Cats are susceptible to a variety of eye infections, which occur when bacteria, viruses or fungi enter the eye due to illness, wounds or foreign objects. General symptoms of an eye infection include discharge, swelling or redness, fever and change in the cat's temperament. While veterinary treatment is always recommended for eye infections, there are measures you can take at home to treat your cat's problem.
Home Remedies for Eye Infections in Cats
Use a soft towel, wash cloth, gauze pad or other cloth soaked in warm water. Gently press the warm, damp cloth onto your cat's eye and hold it there for up to five minutes. Remove the compress and discard the used cloth. Repeat the compress every hour until the infection clears.
A wet cloth used to wipe away any discharge from the cat's eye is an effective means of keeping the infected eye clean. Use the same type of cloth you would use for the warm compress and wet it with warm water. Or, use a fragrance-free baby wipe made for sensitive skin. Wipe the eyes as often as necessary and discard the cloth after use.
Administering certain herbal supplements fights infection and aids to relieve itching and redness in your cat's eyes. These supplements include aconite, sanicula, euphrasia, chamomile, calendula and eyebright. Your veterinarian can recommend the appropriate dosage for your particular cat's needs.
An eye wash is effective for cats with infections caused by a foreign object stuck in the eye. Simply rinse your cat's eye with saline solution, which is available in the eye care section of any drug store. This flushing of the eye is often enough to remove the object and speed your cat's recovery.
Feeding your cat a well-balanced, high quality diet supports his immune system and helps fight off infections. Diets rich in vitamins A and C are excellent for both immune and eye health in cats. Providing vitamin A or C supplements (ask your vet for recommendations) or feeding a diet with plenty of vegetables such as spinach, kale and carrots guarantees your cat's daily recommended intake is met.
Prepared Natural Remedies
Natural medications without harsh chemical ingredients are available in some pet stores or natural foods stores. These medications help your cat kick an eye infection naturally. Check with your veterinarian for recommendations of natural medications and let your vet monitor your cat's progress when taking the medication. See the Resources section of this article for a link to a natural cat eye infection medication.