Corneal Sequestrum in Cats: Symptoms, Causes, & Treatments

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Corneal sequestrum in cats is a medical condition that affects the eyes. The condition causes dark spots to appear on the eyes.

Technically, the exact cause of the condition is unknown. Although, in general, the condition is often caused by trauma.

Unfortunately, the Burmese, Persian, and Himalayan breeds of cat suffer from the condition the most.

If you see the signs of corneal sequestrum in your cat, then get to a veterinarian for a proper diagnosis and treatment.

Here’s what you should know about the symptoms, causes, and treatments for the condition.

Symptoms of Corneal Sequestrum in Cats

The condition produces a range of symptoms. For example, some of the most common symptoms include:

  • Dark spots appearing in the eyes
  • Dry eyes
  • Discharge from the eyes
  • Swollen eyes
  • Ulcers on the cornea
  • Squinting
  • Producing a lot of tears

Causes of Corneal Sequestrum in Cats

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The cause of the condition is technically unknown. However, some of the factors that seem to contribute towards it include the following:

Additionally, brachycephalic breeds of cat seem most likely to develop the conditions. Specifically, the Burmese, Himalayan, and Persian breeds suffer from the condition the most.

Treatments for Corneal Sequestrum in Cats

Firstly, your vet will ask about your cat’s symptoms. Secondly, your vet will ask about any circumstances where your cat could have suffered a trauma to the area.

Thirdly, a full physical examination will be carried out. Special attention will be paid to the eyes.

Treatment for the condition sometimes requires surgery. This procedure may involve removing part of the corneal tissue.

Additionally, topical antibiotics are often used. As always, if your vet prescribes your cat any medicine, make sure to stick to the correct dose and frequency instructions. Also, complete the full course of medicine.

If your cat requires surgery for this condition, they will likely need to wear an Elizabethan collar while recovering. This is so that your cat does not aggravate the eye area.

Have you ever cared for a cat who suffered from this condition? How did your vet help your kitty recover? Let us know in the comments section below.