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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 lori from New Kensington, PA
You can go to the vet office and ask for "baby kitten eye ointment" and they'll know what to give you. It doesn't take an appointment and the medication only costs about $5.00. The name of the medication is Teramycin. Wipe the eyes from the inside out with a clean cloth and a clean cloth for each eye before applying Teramycin.
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.
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.
Please, visit Amazon and look at this product:
Vetericyn Ophthalmic Gel 2.0 oz
Read the reviews and consider giving this product a try. I did not need the eye drops but after reading the reviews, I bought other products from the Vetericyn line for my cats and they work! I sure hope that this helps.
Use warm washcloth to wash it and smear it with triple antibiotic ointment. Not the cream. If it doesn't clear up within a few days, take the kitten to the vet to avoid permanent vision damage.
I have always treated kitten's eyes with instant tea. Just enough to slightly color the water. dip cotton balls in it and bathe the kitten's eyes with it.
I used tea from a tea bag. I let it steep for about 3 minutes. Let it cool with an icecube. I dipped a cotton ball about 1/4 in tea. Gently placed on kittens eye for about 5 seconds to let the matter soften then wipe outward. Using a second cotton ball the same way on the other eye. If really matted repeat until matter is gone. I did this 3 times a day and by the third day all was clean and all kittens were happy.
Farm Supply told me warm salt water. It works to clean the eyes out but isn't a cure. I have to clean their eyes three to four times a day.
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
This sounds like an infected eye. You will need to see a Vet for antibiotics. Or you could order them from Drs. Foster and Smith on the internet. You could also try Valley Vet Supply on the internet. I recommend the Vet. If you dont do something the kitten may go blind in that eye.
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
If you don't have a tube of neosporin get one for $2+ at Walmart, or generic at DollarTree for $1. Put a bit in eye after wiping eye first with damp cotton swab/ball. Then apply a dab on a Q-tip or similar.
My six week old kitten has this green gooey eye booger stuff in his eyes and every time he closes them they stick shut. I've been cleaning them with a paper towel and warm water. It helps a bit, but then I have to clean them again. I don't know what to do or what he has. Help?
You can use triple antibiotic ointment (not cream) in the cats eyes. Use it 4 times a day. It is better than nothing, but a trip to the Vet would be best. If not treated this can cause blindness.
My kitten has stuff coming out her eye and I was wondering if I could put Vaseline on it cause I think she has an eye infection. I will be booking an appointment with her vet soon, but in the meantime would it be OK if I just put Vaseline on temporally?
No. Vaseline is petroleum jelly and should never be put in eyes. When my dog's eyes were tearing because of oak tree allergies, my vet told me to use saline solution. Just a drop or two in each eye. Saline solution can be bought very cheaply at any drugstore or Walmart. Most people buy it as a nasal spray to unblock their nose. My vet also said to never use human eye drops on a dog or cat.
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
Keep the cat away from the others. It could be a contagious health issue and rapidly spread. Set up a pet carrier with food/water and once it's in it, close it up and transport the cat to the vet. Antibiotics is more than likely what this cat needs.
My kitten has discharge coming from its eye. What should I do?
By Shekia O.
A kitty's eye discharge could be for many reasons (eye infection, internal problem, etc.) and should be examined by a veterinarian for correct treatment. If you do not take your kitty to a vet for help now, the problem can become worse and much more difficult (and costly!) to treat.
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?
I have just done the same thing. I called the Vet and picked up antibiotic eye drops. You put them on twice a day. Very simple to heal.
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 Mills from Bunkie, LA
Go to your vet and ask for a tube of Terramycin ointment. Don't ask what to do for gunky eyes because they will tell you to bring them in. They can't diagnosis without seeing and charging. Wash the eyes from the inside corner to the outside and use a clean cloth for each eye. Old scraps of sheets work well. Just use warm water. Apply a bit of the ointment to each eye a couple of times a day. This should really help.
About three days ago I found a kitten in my back yard, and I kept her. When we first got her she was fine, then her eyes started crusting shut! To keep her clean I have to wash her eyes with a washcloth three times a day! It doesn't seem like eye discharge, but I can't think of anything else that it would be, what do I do?
The vet will probably prescribe an antibiotic that is used in the eyes a few times a day. You can also find out if your kitten is old enough to start vaccinations, and schedule your spay or neuter.
We 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?
Try to go to the ASPCA or humane society. Eye infections can lead to blindness
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.
Boil water and dunk cotton wool in it to disinfect it. Dip it in cold water to bring the temp down.
Clean its eye with the clean damp cotton wool. Make sure every time you clean it, you use a fresh piece.
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.)
You can get drops for its eyes, too, but its really best you get a professional to see it as it probably needs antibiotics.
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!