From Cleopatra to Taylor Swift, humans have been trying to replicate their feline friends’ fierce eyes for millennia. Makeup trends aside, caring for your (actual) cat’s eyes is a lot more involved than nailing that winged eye-liner—especially when it comes to keeping them clean.
As much as cats are known for their meticulous self-grooming routines, their eyes are one thing (well, technically two things) they can’t properly clean on their own. It’s cute to watch your cat lick their paw to wipe their face, but unfortunately, that method just won’t cut it. Your independent kitty might not like it, but it’s important to learn how to properly clean your cat’s eyes.
Read on to learn how to clean—real—cat eyes (no makeup remover necessary).
You know your cat is always judging, we mean watching, you. And it’s just as important for you to keep an eye on their eyes. Neglecting to keep them cleaned and cared for can even result in health problems, so keep your eyes peeled.
If you think you’re the only one who can communicate with your kitty through their eyes—think again! Research suggests that cats really do communicate with humans through their eyes. You might understand if your cat is trying to tell you they’d love a nice bowl of milk, but not that they need to have their eyes cleaned.
To that end, if you notice any of the below, it’s probably time to for a bit of eye grooming:
If you notice your cat exhibiting any of the symptoms we just listed, take them to the vet to have them checked out. Though cat eye problems are often mild, they can also be signs of more serious health problems like:
If you’re starting to panic, don’t. Discharge and crustiness isn’t always caused by things with scary sounding medical names. In fact, it’s often the result of allergens or a simple cold.
Your vet is the only one who can carry out a proper evaluation, so go ahead and start wrangling your cat into the kitty carrier for a trip to the office. Once they’ve diagnosed the issue, they’ll let you know if medical treatment—like antibiotic drops—are necessary.
If your cat doesn’t need a prescription and your vet gives you the green light to clean their eyes at home, you’ll need a few key supplies, a game plan, and maybe a scratch-proof suit.
If you’ve tried giving your cat a bath, or honestly getting them to do anything they don’t want to do, you already know that your stubborn kitty (we know you love them anyways) might not take too kindly to you trying to clean their eyes.
We can’t say we blame them, but you’re going to need a few supplies to help you win this battle:
Now that you know what you’ll need, the real question is: How are you going to pull this off without sustaining any scratch-related injuries? Take a look at these tips:
Keeping your cat’s eyes clean will ensure there’s no bacteria buildup, thus keeping your furry friend in tip-top shape. Your feline friend won’t love the process, but even they’ll think it’s worth it when their eyes are clean, comfortable, and healthy.
That side-eye they’re giving you might be one full of gratitude and love.
But at the end of the day, if you’re noticing something abnormal (or you’re not totally confident in your cat eye cleaning capabilities), just hop into your local vet. They can diagnose the problem, show you how to care for their eyes, and allay any fears you might have.
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