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Q. My cat has watery eyes and aside from that I noticed a small wound under his eye on cheek per say

Answered By
DESTINI R. HOLLOWAY, DVM

A. Wounds around the cheek area are commonly due to 2 things: 1) puncture wound from trauma (sharp object) or 2) Fistula (opening) caused by severe dental disease which mostly involves the root of the tooth (underneath the gumline).

However the wound should be properly investigated (professional to shave the area) and flushed with chlorhexidine solution (safely to avoid contact with the eye again prefer a professional do this) to treat it antiseptically, then the extent of the injury can be found and treated appropriately.

Wounds in cats tend to heal fast on the surface, which is not always a good thing. If the skin surface closes too quickly and there is still bacteria present underneath the skin, this creates an abscess (bacterial/pus filled sac) which requires even more treatment and possible sedation to treat.

I am not too concerned about clear discharge in the eyes. If it turns green or yellow then we have to treat topically with antibiotics (for eyes only).

Answered By
DAVID ELBEZE, DVM, MRCVS

A. If your cat is going outside these could be a sign of eye injury due to fighting. If so the eyes might be damaged/scratched and need urgent treatment.

The second more common option is an eye infection, these infection are easily treated with prescription eye drops.


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