kittens eye swollen and red looks almost like it wants to shut... dont have money for a vet what should i do?

Asked by Member 1076783 on Dec 10th 2011 in Illness & Disease
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Izadore (Izzie)

It's impossible for us to tell you how to treat this, even if we were a veterinary professional, w/o seeing your kitten. You should never try to self-treat with any medication without the approval of a vet. About the only thing you can do is carefully dab his eye with some warm water on a cotton ball. It might bring him some relief, but if it's conjunctivitis (pink eye) or an injury, it will not cure the problem. Perhaps there is someone who was going to give you a Holiday gift? Could you ask them to contribute to the vet's fee instead? I have never heard of a vet who would refuse to treat a sick or injured cat and worry about payment first. There is a plan called "Care Credit" which will allow your cat to be treated and let you pay in installments. Unfortunately, when we adopt an animal, we need to be certain we can afford to care for the animal financially. Best of luck. Hope your baby is OK.

Izadore (Izzie) answered on 12/11/11. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


The kitten needs to be examined by a vet. Call ahead to make financial arrangements if necessary, but it is your responsibility to get medical attention for your cat when he needs it. He can't go to the vet by himself. If his eye trouble is due to an environmental irritant, such as a spec of dust, his natural tears will get rid of it. But if it lasts more than a few hours and becomes obviously irritated, he needs to be examined and treated. It could possibly be an infection, injury, or allergic reaction that needs to be addressed.

Randy had an eye infection when he was a kitten, and the first medication he was given did not get rid of it. He developed an ulcer in the infected eye. A second medication worked and the ulcer healed, but it must have been very uncomfortable and painful for him to go through that. I would be afraid to mess around with a red or irritated eye in either of my cats, especially after seeing how quickly an eye problem can go from bad to worse. Please see a vet.

Member 1046384 answered on 12/11/11. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


sounds like some form of bacterial or viral conjunctivitis tthe cat should b seen !!!! send ur kitty to the merwin animal clinic in allston /brighton its on cambridge street !!!! great clinic i swear by them...... visits r free of charge u only pay 4 ur prescriptions..... & the meds r cheap. let me know !!!!!!!!! remy's mom!!

remy answered on 1/3/12. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer