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post #1 of 9
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Misty has been having problems for over a month with both of her eyes. I'll try to keep the back story short, but apologize in advance if that's too hard...

On Christmas Eve, DH and I came home and Misty was squinting and tearing in her left eye. By the day after Christmas she was no better so off to the vet 1st thing. I was hoping she just got something in it and it would clear by itself. The vet said it was conjunctivitis and gave us an antibiotic ointment with a steroid (they did a stain and no corneal scratches). We treated her for 10 days and she was fine.

3 days later same eye looked bad again. Back to the vet for terramycin this time 14 days. Before we got to the end of treatment it "jumped" to her right eye. We switched eyes and treated her right. This time only 7 days and now right looks good and left is bad again.

Vet says it is just transference and to treat both eyes simultaneously for 21 days.

I am concerned that there is an underlying problem that we are not treating. Misty does not have any sneezing, coughing, etc. She is eating, toileting, playing as normal. I am just at a loss.

Does anyone have any thoughts that I can take to the vet to check? I am starting to get really worried about her. Oh, she just turned 2 in September if that make any difference in your thinking.

Thanks all,
post #2 of 9
Hi Jen!

I have a few articles for information about possible underlying causes and treatments. Hopefully they will be helpful to you.







In case you decide Misty should be seen by an ophtalmologist, this list might be helpful to you. (Or you can ask your vet for a referral.)

Veterinary ophtalmologists:

Sending many, many good wishes for you and Misty


EDIT: working link for the marvistavet article in my post below.
post #3 of 9
When I checked my links, one didn't work, not sure why. So, trying one more time:

post #4 of 9
Thread Starter 
Thanks Violet!!

These are great. I appreciate the links. I hate worrying about my babies so much!! From what I read it does sound like conjunctivitis.

Hopefully the meds will clear it up...
post #5 of 9
Thread Starter 
I cannot believe this! I just got home from work and Pepper is squinting her right eye!!

I don't know how to get this out of the house!! I only hope I can treat them both and keep if from getting Claire too. I don't even know how they got it in the 1st place!

post #6 of 9
Gosh Jen, I’m so sorry, I don’t know what to say. Try to wipe the area with wet Kleenex a few times tonight. Maybe, hopefully, Pepper is not coming down with the same thing Misty has. But if things are not better by tomorrow morning then I guess you’ll have to contact your vet. If it turns out that Pepper also has conjunctivitis, please ask your vet to look for the underlying cause or give you a referral to an ophthalmologist because you will have to get to the bottom of this as soon as possible.

Sending Pepper and Misty many get well wishes.

post #7 of 9
Thread Starter 
Thanks Violet but it is absolutely the same thing Misty has. Her eye is red and swollen and has some discharge. DH said they were almost cuddling last night so I'm sure. Looks like it's off to the vet again!!
post #8 of 9
Oh I’m really sorry, that’s too bad. Please, when you go to the vet, be sure to talk to him or her about this:

The most common causes of conjunctivitis in cats are infectious agents these can be viruses (usually feline herpes virus type 1 - one of the cat flu viruses), bacteria (most commonly Chlamydia) and mycoplasmas (a group of organisms somewhat like bacteria).
Link to the article this quote comes from:

Sending more get well wishes for the kitties.

post #9 of 9
Thread Starter 
OK, so I spoke to the vet this morning and they said it was fine to treat Pepper with the Terramycin but didn't say for how long. I'm waiting for a call back but I think I'm going to go with 1 eye for 14 days.

They did say that they were not surprised that one of my other cats (if not both) got it as it is SO contagious. They also didn't seem worried that it is jumping eyes for Misty. If it doesn't clear up and stay gone with the current therapy (both eyes 21 days) I will probably take Misty to a specialist.

Hopefully Pepper will be better since I caught it pretty early.

Maybe some of those powerful TCS Vibes would help?
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