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Tearing cat eyes

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
i guess it should be pretty normal, but Hobbes' eyes seem to be tearing a lot. There doesn't seem to be any discomfort or discharge, just regular tears streaming down (like he's crying!). Sometimes his eyes would get watery and i'll tissue it off for him. i'm a little concern and wondering if i should bring him in for a checkup. Wanted to see if anyone other cats are like that too? He hasn't been acting strange or anything and everything else seems normal.
post #2 of 17
I don't think this is normal. But I can't speculate what the cause might be. There are different things that could cause this. I'd suggest you bring him in to the vet, but it's not an emergency.
post #3 of 17
Is he light eyed? I've heard that blue eyed cats are more prone to tearing up than darker eyed cats.
post #4 of 17
is it one or both eyes?

if it is one, there is something in it that irritated it
if it is both, you need to take them to a vet, that is not ususlly normal

one of sara's eyes has been tearing for the past week... she got something in it... it is almost gone now
post #5 of 17
It could also be allergies. My Angelo (flamepoint w/ light blue eyes) has weepy eyes. Vet said it was allergies. His eyes aren't irritated (normal color, not red) but they do tear up and his nose is usually dirty.

If this started out of the blue, then I would take your cat in to be checked.
post #6 of 17
My kitty's eye's water alot... But it doesnt last for long..
post #7 of 17
Well I can't really comment because I have Persians and Exotics and their eyes are pretty much always running

hope it is nothing serious
post #8 of 17
I have a siamese and he always has slightly weepy eyes, but never as if he is crying, just discharge sometimes. It sounds a bit strange, I would go to the vet just to be on the safe side.
post #9 of 17
It's normal for a Persian.
But Hobbes is not a Persian...
post #10 of 17
this is a good link... short and to the point.... it has general info for both cats and dogs, what to look for, and when to take the animal to the vet!

watery eyes
post #11 of 17
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the replies, Hobbes has amber eyes, not blue. Sometimes one eye will get teary, and sometimes it's both. His eyes will well up and that's about it. But there are times when the tears would trickle down. i scheduled for an appointment for tomorrow, his annual checkup is due anyway. We'll see what the vet says. i hope he's alright...now i'm worried.
post #12 of 17
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the link Meagan!! That helps. Thankfully his tears are clear and watery, doesn't look like anything too serious. i hope the vet will be able to give me some answers tomorrow! Keeping fingers crossed~
post #13 of 17
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Originally Posted by Hobbester
Thanks for the link Meagan!! That helps. Thankfully his tears are clear and watery, doesn't look like anything too serious. i hope the vet will be able to give me some answers tomorrow! Keeping fingers crossed~
No problem! Let us know what the vet says! Good luck!
post #14 of 17
Thread Starter 
Hobbes is back from his checkup! Vet said he is a very very healthy cat, albeit a teeny little bit overweight. She said it's best that they stick around 10-11lbs, and Hobbes is 13.5. But overall he's doing good, healthy coat and skin, heart, lungs everything. She was amazed at his teeth too, she said they were beautiful and gums are pink! So no need for teeth cleaning yet, woo hoo!

Hobbes was sooo good, he didn't even complain when his temperature was taken, or when he was given his shots. i'm so proud of my boy! As for the tearing, the vet said that it might be some allergies from the air, nothing major. She checked his eyes and they seemed fine, it wasn't tearing either when we were there. But just to be safe, she also wanted a stool sample to make sure everything else is ok.

Needless to say, even though my wallet is $88 lighter, i'm very happy with the vet visit knowing my baby is healthy and strong.
post #15 of 17
Thanks for the update!

Good to hear everything is okay!!!
post #16 of 17
It's interesting that his eyes weren't tearing at the vet's office. I think that would make me suspect an allergy to something at home. Are you using scented litter? That's a big source of allergy/sensitivity problems for cats. Others might be rug deodorizers, air fresheners, fabric softeners, perfume, flowers, candles, cleaners, etc.
post #17 of 17
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by coaster
It's interesting that his eyes weren't tearing at the vet's office. I think that would make me suspect an allergy to something at home. Are you using scented litter? That's a big source of allergy/sensitivity problems for cats. Others might be rug deodorizers, air fresheners, fabric softeners, perfume, flowers, candles, cleaners, etc.
No scented litter, we use WBCL, but i do sprinkle some Arm&Hammer litter deodorizer in his box. i'll pay extra attention the next time he uses the box and check to see if it bothers his eyes. Or it might also be the candles, i have them around the house. Thanks for the tip.
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