Treating Kitty Conjunctivitis

Mabel came down with an unexplained case of conjunctivitis in her right eye. The picture above is not her but an example of what this looks like. This is odd because she has never been outside and the other cats are asymptomatic. Hopefully they will stay that way as it is extremely contagious as any mother of a toddler knows. 

This isn't something I'd run to the vet for. This is easily treatable at home if you have a extra capsule of Amoxicillin on hand. Luckily I had half a bottle. Here's how I dosed her. 

Disclaimer I am not a vet, I do not play one on t.v. and I don't write about them. Treat your animals at your own risk. This was a simple case of conjunctivitis. I didn't see any signs of viral or fungal infection and it was caught very early. If I had any doubt about the diagnosis, I would take her to the vet. 

Human Amoxicillin is routinely used for cats and dogs. I have always treated a case of uncomplicated conjunctivitis this way. It's happened a few other times, but that was when my cats were indoor/outdoor. It is dosed at 5-10 mg per pound per 24 hours. Mabel is five pounds so at the upper end - to nip it in the bud quickly - I'm dosing at roughly 50mg per day. One 500mg capsule of Amoxicillin will provide a ten day treatment. 

I opened an Amoxicillin capsule and poured the granules into 4 ounces of drained tuna. I divided that into twenty small portions. (Aprox. 25mg morning and night for ten days) Then I feed a very happy Mabel one little portion with breakfast and dinner. She adores me for this.

It's day three and she is already looking great. The only signs I can still see are, if I lift her lid, a bit red irritation underneath. 

I also treated my Max this way for a large gash in his head a few years ago. He'd crawled into the neighbors car engine and the person started the car. The fan caused a good sized cut between his ears. We cleaned it of dirt and car grease, shaved each side of the gash (he was such a good boy while we did this) packed it with Neosporin and closed it with butterfly bandages. Then I put him on a preventative 10 day course of Amoxicillin. The cut healed wonderful and no infection developed. 

I use this for obvious signs of infection and when I have a strong suspicion that one will develop, as in with Max. Just like with humans, you never want to overuse antibiotics. In fact, many of my cats nicks and scrapes healed just fine on their own with a good cleaning and a swipe of Neoporin which they usually lick off anyway. For lesser injuries, I suggest doing that, along with a bit of plain tuna to soothe their wounded ego, and let nature fix what nature knows how to fix. Should nature not be able to handle it, this is good information to have and saves your kitty from a traumatic kennel stuffing in order to go to the vet. 

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Posted on January 21, 2015 and filed under Homecraft Happiness.