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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-27-2016, 09:39 PM Thread Starter
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I feel like a bad cat mom :( ignored eye problem

I feel so bad about this, I just needed to vent my sadness and guilt for a bit. 6 days ago I noticed my kitty Emily had some redness in her right eye. I figured it was a viral infection and started her on lysine, but didn't take her to the vet. My thoughts were "It's viral, they won't be able to do anything about it." I watched her for 2 days like this and eventually took her to the vet Thursday night, mainly to double check before the weekend came (she was still eating and playing like normal). The vet checked her and said "as bad as this is, its probably bacterial" Now I feel horrible for not taking her earlier. I guess my penance is these eye drops I now have to wrestle with 3 times a day.
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-28-2016, 12:19 AM
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In this case it would have been better to get to the vet faster, but, not sure I'd have done differently. If we ran to the vet every time something looked a little off, we'd be buying the vet a new car! A little red in the eye, I take it she was opening the eye and no crud or watering.
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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-28-2016, 01:56 AM
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Been there done that. You did take her to the vet and you are taking care of her. Don't beat yourself over it. Hope your kitty recovers quickly.
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Aww, been there done that too - MANY times with my foster kittens. It happens. Echoing Jetlaya67 - don't beat yourself up. Most of these infections clear themselves up but it IS always safe to see a vet but I've had our municipal shelter vet misdiagnose many times and had to change meds based on new info.

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Please don't feel bad. I missed my son's broken arm... he kept on about how his arm hurt and I fnally got tired of it and said, dang-it, do you need to go to the doctor? Have xrays? And he said yes... Oooops.
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Eye infections can be frustrating to treat. We took Saxon back to the vet about 6 times and got almost as many different kinds of eye drops before getting a referral to a specialist at the university. He had to be on 3 weeks of oral antibiotics to get him over chlamydia.
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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-28-2016, 11:12 PM Thread Starter
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It is sooo frustrating to treat. Not only is it frustrating Emily that I keep chasing her down and putting stuff in her eye, but now its definitely spread to the other eye. She now seems wary of "mommy snuggles" as that so often precedes the eye drops. She slept in my bed from the first day I had her (5 weeks ago) but ever since the drops she won't have anything to do with it. I'm planning to call the vet tomorrow, it doesn't look much better and this is day 4 of 5. Its just hard to tell how much of the gunk is actual gunk and how much is in response to the drops. Her sclerae still seem red though; I'm glad I have Freyja to compare to as I wouldn't necessarily know whats abnormal in a cat. You can't see their sclerae at baseline.
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Try giving her some yummy treats before and after the eye drops. They just don't understand that it is bothersome now but a necessity for them to get better. Don't give up. She will come around after the treatment is over. My Nyska dislocated two toes some months ago and needed a cast and pain medication. She was not happy at all. On top of that the splint dug into her foot pad and it got bad real quick. The poor thing was suffering and I tried to get the splint off. Silly me, she bit and scratched me, hard. Took her to the vet to get splint off and she was even angrier. She hid from me for days. She is fine now, back to her old self. Hang in there, we are here for moral support.
One more thing, you might try to use a pheromone diffuser or spray to calm her down. There are also calming treats, you can get them at any pet shop or through Amazon.
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-29-2016, 04:56 PM
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Had this problem - both with eyes and ears.

Try a bit of dried valerian roots in food.

And a lot of towels to wrap a cat in, if necessary.
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