What causes eye discoloration in cats?

What causes eye discoloration in cats?

Understanding Iris Melanosis in Cats Iris Melanosis is a feline-specific condition where the iris becomes pigmented. The pigment is a result of melanocytes, or pigmented cells, inappropriately replicating and spreading over the iris surface.

What is wrong with cats eyes?

The most common causes include Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV), Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP), Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV), Toxoplasmosis, Cryptococcus and different types of cancer. These are all serious diseases.

How do I know if something is wrong with my cats eye?

Signs and symptoms: The most telling symptom is runny eyes. Eye discharge might be clear or be gray, yellow, green or even a dark, rusty red color. The inside of the eye may appear swollen and/or reddened, and either one or both eyes may be affected.

What does a tumor in a cat’s eye look like?

With diffuse iris melanoma, you may see what appears to be one or more freckles on the iris. They may be round, irregular, or streaky in shape. Initially, the freckles may be very light brown in color, but over time they usually turn very dark brown.

What does it mean when your cat’s eyes change color?

The Process of Melanosis in Cats. Melanosis is a condition in which certain spots on one or both eyes change color suddenly. You may notice that your cat’s eye appears to be discolored in a certain area, or that his two eyes no longer seem to match.

Why does my cat have dark spots in her eye?

Dark spots can develop in cats of any eye colour and may be cancerous (malignant) or benign. Benign iris melanosis can sometimes progress into malignant melanoma when the cells undergo malignant transformation. More often than developing a malignancy, iris melanomas can lead to glaucoma, a condition caused by increased pressure within the eyeball.

What kind of eye condition does my cat have?

While iris melanosis is usually not a serious condition, it can be confused with iris melanoma, a potentially serious type of cancer. If you see a new patch of dark pigment on your cat’s iris, bring it to your veterinarian’s attention. He or she should be able to tell you whether it is anything to worry about after performing an eye exam.

How to tell if your cat’s eye is cloudy?

Seek immediate veterinary attention if you notice any of the following symptoms: 1 Rubbing the eyes. 2 Excess tear production. 3 Light sensitivity. 4 Signs of pain. 5 Squinting and rapid blinking. 6 (more items)