“There’s really nothing specific that cat owners can do to help prevent these issues,” Mohammad-Zadeh explains. “But they can have a heightened awareness of the potential problems these cats face and pair that with regular vet visits and checkups.”
As with any pet, routine vet checkups are the best prevention, and if you see something unusual going on, don’t wait to get it checked out.
“If you start to see that your cat is squinting, having trouble breathing, having trouble eating or experiencing any abnormal health issues, don’t delay a visit to the vet,” Mohammad-Zadeh says. “Your doctor may see something that you didn’t notice at home.”
To keep your feline’s face clean and free of discharge, owners can wipe their cat’s face regularly with a warm, damp cloth, Mohammad-Zadeh recommends. Persians that tend to have trouble with eye debris may need special drops. “Occasionally their tears will get dark and thick and the drops help clear that up,” Meredith notes.