My cat is squinting in one eye. She hasn’t been rubbing the eye at all…

My cat is squinting in one eye. She hasn’t been rubbing the eye at all, her third eyelid is still normal, and I see no redness or swelling. There is some discharge. We have a vet appt in 1 week. Should we get her looked at sooner than that?

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Diedra Cardamone
5 years ago

Squinting is a sign of pain – a small problem can into a big one quickly. Try to make an appointment in the next 24 hours. You can try flushing the eye with sterile saline that people use for eyes. The vet will most likely put a stain in the eye to look for a scratch, at my clinic the exam, stain and antibiotics would cost around $100. They may send you home with an e-collar to protect the eye.

Diedra Cardamone
5 years ago

I hope she feels better!!!!

Liz Presutto
5 years ago

I’m not a vet but am a med student and for people we like to look at eyes right away when there is something wrong! Hate to scare you but blindness is always a concern with letting eye infections go without medication. There’s a good chance she just got something in it but eye pain can be one of the worst – you know how much an eyelash can hurt… I know my cats can have squinty eyes due to something in there and its gone by the next day. We have used saline/contact solution to flush it out if… Read more »