Some pet ailments can safely be treated at home whereas others need to be referred to a vet to determine the cause and proper treatment. This is a guide about treating a kitten with eye discharge.
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I have recently came across 2 male kittens approximately 8 weeks old. One has a little discharge and closure to the eye. He has no foul smell, nor does he seem to be sneezing or coughing. What can I do to help the kitten?
I am not working, so I do not have the money to take it to the vet. Can someone give me suggestions? I want to be able to take care of him. He is very sweet.
By Stormie0122 from New Kensington, PA
I want to thank everyone who posted. Because of you my baby kitten I recently adopted is recovering. I read this post yesterday and used antibiotic ointment and flushed with warm water first. Worked so wonderfully. My little guy's name is Nacho. I can not believe how effective it is. Mahalo. Nui Loa
I found a mother cat and her kittens outside under my step and they are 13 days old. One kitten has a green mucous type discharge coming out of one eye and it can't open the other eye because it is all crusty, do I need to take it to the vet?
By Pam D
By Charlene P.04/12/2013
All we ever did with our kittens was to gently wipe their eyes off with a warm washcloth. No soap. Just keep them wiped clean.
One of my kitten's eyes are matted shut. I use a warm compress and get them open. I had used a Q-tip with just a touch of Vaseline and put around the eye so it wouldn't get sore, but it does mat again after a few hours when he sleeps. Is there anything I can do for him? I figure he's gotten a little cold in it. He is not sneezing.
By shirley from clayton, in
By Patricia Nicholas04/16/2013
Kittens often get an infection in their eyes and unfortunately you need medicine to clear it up. It is also very contagious to the other kittens. If you have a relationship with a vet, they will often give you the meds without an office visit since it is so very common.
How do I fix or remedy the infection in my cat's eye?
By Michael from Truth or Consequences, NM
Your cat could possibly have an eye infection that needs to be treated by a Veterinarian and be put on antibiotics. As you know an eye infection can be painful and needs to be treated by a professional. Please take your fur baby to his/her Veterinarian
I found an 8 week old kitten and his eye is slightly watery. It looks like a clear tear drop falling down. What should I do? Is it serious?
Anyone know of a natural or home product for baby kitty eyes? We have an eight week old with nasty eyes. Thanks for any info.
By Linda L.
I have three kittens which are about 6 weeks old, there is pus in their eyes, and each time they sleep, they stick shut. I put a warm compress on them to open their eyes, but it does not help much. I just don't know what happened to their eyes. I've had kittens before with cold in their eyes, and treatment took care of them. I don't know what to do for these poor babies.
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I have found 4 very young kittens that have crusty eyes (nearly closed from the gunk). I think the irritation is from gnats, as there are a lot swarming. Can someone help me to treat their eyes? They are not mine and I can't afford a vet, but don't want to see them suffering.
By Nelwyn from Bunkie, LA
Terramycin eye ointment is available from valleyvet.com (click on cats) It costs about $11.00. Good luck.
My 3 week old kittens have something wrong with their eyes. They keep closing up with crust.
Jeanine from Barnegat, NJ
My cat has eyelashes on her inner eyelids which scratch her eyes and cause them to cloud over and become infected--the vet sold me a tiny tube of Butler Neo-Poly-Bac, a triple antibiotic, for $28. I noticed Neosporin has the same ingredients but a few extra, like cottonseed oil, that seems to me might burn in the eyes, but the Walmart brand triple-antibotic "Equate" has the exact same ingredients as the Butler without the extras and you can get a huge tube for $2.57. I haven't tried it yet, but, y'know, if it works, geez, what a frickin' waste of money.
I just found a kitten outside, it looks like it was an outside kitten with other kittens around. I have never owned a cat before! She looks to be very young, when I brought her home I noticed a little bit of green drainage coming out of her left eye, it's two days later after bringing her home and she still has it. Also, this morning she vomited up what looked to be her kitty food on the floor. I have no money right this minute to take her to the vet. I also have a one year old child that has been around her. Is this bad for her? Also, not sure what to do about the kitty. Please help!
Cheri from USA
By karen edmundson08/26/2008
this is not uncommon with new kitties under 6 weeks. Warm towel washings several times a day. If the kittie developes diarreha contact me at drgonldytx56 AT yahoo.com for a NATURAL cure i use and now my vet is using regularly for all their easy cases and HARD CORE cases. Fleas - dawn dishwashing liquid, sock over head to protect it. if that does not work sock tied behind front legs will help keep it calm also. eye treatments may require calling a local vet or two for a consensus. just tell them you are without funds. 4 weeks old DO NOT GIVE IT FOOD YET. get some KMR kitten milk formula should be on it for another 4 weeks especially if it is having vomitting issues. It is throwing up due to stomach not handling food just yet. then start with one tsp soft food to 1-2 tsp formula every two days decreasing milk/food ration 1.5 tsp to 1T formula minus .5 tsp etc. Like giving your baby chili. At 4 weeks bladder and bowel control should be working or on the verge so you dont have to wipe them to stimulate them. If you are being forced to take kitten to litter box before and after every meal and stimulate them there. I will check with my vet for green drainage problem and give you a further update. if not treated the kitten WILL loose the eye. But dont be afraid it can be taken care of easy.
A kitten found me. She must have known she needed help because she has not been handled by any humans. She just meowed her little heart out until I found her, scared and shivering, next to a chain link fence in my neighborhood. She looks completely blind in her left eye, it has the milky white look. It is also red like it's infected and she still has discharge coming from it as well. I've tried to get a better look, but she's still too skittish. I really can't afford a vet and am too scared to give her to the SPCA; it would break my heart if they put her down because they couldn't find her a home. I am positive she will not see out of this eye. Is there anything I can do at home to treat her or try to see if a vet will help me since it is a stray I am willing to keep? Besides her eye, she seems in good health.
