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How to help A Kitten's closed up Eye?

Why do some Kittens Get A crusty Eye? How to keep it clear & open? I know they play & scratch & it gets that way! But I feel sorry for the one eye's Jacks! What do you know of this & use?

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Angellinda

Asked by Angellinda at 10:21 AM on Feb. 8, 2009 in Pets

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  • Take the kitty to a vet to make sure that's what it is, and then you'll also get advice on how to care for it. I'd probably use some clear water on a cloth, but that may or may not help.The reason I suggest getting it diagnosed is that my mother brought a stray in and got his shots and tests at the vets and it was only several months later when taking the kitten back for a routine visit that the other vet found out that the kitty had a bad tooth that was causing swelling and the eye to close up and look bad. They took the tooth out, and the eye is much better.
    Bmat

    Answer by Bmat at 10:27 AM on Feb. 8, 2009

  • Kittens who have crusted up eyes likely caught a respiratory infection which is common in the cat community and very contagious. You need to take the kitten to the vet and have it treated and see if thats what it is. If it isnt that then its also possible while playing another kitten poked its eye and it has an injured eye which still needs to be treated by a vet.
    gemgem

    Answer by gemgem at 10:35 AM on Feb. 8, 2009

  • definitely get the cat looked at by a vet. if the condition worsens without medical help, the kitty could lose his eye. buying antibiotics or steroid drops is a heck of a lot cheaper than paying for eye removal and all the subsequent recheck visits.
    MaMaLaLa369

    Answer by MaMaLaLa369 at 11:32 AM on Feb. 8, 2009

  • This is an eye infection that will eventually result in the kitten losing the eye. You can soak it with a warm wash cloth and get the crust off. You WILL NEED to get an antibbiotic ointment from a vet. It is not expensive. You need to put the ointment in the eye twice a day for a week. You probably don't need to pay for a visit to the vet. Call them and explain the problem and ask them to have the ointment ready for pick up. It should cost less than $10.
    Marwill

    Answer by Marwill at 11:55 AM on Feb. 8, 2009

  • Marwill, the cat does need to be looked at. some eye problems require steroids, and some just need antibiotics. in my state, and i believe in most states, a vet (or any doctor) cannot prescribe medication without seeing the patient.
    MaMaLaLa369

    Answer by MaMaLaLa369 at 5:37 PM on Feb. 8, 2009

  • Before rushing to the vet wash the eye out well with a warm wet cloth. Get all the crusties off. Then put some antibacterial ointment (not cream) in the eye. You probably have some with your reguilar first aide supplies. This clears up 99% of eye issues in kittens within 24 - 48 hours. If it has not improved in 24 hours or is worse go to the vet.
    KristinDB

    Answer by KristinDB at 10:12 PM on Feb. 10, 2009

  • I AGREE WITH KRISTINDB SAVE YOUR MONEY SOMETIMES THEY GET A COLD IN THERE EYE WIPE IT WITH A WARM WET CLOTH EVERY FEW HOURS DONT LET IT OUTSIDE IF IT'S NOT BETTER IN A FEW DAYS THEN TAKE HER IN !!!!
    sweetchrissy

    Answer by sweetchrissy at 9:04 PM on Feb. 13, 2009

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