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Sick Kittens
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BadMoon    Posted 06-19-2003 at 23:37:52       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My wife has a couple of momma cats with kittens and their eyes are matted up and run. She has been washing them out with warm water and puttin' a salve(some kind of micayin)on their eyes. Helps a little. Any cat lovers got a solution? Kittens are 2 to 5 weeks old. Thanks in advance.


Kat in NJ    Posted 06-20-2003 at 06:36:55       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Just to be on the safe side, I'd at least call the vet if you have one that you deal with regularly. It could be a variety of things, including environment (i.e., barn cat kittens will get hay seed/dust in their eyes and react to it).

My concern would be a form of herpes that female cats sometimes have and pass to the kittens before they are born -- it will show up as an eye condition like you are explaining. If that's what it is, the vet should be able to dispense medication that will clear it up. I'm not sure if there is an over-the-counter version of the medication.

Hope this is of some help! Let us know how they make out...

Kat in NJ


BadMoon    Posted 06-21-2003 at 08:57:38       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thanks KAT, I'll pass it on to the Missus. BadMoon


Maggie/TX    Posted 06-20-2003 at 05:07:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
There was a lady who knows a lot more than I do about cats who used to come in here, but I'll tell you what I think until she gets here. :) If you've got good mamma cats, they will be licking those kittens' eyes to try to clean them and that is the best way nature has to deal with it, so all I usually do is use a wet paper towel to help a little on cleaning. I wouldn't use any kind of topical medicine on their eyes because then the mamma won't do her part.
Unless you want to call a vet and get better advice or take them in for treatment, I'd keep up the washing but leave off the myacin.


BadMoon    Posted 06-21-2003 at 09:06:59       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thanks Maggie, we have several cats and would you believe the momma cats moved all the kittens together in one big passle of fur. The kittens nurse on either mom available. Actually the mom's take turns nursing while the other is out and about! Anyway thanks and I'll tell the Missus to get something from the Vet. BadMoon


KellyGa    Posted 06-20-2003 at 03:34:11       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My Father in Laws dogs had problems with their eyes when they got old, like the crust and matting. He used the "natural tears" drops and washed them with the saline solution you use for contacts. If the eyes are infected you'll have to go to the vet and get an antibiotic gel though. You might check at Petsmart if you have one around, they have a big array of things like that for cats and kittens.


BadMoon    Posted 06-21-2003 at 09:14:57       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thanks Kelly, The Missus is takin charge of the cat problem, I gotta mow/trim 3 yards+ garden work. Appreciate your input. BadMoon


WallSal55    Posted 06-20-2003 at 07:29:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
My vet always recommends vaccinations. Here it is $18. a kitten. Shop around for prices if you
decide to. (If it's a respiratory thing, kittens
can die from it.) Some of our kittens run wild
and can never be caught. So it's hard to get rid
of the problem once it starts.
Heard you can put liquid bluing drops in the outdoor pet watering dish to reduce distemper. Don't know if it really works or not.
As for the eyes, I bought a tube of the antibiotic from my vet. Place a dollop in the
corner of the kitten's eyes.
As for cleaning their eyes--I use sterilized
water and cotton balls, just like you would for
people. Start in the corner and wipe outward.
Each swipe I use a clean cotton ball so as not
to re-infect.


WallSal55 - Sanitizing fo    Posted 06-20-2003 at 07:36:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
My husband had hogs once, the vet told him to
sanitize the lots for distemper w/a chlorine
bleach mixture along w/vaccinations.
Can you do that around your place for cats, too?
I thought the chlorine might leave white behind
on cement. Anyway, I have been using a vinegar
and water solution on our front steps where the
cats and dog sit, as a natural cleanser and
sanitizer. Have used it in the garage, too
as a deodorizer when the cats sneak in over winter
and get locked in. Oh, without them, we'd have
rats and mice all over!


BadMoon    Posted 06-21-2003 at 09:30:06       [Reply]  [Send Email]
WallSal55, Thanks a bunch, the missus washed their eyes like you explained. Them's her cats so she is taking steps to help. Sure wish I could convince her that a pet minature donkey would be a better pet. Thanks, BadMoon


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