Ten week old kitten who eyes will not open.

My dad kitten is ten weeks old. Other wise a healthy kitten. No crud in or around his eyes. However his eyes will not open. They look like that of a new born kitten that is how tightly close they still look. What can my dad do to help him open his eyes.
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Asked by Member 823070 on Apr 4th 2009 in Health & Safety
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Izadore (Izzie)

You need to really look at the kitten's eyes and around them. DO NOT try to force the lids open with your fingers. (And it goes without saying that you must wash your hands thoroughly before handling the kitten's face.) Do you notice any puffiness in or around the eyelids? Does it look like the eyeballs are puffy under the lids? Chances are this kitten was born with an eye infection. After 10 weeks with no treatment, it may be too late to save the kitten's eyesight. When he was 2 weeks old and his eyes still were not open, it was time then to take the kitten to the vet. You dad can try to soak a cotton ball in warm water and gently wipe the kitten's eyelids, but that's a treatment usually reserved for much younger kittens. At 10 weeks of age, this guy really needs to see a vet. If he hasn't been to the vet at all yet, he needs to go for the eye issues, a check up and his vaccinations. Good luck and keep us posted about what the vet tells you.

Izadore (Izzie) answered on 4/5/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer


I agree with Izzie. Your kitten needs to see a vet, possibly a cat specialist. He might have something wrong with his eyesight, and the sooner it is diagnosed, the better it usually is treatment-wise.

Gracie answered on 4/5/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Poor kitty :( He should've been taken to the vet when his eyes still weren't open at 2 weeks of age. The usual time it takes for a kitten to open its eyes is 7-10 days. You may be too late to save his eyesight. Take him to the vet ASAP!

Gypsie answered on 4/6/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer