Kitten Eye Infection Home Remedy

Are your kitten's eyes red and watery? Is there discharge coming from one or both? Then she may have a condition known as 'conjunctivitis.'

This is commonly seen in both kittens and adult felines and can be scary to a pet parent that has never encountered it before. However, we've checked with the experts on the topic of kitten eye infection home remedy relief and here's what they've suggested.

What Is Conjunctivitis?

Before we give you some home remedy options, let's delve into exactly what conjunctivitis is and how it can affect your kitten.

Simply put, conjunctivitis is an inflammation of the conjunctiva (the transparent tissue that covers the surface of the eyeball). This thin tissue is responsible for keeping dirt, debris, dangerous viruses and bacteria from entering into the eye. However, when the conjunctiva becomes irritated, it can present itself as redness or pinkness with a watery discharge that can be anywhere from transparent to yellow or green and thicker in nature.

Why Does My Cat Have Conjunctivitis and How Will I Know?

Anything that enters into the eyeball has a potential to lead to an infection. This includes dust, wind, allergies or an eyelash. Aside from the redness and/or discharge your cat may exhibit swelling in the infected eye. She may paw at her eyes or rub them along the carpet or other objects. With the case of a foreign body in the eye, your kitten may squint or keep the eye closed.

Kitten Eye Infections

According to Best Pet Home Remedies, you will have to (if possible) determine the cause of the infection and also determine how severe the infection is. If the eye infection has progressed to swelling, pain and thick discharge, you should take your kitten to a veterinarian for a complete diagnosis and a prescribed medication (antibiotic). If your kitten's/cat's eye(s) is only irritated you can try one of these home remedies to help relieve the symptoms while you're treating it medically.

Kitten Eye Infection Home Remedy

The following home remedies may help and soothe your cat's conjunctivitis.

  1. ​Use a warm wet washcloth or cotton ball to gently clean away any discharge from your kitten's face. You can do this as needed. Caution, do not clean over the eye, just around it.
  2. Check for any foreign matter that may have entered into your pet's eye. Flush your cat's eye with warm tap water, then check for noticeable debris. If you find something, you can attempt to remove it with a cotton swab, but use caution as to not poke your cat in the eye.
  3. Use a moist warm regular black tea bag. Place this over your cat's eye for 2 to 3 minutes. The tannins found in this may help with your kitten's eye problem.
  4. Sterile saline eye solutions can be used to bring temporary relief.
  5. A product known as Terramycin is effective in healing secondary bacterial eye infections and mild conjunctivitis.

As odd as this last home remedy may sound, some pet parents have used apple cider vinegar to help cure an eye infection in cats. To do this take one teaspoon of the apple cider vinegar mixed with equal parts water. Soak a cotton ball in the solution, then rub it along your cat's neck. This can be done up to three times-a-day.

Kitten Eye Infections

If your kitten or cat is suffering from an eye infection and it doesn't clear up within 24 hours, be sure to take her to the veterinarian. You don't want to leave any infection left untreated as it could lead to more serious problems down-the-road.

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