There are many types of cat eye infections and each of them has its own pathology. However, the most common ones are caused by bacteria, viruses, allergies, or parasites.
The most common bacterial suspects are Chlamydia and Mycoplasma, while the most common viral culprits are FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus), Feline Herpesvirus, or Feline Calicivirus.
Depending on the part of the eye that is affected and the pathological development, there are several types of eye infections in cats. Click the link below to see the main ones you should be aware of.
If your cat has an issue with its eyes, it is going to show you that it is in distress. Click the link below to see the main signs you want to watch out for.
The first step in treating cat eye infections correctly is knowing the specific type of inflammation/infection and identifying the cause.
Most cat eye infections have a rapid development and they are most likely going to get worse in a short amount of time, so consider taking your cat to the doctor as soon as possible.
The vet will run tests on your cat to determine what is causing the infection. This is why you should not use any kind of antibiotic eye drops or gels on your cat before it gets a diagnosis. Using these may interfere with the tests and make it more difficult for your cat to get treatment.
For most bacterial infections of the eye, your doctor will prescribe an eye cream with wide-spectrum antibiotics like Terramycin Ophthalmic Ointment, which has Oxytetracycline and Polymixin B Sulfate. This makes it efficient for infections caused by gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria.