Dear VetBabble: What Should I Do if My Kitten’s Eyes Are Matted Shut?
Hi, and thanks for posting on VetBabble! It’s always great to hear from concerned pet owners looking for advice. In your case, you’ve mentioned that your kitten’s eyes have been getting matted shut, and despite following your veterinarian’s advice to wash them every day, you’re not seeing any improvement. Don’t worry, we’re here to help! Let’s dive into some possible causes and solutions to this problem so that you can get your kitten’s eyes back to normal.
Possible Causes and Treatments
There might be several reasons why your kitten’s eyes have become matted shut. One of the most common causes in kittens is an eye infection, which can lead to discharge that sticks the eyelids together. Other potential causes include injuries or scratches to the eye, allergies, or parasites that have found their way into the eye. Infections can be particularly harmful to orphaned kittens, so it’s essential to address the problem right away.
While your veterinarian’s advice to clean the eyes is an essential first step, it might not be enough if the underlying issue is not resolved. An in-person examination and evaluation by your vet would go a long way in diagnosing the exact cause and prescribing the most suitable treatment. This could include antibiotic eye drops, ointments, or oral medications depending on the underlying cause.
Remember, regular vet checks for your cat and kittens are necessary to ensure their overall health and well-being, and to catch any potential issues before they become serious problems.
Preventing Future Eye Problems
To avoid similar issues in the future, it’s essential to follow some preventative measures. Keep a close eye on your kitten’s eyes and general health, and don’t hesitate to consult your vet at the first sign of a problem. Taking proactive steps to ensure your cat’s safety by cat-proofing your home can minimize the risk of eye injuries. Additionally, a clean, hygienic environment is crucial in preventing infections and parasites.
Be prepared for emergencies by creating a first aid kit for cats, which can help you provide initial care for your cat or kitten if an issue arises before you can get to your vet for proper treatment. Regular grooming and checking for any signs of skin issues can also help prevent skin problems in cats, including causes and treatment of eye-related issues.
Reevaluating Your Kitten’s Situation
As matted eyes have not improved with daily cleaning, we highly recommend taking your kitten to the vet for an in-person consultation as soon as possible. Getting an accurate diagnosis will enable your veterinarian to provide the necessary treatment to help your kitten’s eyes heal and prevent further complications.
Don’t hesitate to reach out to your local veterinarian or visit the VetBabble website for further guidance on taking care of your kittens. We’re always here to help you and your furry friends lead happy, healthy lives.