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17-03-2009, 10:36 PM   #1

Kittens with gunky eyes??


Hi everyone.

Just wondering if anyone can offer me a bit of advice.

I currently have 6 beautiful 5 week old kittens in my care and a few hours ago noticed that one of them had it's right eye stuck closed!

On further inspection I saw it was stuck with a clear snot like discharge.

There are 3 more kittens that have watery eyes although not to this extent.

I managed to re-open the kittens eye by cleaning with a cotten bud and cool, boiled water and will get them booked into the vets first thing in the morning but I am really worried as I have never come across this before.

Has anyone seen or heard of this who can offer some advice?

I am hoping it's not infectious although as 4 kittens are affected it proberly is.



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17-03-2009, 10:41 PM   #2

Re: Kittens with gunky eyes??


It's not uncommon for kittens to get eye discharge, but it often happens younger than 5 weeks. Keep the eyes clean as you have with cool bolied water & a trip to the vets will be the best thing. Usually a bit of magic fucithalmic & all is well again

How long have the kittens been with you?

Any sneezing?

Are they well in themselves?

Bright & alert?



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17-03-2009, 10:42 PM   #3

Re: Kittens with gunky eyes??


ah, the fun of applying that a few times a day. enjoy



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17-03-2009, 11:25 PM   #4

Re: Kittens with gunky eyes??


They have been with me since they were a week old, they were found abandoned by the RSPCA branch I work for along with their mother who I have just adoted.

They are very lively and seem completely un-affected by the eyes.

Hopefully the vet will soon clear it up.



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19-03-2009, 01:21 AM   #5

Re: Kittens with gunky eyes??


Well the vet suspects conjunctivitus so I have been given some eye gel to apply twice a day.

Cost a fortune seeing as I have to treat all the adult cats as well and had to have 5 tubes, if it works it's money well spent!

I can't see it being fun appying it but here goes!



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19-03-2009, 02:28 AM   #6

Re: Kittens with gunky eyes??


Oh Lord, good luck with that!



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19-03-2009, 07:45 PM   #7

Re: Kittens with gunky eyes??


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Originally Posted by Rockmaiden
Well the vet suspects conjunctivitus so I have been given some eye gel to apply twice a day.

Cost a fortune seeing as I have to treat all the adult cats as well and had to have 5 tubes, if it works it's money well spent!

I can't see it being fun appying it but here goes!

Do the rescues mix with your own cats?



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19-03-2009, 09:07 PM   #8

Re: Kittens with gunky eyes??


Sounds like you have got your handsful there, hope it clears up soon for you.



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20-03-2009, 12:27 AM   #9

Re: Kittens with gunky eyes??


Smudgley- Yes the rescue cat's do mix with my own cats. The only rescue I am fostering at the moment is Meg and of course the kittens as I recently adopted Lola the mum.



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20-03-2009, 09:14 AM   #10

Re: Kittens with gunky eyes??


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Smudgley- Yes the rescue cat's do mix with my own cats. The only rescue I am fostering at the moment is Meg and of course the kittens as I recently adopted Lola the mum.
That's interesting, In CP the one rule which is a very strict one is no mixing of any cats. I know 2 people who have been stopped from fostering as they were mixing. (not from our branch)



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