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The proper administration of eye medications is essential for your cat's prompt recovery
Most cats with an uncomplicated upper respiratory infection can be treated symptomatically at home. Your veterinarian may prescribe an eye medication to be applied topically if your cat has a purulent eye discharge. Although viral infections do not respond to antibacterial drugs, broad-spectrum antibacterial drugs may be prescribed in an effort to prevent secondary bacterial infections from complicating the disease, particularly in kittens. Primary bacterial upper respiratory infections caused by Bordetella or Chlamydophila will be treated with specific antibiotics that are effective against these diseases.
Unless the cats are quite sick or hurt I try not to disturb them too much. I de-worm them regularly by putting medicine in the food but otherwise I don't do much. It's stressful to be trapped and hauled to the vet. They have food and water everyday and I maintain a which is fully occupied in winter. In this case the eye infection looked nasty and she is not as young as she was. I was worried that permanent damage would result in her going blind. I was not able to trap her for a few days.
Cat Eye Infections: Symptoms & Treatment - Petfinder
Treatments for Conjunctivitis in Cats - Petfinder
There are three types of methods that have been effective in treating conjunctivitis and other infections of a cat's eyes. The first and most effective is the use of drops or ointments which are applied directly to the eyes. The frequency for application of the eye drops is four to six times per day and one to two drops per eye. Ointments are applied less often and are placed on the eye at which point the cat is forced to blink resulting in the medication being distributed completely across the surface of the eye.Your vet will make a tentative diagnosis based on a thorough physical examination, complete medical history, and presentation of symptoms. Be sure to inform your vet of the extent and duration of your cat’s symptoms, as well as any previous history of eye problems or traumatic injury that you know of.According to Thomas Kern, DVM, associate professor of ophthalmology at Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, the conjunctiva serves several purposes. Most important, he notes, this slippery membrane provides the eyeball with lubrication by functioning as a conduit for tears that fall onto its surface and are distributed by what he refers to as “the blinking phenomenon.” Furthermore, the conjunctiva harbors certain antibodies that may help an animal ward off some eye infections. Nevertheless, he points out, there are several microorganisms that cats commonly carry, and the feline system’s inflammatory immune response to these bacteria and viruses is responsible for the great majority of feline conjunctivitis cases. Gently clean away any debris around the cat's eyes with warm water and a washcloth prior to administering the eye drops. This can be soothing and prepare your cat for administering the medication(s).Natural medications without harsh chemical ingredients are available in some pet stores or natural foods stores. These medications help your cat kick an eye infection naturally. Check with your veterinarian for recommendations of natural medications and let your vet monitor your cat's progress when taking the medication. See the Resources section of this article for a link to a natural cat eye infection medication.Treatment for herpesvirus is aimed at controlling clinical signs and reducing secondary complications. It is important to note that there is no cure for herpesvirus, and once infected, your cat has the virus for life. Some animals will never have clinical disease after the initial infection while others may have frequent recurrences. Cats that have recurrent outbreaks often have a stressful trigger, which if identified can be avoided or minimized. This can reduce the number of outbreaks. Typically, therapy includes topical antiviral drops or ointment for the eye and occasionally an oral antiviral medication. Sometimes starting medications prophylactically (before a known stressor) the severity of the recurrent infection can be reduced. Some anecdotal reports state that L-lysine, an amino acid dietary supplement, can inhibit viral replication. This has been shown in a laboratory setting but not in cats with natural infection. There are no studies proving that Giving L-lysine as a supplement may benefit cats with herpesvirus as many owners feel it reduces outbreaks. In any event, there are no known side effects of L-lysine documented in the cat.