“What’s that red stuff coming out of the cat’s eye?”

I can't imagine what Cozy has to be so stressed about. Can you? (And yes, that is a hand-knit apple cap. What's your point? Don't you know winter's coming?)

I know what you’re thinking. I can hear you from here. “For heaven’s sake, woman! Get that cat to a vet! Don’t sit around blogging about it!”

And while in general I would agree with you, in this particular case, the red stuff in question was due to a previously diagnosed condition and not the result of an unfortunate Preschooler-Cat interaction.

My most-likely-seventeen-year-old cat has long suffered from recurrent bouts of what my vet tells me is Chlamydophila. In his case, when he gets stressed a clear discharge comes out of his left eye. Over time the discharge turns dark, and then eventually it stops. It doesn’t seem to bother him when it happens, so we’ve left it alone (aside from cleaning off the gunk periodically when it builds up).

Of course, if it had been anything else, I would take him to the vet immediately. You don’t mess around with eyes.

About Shala Howell

I spent two decades helping companies like Bell Labs, Juniper Networks, and a genetic testing company that was later acquired by CVS translate some of the world’s most complicated concepts into actionable, understandable English. Now I'm working on a much harder problem -- fostering children’s curiosity and engagement in the scientific, artistic, and linguistic world that surrounds them. The first book in my Caterpickles Parenting Series, What’s That, Mom?, focuses on how to use public art to nurture children’s curiosity in the world around them. My next book will focus on science, and how parents without a science degree can answer their curious child's questions without enrolling in a college level refresher course. In the meantime, you can find me blogging about life with a very curious Eleven-Year-Old at Caterpickles.com, chatting about books and the writing life at BostonWriters.blog, and tweeting about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.
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One Response to “What’s that red stuff coming out of the cat’s eye?”

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