Blind cat - Advice appreciated, Urgent
Hi there, hope you guys are all well.
There's been this tomcat that i've been sporadically feeding over the last month or so, he's never let me handle him/rubbed against my legs, hisses if i went close to him and would generally make threatening postures till i backed down. Over the last week he's been bringing me a couple of odd mice .
Anyway, i wake up an hour ago and he's sleeping in bed at my feet, not responding when i moved. So i examined him, his eyeslids are fused shut. Looks like an eyelid infection which has generated a lot of pus and ooze and now it's basically caked over both his eyes. How he managed to get up to my first floor place i don't know, takes some nifty jumping at a couple of spots.
So i go into physician mode, and clean both the eyes, wash them, scrub flakes off, and put antibiotic eye drops over the cake as it stands now. He was wary/tip of tail twitching, but purring generally. Though if i scrubbed too hard he would pull back, kept talking throughout, seemed to make him calmer.
Ok, now that im out of the clinical mode, i realize there's a cat at the other end, and one who can't see. in a house he's not too familiar with, though i know he has explored it a few times. what do i need to know?
Feeding i figure will keep the food next to him, in terms of kitty litter i'm currently in a reasonably small town in india, no such thing available here, if i go get a tray of soil do you think he'd go there? I have no real hassles with him going wherever, i can clean it up, just that he's likely to be blind for about two more days
Anything any of you can suggest would be greatly appreciated!
BTW, I'm a physician, so just treating him the way i would a human in terms of the eye, the eyes seem healthy, just a nasty lid infection. Matted pus/ooze, very hard. I intend to keep it moist, and re clean every few hours. Any vets / experienced owners with more advice would be very greatly appreciated as well!!
thanks and have a great day