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Published: May 09, 2012

Cat's eyes are often beautiful, but they can also be indicative of how healthy the cat is on the inside. While eyes can develop infections of their own, they can also act as a window to other diseases, showing clinical signs that may indicate something more serious.

If your cat's eyes are inflamed, watering excessively or have any type of conjunctivitis, you should bring your cat to the veterinarian to find out what is going on. The issue may be as simple as trauma to the eye that can be cleared up with eye drops, but it may also be uveitis, which is usually indicative of a more serious issue.

Uveitis in cats is characterized by squinting and watering in the eyes. The eyes may also appear red or cloudy and the pupils may be smaller than usual. This condition is also painful for the feline, so it may either paw at it or prevent you from touching it, WebMD Pets reports.

It is important to address this issue with your vet and determine any underlying cause. For instance, uveitis is one of several clinical signs of feline leukemia. According to VCA Animal Hospitals, uveitis may also indicate diabetes, high blood pressure, toxemia, a metabolic disease or an infection.