Weepy eyes in cats is usually caused by conjunctivitis; the inflammation of the tissues in a cat's or kitten's eye.
This can affect both or only one eye, and the symptoms can vary significantly.
Commonly seen signs in cats include persistent squinting, regular and excessive blinking, redness of the eye tissue, weeping from the eye, green or yellow discharge and sometimes sneezing, coughing or snuffling.
Typically, conjunctivitis in cats is caused by infection.
There are several viruses that can cause conjunctivitis.
Allergies can cause the eyes to react in a similar way, as can the presence of a foreign particle or an injury to the eye such as a scratch.
Treatment is based on the underlying cause.
If there is a suspected environmental or food allergen causing the irritation, the issue should clear up when the identified culprit is removed from the environment.
If the infection is due to a virus, there are some commonly prescribed medications to manage the inflammation, while secondary bacterial infections are generally treated with topical antibiotics.
Cats, as we all know, can be difficult at the best of times to administer eye drops, especially when the eye is painful.
Having someone to help hold your cat comfortably is a great starting point, while you gently rest your hand on their head to ensure that if your cat moves abruptly you won't accidentally poke her/him as you will be moving with them.
Remember to show plenty of patience, and use positive rewards.
It is strongly suggested that you consult a cat veterinarian for a proper diagnosis so that you lessen the risk of any permanent damage to your cat's eyes.