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Watery eyes in cats: possible causes

Watery eyes in cats can have harmless causes, but can also indicate serious illnesses. Changes to the cat's eye should always be clarified with a veterinarian.

You can recognize a healthy cat's eye by the clear look of the cat. The fur around the eyes is clean and not glued. If the cat is constantly blinking, has swollen, taped eyes or a teardrop in the cat's skin, this indicates that something is wrong.

Possible causes of watery eyes

If the cat's eyes water only a little and the tears are clear, the cat's eyes are often simply irritated by drafts or wind. It may also be that the animal's eyelash has turned into the eye and is now irritating to the eye, the same applies to foreign objects such as sand, dirt or dust.

An injury could also be the cause and, especially after a fight, is usually clearly recognizable and sometimes looks bloody. A disease such as conjunctivitis or the dangerous cat cold often goes hand in hand with mucous discharge and other symptoms of the disease. Fungus or an allergic reaction can also cause watery eyes.

Summary of the most common causes of watery eyes:

• Irritation due to environmental influences (drafts, foreign bodies, eyelashes, etc.)
• inflammation (conjunctivitis)
• infections
• injuries
• Diseases (cat runny nose, cold, glaucoma, etc.)
• Impaired drainage of the tear fluid (such as a blockage in the tear duct)
• Allergic reaction
• fungal attack

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With watery eyes to the vet?

When it comes to sensitive cat eyes, you should rather go to the vet once too much than once too little. If the tears are clear and not too strong and you do not notice any other symptoms of the disease, you can first call the veterinarian to clarify whether it makes sense for them to come over or to wait a little longer.

You should see a veterinarian immediately if the discharge is slimy or bloody, the eyes are swollen, or if you see injuries near the eyes. Pain is also a reason for visiting the vet; if your fur nose squeezes your eyes more, this is an indication of pain. You can find out how to provide first aid for eye injuries in the guide: "First aid for cats: What to do in the case of eye injuries?"