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    Kitten with swollen bulging eye

    Asked Jul 20, 2008, 09:33 PM 8 Answers
    Poor little kitten looks like his left eye is turned inside out and bulging from his little face. I have cleaned it with saline eye solution, what can I do?

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    jrebel7 Posts: 1,255, Reputation: 251
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    Jul 20, 2008, 10:16 PM
    Does it look like an infected area or something perhaps growing under the eye lid? I don't know if it is possible to be the same situation with a kitten as with a rabbit but we had a French Lop rabbit with that and it was a type of larvae that had to be removed. A slit had to be made and then the larvae removed. An egg some way had been deposited and it grew under the eye lid. After removal all was fine. I am not saying I have any knowledge of this other than our experience.
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    Jul 21, 2008, 07:33 AM
    Vet. Now! If this were you or your child, you'd be at a doctor, right?
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    Jul 25, 2008, 01:53 PM
    Thanks for your advice froggy7----I am trying to take care of my neighbors (who are not responsible enough to spay and neuter their animals) extra animals. I am running out of money trying to feed, get all healthy to find new homes. It's so easy for someone to say take it to the vet. In the old days you used to be able to get advice from the clinics now its all about the money. Please no more advice from the peanut gallery. JREBEL7 thank you for your reply that's what I'm thinking is that it is an infection not so much a larve, maybe, it doesn't seem to bother him at all. I have antibiotics that I am treating with will see what happens
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    binx44 Posts: 1,028, Reputation: 88
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    Feb 21, 2010, 10:55 AM

    I'm sorry but no matter what this animal should be taken to the vet. I agree if this was a child you'd be right at the doctor immediately. How is an animal any different. Treating it yourself can he hazardus to the animals health. You could just be making it worse... would you want him/her to loose the eye or possibly its life because it was not treated.
    I also hate to say it but maybe these animals should be surrendered to an spca or humane society . You shouldn't be expected to take care of someone else's animals because they lack responsibility to take care of them themselves. Which is saddening because spca's are overpopulated as is because of irresponsible owners

    **edit*** oops I did not see how old this post was. Sorry
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    boxer78 Posts: 6, Reputation: 1
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    Feb 23, 2010, 08:57 PM

    This sound like a cherry eye.
    Sometimes they go back on their own.
    Sometimes they need surgery to go back but if that is needed never have the third eye lid removed.When removed usually drys the eye then later on the eye will be removed
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    boxer78 Posts: 6, Reputation: 1
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    Feb 23, 2010, 09:00 PM
    One of my cats gets a cherry eye and usually by the time you turn your head its gone it really goes either way.I've also had cats that have had surgery three different times.Its just one of those things that happen with some cats.
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    Jul 24, 2012, 01:04 PM
    Hi! Every year I have at least one batch of kittens born. Every year they end up with an eye infection. Their eyes become full of yellow drainage and then crust over. I have tried washing them out twice a day with warm water and have bought an eye wash with boric acid from a farm store. I have ordered an eye antibiotic but have not received it yet. Anyway, I have one kitten whose eyes are so bad, even after the eye washes, that it's eyes seem to be bulging out of the eye sockets. The kitten is male and does not seem to be growing. It is much smaller than the rest of same batch who were born in June. The kitten eats very well and doesn't seem to be bothered by it's eyes. I live on a farm and have wild cats show up every year. I can't afford to take them all to the vet. Do you think the kitten will get over this? If not do you think I should have it put to sleep? Like I said it doesn't seem to bother it, but if it and I can't help it get over it, I don't want it to suffer. Also, do you think that it could be something in our barn that is causing it seem the ones that get the eye infection are always ones born in the barn.
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    LadySam Posts: 1,589, Reputation: 322
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    Jul 24, 2012, 02:56 PM
    One possibility is the herpes virus, cats who live in colonies are susceptible to a number of feline viruses which are contagious from cat to cat.
    Feline leukemia, and FIV included
    Owning an FIV+ Cat
    Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV)
    Herpes Viral Conjunctivitis

    Here is information on all three.
    The only way to know for certain is a trip to the vet, I would suggest picking the kitten that is not growing well and has the bulging eye, if the culprit is the herpes virus the eye can rupture.
    I'm not trying to preach here, so don't misunderstand what I am about to say.
    You would be wise to look into a catch and release program in your area to help decrease the population on your farm.
    I understand that they are cats who seem to show up, but if unhealthy and carrying these viruses then you will just have generation after generation of unhealthy cats.
    And in colony situations with feral, wild or stray cats with no vaccines the likelihood of them passing the viruses on and on is very high.
    Call around to local vets, humane and rescue agencies, it's worth at least asking, you may be pleasantly surprised and the answers you receive.

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