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My cat has previously had a weepy eye - he squints his eye and it was weeping, kind of watery but clear. We took him to the vet after it went on for several hours cause I was worried he scratched his eye but the vet said it was probably an infection and gave us cream to put in his eye 2x/day for 10 days. It cleared up in a few days and we used the cream the full 10 days. This was maybe 3 months ago.

This morning he was squinting again, same eye, only I could see drops of liquid forming and every time he shook his head little drops of liquid would fly off. It's still clear and seems like what I remember from last time. I watched him for awhile and about 10 minutes later he seemed back to normal, then I had to go to work. I'll be home in a few hours and will check on him again.

I have two questions
1) if he is still squinting should I take him back to the vet asap, should I try using the cream again (we got a whole tube last time), or should I wait-and-see?
2) we planned on going to the shelter to look for a 2nd cat this weekend (finally!!!). Is this a bad idea if Tom might have some sort of eye infection? We'll keep the new/old cat separate for several days if we do find a new cat... it has taken months for my boyfriend to agree to the second cat and we can't wait much longer to ensure enough time for him/her to acclimate to our before we leave the cats alone for overnights during ski season (I think it would be too cruel to lock one in a bathroom the whole time we are gone, so I'd like them to be at least civil to each other by then). .

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I'd watch him. If it looks like it's coming back, if it were me I'd treat him with the antibiotic ointment you have. If it's recurrent I'm wondering if he's having blocked tear duct issues. I don't know what would be done in cats, I know in babies I had to massage my kiddos there (I think two of them had issues with that).

As for another cat, I'd say that you're going to keep him separarted initially, so I don't think it would be an issue.

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I'd watch him. If it looks like it's coming back, if it were me I'd treat him with the antibiotic ointment you have. If it's recurrent I'm wondering if he's having blocked tear duct issues. I don't know what would be done in cats, I know in babies I had to massage my kiddos there (I think two of them had issues with that).

As for another cat, I'd say that you're going to keep him separarted initially, so I don't think it would be an issue.
Thanks. I just got home and he seems to be fine now, so I wonder if he didn't just get something in his eye briefly. I am such a worrywart with him - I hope I don't become one of those parents that brings their kids to the doctor for every little sniffle!

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use a black tea bag ... let the tea seep (sp?) and then take the bag and put it on his eye ...it has to be 100% black tea though ... Early Grey makes a black tea

I usually wipe the eye clean with the tea bag several times a day then discard it and do a new one the next day ...
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It could be feline herpes. That causes congestions and weeping from the eyes. But since he's not congested, it's probably not it. A preventative from herpes flares is dosing food with L-Lysine. not sure of the amount off the top of my head.

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use a black tea bag ... let the tea seep (sp?) and then take the bag and put it on his eye ...it has to be 100% black tea though ... Early Grey makes a black tea

I usually wipe the eye clean with the tea bag several times a day then discard it and do a new one the next day ...
Thanks! If he starts weeping again I'll try this

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It could be feline herpes. That causes congestions and weeping from the eyes. But since he's not congested, it's probably not it. A preventative from herpes flares is dosing food with L-Lysine. not sure of the amount off the top of my head.

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Thanks. I don't know if he is congested, how would I know? When he had his eye infection a few months ago his nose ran clear fluid. But the vet said it was just extra fluid from the eye leaking out through his nose. I guess they are connected in cats? Sometimes he drools though.

Is there a test for feline herpes? Is it contagious? maybe we should wait on another cat.. yikes.

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you would know if he was congested. Lots of wheezing, sneezing, etc.

I think there is a test, but that it's not very acurate. I think one of our cats has herpes or bad allergies as he has a weepy eye sometimes and can be wheezy, but nothing the vets have tried have really stopped it, so now I'm trying to get them all on better food.

Herpes is only contagious when the cat has an outbreak and is shedding the live virus. There are many households with a cat that has herpes and others that don't. From what I remember (I'm sorry I'm so vague about all this, it's been some time since I researched it!) herpes isn't serious or life threatening, more an annoyance.

If his breathing sounds fine now and his eye isn't weeping, I don't think he would have it. May have just gotten an irritant in his eye this morning.

He's quite a cutie by the way! Got a great big tom cat face!

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Thank you, jlutgendorf! Funnily enough, after I posted my last post I noticed that he was kind of whistling when he was breathing. Very strange! But it's stopped now and he seems fine, also his eye has been fine. I'll probably mention it the next time he goes to the vet but not worry about it aside from that

Thanks everyone for the support

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