Originally Posted by 4Cruella
I have agreed to foster these 3 himalayan cats. Their master is gone on a long trip. Now they are absolute sweethearts. But their eyes are awful. They weep 24/7 and are always all crusted up.
|I have to clean them daily with warm water and they hate it
. Own tells me , they have been like that since the first day he bought them and that this is a normal thing with that breed. I've have searched the net and can not find anything that talks to this problem.. One of his cats has won shows and has been in "Cat Fancy"
I really hate how awful this makes them look. Can anyone help me. They look so uncomfortable..
Himalayan Persian cats are known for this because of the shape of their eyes. I brush Persi every single day (something else you must do) and check his eyes at that time. They often have the crust you are talking about in the corners so I just routinely clean out his eyes each day. The parents of Persi are also Champions, and champion Himalayans; all Persians, have this tendency of crust collecting in the corner of their eyes where they drain. Can you provide me a photo of these kittys, I can see how they compare to mine, as there may be nothing unusual at all about them. Here is a picture I took yesterday which I can use as an example however. I had already cleaned his eyes out but you can notice that his left eye in particular has a more pronounced drainage duct.
There is no cure that I know of and yes, they look horrible, but fortunately the cats never have to look at theirselves, the important thing is to just keep cleaning out their eyes every day along with their daily brushing. This is why the cat books will refer to this breed as a "high maintenance" cat. When I am sitting at the computer or reading a book or watching TV and he decides to join me, I routinely pick at the corners of his eyes. Only because it "bugs" me, but is of no bother or consequence to him.