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Feline Viral Conjunctivitis… AKA Cat Eye Infection… symptoms and costs.

Does your cat appear to have excessive “gooks” in her eyes? Do her eyes look red or her eyelids inflamed?

If so…

Feline viral conjunctivitis may be the cause. And while it may be painful for your kitty, it shouldn’t be all that difficult to treat provided that you know what to look for and you have him or her checked out by a professional.

This is why…

In this article, we wanted to take a moment and discuss exactly what feline viral conjunctivitis is so that if you think your cat may be suffering from this, you’ll know what to look for and what to expect while treating him or her.

So, without further ado, let’s dive right in.

Feline Viral Conjunctivitis defined

Simply put, feline viral conjunctivitis is simply a fancy medical term used to describe an eye infection.  An infection that is usually caused by some simply to treat infection, but could become quite serious if left untreated for too long.

Clinical Signs of Eye Infections in Cats

If you see any noticeable difference in the way your cat’s eyes look, then it could possibly be feline viral conjunctivitis.

For example…

Your cat may have a problem with:

  • Persistent squinting or excessive blinking,
  • Redness of the tissue surrounding the eye,
  • Eye discharge,
  • Persistent “pawing” of the eye,
  • Fluid buildup within the eye.

You may also notice that you cat will try to rub his or her eye against objects in an attempt to “clear” the eye of what ever it is that is bother it.

Also, it’s quite common…

For a cat to get an upper respiratory tract infection along with an eye infection because their immune system is compromised.


If there is nasal discharge as well, then the diagnosis may be something else, such as allergies or a kitty cold.

Who is at risk?

Pretty much any cat is susceptible to suffering from feline conjunctivitis.  That said however, because feline viral conjunctivitis is cause by a viral infection it safe to assume that cats with a compromised immune system will be at a greater risk for developing this condition.  Kittens and older cat will also be at an increased risk as well.

What causes feline viral conjunctivitis?

The name “viral” should tip you off a bit: this common eye infection is usually caused by being exposed to a virus that leads to an eye infection.

Most of the time…

This is feline herpes virus. It’s not exactly what you’re thinking; there are hundreds of strands of herpes and they are transferred between animals in a number of ways; even when two cats play fight they could be spreading the herpes virus.

  • Chlamydophilia felis is another bacterium that is easily spread among cats. It can easily result in feline conjunctiva.

Diagnosis of Eye Infection

If you suspect there’s something wrong with your kitty’s eye(s), then take her to the vet asap! She’ll need treatment in order to get better, so there is no point in delaying it.

Your veterinarian…

Will most likely be able to identify this disease without any invasive diagnosis process. He or she will take a look at the eyes and eyelids to see if there are any visible problems including any signs of corneal ulcers.

From there…

They may consider things like environmental exposure that could be causing eye irritation that’s related to allergies rather than infection.


It’s also important to note that note all eye infections are caused by a virus. Another disease caused by feline herpes is feline viral rhinotracheitis (FVR) which has some similar symptoms.


This could be a bacterial infection as well – these are things for your veterinarian to determine before giving treatment options.

Treatment of Viral Conjunctivitis in Cats

Treatment options will largely depend on the cause. The most common treatment options are antibiotics or antiviral treatments. Sometimes your cat will be given a topical medication or eye drops rather than an oral. Most cats will get better rather quickly.

Vet Costs

Despite that this isn’t a serious disease or a deadly problem, the costs associated with feline viral conjunctivitis can add up pretty quickly. Between vet visits and medication, don’t be surprised if the total cost is more than $300 when it’s all said and done. That’s a lot of money to have to spend unexpectedly!


These costs can often times be reduced if you’re quick to act and get your pet to a vet at the first sign of problems because this way his or her treatment will likely be minimized.

Now at this point…

We like to remind folks that we here at IndulgeYourPet are not doctors, veterinarians or medical professionals.  All we are is a bunch of folks who just happen to be really passionate about animals and only what what’s best for them.


If you think that your cat may be suffering from feline viral conjunctivitis or any other medical condition for that matter, please have a professional check him or her out right away.  Not only could it help reduce your pets pain and suffering, it could also help you save a whole lot of money in the long run.

And while we’re…

On the topic of money, we would also encourage you to take a moment and check out our Best Pet Insurance Companies article.

Because having a pet insurance policy…

On your loved one could end up saving you thousands of dollars in the event that your pet ever really does become seriously sick or injured.

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