Eye infection (such as third eyelid showing or eye watering) is a popular ailment that cats can be diagnosed with, especially kittens that are highly susceptible to catching bacteria and viruses. Luckily, it is not a too complicated, dangerous disease that requires specialists’ attention. Getting a grip on simple home treatments for kitten eye infection comes in handy in saving you much time of going to a veterinary’s clinic.
What Is Eye Infection?
Generally speaking, cat eyes are pretty clear and bright, but easily subjected to remarkable changes under the influence of irritations. Symptoms may be visible in either or both eyes. Eye infection can be detected in cats via signs of abnormal blinking and rubbing along with eye discharge. Other symptoms include inflamed whites, swollen eyelids, loss of shiny surface, etc.
In terms of agents, viruses and bacteria are scientifically proved to be the leading factors to trigger infections in cat eyes (and cat swollen lip as well). Pets raised in crowded surroundings with a high level of stress tend to expose greater vulnerability. As for kittens, this is even more appropriate in the sense that their immune system has not developed to the full.
Another cause of eye infection is probably scratches to cornea areas. This may provide entry for bacteria and viruses to penetrate and hurt the cats’ eyes.
Moreover, once foreign objects such as grass seeds, splints, etc. are found trapped in eyes, they can give rise to excessively consistent rubbing. As a result, the eye surface can be broken open, followed by potential infections.
Many scientific studies proved that eye infection in kittens may sometimes indicate more serious medical problems that your cats are suffering from, namely autoimmune disease, cancer, systemic viral infections, and so on. This depends greatly on the health condition of your pet, especially older cats.
Although the number of eye infection cases is less in cats when compared to dogs, outdoor cats exhibit susceptibility to infectious eyes equal to that of dogs. Bear this in mind and you can greatly reduce your feline friends’ risk of catching infectious agents by keeping them indoors. This ranks among the most favored methods recommended by veterinarians and animal advocates.
Effective Home Treatments for Kitten Eye Infection
It sometimes takes you time and efforts to bring your furry friend to a specialist or waiting time can worsen the situation. Therefore, it makes a lot of sense to utilize home remedies for cat eye infection before the worst scenarios happen.
A saline solution is considered one of the most popular and effective treatments for cat eye infection at home, especially in cases of foreign objects trapped in the cat eyes like grass seeds. If you spot the infection early enough, you can certainly prevent those objects from causing greater damages to your cat’s eye. Using a saline solution to wash affected eyes is helpful in flushing out the trapped object and speed up the recovery process.
There are a lot of mild, over-the-counter saline solutions available in drugstores. You can easily buy one without a doctor’s prescription.
However, these solutions vary greatly in the number of concentrations. Some substances may not suit your cat’s health condition or they can provoke allergic reactions. In these cases, you can make saline solutions yourself, which are both naturally safe and pretty simple to produce.
Just dissolve a little salt (about ¼ a teaspoon) in lukewarm water, and pour it into your cat’s eyes to rinse. Do not economize on the remaining solution, instead, prepare a new one you before each time you want to clean his eye. Just 2 or 3 times a day are enough to do with infection.
Tea can help in the event of not serious infection. Just brew the tea and let it cool until it reaches a lukewarm temperature. Next, resort to an eye-dropper to rinse the affected eyes for about 3 times per day. Or else, a cold teabag can be placed on the eyes for 10 minutes to relax and repeat this several times during the day. Norms have it that wet bags help clean out dirty substances which have gathered up in cat eyes.
Chamomile tea, eyebright tea, decaffeinated green tea are several kinds you can choose from to use as ingredients for handmade solutions.
Boric acid is often found in human eye treatments, but it is water-soluble and mild enough to be proper for kitten use with the antifungal and antiseptic mechanism.
Take a tablespoon of boric acid powder to dissolve in a cup of warm water and you can get a kind of solution. Drop a little of it into your cat’s eye and the infection will immediately be alleviated.
Warm Soft Cloth
Eye discharge can be wiped simply with the use of a warm soft cloth, which helps to open eyes and speed up the healing process. You just need to plunge the cloth deeply into warm water, squeeze out water tightly and wipe your pet’s eyes gently.
In order to prevent reinfection, get rid of the used cloth and use a new one for next time’s effort. A sterile gauze or baby wipe can provide practical alternatives.
Along with treatment, it is advisable that additional nutrients should be included in your cat’s diet to help with the recovery process and support the eyes’ health. For example, give your feline friend vitamin A and vitamin C supplements or feed him high-quality cat treats. While sweet potatoes, carrots, turkey, chicken are rich in vitamin A, fresh papaya is a rich natural source of vitamin C.
With each home remedy mentioned above, it normally takes up at least three days to fight off infection. If the symptoms still don’t vanish, turn to stronger methods for another three to four days.
If there is no much improvement in the situation after you have applied extra treatments or the infection is going for the worse, do not hesitate to contact a veterinarian for professional supports. Although those home remedies can cure most eye infections, there exist some cases that require stronger treatments which are only available under prescription.
What’s more, if you start giving treatment to your furry friend after the infection has developed more and caused more aches, opt for stronger methods to make sure there will be visible effects.
We all know, prevention is better than cure. Hence, it is essential that you make regular appointments with your vet for checkups to ensure your cat’s health. Those diagnosed with hay fever or allergies tend to suffer from eye infections later. Therefore, watch out for common symptom at an early stage for prompt and effective treatment.
You should keep an eye on your pet to prevent him from going outdoors too frequently. Otherwise, he will stand higher chances of getting infectious bacteria transmitted to his body from a neighboring cat. Keep necessary ingredients within your reach to mix up a solution right after the detection of eye infection. The faster you take appropriate measures, the more likely the ailment will go off without needing a trip to the vet’s clinic.
It is always of great importance that you keep your cat in shape and notice any abnormal signs of his health condition to apply instant treatment. For some people, this may turn out not an easy task to do.
Our home treatments for kitten infection are not too difficult to follow. Hopefully, they can do your cat good. Anyway, don’t forget to take precautionary steps even after his infection has been totally cured to prevent further occurrences in the future.