Certain breeds like Persians, Himalayans, Scottish Fold and Exotics (those with short noses otherwise referred to as brachycephalic faces) are prone to excessive tear staining. They have drainage issues because of their prominent eyes and short nasal passage.
What are the causes of tear staining? It’s typically caused by an overproduction of tears and appears rusty in color. If it is more brownish, it is not normal and you should speak with your veterinarian. Others causes include:
- Poor Diet
- Irritant in eye
- Inflammation or Ulcer
To prevent staining, regular cleaning of the eye area should be done with a cotton ball or a soft washcloth. Saline solution or warm water can be used around the sensitive eye area. You should clean your cat’s eyes twice a day and make sure the area is completely dry. It may take a few weeks to clear up. The best results are usually found with a twice a day schedule and ensuring they drink filtered water in a glass bowl (no plastic drinking or eating bowls).
Dietary changes – A better quality diet often helps Brachycephalic cats with their staining and coat issues (dry coat). Filtered water is also known to help control the tear duct bacteria.
Certain breeds like Persian tend to find it more difficult to grasp kibble so they use the underside of their tongue, turning the kibble backwards into their mouth, so the wet will be more appealing. Many also have lost their teeth, so the added wet food diet benefits (ease of chewing, coupled with added moisture) will be appreciated by your cat. We also recommend regular grooming to keep your cat clean, fresh and hair-ball free!
Foods (by type) many clients rave about include:
Kibble : Orijen, Natures Variety, BFF
Wet food: Tiki, Weruva,
Raw food: Darwin’s https://www.darwinspet.com/cat-food/ or Blue Ridge Beef: Can order on line or through the following sources in CT: http://www.blueridgebeef.com/dealers-by-state-ct.html
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