By Brittney H.
As you can not catch her you can't help her. Call your local verterinarian and explain the problem. They are not "heartless" people. Good luck.
My family and I are currently taking care of some stray cats. However one cat who is about a year old has some discharge from her eye and she can't open it. She is also not eating. We want to know if there is anything we can do for her, like any home remedies before we take her to a vet. It is also important to note, that she won't let us touch her because she runs away. Is there vitamins or antibiotics we can give her?
By Robert from Bridgeport, CT
By LB Cain01/07/2011
Yes, God Bless you and your family. I work with a TNR (trap/neuter/release) group here in Tampa called A.C.T. (Animal Coalition) and they also supply discounted meds and services for feral cats, and there are many of these places around from state to state. They may even supply you with a "have a heart" trap so you can catch that little darling and take her in. Get you your internet and start googling for these types of coalitions in your area. they may put you in contact with an expert in feral cats that can help you more than you can imagine. Again, may you have many Blessing come your way for all your good works! :-)
I found a very small kitty outside at night. It seems to have a small white cloud covering almost half the eye, but the other eye is fine. It is skinny, and it eats little food. I try to feed it, but sometimes it walks away. It sleeps a lot. Help!
By Gabriel A. from Rialto, CA
Eye infections are common in kittens. You will need medicine to cure it. Or you can get eye ointment at Valley Vet supply on the net. You need to see a Vet to figure out what is going on. Not eating indicates something going on internally. If you cant afford a Vet trip find a "no kill" shelter and surrender the kitten, that way it will get the vet care it needs.
I have a kitten that is skinnier than normal. It walks around sometimes, but just lays around most of the time. It also has goop that keeps closing its eye. I wipe it with warm salt water would that be the reason why it's skinner then normal?
It sounds like your kitten has not seen a Vet. It is very important that you get the kitten to a Vet asap. The eye condition is common in kittens, but must be treated or the kitten may go blind. The "skinny" problem may be worms. Worms and fleas rob the kitten of the nutrition and energy. If not corrected, kittens can die.
A kitten needs a distemper shot to avoid a serious and deadly disease. The distemper vaccine has been implicated in early kidney disease, so I only get the initial shot for my kittens. Some Vets will advise a yearly shot. Until the vaccine is changed to avoid the kidney problem, I stop with one shot. If you cannot afford a Vet, check with your local humane society for low cost Vet visits.
Also local cat rescues can help with Vet care. You can find local pet rescues on petfinder.com. Or you may just be able to call a local Vet and tell them you haven't the money for a full visit. My Vet has a fund for this type of visit. Vets are aware of this problem. Good for you for taking in this kitten and caring enough to work to get her the help she needs. Good luck.
I have kittens that are 2 weeks old. One kitten has 1 eye open and the other eye is swollen with pus coming out of it. What can I do at home because I can't afford a vet bill?
By Patricia from West Palm Beach, FL
I usually take a wash cloth wet it with warm water and put just a tiny bit of antibacterial soap on it, (very little) and clear the eyes. This sounds like an infection which can get the other kitties infected. If you use E*ay (i have bought the medicine needed on there for this problem, it is Terramycin 3.5 g tube it is by Pfizer and from another country even though the seller was here in the us. You will still need this to help with the infection. Check the exp date on any that anyone is selling on there before buying or bidding.
My male Main Coon cat, who is 7, has discharge in his eye. It has no color. The eye is not red, swollen, or puffy. This eye makes him look like he is squinting. It seems like the eye is itchy to my cat. Otherwise, he has no other symptoms. I have gently wiped it with a cotton ball that I wet it with saline. His eye has only been like this for a couple of days. When do I need to take him to the vet? I don't want to neglect his care, as he is my baby, but the vet is very expensive. Any advice would be appreciated.
By HB from League City, TX
My cat had kittens 2 weeks ago. One of the four has cold in their eye. I have tried using warm milk and it didn't work.
By Sam J
Kittens are so nice to have around!
I know how difficult it can be to take our animals to the vet unless we feel sure it is very necessary.
I can remember having to learn when to take a child to the doctor and when to try old fashioned remedies.
I have found that kittens are sometimes prone to having a yellow discharge from their eyes that may not be serious.
. I always mixed a small amount of Epson salt or just regular salt in a cup of hot water (Sea salt is really good also).
Let the water warm! and then dip a small cotton square or a very clean piece of WHITE cloth in the warm water and DAB it gently on the kittens eyes (both eyes). Be very gentle. Don't worry if you do not remove all of the yellow gunk. Just be sure to use a clean area of the pad each time so that you do not spread the infection.
Throw all used material away.
You will have to do this several times a day for 2 or 3 days and then slack off to maybe 2 times a day until the yellow does not come back. Just be sure to make fresh salt water and use only clean pads.
This may take time so be patient. This may be contagious so keep an eye on the other kittens.
You could also Google this question and see what others suggest.
This always worked for me but if there is no improvement then it would be best to try and take them to the vet.
Animals are precious and I am glad you are trying to find help.
Last night I adopted a kitten from a feral cat's litter. He looks about 4 weeks old and the people who have been feeding them say he has always had a discharge in his eyes that they wipe away each day. They thought it was allergies, but I recognize it as an infection. Is Bacitracin 500u okay to use on a kitten with white eye discharge?
Please see a Veterinarian ASAP. A kitten with an eye infection can have other things going on. Please do not ever give she/he any medication unless you talk to a Veterinarian.