Kitten With Eye Discharge

My cat has eye gunk, much like a humans, crusty, and yellow, but not super yellow. Only after I wake her up does she get this. I use a warm cloth to wipe her eyes and it vanishes. As soon as she goes to sleep and wakes back up it's back and she can no longer open her eyes. I then have to repeat the process.

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I found her at my shipyard. She's about 4-5 weeks old, very active, eating solid food like she already knew how, drinking plenty of water, and goes pee in a litter box on her own. She hasn't pooped yet.

I've tried stimulating her (even after reading that she shouldnt need to be stimulated.) I don't really want a vet bill so I'm asking what to do on here first. I've had her for about two days and this is the first cat I've owned. If I have to bring her to the vet I will, but I just wanted some advice before iI rack up a pricey vet bill.

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June 24, 20150 found this helpful

One simple vet visit shouldn't be hugely expensive. My vet charges between thirty and forty dollars and you'd probably get the eye drops thrown in. This depends on where you live.

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The eyes shouldn't be crusting over or gluing shut. Many kittens are born with eye infections. They get it from bacteria while passing through the birth canal. Unfortunately, this weakens the kitten as it is an infection and the immune system is fighting it. The cat could potentially lose sight in one or both eyes if the infection isn't cleared up.

A vet can prescribe simple antibiotics in drops or a gel. They'll also administer dewormer. No doubt your cat, like most rescued kittens, has parasites. They further weaken the cat.

Another point: You will need to have a series of vaccines for your cat to prevent serious illnesses they are likely to get. Each of the shots will be a separate visit. You also need to save up for a spay or get a voucher for discounted spay based on your income level.

If the cat is out of your budget right now, consider giving up to a local rescue organization. They will spay, vaccinate and deworm the kitten and adopt it to a good home. Kittens are cute and easy to adopt out.

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If you decide to keep the kitten, be realistic about the expenses you will incur. Your cat doesn't need designer anything, but basic vet care is necessary.

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June 27, 20150 found this helpful

How nice!
Your first kitten - sorry you are having a problem with taking care of your new found friend.
Since the kitten is so young, I agree that you should try to make a visit to the vet. Any animal can sometimes be costly to properly take care of but I believe they are usually worth the price.

We have "always" had cats and dogs but I remember when my oldest son "found" his first kitten and fell in love. She lived with him for almost 20 years and I am sure he never regretted a single dime he spent on her.

I live in an area that has a "vet" service in our Humane Society that offers many services for much less money but we also have a private animal "clinic" where services are about 1/3 the cost of a regular vet - especially when it comes to spa and neutering.

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Their services are only available on certain days and it is "first come first serve" so it does take most of your day.
You might check something like this if you have time.

Anyway, it seems you have rescued this kitten from a sure death, so I hope you can find a reasonable vet and will be able to share your life with a loving little creature.

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