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post #1 of 14 Old 07-22-2010, 03:40 PM Thread Starter
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Question Sick kitty question

I have two kitties born to one of my barn cats; they are about 6 weeks old. They seem to have an infection in their eyes. I know I'm asking for an online 'diagnosis,' but any help would be greatly appreciated ... we went through a period of time when both eyes (on both kittens) were matted shut. I'd wash them w/ warm water and they'd be okay. Well, yesterday, I went out and both of them have one eye that looks swollen & matted. When I wash them, they open up some but almost look bloody. I can't see they eye and the lid area is bright red. I apologize to all the cat lovers, but I'm not going to take them to the vet ... too many barn cats, too little $$$. But, I'm wondering if there's something available over-the-counter that might help.
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post #2 of 14 Old 07-22-2010, 03:44 PM
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Bash 'em in the head with a rock if you don't want to 'waste' your money to take them to the vet. :roll:

Can't be any worse than letting them live with painful, oozing eyes.

Those eye infections sound extremely nasty, and if you can't or won't get vet help, maybe you should just turn them into the local animal shelter.

At least they'll get medical care there, even if it is right before they're put to sleep.
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My question is this: Is there some sort of wash or drops that might be available? They aren't 'oozing' and the kittens don't seem to be in pain - they don't fight me or anything when I clean them. Not being a 'cat person,' I don't know - is it possible that it could be a reaction to the dust/hay in the barn? The momma just moved them from a cleaner location into the barn.
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Speed racer, that was a little harsh don't you think?

OP, they've likely got an upper respiratory infection, which will require antibiotics. Good luck.
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post #5 of 14 Old 07-22-2010, 04:38 PM
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Do live near a local petsmart petco type place? They might have something or someone there who could help?
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post #6 of 14 Old 07-22-2010, 04:44 PM
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sounds like pink eye
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post #7 of 14 Old 07-22-2010, 04:47 PM
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http://www.thecatsite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=52553
This is a cat forum maybe they will have the answers for you?
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What's needed here is NeoPolyBac ophthalmic ointment; which is only available from a vet or by scrip since in goes directly in the eye. There is nothing available OTC that I would put in an eye. I have seen feral kittens with similiar eye infections, the NPC opthalmic was what was used. To the OP - your best plan is to contact a local vet or a local animal welfare group, explain the situation and see if they'e willing to let you have some of the ointment without an exam or a scrip.

Cakemom - Harsh, yes. Inaccurate, no.

There are only two ways for the OP to find herself in this situation - she either had unspayed/unneutered barn cats to begin with; or someone dropped or dumped cats at her barn and she didn't have the heart to call Animal Control and have them trapped and removed. Either way, the consequences are pretty predicatable.

Adopting these kittens out is not highly likely, keeping them and allowing them to breed their own feral cat colony is irresponsible.
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post #9 of 14 Old 07-22-2010, 10:57 PM
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I guess I just felt a little more tact was in order, but I am one of those overly careful with words people.
OP, if you tell me where you are located I'll go on te look for a low cost spay neuter program for your cats, and then the cycle will stop there :).
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post #10 of 14 Old 07-25-2010, 11:27 AM
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you should really fix barn cats especially females imo
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