Treating a Kitten with Eye Discharge?

Treating a Kitten with Eye DischargeWe found two kittens about 2 weeks old. Both have one eye matted closed. I soaked them with a warm wash cloth and white pus came out. I can't afford to take them to the vet. What can I do?


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September 30, 20170 found this helpful

Try to go to the ASPCA or humane society. Eye infections can lead to blindness

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September 30, 20170 found this helpful

Here are a few common reasons for your kitten's eye infections and what you can use at home. Home remedies often work to clear this up, but there are some cases you just have to see a vet. Puss is one of them, but if you can't afford to do this try one of these home remedies and see if it works for you. The kitten could go blind and I hope this doesn't happen.


  • Kittens can get eye infections from an infectious agent. This is a virus or bacterial that causes the infection. This could also be from an eye injury, a foreign object in the eye, or a medical condition. The yellow puss indicated that one of these reasons is why your cat's eye is infected.
  • You can try using an over the counter saline solution to wash the cats eye. If there was a foreign object in the eye this will help to wash it out and get rid of it. You should probably make your own saline solution at home to use on the kitten.
  • You will need to boil 1 cup of water and add a ¼ teaspoon of salt to the water. Let the salt dissolve in the water. Afterwards, let the solution cool down until it is lukewarm and then use this to wash the cats eye. Each time you use this it must be discarded and a new one prepared.
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  • According to The Cat Problems website, apple cider vinegar works to clean eye infections. You will not put this on the cats eye, but instead you will put this one the neck of the cat. Many people swear by this and they say it really works. It is worth a try. I would do this and also rinse the eye with the saline solution.
  • The Cat Health Guide website recommends that you try to use Pet Alive Eye-Heal for the infected eye. There are other herbal remedies that you can give to your cat for the eye infection. They include aconite, sanicula, euphrasia, chamomile, calendula and eyebright.
  • Considering there is a yellow discharge you will need to rinse the eye with saline solution every few hours to try and stop the infection and see if anything is lodged in the eye.
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September 30, 20170 found this helpful

Step 1
Boil water and dunk cotton wool in it to disinfect it. Dip it in cold water to bring the temp down.

Step 2
Clean its eye with the clean damp cotton wool. Make sure every time you clean it, you use a fresh piece.


Step 3
Keep the cat away from other animals and clean your hands very well after handling. It is possible cats can transfer these issues to others, including you. (Don't touch your own eyes after handling it.)

Step 4
You can get drops for its eyes, too, but its really best you get a professional to see it as it probably needs antibiotics.

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October 4, 20171 found this helpful

I have had to help a lot of kittens with eye discharge. When they are small they do not have a lot of immunity. I always keep triple antibiotic ointment from the Dollar General. It has to be the ointment, not the cream. Apply three or four times per day, after gently wiping away discharge.


Amazon or e-bay sells Fish Mox which is Amoxillin 250 mg capsules. I like to open a capsule and keep the grains stored in a little container with a lid, such as a pill holder.
Take 250 mg fish mix and look at the dosage for cats or kittens. This is 10 mg per pound twice a day for 5 days.

If you dont know your kittens weight, look up a kitten age/weight chart on the internet. Here is one:

When you find the kittens weight it is time to find the right dosage for your cat or kitten. The normal dose is 10 mg per pound of cat or kitten.

You will need to divide the 250 mg into the right amount for your cat or kitten.
Lets say your kitten is one pound. You will need to keep separating the grains until you get to ten. Here is an example:


250/ milligrams divided by 2 is 125 milligrams.
125 milligrams divided by two is approx 60 milligrams
60 milligrams divided by two is 30 milligrams
30 milligrams divided by two is 15 milligrams
15 milligrams divided by two is approx 8 milligrams

For a one pound cat the dosage is 10 mg of Amoxillin. We got to ten milligrams by dividing a 250 mg pill 4 or 5 times.

Put all the grains on on a flat surface and use a card to divide in half four or five times.

This will be an amount to give your kitten 2 times a day for five days.

Once you see how big the pile of grains is, you will know what dose to give by sight. Or you could do it the easy way and just take a pinch of the grains for a kitten who has an infection.

The best way to do this is to use corn syrup or condensed milk and put a bit of the syrup in your hand and then add the grains and smear it on the kittens mouth or foot as long as the kitten has learned to lick itself to give itself a bath.

Also, if you put L Lysine in the cats water bowl it helps fend off viruses.
Of course I have taken certain kittens to the vets( $150 ) and been given Amoxillin with another ingredient that works faster.

Hope this helps!

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May 28, 20180 found this helpful

your math is way off.. A 250mg fishmox capsule divided by 4 or 5 times does not get you to 10 mg! You would have to divide the 250 mg approximately 23 times to get to 10 mg for a 1 lbs kitten! That's next to impossible. Fishmox is better used for adult cats weighing 10 lbs, as the dosage would be 1/4 of a capsule twice a day. 62.5 two times per day = 125 is what that comes out to.

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July 5, 20180 found this helpful

Great post! Here is an article by Mary Cummins, an animal advocate, confirming and expanding a little on your post. animaladvocatesmarycummins.blogspot.../.../fish-amoxycillin-for-cats-dogs.html

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