How To Help A Cat With An Eye Infection?
6 February, 2012
It is not uncommon for cats to develop eye infections. There are many different variants, but the most common is simply conjunctivitis.
As always, the first thing to do with your cat if he or she has an eye infection is to take it to your veterinarian to find out what kind of infection it is. There are a variety of infections that a cat can get in its eyes. For the most part, vets generally recommend eye drops for your cat and they will typically cure the infection.
There are also some treatments that you can try at home to help your cat through the infection.
My eyes hurt!
USE A SOFT TOWEL OR WET CLOTH
A wet cloth used to wipe away any discharge from the cat’s eye is an effective means of keeping the infected eye clean. Use the same type of cloth you would use for a warm compress and wet it with warm water. Or you can use a fragrance-free baby wipe made for sensitive skin. Wipe the eyes as often as necessary and discard the cloth after use.
Repeat the compress every hour until the infection clears.
You can also try some herbal supplements to help fight the infection and relieve the itching and redness in your cat’s eyes. These supplements usually include aconite, sanicula, euphrasia, chamomile, calendula and eyebright. Your veterinarian can recommend the appropriate does for your cat.
An eye wash is an effective treatment for cats with infections caused by a foreign object stuck in the eye. Simply rinse your cat’s eye with saline solution, which is available in the eye care section of any drug store or pet shop. This flushing of the eye is often enough to remove the object and speed up your cat’s recovery.
If you feed your cat a well-balanced, high quality diet, it will help his or her immune system. Diets rich in vitamins A and C are excellent for eye health in cats. Providing vitamin A or C supplements (ask your vet for recommendations) or feeding a diet with plenty of vegetables such as spinach, kale and carrots guarantees your cat’s daily recommended intake is met.
Natural medications without harsh chemical ingredients are available in some pet stores or natural foods stores. These medications can help your cat kick an eye infection naturally. Check with your veterinarian for recommendations and let your vet monitor your cat’s progress when taking the medication.
I hope these tips help and that your feline friend heals quickly.