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« on: June 27, 2009, 05:04:03 AM »

Mitzie got a scratch on her upper eyelid. Eye itself looks OK. Any suggestions what to do? Not sure if I can clean it with anything, it is too close to the eye. Shall I just observe and bring her in in case of trouble? My own vet is not working over the weekend, I would have to bring her into one of those 24h animal hospital places, and based on experiences with Sophie's eye they are not that great.
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« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2009, 06:53:58 AM »

Hi Alek,

I've used opthalmic Polysporin ointment for eye issues for years. It comes in a very small tube. You can put the ointment directly onto the eyeball, so no worries there. See if you can get some at a drugstore.
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« Reply #2 on: June 27, 2009, 07:05:23 AM »

I've rinsed the eye with eyewash thoroughly, she is opening it OK, there doesn't seem to be any scratch on the eye itself (there was a hair stuck on it but it was washed out.

Got some help to deal with her since she is most troublesome of my three and doing anything to her takes at least two people. And we got her nails trimmed so that she wouldn't do any damage if she keep washing her face if it itches. It took almost half a bowl of tuna flakes though to keep her distracted enough (and she was growling while chewing enthusiastically, it was hilarious, but that girl really loves her tuna flakes).

So now I guess I'll just keep it under close observation, and I'll see if I can get that ointment tomorrow if the scratch doesn't look OK. Eye opens normally, scratch has stopped bleeding, but she is sulking now because of nail trim. Any other suggestions?
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« Reply #3 on: June 27, 2009, 07:35:42 AM »

If you have any of the antibiotic eye drops left from the last eye problem,they can be used on the lid also. Don't use any with steroids in them though. Sometimes swaddling them in a towel helps to hold them still while you do it.
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« Reply #4 on: June 27, 2009, 07:51:44 AM »

She is still sulking, but apart from scratched eyelid, eye looks fine (no redness inside, fully open).

Towel unfortunately doesn't help, she is one of those extremely difficult cats and to make things worse she is quite strong. My vet calls her "Arnold Schwarzeneger of the cat world" , she is quite muscular and difficult to handle, she struggles so much I am afraid she'll hurt herself.

Thank you for suggestions, I tend to totally freak out when it comes to eye issues. My mother went blind from glaucoma, and that took only two days. So any eye problem and I am in a panic mode.
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« Reply #5 on: June 27, 2009, 07:57:05 AM »

I know that feeling. Here its from Remy's eye troubles,he's had multiple scratches & irritations but the gouge he took out of his cornea was really scary. I keep an in date bottle of rx eyedrops in the house at all times.If you can get a helper,can you lay Mitzie on a bed stretched out & have the helper lay partly on her ? I used to have to do that for Rem's nails.TG he's gotten better about that.
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« Reply #6 on: June 27, 2009, 09:51:41 AM »

Oh, I hope Mitzie's eye will be OK.  My own tendency would be to make sure that the scratch does ot get infected, and that is why I would try and apply some eye-freindly anticeptic or antibiotic on it. 
(I know about those really really strong cats!)
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« Reply #7 on: June 27, 2009, 03:13:33 PM »

Thank you, it looks much better this morning, no swelling, no redness, so I'll just continue to monitor it and that's that.
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« Reply #8 on: June 27, 2009, 04:24:47 PM »

Oh, that's good to hear.  I remember one such scratch on Kffe's lower eyelid.  I just cleaned it up with saline warm water and it was OK. 
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« Reply #9 on: June 27, 2009, 08:51:37 PM »

Don't forget warm salt water.

Salt is a wonderful antibacterial.

1/4 tsp in a large glass of warm water.  Wet a gauze pad with the solution and gently wipe the scratch.

Hoping tomorrow brings and even better looking eye for Mitzie.
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« Reply #10 on: June 28, 2009, 07:22:22 AM »

Hope Mitzies scratch & eye are still looking ok !
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« Reply #11 on: June 28, 2009, 07:26:19 AM »

It looks fine. I guess rinsing thoroughly with eyewash helped. She also stopped sulking about nail trimming Smiley
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« Reply #12 on: June 28, 2009, 07:27:47 AM »

Glad to hear she is OK!
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« Reply #13 on: June 28, 2009, 07:30:21 AM »

That is good news !
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« Reply #14 on: June 28, 2009, 01:18:24 PM »

I'm glad Mitzie's little eye is better.
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