My son has one of my huge long haired kittens, who is about 7 months old now. A couple of days ago, he noticed that the cat was uncharacteristically laying on the couch, with his left eye swollen shut. My son thought it looked as though the eye was popping out of his head. Needless to say he took the cat straight to the vet. The vet sedated the cat, and my son watched as he opened the eye. He then took a pair of tweezers, and started pulling on something. It was a HUGE ball of hair and fur, and it was wrapped all around his eye, filling every single space available. My son could'nt believe it, and neither could I when he showed me this huge chunk of hair. I told him to brush the cat every day, because that's what I think was the cause. He told me that he brushes him 3 times a week. Has anyone had this happen to their long haired cat?
I have a house full of long haired girls but I have never heard of this problem. Even my white girl, who sheds the most, never gets hair in her own eyes although it's always getting in mine. I read lots of articles and a book about how to care for them before getting my first persian and there was nothing about that possibility. But part of my grooming routine includes daily face washing and wiping the eye area with a wet cloth due to their leaky eyes. It would probably be a good idea for your son to make it a habit to wipe the eye area on the days he brushes his cat. I know my little one plays with clumps of hair if they are on the floor. She gets them in her mouth and makes me gag. That's probably what he did and somehow got it stuck in his eye.
The funny thing is this cat does'nt have teary eyes, or any other sign of muck on his face. The vet had never seen this either. I just came to the conclusion that when he's grooming himself, which is a gigantic task, because he really is a huge cat, he is rubbing the side of his face into his long thick fur, and slowly pushing loose hair into his eye. I think he must be brushed daily really, otherwise it'll happen again. Nevertheless, now that we've seen what can happen, we will be checking his eyes all the time. I still can't believe what the vet pulled out of his eye, poor little man.(big man)
Well, kudos to your son for being a good pet parent and noticing right away and getting him to the vet. (must have learned that from Mom) And this is good information for all the people with long haired cats to file away in their memory in case it ever happens to them.
"A kitten is infinitely more amusing than half the people one is obliged to live with in the world"- Lady Morgan