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Kitten's third eyelid is showing..?

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I've had my kitten for about 2 weeks, he is only 11 weeks old and I have never noticed this sort of problem. He had a vet appointment today for some shots and they said he looked fine, only had a few fleas & gave me medicine to use for treatment.

 

They told me he would be a little sore from his shots so I figured he wouldn't be playing. And sore he has been, only I've noticed when he looks at me his 3rd eyelids are showing. It concerns me because I have read that it's often a bad sign.

 

He was given a FVRCP (first vac), and Drontal Feline (as a preemptive measure). Could it be the medicines just having an affect on him? Could it just be that he's tired? Or should I call the vet tomorrow?

 

Any feedback/opinions would be MUCH APPRECIATED. First time kitty owner and I'm rather worried about my baby. :(

 

Here is a picture of his eyes, so you guys can see.

Thanks a bunch.

 

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post #2 of 12

I know they can have allergic reations to vaccines.  Signs to look for are usually lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea, swelling of the face.  It usually happens within 2 hours of the vaccine.  I know in the case of an allergic reaction you are supposed to get them to the vet immediatly.

Your cat looks absolutly miserable though.  If you have an emergency vet in the area, I would at least call them and tell them what is going on, and ask what to do.  Sometimes your regular vet will have an emergency line too.  Good luck.  Poor little guy.

post #3 of 12

I've had cats that looked sick enough to scare me after a vaccination.  If he isn't showing improvement tomorrow, you should at least call the vet and report it to him.  He may want to see the kitten to check that he's not having a more serious reaction.

 

If he loses consciousness (not likely), or shows other signs of deterioration, an emergency vet (if there's one in your area) might be advisable.

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Originally Posted by mrblanche View Post

I've had cats that looked sick enough to scare me after a vaccination.  If he isn't showing improvement tomorrow, you should at least call the vet and report it to him.  He may want to see the kitten to check that he's not having a more serious reaction.

 

If he loses consciousness (not likely), or shows other signs of deterioration, an emergency vet (if there's one in your area) might be advisable.

I will do that & I will keep an eye on him overnight. Thank you so much.

 

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Originally Posted by crickets mom View Post

I know they can have allergic reations to vaccines.  Signs to look for are usually lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea, swelling of the face.  It usually happens within 2 hours of the vaccine.  I know in the case of an allergic reaction you are supposed to get them to the vet immediatly.

Your cat looks absolutly miserable though.  If you have an emergency vet in the area, I would at least call them and tell them what is going on, and ask what to do.  Sometimes your regular vet will have an emergency line too.  Good luck.  Poor little guy.

I apologize, I should have included this in my original post. He's been pretty much...himself. He's eating, drinking, grooming. But he hasn't been playing much. No swelling or any other symptoms. I do not think he is having an allergic reaction. Thank you for that information, though. My vet never told me! I appreciate it a lot.

post #5 of 12

Did his eyes look like this before the vet visit? If so, did they not see that??  Is there any drainage coming from the eye?

post #6 of 12

Hey Vi, Hows your kitten doing today?

post #7 of 12

Hi, I have a 9 week old kitten with exactly same thing, her eyes look the same as in that picture.I took her to the vet and he gave me an antibiotic, but I'm worried it's something serious. Did you figure out what was causing that?

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Originally Posted by Princessweaz View Post

Hi, I have a 9 week old kitten with exactly same thing, her eyes look the same as in that picture.I took her to the vet and he gave me an antibiotic, but I'm worried it's something serious. Did you figure out what was causing that?

Hi, I don't know if your vet gave you a diagnosis or not, but this is usually from the Feline Herpes Virus. It's very common in cats, & many of out babies on here have it.

If this is what it is in your cat, you should also start supplementing her food w/ L-Lysine. I give Angel 250mg/  2/x/day (breakfast & dinner). When he has an "outbreak"

it is increased to 500mg  2x/day. * (Being that she is only 9wks, the dosage may be different) I don't have any experience/info w/ kittens on this, but others here will.

There are other threads on here about this that you can also get more info from. - If this was the diagnosis.

I hope this helps.   Someone else w/ more info. should hopefully be along soon w/ more advice. wink.gif

post #9 of 12

I don't fully trust my vet after the past few visits, but he diagnosed it as a URI. A little more info, I got 2 new kittens, they both tested slightly positive for FIV. Vet said there was a chance it was a false positive, so that is what we're hoping for. When I brought Muffin (the kitten with the eye problems) into the vet, he told me there were 2 kinds of FIV, one that would kill the cat quickly when they were young.... and the other the cat would live most its life completely fine. He seemed to imply that since she had a URI, that it was a sign she was FIV for sure. After I researched this online... I think that vet has no idea what he's talking about. It seems to be rare for kittens to get it from their mother and I read nothing about cats dying young from FIV. The kittens were also in a household with lots of other cats, so I don't see why it's very possible that it's nothing but a cold, and since FIV can't be confirmed until they are 6 months, I hate that my vet has made me think the worse! 

post #10 of 12

It's most likely the feline herpes virus, (especially coming from a house w/ lots of other cats)  but does sound like you need a second opinion, & / or another vet.

LDG has more experience & knowledge about this, & I'm sure could offer some good advice.

You can PM her, & see what she says. (sense no one else has responded here yet).  Good luck, I hope things get better soon. Keep us posted. smile.gif

post #11 of 12

My first cat had this and my vet just told me to wipe the corners of her eyes with a warm,wet paper towel, twice a day. 

post #12 of 12

I think she needs a clear diagnosis, so you know how to treat it for sure.

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