Cataracts in Cats

Cataracts in Cats


Cataracts are easily recognizable because they are defined as the discoloration of the lens in a cat’s eye.  Cats rarely develop cataracts and the leading causes are usually injury or infection, but cats may have them as birth defects or develop them as a result of diabetes.  Cataracts are not painful or dangerous so the only problem a cat could face from their progression is blindness.  The only way to cure cataracts is surgery.  Your veterinarian can operate on the cat’s eyes to replace their discolored lens with an artificial lens to restore their vision.  Most pet parents do not chose to put their cat through surgery, especially if the cat is geriatric or if they can still see out of one eye, but the procedure is typically very successful.






Malnutrition-induced cataracts in an orphaned kitten.


The combined extract of purple waxy corn and ginger prevents cataractogenesis and retinopathy in streptozotocin-diabetic rats.


Genetic polymorphisms of superoxide dismutases, catalase, and glutathione peroxidase in age-related cataract.


Development of feline microsatellites and SNPs for evaluating primary cataract candidate genes as cause for cataract in Angolan lions (panther leo bleyenberghi).


Association study of candidate genes for primary cataract and fine-mapping of a candidate region on dog chromosome 1 in Entlebucher mountain dogs.


Fat cat(aract).