Can anyone help with cat eye discharge? I have a new cat, he was fine until one week after adoption from the shelter. He has greenish eye discharge. I have taken him to the vet twice.
The things I have tried: antibiotics, eye antibiotic ointment, and keeping it clean. The vet also did an eye stain/scan to make sure there were no injuries, none seen. This has been going on 3 weeks, no other symptoms (no abrasion, bulges, sneezing, and loss of appetite).
By shellstar from TX
This sounds bad, but it works for humans; get a small container (a pill bottle cap, maybe?) just big enough to go around the cat's eye. Put a saline solution (1 c. water to 1/4tsp NON-iodized salt, preferably sea salt) and fill up the small container. Hold it on the cat's eyes for about five minutes twice per day. (09/01/2009)
Maybe it needs some eye drops. I made some for my eyes, it helped very much. Boil 1 cup water, add 1/4 teaspoon salt, stir, let cool, put it in the eyes 3 times a day. Hope this helps, good luck. (09/01/2009)
I read on ThriftyFun that baby wipes are good for wiping gunk from a dog's eyes. Why don't you try that first? It would be less painful than salt. (09/01/2009)
Salt/saline solution is very good though at disinfecting. It's a commonly accepted treatment for keeping eyes clear and sterile. I think too it could be allergies. A little Children's Benadryl might help as well. (09/02/2009)
I have several cats and kittens. One has had a runny eye for all her life (1 1/2 years). I just wipe it with a damp soft cloth. Vet stuff didn't clear it up. Not contagious. No clue as to what it is. Only one in litter to have it. Doesn't seem to bother her. So I would suggest just use a soft, damp cloth and keep it clean. (09/03/2009)
Try rubbing a used tea bag on its eyes daily. We used to do this when we lived out on the farm and it worked. There is something in the tea that pulls the gunk out of their eyes. (09/04/2009)
Twice our cat has had eye discharge; can't remember if it was greenish or not. After washing my hands, I have wiped his eye with a wet, warm cotton ball. I hold it under warm water. I discard that ball and use a second, clean, warm one to wipe it again. That took care of the discharge. The cat does not mind the wiping of his eye because of the warmth of the cotton ball. (09/05/2009)
Go to the drugstore or Walmart. Buy L-Lysine tablets (500 mg). Crush a couple of them up. Each time you feed him, sprinkle some on his wet food (like one or two pinches). This usually cures what ails them, from runny noses to runny eyes, also helps with appetite. (If you have a cat/kitten you have to syringe-feed, mix some in with the food.)
Always offer the food in a dish first to see if they'll eat on their own, but if they won't eat, syringe-feed. The shelter I volunteer for uses it all the time. Won't hurt them at all, and 99% of the time, helps them. Try it. L-Lysine is pretty cheap too. People use it for cold sores/fever blisters and just as a supplement. (09/05/2009)
I agree with a previous post that allergies could be a possibility. I have 2 cats with outdoor allergies. I know it sounds crazy but one was so severe that she needs seasonal allergy shots. The other feline was just a few days old and started to sneeze. He was the only one who did. He still sneezes a lot and has the runny eye (over a year now). We do the baby Benadryl and keep his eyes clean. He's an outdoor kitty in the country. (09/09/2009)
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