How My Cat Got Cured From Watery Eye Discharge

I was so excited the day I had to go to the shelter and choose my cat that was going to be my new furry 4-legged friend. It’s amazing the feeling of rescuing an animal from having a sad life and sometimes due to the abuse or negligence they are exposed, some of these beautiful animals come with emotional or physical issues and my cat did.

She had one eye closed and watering discharge in both eyes and this is the first thing I saw when I adopted her, I didn’t care.

I took my cat to the Vet and he prescribed her an eye ointment to put in her eyes twice a day but that didn’t work. Her eyes kept discharging several weeks after this treatment and one of her eyes still half opened. So I started to investigate about the causes of cat eye discharging in an attempt of trying to figure out the cause of this in my cat.

How my cat looked when I got her from the shelter


Here you can see how watery her eyes are



I learned that there are several reasons for a cat to have eyes discharge and this is a symptom of an underlying problem more than a disease itself. So in order to know how to cure my cat’s eyes, I needed to know what disease my cat had in the first place. I must say that when I took her to the Vet he couldn’t figure out what my cat had so it was time to start my own research.

The common causes for cats to have eye discharge are the following:

—Upper respiratory infection
—Blepharitis (inflammation of the eyelid)
—Corneal disease
—Epiphora (excessive watering of the eyes from various causes such as blocked tear duct)
—Dry eye

As there were so many causes that create eye discharge in cats I needed to know the different types of eye discharge in cats to find out what watering eyes is associated with. The types of discharge in cats are the following:

  • Watery, which is usually tied to viral infections, irritant or allergic agents.
  • Mucopulurent, which is associated with bacterial infections. The discharge is often yellow with thick and mucous consistency.
  • Mucoid, which is a clear discharge with a thick consistency. This is caused by allergies or dry eyes.

My cat had watery type discharge from her eyes so I assumed it could be related to a viral infection or allergy.



As she had already watery eyes when she was in the shelter I thought she could have an underlying infection that the Vet didn’t determine. So I took her to another Vet (which is my current veterinarian) and I explained her that I thought my cat had a viral infection and I needed her to get checked further.

Finally it turned out my cat had an upper respiratory infection due to a virus and her immune system was weak. Maybe she had feline viral rhinopneumonitis (FVR) or herpesvirus type 1 (FHV-1), none of these were determined but the thing was to strengthen her immune system to keep the virus at bay.


Together with treating the infection with antibiotics (I assume the infection was advanced), the Vet told me to avoid very fine sand type litter to reduce exposition to possible allergens. Additionally, she told me to give her an amino-acid called Lysine every day which could put the virus into a standby mode and her symptoms would eventually disappear.

Together with all this, I made sure to feed my cat with the best healthy cat food to help her immune system to fight the virus.

So I bought this Lysine and started giving her 1/2 inch in her wet food every 24 hours for about 6 months. Her eyes started changing slowly but progressively, the watery discharge in her eyes didn’t disappear but it was much less than before. After about 10 months she didn’t have any watery discharge in her eyes anymore, she had completely healthy eyes.

The Lysine my Vet recommended for my cat with amazing results

Most part of this result is treating her viral respiratory infection, the amino-acid Lysine, avoiding possible allergens, providing her a healthy diet, lots of love and lack of stress. The lack of stress is very important if you have a cat with a viral respiratory infection because the stress weakens its immune system and the virus takes over again.

Sophie showing healthy eyes after the treatment

Feline respiratory virus doesn’t disappear from your cat’s body, it just stays in a neutral mode when the cat has a strong immune system and it doesn’t show symptoms at all so your pet needs to feel comfortable and free of stress at all times to look and feel as healthy as cats get.

This is my story with Sophie and I hope I can help somebody that is going through the same problem with its cat. You can get this amino-acid on Amazon at a cheaper price than what I paid through my Vet.


Lorena Avila is a Marketing Engineer, Writer, cat figures collector, cat lover and cat owner as well but above all a very passionate investigator of felines. She started investigating cat products 5 years ago when she couldn't find reliable reviews on the internet to buy an automatic feeder for her own cat and since then she has been helping others providing honest information online.