We found out today that our kitten Grady has blocked tear ducts in both eyes, after bringing him to the University of Florida's Small Animal Clinic to see why his eyes profusely tear all the time.
Grady was a shelter cat we adopted four months ago at 8 age months and will officially turn a year at the end of this month.
Like other members here who have mentioned the crusting and staining of the skin to the eyes of their cats that conjunctivitis can cause, th blockages have also led Grady to scratch his eyes raw at times, as well as it has left the area right under the corner of his eyes hairless, pink and super-sensitive. That's why our regular vet thought it best that we bring him to the University of Florida's teaching hospital an hour from our rural home.
After we got there, the hospital vet ran the eye staining test, and nothing came out of his nose (as it should have), meaning that tear ducts in Grady's eyes are blocked, she said. She has put Grady on Terramycin eye ointment and said they will get back with swab test results in about a week. She further said that after the test results come back, I will have to schedule to bring Grady back in so they can anesthetize him and unclog the ducts.
It's been a long day for all of us and I was alright with everything.. until, that is, I came home and read here on the Cat Site that this eye duct blockage could come back after the procedure to open them was done. Really?
So then why bother putting him under and putting him through such an ordeal if this is what the situation is going to come back down to? They never mentioned that it could.come back at all.
Now I'm really concerned. And worried even more so about my cat's future health. What a depressing thing to find out that even after all they will do to correct his eyes that, he may well wind up the same boar again now or sometime in the future.
Last September we lost our cat Alex after a heartbreaking 11-year bout with bowel disease (also found in kitten-hood). My husband and I were so looking forward to having a healthy kitty--at least for a little while--when we adopted Grady. Of course we both realize that every animal (or person, for that matter!) comes with the possibility that unbeknownst to anyone an adopted animal currently is, or will become ill. But for my husband and I it's been nothing but vet bill after vet bill with no end in sight for going on a dozen years now. *shrug*
My husband Joe and I love Grady with all our hearts and would never give him back. And we wouldn't have not adopted him, even had I known he had this condition. It's just that it seems that so many of our shelter animals are not well from the get-go. It sure makes for a lot of heartache and expense for all animal lovers. Oh, well. I think I'll go watch a movie and try to unwind from the day.
Thanks all who read this for putting up with sad about my forever-dirty-eyed kitty rant,