Owners of particular breeds of cats may know how annoying tear staining may be. This becomes especially an issue if your cat's coat is on the lighter side, affecting aesthetically the most, white coated pets. Genetically predisposed breeds in cats are Persians and Himalayan.
Common eye conditions causing tear staining are red yeast, bacterial infections, blocked tear ducts, irritations and allergies. Best to rule out these conditions. Sometimes though, when brought to the veterinarian's attention, there may be nothing wrong at all with your pet's eyes. The vet may therefore, just advise to clean the area as much as possible.
Cleaning, cleaning, cleaning may help keep the area clean, but for how long? The tearing after all, never ends! The tears then stain the pet's coat making it very challenging to go back to its normal color.
As an owner there are some things you can do at home to help relieve and thus prevent the constant tearing, however this must be done after the vet has ruled out any particular eye condition.
Home Remedies For Cat Tear Stains
- Trimming carefully the hair around your cat's eyes may be helpful, since the hair gets wet from tears and this moisture attracts bacteria and may cause yeast infections. If you're not comfortable doing this, have your groomer do this for you.
- Even the water your cat drinks may causes excessive tear staining if its mineral content is too high. You may want to give bottled water or filtered water as an alternative.
- Pet foods also may be a trigger cat tear stains with all the additives, preservatives and dyes present. You may want to try to find a premium cat food with the least amount of these harmful substances.
- You can try some special products available online or at pet stores. Many have many good customer reviews and seem promising. Some of them just need sprinkled on the pet's food once a day and results may start showing up as early as a week.
Tear staining may be annoying but luckily it can be manageable. Once your cat will no longer have those unsightly reddish brown stains it will start to show its real beauty and you will wish you uncovered it before, but as they say better late than never!
*Disclaimer: All remedies suggested are not to be used as a substitute for professional veterinary advice. If your pet is sick please refer to your veterinarian for a hands on examination. If your pet is exhibiting behavior problems please refer to a professional pet behaviorist.