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Cataracts

maalleh

Savannah Super Cat
When I took my kitten to the vet for her second round of vaccinations the vet took a good look in her eyes and told me she had cataracts. How does a kitten get cataracts? What do I need to do to protect her eyesight?

Thanks for any help/suggestions you can provide.
Mary in Savannah TX
 

Pam Flachs

Savannah Super Cat
Mary, I can't tell you how sorry I am your kitten came with all these issues; tri-trich, cryptosporidia, fleas, lack of vaccines, no known health history or guarantee and now a diagnosis of cataracts :( That said, you seem very committed to her care, are doing the right thing in having her health issues treated and she seems to be fitting in well in your life.

Did your vet recommend she see a specialist for the cataracts? I know little about this, but found a few sites on the 'net about causes and treatment.

http://pets.webmd.com/cats/cataracts-cats-types-treatment-options

http://feline-health-care-corner.com/cat-diseases/feline-cataracts.htm

http://www.petwave.com/Cats/Health/Cataracts/Causes.aspx

http://www.petwave.com/Cats/Health/Cataracts/Treatment.aspx

I wish you the very best of luck with your kitty...what is her name, and is she the cat in your avatar?
 

maalleh

Savannah Super Cat
I wish you the very best of luck with your kitty...what is her name, and is she the cat in your avatar?


Yes that is Ahavah in my avatar. Ahavah is Hebrew for love. I call her Havi for short among other things such as Baby Cat, Lil' Miss Dirty Nose, because of the black nose, Stinker, etc.

I found this site a few weeks ago, but it just took me a while to get my nerve up to post about her issues. Didn't want to cause the breeder any problems. But the more I thought about it the more upset I got, he needs to be exposed. I learned my lesson and hopefully those that purchase his future kittens will not have these same issues. But unless he has all his cats tested and certified as healthy that probably won't happen. And knowing the cost of the PCR test that would be a chunk of change.

Thanks for the warm welcome to this site.

Be blessd

Mary in Savannah, TX
 

Pam Flachs

Savannah Super Cat
Havi is a lovely girl :) I am glad you came to this site, and feel comfortable now to ask questions and share your experience...again I am so sorry, but I feel she will be fine under your care and love...I would love to see more pics of her!
 

Trish Allearz

Moderator
Um, I see no reason for you to protect anyone with all of the issues you are having with your baby.

Cataracts in cats, I believe, are about the same as in humans. Can lead to blindness and depending upon the situation, they may be removed via surgery. I do think it tends to be pricy surgery though- since you usually would see a specialist. Did your vet send home any eye drops to help protect it from worsening? Per will be around eventually, but I think there are drops that can help out.

As far as blindness goes- if goodness forbid it were to occur, your kitten/cat could still live a long, healthy life with some considerations given to him/her. I have a one eyed old bugger and he's perfectly fine unless he's mad at you- then he poops on your bed :/
 

Patti

Admin
Staff member
Ahavah is a beautiful girl and I'm so sorry she is having to deal with so many issues. Pam has given you some great links that I'm sure will help you.
 

Per Lausund

Moderator
Staff member
I´m very sorry to hear of these problems, but that said:
I would expect your vet to explain about cataract and what to do, it could be caused by almost any form of disease including diabetes (which is unlikely). You really need to talk to your vet about this, and also get an idea as to how advanced it is. You should also get advice on any necessary treatment or further diagnosis requirements.
Good luck!
 
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