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My 18 month old boy has an eye that squint when he is tired or chilling. If I call his name he looks at me with both eyes open. He is completely happy, healthy and playful besides this. I asked our vet and they said they were not concerned as it feels good in the socket but I still worry. Has any one seen this? These are two pics taken a minute apart.

I am thinking of making an appt with the ophthalmologist next week. My husband and are not sure if it’s always been this way or if it’s something we’ve noticed for about six months.
 

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What a handsome guy! Personally, I wouldn't worry about it unless it was discolored green, yellow, or some combination of colors or if it was weeping excessively. Many kitties had eye allergies and will have a little liquid leak from the eyes, just like humans do. Also, like humans who wake up with crusty stuff in they eyes, so do cats.

When kitties are relaxed and content, they relax the eyelids and it appears like they are squinting. Unless he is rubbing his eye or the eyelid is red and irritated looking, he is probably fine.
 

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Some eye issues are not obvious until they are quite developed and squinting is often an indication that something is not quite right. Have you examined the eye for anything untoward. If it is ongoing, I would have the vet check him over to be on the safe side.
 

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I noticed squinting more in the first pic than the second one. Since you see your boy every day you are the best judge about his level of squinting. I wonder if he could have a weakness in the muscle tone of his eye. Regardless, if you are concerned it's wise to speak with a specialist for your own peace of mind. Please note the last paragraph in this Article about when to consider a certified veterinary ophthalmologist: Eye Problems In Cats: What Every Owner Needs To Know
 
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Hi -

I know way too well about our problems we lost my girl to inter-ocular cancer in January which is why I might be overreacting. He doesn’t have any seepage and his eyes seem clear. I was trying to show the difference in the two pictures the first one he was kind of waking up and the second one was a minute later when I called his name so his eyes pop right open. I think to be on the safe side I’ll try to take them into the ophthalmologist the vet said he was OK but the second opinion might make me feel better. It’s tough when you lose a cat do you watch very carefully the next ones.

Thanks for the input!!
 

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I completely understand about watching when you have had a previous bad experience. Please let us know how it goes.
 
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