Reasons why your cat's eyes might water

Same as humans, cats use the water in their eyes to remove dirt and debris, clean away bacteria and keep the eyes healthy and moisturized. Some liquid in the eyes or even watery eyes, if any foreign subjects like dust have to be flushed away, are normal. However, if you notice excess or discolored liquid, redness and irritation, the health condition may be a way more serious. First step to take if you spot excessive discharge is to observe your cat up until the eyes either get cleaned and return to their normal condition, or it develops to more clear signals that you cat might face a more serious condition. Let’s look at the common causes for watery eyes.


If you notice sticky yellow or green discharge, your cat eyes are infected. You should reach out for your veterinarian as soon as possible because if not treated, a bacterial infection can lead to permanent loss of vision. Your vet might prescribe special ophthalmic drops to help clear it up.


Allergies are commonly characterized by watery, glassy and irritated eyes. Our furry friends are really vulnerable to the environment full of dust, mites and fleas, mold, mildew, cleaning agents or other products. Therefore, they are prone to various allergies, so contact your vet to get some advice on how to deal with this.


If you notice red and inflamed, watery eyes, the reason for the excessive discharge might be conjunctivitis. Various infections such as feline herpes virus and Chlamydia felis are the common cause for the pink eye. It can be easily treated but if not done so, conjunctivitis might develop to more serious conditions.


Glaucoma is usually characterized by swollen and irritated eyes, which might stick out. Additionally, your cat may change its behavior and signal you that they are in pain and discomfort. If you notice the symptoms of glaucoma in your cat, you should seek the veterinarian help as quickly as possible to avoid the permanent damage of the cat’s vision.

There are various ways to treat watery eyes such as eye drops and rinse, antibiotics, ointment and change in diet but you should always contact your vet before treating your cat on your own.

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