Treating a Kitten with Eye Discharge?

We have 3 week old kittens and their eyes keep closing back up even though we opened them back up and their mum keeps licking their faces. One of them have pus in their eyes so I'm nervous as I've never dealt with newborn kittens.


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Considering the cats are so young this is very dangerous if not treated right away. The small kitten can go blind if let untreated. I know it is hard to visit a vet right now but they are still opened and seeing animals. Call and make an appointment. You more than likely will not be able to go inside but they will take the animal and look at it. I know this because my daughter explained it to me when she had to take her dog to the vet. You will be asked to wait outside while the vet treats your animal. I think you should do this immediately and not risk the chance of the kittens going blind.

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I do not believe there are any vets open right now but you can help your kittens by using cotton balls (or clean cloths) in warm water and gently wiping from inside to outside of the eyes.


Never try to open kittens eyes without warm water as this could be painful and damaging to the kitten.
Use the cotton with warm water several times a day.

Here is a link to a YouTube video that will help you see how to do this.
There is an OTC antibiotic ointment available but I would recommend that you visit a PetSmart store as they usually have a vet tech on duty and they can tell you what you can use for the age of your kitten.
If you cannot go then try calling them to see what they recommend. I am familiar with my PetSmart and they are usually very helpful.

It is important that you start this treatment - warm water cleaning - ASAP.

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May 14, 20200 found this helpful

You need to contact a Vet to ease these issue . It is normal for mother to care for her own kittens. Check with Vet before doing anything!

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May 30, 20200 found this helpful

this looks like an eye infection. We have cats who get this, though they are full grown

The vet just gives a pomade. As well, a Lysine supplement apparently helps. However, being so young, it's hard to say.

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