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Matilda's eye

July 25th, 2008, 06:19 AM
I didn't notice this at all when I was playing with my foster kittens. Any idea what is on Matilda's eye???
They are currently on amoxilin for a severe URI and is clearing up nicely.

July 25th, 2008, 07:48 AM
Close up pic.

July 25th, 2008, 07:54 AM
That second picture would be a great one to take to the vet. It shows up so clearly!! Still can't help. :shrug: So sorry.

July 25th, 2008, 10:13 AM
Ooops....shoulda looked for this thread first, I guess.... Nope, that doesn't look like a cartilage kink...

I've never seen anything like that. :fingerscr that it's easily taken care of. Does it seem to bother her much?

July 25th, 2008, 10:17 AM
I don't think so, I have never noticed it until I downloaded the pictures this morning. When I go home I will have to take a good look at her eye, if I don't see anything I will take another picture to see if it shows up.

July 25th, 2008, 10:22 AM
Could it be because they have been so sick that it is mucous or some kind of issue with her tear ducts? :shrug:

July 25th, 2008, 10:58 AM
Why not PM Dr. Lee....that was his suggestion

July 25th, 2008, 11:14 AM
I will, I thought he was going to be very busy and wouldn't have time. I emailed the pic to my DH who has a very good laser colour printer. I may pop into my vet's with the picture, not the Gananoque Humane Society's one.

July 25th, 2008, 11:18 AM
It looks like something going on with her third eye thingy. When I bought Kiska home she had a URI and her third eye was nearly covering her eye. Maybe that's similar:shrug:

July 25th, 2008, 11:23 AM
I just PM'd Dr Lee. Hopefully he will have time to take a peek.:pray:

July 25th, 2008, 11:32 AM
That's a really clear picture. Hopefully he will be able to at least give you an idea of what it can be.

And I can't believe I forgot to mention what a doll she looks like in that picture.:lovestruck:

Dr Lee
July 25th, 2008, 11:57 AM
Is that able to be wiped off? Could it be a large accumulation of mucous? Early eye infection - conjunctivitis?

I have also had patients who get a laceration of the 3rd eyelid and there is a piece of the third eyelid which becomes unattached however from the picture at least it does not appear as consistent with this.


July 25th, 2008, 12:03 PM
Cats have more than 1 eyelid??

July 25th, 2008, 12:14 PM
Thank you Dr. Lee, I will check her eye when I get home and if it is still there I will consult with my vet, he is a sweetie :lovestruck: any excuse to see him.

July 25th, 2008, 02:57 PM
Well must have been mucous, hmmmmm was I wearing my glasses last night:o Her eye seems fine now.

Thanks Dr Lee for taking the time to look at her pics.

July 25th, 2008, 03:46 PM
I'm glad it wasn't anything serious.

July 25th, 2008, 04:19 PM
Cats have more than 1 eyelid??

Yup, it's called a nictating membrane. Actually dogs have them too, as do lots of other animals. They just tend to be more visible in cats. Some info here:

Why do cats have three eyelids?
The third eyelid is actually a tiny triangle of pinkish or whitish tissue that is sometimes visible in the corner of the cat's eyes. It's called the haw, or nictating membrane. Humans have something like it - the small pink bump at the inner corner of the eyes. In the cat, the haw rises automatically and then moves sideways across the eye to protect or lubricate its sensitive surface. If the cat is ill, undernourished, or on the verge of catching a disease, the presence of the haw is a good indicator that the cat's health isn't up to par. The spontaneous movement occurs because pads of fat behind the eyeballs, which act as shock absorbers, start to shrink when the cat is in poor health. This is usually a signal to immediately take your cat to the vet.

Just want to add to the above quote that some cats show their third eyelid when they're feeling relaxed and content, so it's not always a sign of illness. Depends on the context.