|Purred: Fri Aug 17, '12 8:11pm PST |
|If you do some research on the net, you will read that cats showing their third eyelid almost always means there is some illness going on. Most likely it is herpes. The herpes virus is VERY common in stray cats and kittens. In cats, the herpes virus causes sores in the eyes, mouth, nose and throat. If your kitten has herpes, he will almost for sure give it to your other cats as it is highly contagious. I have eight rescues and when I brought in one stray one summer who had herpes, eventually all my cats caught it. Now when one of them gets an outbreak (often brought on by stress) they all come down with it. I have to med eight cats twice a day for several weeks. It's a chore, but most of the time the med my vet gives me to treat them (L-Lysine) helps prevent them from getting too sick. But sometimes if I don't catch it in time, one of them gets sick enough that they have to go to the vet and get antibiotics, steroid shots and fluids.
It might not be herpes, but it is the most likely senerio as it is estimated that around 80% of stray cats have the herpes virus. Ask your vet about it and see if they supply Lysine. Here in Ohio it is really affordable. I get it in a flavored gel form, and I use a needle-less syringe to inject it into their mouthes. (btw, Lysine is an amino-acid that suppresses the herpes virus...it's the most effective treatment for herpes).
Anyway, hope this info helps. Hope your kitty will be okay. If you have other cats (I think I read you did???) I would advise you to seperate your new kitten from them until you know for sure whether the kitten has herpes, or another disease. If you haven't already, make sure he's tested for feline leukemia and feline AIDS. If he has either of those, you definately don't want to expose him to your other cats as those two diseases are the most deadly of feline diseases.
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