Home Remedies for Cat Eye Problems
Many cats often get a cold in their eyes, get something stuck in them, or have a small infection that makes their eyes leak. Try the following "home remedies" for a couple days (You should always speak to a vet before trying any home remedies). If they don't work, then it's a more serious matter, and you need to get your cat to the vet immediately for proper care.
This is helpful if your cat's eyes are red or beginning to leak.
- Grab a soft washcloth.
- Get the washcloth wet using warm water.
- Gently press the washcloth onto your cat's eye and hold it there for about two to three minutes.
- Repeat this several times a day.
It may be a struggle to hold the washcloth in place, but do you best in order to provide the best care for your feline friend.
An eye wash is helpful if something is stuck in your cat's eye.
- Rinse your cat's eye with saline solution.
Most saline solutions will have proper instructions detailed. It is important to follow them carefully. Some may only require you to use the drops, while others may recommend rinsing them with water afterward.
This is good for cats and kittens with matted eyes that are stuck shut. You may also use chamomile or other natural teas. Make tea plain; never add sugar or any other substance.
- Boil water, add a green tea bag, and brew. (In other words, make tea.)
- Once the tea cools down, take a cotton ball or soft washcloth and dip it into the tea. Ring it out. Don't ring too much of it out, however, as the tea is the solution to the eye troubles.
- Drip a little bit of the tea into the cat's eye and carefully wipe across and around the eye. (When wiping across, do it from the outside to the inside near the nose. You don't want to spread it through the entire eye.)
- Repeat a few times a day.
After You've Tried These Remedies
If these remedies either don't work whatsoever, or work, but only for a little while, there may be a more serious problem that requires attention.
First, go to your local pet store and try to find some eye drops or eye ointments that you can try. If they do not have any, or the ones they do have don't work, your only other option is to take your cat to the vet. Eye infections can be serious and sometimes even result in blindness. If your "home remedies" stop working after a couple days, go to your vet!