Kitten Eye Infection

Diagnosis and Care of Kitten Eye Infection

Even attentive owners of new born or very young cats may find themselves dealing with kitten eye infection.  Proper diagnosis of this irritating problem is the first step.  Loving care and treatment will then clear up the trouble and allow you to enjoy your kitten again.

Watch your kitten for strange behaviors or conditions near and in her eyes.  Squinting, pawing at or rubbing the eyes frequently may be the way your cat tells you of their infection.  Excessive eye mucous, watery eyes and swollen or reddened tissue around the eyes are also common indicators.

Kitten eye infection may only be present in one eye at a time.  Watch for cloudiness on the eyeball and any dramatic changes in the iris color.  If one eye seems strange and bothers your kitten more than the other, take your pet to the veterinarian immediately.

All kittens and older cats will experience eye secretions.  Take care to keep the area gently cleaned on a regular basis.  This is not only healthy, but will also help you to notice when the condition changes or worsens.  Be careful not to touch the eyeball while cleaning with a moist, soft cloth, tissue or cotton ball, as this can be dangerous to your cat.

If you suspect that you kitten has contracted an eye infection, take action.  Your veterinarian will be able to diagnose which type of kitten eye infection it is and whether any other conditions are present in your pet.  Sometimes eye infections can be a result of or in conjunction with cornea ulcers or respiratory difficulties.  If your kitten is sneezing a lot, ask your vet to look for an upper respiratory condition as well.

Often your veterinarian will treat the infection with a topical antibiotic.  If the infection has the chance of reoccurrence, an antiviral medication may also be prescribed.  Be sure to apply all medication as directed and for the entire course.  Watch your kitten closely during and after treatment and alert your vet of any serious concerns you may have.

Some kitten eye infection cannot be treated with topical antibiotics.  FHV-1 infections are not responsive to that particular treatment and cannot be cured.  Surprisingly, stress is often the activator of FHV-1 infections.  Keep your kitten’s environment stable and give them plenty of food, water and affectionate care to reduce any stress.  Be sensitive to the needs of your kitten and it will show in their overall health.

Natural remedies are becoming popular for your pet as well as for yourself.  Using herbs in particular combinations may be helpful for cat and kitten eye infection.  Research the information available online or contact a homeopathic veterinarian to discuss these treatments.  Often natural medicine focuses on increasing immunity, which is helpful in fighting off infection as well as other conditions and disease.  

There are other potential contributors to eye irritation and possibly infection for your cat.  Make sure that the litter you are using is not producing too much dust (clay types of litter are notorious for this).  Litter dust will lead to irritation and frequent scratching or rubbing at her eye may lead to an eye infection.  If your cat is a long-haired breed, be sure to keep the hair groomed or trimmed away from your cat’s eyes.  Unkempt hair may also contribute to dirt and foreign substances getting into your cat’s eyes.

If you have noticed excessive secretions, tender or discolored tissue around the eye and irritated behavior from your kitten or cat, be sure to visit the vet immediately.  Treatment will likely be simple and straightforward, clearing up the kitten eye infection quickly.  Comfort and good health are keys to keeping a happy pet.