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Okay I tried to ask the vet this question as not to bother you with it but the receptionist was not understanding me and i was getting irritated. And I was having trouble researching it online.

For the last week Sebastian has had red goopy discharge stuff building up around his eyes. Now he has always had the tear staining and rusty colored stuff but this is RED. He has never had this. I am cleaning it off morning and night and there is a lot of it.

The vet kept saying it was normal discharge and staining because he is a persian and his face is pushed in and talking to me like i am a moron.

I know he has discharge I have had him since a kitten and its always been brownish or rust colored and more runny not goopy but the reason I was asking them is this is different for him and its Red not rusty or reddish brown but red. But it does not look like blood...its to thick. He has had no behavior changes and does not seem bothered by his eyes.

If this is just normal discharge for a persian fine..but i have had him for 2 years and this has never happened.

Thanks!
post #2 of 5
I would call the vet back and make a royal pain of myself until I got to talk to someone who could give me satisfaction. It could be something that the cat needs to be seen by the doctor for.
post #3 of 5
That is what the Eye Envy website calls "red yeast". Despite the name "yeast" they claim it is a bacterial infection that sets itself up in the eye discharge area.

My boy Rochester has experienced it ever since his herpes virus URI- my feline vet told me to just clean it off every day and not worry about it. But it was getting worse and worse- so much so that I could hardly keep up with it. I did get the Eye Envy product and it does take care of it- I can now go 2-3 days in between cleanings, and previously I had to do it at least twice a day.
We are now recommending their products in our grooming shop, and some of the results are just this side of extraordinary.

I do not make money off of them, and am in no way affiliated. I'm just a satisfied customer relating my tale, as it sounded similar to what you are describing.
post #4 of 5
Both my cats (neither of whom are Persians, btw) had this for about a week or so a few months ago. Like you, I was pretty worried about it because I'd never seen it before, but fortunately my cats were already scheduled for a regular vet visit so I was able to talk to her about it. She didn't seem at all concerned (Spike even had a bit of a sniffle and sneeze going on at the time) but said if it kept up or if their conditions changed I should bring them back in. The red gunk went away on its own, as did Spike's cold. (Believe me, I have my vet's number on speed-dial: if anything had changed with them, we'd have been back in the office in a heartbeat!)

As a note, the red gunk in my cats' eyes may very well be different from the red gunk in your cat's eyes. I think if you're really concerned -- and you have every right to be! don't let anyone insinuate otherwise! -- make an appointment and have it checked out. Is there a different vet you could go to for a second opinion?
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Originally Posted by Cearbhaill View Post
My boy Rochester has experienced it ever since his herpes virus URI- my feline vet told me to just clean it off every day and not worry about it. But it was getting worse and worse- so much so that I could hardly keep up with it. I did get the Eye Envy product and it does take care of it- I can now go 2-3 days in between cleanings, and previously I had to do it at least twice a day.
We are now recommending their products in our grooming shop, and some of the results are just this side of extraordinary.

I do not make money off of them, and am in no way affiliated. I'm just a satisfied customer relating my tale, as it sounded similar to what you are describing.
the eye envy does work wonders, but i would still want the vet to make sure it's not something more serious. but i've seen great improvement in Pixel's stains since using the eye envy, as well. her vet told me she had blocked tear ducts, something that could only be repaired surgically, but wouldn't hurt her - just look icky. but her discharge is definitely brown, not red, not even rust.
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