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It is relatively common for cats, especially if they are young, to suffer from eye conditions that they should receive veterinary treatment, because, although they usually heal easily, if they are left untreated, they may end up complicating themselves to the point of perforating the cornea, causing blindness of the kitten and, occasionally, the removal of the eye. To avoid this, as we say, it is essential to establish a veterinary treatment and, also, some hygiene measures. That’s why in this article we explain how to clean an infected eye of a cat.
Before going on to explain how to clean an infected eye of a cat we must know how to identify the symptoms that indicate that our cat is suffering an infection. The clinical picture of these conditions is recognized by the following signs:
Before any of these symptoms we must go to the veterinarian to prescribe the appropriate treatment that is usually a eye ointment or ophthalmologic ointment. These drugs are cheap and very effective. If we do not treat the problem, the consequence can be surgery to remove one or both eyes. Therefore, early veterinary assistance is basic.
Eye infections are very common in kittens, even when they have not yet opened their eyes. This is because on many occasions they are caused by herpesviruses, very contagious and common among cats living on the street, which explains the high presence of eye infections in the colonies.
If we collect a litter of newborn kittens still lactating and observe that they have swollen eyes or a purulent discharge when the eyes begin to open, what happens around the 8-10 days, we will be before an infection. To avoid risks we must clean the eyes and apply the antibiotic that our veterinarian prescribes. For this, we will use a gauze or cotton moistened in physiological serum, product that should always be in our medicine cabinet. Carefully press from the eyelid to the outside of the eye to expel the pus through the small slit that is opening. If there are traces of secretion stuck, we should clean them with another gauze or cotton impregnated in serum, which can be warm, always from the inside to the outside. Through that same slit, once cleaned, we will introduce the treatment. In the next section we will see how to clean an infected eye of a kitten that already has its eyes open, which will be the same procedure as for an adult cat.
For the antibiotic treatment to have its effect it is important to apply it in a very clean eye. For this we are going to need the following materials:
These washes should be repeated every time we see the eye dirty or, at least, always before applying the medication. In the following section we explain in detail how to proceed with the cleaning.
Below we explain how to clean an infected eye of a cat. We will follow the following pasos:
All the instructions and tips mentioned throughout the article are suitable for an infection in the eye of a newborn, baby or adult cat. Of course, remember that when in doubt or suspected of a serious infection, it is necessary to go to the specialist.
This article is merely informative, in .com we do not have the faculty to prescribe veterinary treatments or make any kind of diagnosis. We invite you to take your pet to the veterinarian in case of any type of condition or discomfort.
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