Does Your Cat Have An Eye Infection?
8 January, 2014
As our cats don’t know how to communicate with us directly or let us know when they are ill, we have to be mindful in any change in behavior. While eye infections are more likely to occur in dogs, cats can also develop eye infections. There are many different types of eye infections, but the most common one is conjunctivitis.
As always, the first thing to do if your cat has an eye infection is to take her or him to your veterinarian to find out what kind of infection it is. If your cat is blinking a lot or you see any type of discharge or white mucus around the eye area, there is something wrong.
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. Again, your veterinarian is the best judge of how to treat the infection, but the below can help ease your cat’s eye pain and speed up the recovery.
Try using a soft cloth on your cat’s eyes
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. You should 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 chamomile, calendula and eyebright. Your veterinarian can recommend the appropriate does for your cat and if he or she thinks they are appropriate given your cat’s condition.
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.
There are some natural remedies that 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.