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The causes for crusty eyes and chins in cats are likely separate issues. The eye problem could be one of several, including allergies, something in the eye, or a viral infection. The chin problem is likely feline acne and is easily treatable. Also allergies to plastic food bowls can cause chin irritation. Check with a vet on both. This is a guide about treating a cat's crusty eye and chin.
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My 3 week old kittens have something wrong with their eyes. They keep closing up with crust.
Jeanine from Barnegat, NJ
I always use the trusty old tea bag. Get a cup of warm water and dip a regular black tea bag in that is wrapped with a paper towel and apply to their eyes.
The kittens eyes must be kept clean. Even with just a clean cloth and warm (not hot) water, wipe them. Then there is an antibiotic called teramycin that comes in a tube from the vet. You just squeeze a thin layer of it into each eye. Make sure you don't poke the eye and don't touch the eye with the tip.
Sometimes this works with just one use. Sometimes you have to use it more than once, but you must keep the eyes clean and crust-free with just water and a clean cloth.
Your kittens may have cat flu. Crusty eyes is one of the symptoms. Check with your vet.
When I adopted two of my cats they came home with medicine because they had an upper respiratory infection. They had crusty eyes and Bailee also had a runny nose. It could be any number of things, you should call your vet, describe the situation and they will tell you whether you need to bring the kittens in or if they can give you something without an appointment.
A stray has had kittens in my back yard and their eyes are looking rough. They are crusted shut. I've tried warm water and a cloth and it's worked on a couple of them. I try to keep the area where they sleep clean, but it's not easy. I can't keep them, but I can't throw them away either. Is this problem contagious as I have inside cats as well. Please help. Thank you.
If one of my kittens have an eye Infection, can it effect my other kitten in my home
I had the same problem and I just pulled off the crusty areas then tried to pinch or squeeze the green puss out of its eyes I don't know if the infection is internal at all but I'm just trying to clean up its eyes first for a couple days and see how that goes. Maybe if its internal, you can get some antibiotics or something.
DON'T EVER squeeze or pinch ANY animal's eyes!!! Would you squeeze or pinch your BABIES eyes?!?!? DON'T EVER DO THAT
hi I caught a 3 month stray kitten who is not approx. 2 years old she has had 2 litters of kittens and our other cats have also had kittens. for all our kittens we found this to be normal. if u can get red seal green tea this will work. put the tea bag in warm water from the kettle and wipe their eyes at least 2 times a day, I also gave my kittens a bath once a week and changed their bedding after I cleaned their eyes, a cut up sheet will do as their mother will keep them warm, once they are 7 weeks old and their eyes are fine give them away for free, we do and they seem to go in a day.
hope this helps.
I found a kitten. It looks like his mom abandoned him. His eyes were shut and he had crust on his eyes. I cleaned it with warm water and his eyes are red and puffy. Should I take him to the vet or is it normal because the mom cat didn't clean his eyes?
The cat has an eye infection. It may also have worms, fleas, mites, etc.
Since you don't know, take your kitten to the veterinarian. The vet will get your cat set up with worm medicine, eye medicine and all that stuff. If he's old enough he'll start his vaccinations for dangerous illnesses such as rabies. You can make an appointment for a spay or neuter.
Next, go shopping for a breakaway kitten collar. The vet can get you tags. Now is the time to think of a name for your kitty. With a name and phone number on his tag, everyone will know he's yours.
I have a kitten probably a few weeks old. His eyes are matted shut and his nose looks crusty. He is very lethargic and won't eat. Is there help for this little guy?
Take him to a vet ASAP. He can lose his vision from an eye infection.
this sounds like an infection, common in baby cats. Defo take him to the vet. After that these are things you can use to help him in the future
I have had several stray kittens with the same problem. I would compare it to a bad head cold in a human. I always wiped their faces/eyes/nose with a warm cloth several times per day to keep them clean and comfortable. A vet can give antibiotics and vitamins to clear up the infection.
This kitten will need to see a Vet right away or you will lose him. He must have antibiotics for the eyes and respiratory infection. When they are this small you have no time to think about it. His best bet is to be treated right away by a Vet and staying with his mother. A local cat rescue might be helpful. Their foster care givers are very good with tiny kittens. Good luck.
Veterinary fees are high but this baby really needs to see one as soon as possible.