I found a stray cat thats very sick. eyes are really gunked up and is couphing/wheezing
I found this cat outside it is just a kitten. It looks old enough to be away from its mother so... i took it inside. well its eyes have been gunked up and its couphing/sneezing.. i am planning on keeping this cat but right now i dont have money to take it to the vet and i am intending on it sometime this week. but can anyone tell me what i can do for it right now? i clean its eyes everyday with a warm cotton ball and it always has water but his eyes wont quit gunking up...
well try to keep a close eye on him for now. make sure he is eating a healthy amount of food for the day. its a stray cat feel the stomach if it is hard he/she might have worms. but i would just keep a close eye on your cat until you can take it to the vet.
use a very light solution of peroxide and sterilized water to wipe it's eyes. The solution should be like a capful of peroxide to about 5 cups of sterilized water. Clean it's face too with the same solution. You can sterilize the water by boiling it for 5 minutes and then letting it cool down and then adding the peroxide. Keep it warm. I would also give them a bath in baby shampoo. I would add a few drops of Frontline for kittens to the mixture to kill the fleas. Leave on the kitten for a few minutes and then rinse the kitten off. I use a heating pad set on the lowest temp and under a very thick towel. You can feed it raw if it has teeth. Hamburger is a good choice on that and so is very finely chopped chicken. Keep us posted on what the vet says and how the little kitten is doing.
i have been cleaning the strays eyes out like you said and that seems to be working but he is still gunking up..well i have a inside kitten and just tonight his eyes swolle up really bad to where i open it and i cannot even see his eyeball...im freaking out cause i do not know how it happened and im lost about now. i still dont have the money to take them to the vet but like i said before on friday i will...but please tell me some advice cause i am freaking out... i keep thinking 'what if he loses his eye' .....
Thank you, first of all for stepping up and taking this baby kitty in, if there were more people like you, the homeless cat problem would be drastically reduced. Many folks do not realize the very short and tortured life these animals live!
It's a big responsibility but I think that the joy he brings, if you can get past this, will be well worth your efforts.
Because I just saw your inquiry and you wrote weeks ago I am not sure if this information will help you or not but I thought it was worth a try.
Quite honestly, you will eventually need to get some help from a Vet, most likely antibiotics for the respitory problems, but in the meantime there are some things that you can do at home.
Lady Guinevere mentions some good ones that I will definately be trying on my steady stream of homeless kittens and cats.
Another one is to start supplementing the kitty's food with lysine in case she is suffering from the feline herpes virus. This is the most common reason for respitory problems in cats, that can go on to develop bacterial infections which is why you will eventually need some antibiotics from a Vet. For now though, the amino acid in lysine prevents the replication of the herpes virus. You can use a product made just for cats like Viralys or Enisyl-F (www.entirelypets.com). Or you can do what I did and use the tablets for people, available at the pharmacy & many grocery stores. The tablets are typically 1000 mg. so you will need to divide into quarters (250 mg. is enough for kitten) and then crush up and mix well into her food.
For the eyes, you can use a product called Terramycin eye ointment. (Try E-Bay) This will treat a broad range of bacterial infections and help protect and heal ulcers caused by the feline heprs virus. You will need to gently pull down bottom eye lid and place a 1/4" strip of the ointment in his eyes 3 times per day for about 10 days in most cases.
Because of the time lapse, you may be well beyond this stage so please feel free to share any updated concerns, milestones or questions. I have been through this and know how difficult it is to see an innocent sick creature and feel like there is nothing you can do about it, since veterinary care is so expensive.
Keep us posted and thank you for reaching out.
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