Why does my kitten keep having crud in her eyes?

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Q: My energetic kitten (Dinky) has gunk in her eyes all the time. I clean her eyes with a warm wash rag. Is there something more I should do?

A: Dinky needs to get into a vet at this time. What you are describing sounds like a feline upper respiratory infection. In addition, this can often be exacerbated by an underlying viral condition like herpes.

Typically, I would expect one or any combination of the following symptoms with a respiratory infection:

  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nasal and/or eye discharge
  • Squinting and eye inflammation

Ideally, it is very important to get into a veterinary clinic for antibiotics to treat the infection, and to ensure there are no other underlying explanations, including problems with allergies, cancer, or a nasal foreign body.

-- Answer from Dr. Andrew L., a veterinarian on JustAnswer.