Originally Posted by hippydogs
I've had many kitties, but never encountered this, so don't know if it's to be worried about...our new cat is a ginger tom named Jinx...he appears to be very strong and healthy with shiny fur, but his eyes get a crusty dark build up in the corners over a few days...I clean it off with a damp towel but it comes back...any thoughts? Thank you!
My cat is a stray/rescued cat, and she gets "gunk" in her eyes. She used to all the time when she was little, but now, it's just occasionally. When I took her to the vet, I asked my vet about that, and he told me it looked like a form of the herpes virus. It's not serious at all, nor contagious to humans, but it just pops up every now and then, and gives her runny eyes. Her brother didn't have this problem, and the vet told me that he probably has a better system to defend then CJ has. She's fine, and they don't occur that often anymore, as they did when she was a kitty.
Is the "goop" coming out toward the nose, in the corner of the eye? Is it---- I don't want to sound gross, but---- is it gooey? If the answer to these questions are yes, then your cat probably has a form of herpes, just like CJ does. Remember, it's no reason to be concerned. It's not contagious to humans, and it doesn't harm kitty. CJ acts just as she normally does when her eyes get runny. The outside cats, her relatives, probably her daddy has it was well. There was an outside kitten who had the same thing as CJ. It's common around here. How old is your kitty?