My kitty's eye (just one) is watering (clear fluid) and she seems to be squinting a bit. There is no redness or pus and she doesn't seem to be in pain. My main concern (besides that she may be sick) is that it could be something she could give her babies (she had kittens about 5 weeks ago). Any advice?
Type of Animal: Cat
Age: 1 yr
Name of Cat: Onyx
gently wiping away tears with tissue
Thank you for your question.The kittens are right at the age when their mum supplied immunity (from colostrum) is waning, so this is the time they will be at risk of cat flu infections if mum is a carrier.She sneezing at all?Any lethargy?Nasal discharge?How is Onyx's appetite?Does she have any history of cal flu (aka upper respiratory infection) herself?
Thanks for replying!I have not noticed any sneezing (her eye just started watering a few hours ago) - activity seems normal, no nasal discharge, normal appetite and no history of cal flu. She was on amoxicillin (finished the bottle about a week ago) because when I took her & the babies to the vet for the post-partum check up, she (Onyx) was running a fever and had been experiencing runny stool - he (the vet) put her on the antibiotics "just in case" lol She was doing much better till tonight...
You are very welcome and thank you for the additional information about Onyx.If we are seeing tearing in a single eye, the main consideration we'd be considering here are primary diseases of the eye (especially if rough housing kittens are climbing all over her). That said, we do still need to consider a brewing respiratory infection, since they can start with eye signs but I would expect to see some of those other signs that I had asked about wee Onyx.
Tearing in cats can arise because of a range of causes. The differentials for clear ocular discharge we must consider in a cat like this wee one are bacterial infection (early onset conjunctivitis or Chlamydophilia, etc.), viral causes (ie. feline herpes), and traumatic agents (we can also see allergies + tear duct troubles cause this sign but are less likely here). In her case, I would be most concerned trauma to the cornea (via scratch, ulcers, catching his eye) but we want to keep the others in mind since there are naive immune systems present (kittens).
With corneal trauma we can see ulcers, scratches, and even erosions to this delicate tissue. This damage is very sore for them and can trigger for this tearing and squinting (and this can progress where we see swelling of the conjunctiva as well). We can often see them start with clear tearing, but if bacteria takes advantage of the situation this will change to a cloudy or mucky discharge as well.
I hope this information is helpful. Please do let me know if you have any further questions. If you have no further questions, feedback is always appreciated.
All the best,
So if I keep an eye on her can I wait till Monday to take her to the vet? Emergency vet's are more than I can afford...Also, do I need to worry about the other kitty in the house? (I have another cat besides Onyx and her 6 kittens)
As long as she is comfortable and you aren't seeing any obvious laceration to the eye (and she remains stable), then you can salt water bathe the eye until Monday (just to note some practices have Saturday morning consultations that aren't emergency and charge the same as the week appointments). Of course, if something changes, then that might require that she be seen sooner.I would say, just as a precaution, since we cannot rule out a brewing upper respiratory tract infection, it would be best to isolate Onyx and the kittens. This way if there is a flare up of an upper respiratory tract infection/cat flu, then you won't have a house-wide outbreak. Dr. B.nekovet41097.3405670949
ok... and just how am I supposed to "salt water bathe" her eye? I see the 1tbsp to 1pint warm water part, but I'm not seeing the "how to"... In my experience - cat w/claws + water = freddie kruger moment lol
oh & I'll keep the other kitty away and check my vet for Saturday availability now :)
I think separating is best (since it just prevents the potential for any whole house outbreaks), and hopefully your vet will be able to see her (and then you can just have piece of mind getting this addressed sooner). In regards XXXXX XXXXX water bathing, its true cats don't want people splashing water in their face. But if you soak a cotton ball or cotton wool, this will help keep the discharge away and it will get into the eye enough to be a mild astringent for removing bacteria that might be setting up shop.All the best,Dr. B.
Cotton ball is a great idea! Is regular table salt ok to use?
Yes, normal table salt is fine (the old wives did know something when they told their old wives tales) ;)Take care,Dr. B.
Thanks!! Off to chase my kitty around with a wet cotton ball now ;) lolps- my vet is open tomorrow so I'll call first thing in the morning and try to get her seen
You are welcome. :)That does paint a picture (and I will fully admit we have a lot of kitty wrestling here too).And I am glad they are open with some normal hours there. :)Dr. B.
I am a small animal veterinarian with a special interest in cats and am happy to discuss any questions you have.
Hi Shar,I'm just following up on our conversation about Onyx. How is everything going?nekovet