Can anyone tell me if putting human eye drops into a kittens eye will hurt them if they have a cold in their eye? My kittens eye is red and watery, and when he gets up from a nap, he has some green gunk seeping from it.
Thank you, I am going to take him to the vet on Monday, but I thought that I might be able to give his some relief for tonight and tomorrow if I was able to put some drops in his eyes for now. I have some antibiotic drops that my daughter was using for her pink eye, do you think that they will harm him?
It is really not wise to give kitties anything meant for humans unless it has been okayed by your vet first. Try gently cleaning the eye with warm water and a cotton ball, get the ball just barely wet not soaked, and clean the gunk around the eye, but not in it.
Wait until Monday to put anything in the eye. The only thing you would want to use from the store are artificial tears, that way you know the water thats going into the eye is sterile. It's never a good idea to use a prescription medication without a consult from your vet. Even with the many ointments for the eye, if you use something that isn't meant for that particular problem, you can damage the eye or make it worse.
I did give human eye drops to a cat once under the supervision of a veterinarian, and for a different type of problem. One problem I had was that the drops stung the cat's eyes. It took two people to administer the drops and this stinging feeling caused the cat to start suddenly jerking it's head in anticipation of the drops being put in. We were really lucky that the cat wasn't accidently jabbed in the eye. Because of this problem we were forced to discontinue the eye drops.