhibits any of these symptoms, it’s important to seek veterinary attention.
Causes of Cherry Eye in Cats
The exact cause of cherry eye in cats is not fully understood, although it is believed to be related to a weakening of the connective tissue that holds the gland in place. Some of the factors that may contribute to this condition include:
- Genetics: Certain breeds of cats may be more predisposed to developing cherry eye.
- Immune system disorders: Cats with weakened immune systems may be more prone to developing cherry eye.
- Eye infections: Chronic eye infections can cause inflammation and weaken the connective tissue in the eyelid.
- Trauma: Blunt force trauma to the eye or head can cause the gland to become dislodged and protrude.
Natural Treatments for Cherry Eye in Cats
While conventional treatment for cherry eye in cats typically involves surgical removal of the gland or repositioning it back into place, there are also several natural treatments that can be used to support the healing process and manage symptoms. Here are some holistic approaches to treating cherry eye in cats:
1. Eye drops
One of the most effective natural treatments for cherry eye in cats is to use eye drops that contain natural anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. Oxy-Cat is our #1 product for this, but if this is unavailable to you, some of the best ingredients to look for in eye drops include:
- Chamomile: This herb has anti-inflammatory and soothing properties that can help reduce eye redness and inflammation.
- Calendula: This herb has antimicrobial properties that can help prevent infection and promote healing.
- Aloe vera: This plant has anti-inflammatory and soothing properties that can help reduce eye irritation and inflammation.
Feeding your cat a healthy, balanced diet can help support their overall immune system and promote healing. Try incorporating more anti-inflammatory foods into your cat’s diet along with anti-inflammatory supplements, such as:
- Omega-3 fatty acids: These can be found in fatty fish, such as salmon or sardines, or in supplements like fish oil or krill oil.
- Turmeric: This spice has potent anti-inflammatory properties and can be added to your cat’s food as a supplement or spice.
- Vitamin C: This vitamin is a powerful antioxidant that can help support immune function and reduce inflammation.
Massaging the area around your cat’s eye can help stimulate blood flow and promote healing. Gently rub the area around the eye using circular motions, being careful not to apply too much pressure.
Acupuncture is a holistic treatment that involves the insertion of thin needles into specific points on the body to stimulate healing. This can be a useful treatment option for cats with chronic eye inflammation or other immune system disorders that may contribute
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