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Hi, I'm Dr Steve. To answer your questions one by one.
Hi and thank you
The symptoms you are describing is possible an eye infection caused by bacteria. This is what causes the pus. I would start with iether of those two antibiotics and treat twice a day for 7-10 days. The second answer is that I have never heard of this being common in Savannah cats because they open thier eyes earlier. The reason these kittens are getting this infection os that they are becoming exposed to bacteria in the air or from the mother.
Should I treat all of them or just the ones I noticed? I am figuring that since the mother cleans all of them, that it will probably spread
As for the bacteria... Can it be anything? Or a specific type of bacteria?
The mother being tested was likely for viruses like Feline leukemia and FIV. These can suppress the immune ayatem and make a cat more susceptible to eye infection , but since she was negative, her kittens should be negative as well.
We also tested for Corona Virus along with the ones you mentioned
My last kittens had bacterial mycoplasma spp. but that was all cleared last year and no one has been showing symptoms since
Note: different mother and father
I also had domestics fostered here that had no problem a few months back
I would start treating the ones with symptoms only for now, but be ready to treat any new ones at the first signs of problems. It could spread. The type of bacteria is hard to know without taking a sample to a lab and having it cultured. This is usuall y not necessary, because antibiotic drops are typically effective on many diferent bacteria.
Their eyes are barely open (some are not even open yet). Where should I put the drops? Will it work if their eyes are mostly closed? Should I wipe them first?
Sorry for all of the questions... I will add a tip after cause I'm bothering you so much
It may be possible that savannah cats may not have as developed of an immune system than DSH cats and the kittens are more susceptible to infections at an earlier age. This is just a theory and since eyes typpically clear easily with treatment it isn't a topic that much research has ben done on.
No problem. Wipe the eys with a moist soft cloth, then put one drop in the corner where the eyes have started to open (if they have) , otherwise put it in the inside corner and hold the kitten up so the drop sits there for 1-2 minutes and it should soak in .
They squirm like heck but I will try to swaddle them
Do you prefer one of the drops to the other? I think I have more Pentamycetin
Is there anything else you recommend to keep infection from spreading? (other than standard hand washing)
POentamycetin shold be fine, especially if you have had good results with it in the past. There isn't much you can do to stop the spread because the mother could be the carrier. You could try and put drops inthe mother just in case she has a small amount of bacteria in her eyes that aren't causing problems, but are being sppread to the kittens that way. I hope this has helped Thank you and good luck. If you havemore questions, please continue.
Thanks this is all very helpful. What should I look out for in terms of if it gets worse?
Just basic not eating and lethargy?
Yes lethargy, poor appetite and increased amounts of pus in the eyes.
Ok the one kitten had an alarming amount, but it was pretty similar last time. Is there a gently way to squeeze it out when their eyes aren't fully open? Or do I just keep wiping the corner until it all comes out?
It is best to just keep wiping until the eye begins to open, then you can gently push from the closed side to the open side to squeeze the pus out.
Ok. They scream at me so I worry since the eyes are fragile
If they seem painful you may just let it be . It probably is painful. You could ask your vet about using anoral antibiotic like clavamox or cephalexin inthe kittens that don't have their eyes open yet, it may help slow the development iof the infection. Again just in the oens who seem to behaving trouble.
Ok I will see what he says. Thanks again for all of the help. Have a nice day!