My one cat is older and both different breeds. The cat I think has a very bad eye infection. We noticed that his eye was crusted shut. and that when we helped him open it. It was pink. We thought maybe he might have just had morning crustys or something. But now the next day his eye is very swollen and he can not open it at all. The other younger cat is starting to have the same symptoms that the other cat had yesterday. I cant afford to take them to the vet. can someone tell me what i can do from home to help them.
Consider this, not taking them to a vet could mean that you could catch the infection. Some things do transmit. The cat could also lose its eye or die. I understand not everyong has money, but when you have to go to the vet, you have to go. If it is that big of a burden, and you can not find a vet who will work with you, find someone who can afford to take care of your cats.
My cats get minor eye infections all the time because persians have big leaky eyes and they are prone to it. However, I have never seen one get so bad that it gets crusted shut or swollen. The vet will need to clean it up and give you a triple antibiotic ointment to use in their eyes. Since it has progressed this far, they may also need to give an antibiotic injection to be sure to kill all the bacteria. Please do not try to treat this at home and do not use any human medicines on the cats. Just warm water on a soft cloth to keep it clean until you can get to the vet. (As soon as possible) There is an ointment for cats that you can buy online called terramycin that I keep on hand for the eye gookies my cats get. But by the time it could be shipped and with as bad as your cat's infection seems to already be, I would not risk waiting for it.
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It sounds like it is probably feline herpes of the eye, a very common and very contageous cat disease. A vet can give you eye drops or ointment to treat the symptoms, but there is no cure and the virus will continue to lay dormant in the cat's system. It will likely not cause any other problems (if it is feline herpes) unless somthing happens to weaken your cat's immune system, then other symptoms could emerge.
It is important to treat the eye though to keep it from getting worse. The drops or ointment is not that expensive. i use to have to get it all the time for my fosters. I agree with everyone else, find a vet that will work with you and get kitty there!
TIP: If your vet gives you eye drops or ointment, put it in both eyes, even if only one eye is inflamed. This will 1)prevent spread of symptoms, and 2)keep kitty from rubbing as much of the medicine out of the inflammed eye. Works like a charm! Promise!
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