Ask Seth: Home Remedies for Conjunctivitis?

I have a 9-year-old black cat who has always had an allergy-like cat eye problems with his left eye.  It often is red and running, but is sometimes worse than others.  In the past, I have tried both antibiotic and antifungal ointments from the vet with no change.  Is there something I can do at home that is natural to make him more comfortable?

Cat's eyes can get foreign particles like dust, dirt, and hair just like us.  This usually results in the eye becoming red and watery.  The excess tearing can be the start of something more serious and with many eye issues, I recommend seeing the veterinarian.    I say this because the eye is sensitive and you only get one pair.  Also, allergies tend to show in the skin, not the eyes, so your vet can check the eye for more serious conditions and also monitor if the eye is getting better on treatment with either drops or ointments.  Most commonly it is diagnosed as a conjunctivitis, an inflammation of the tissue surrounding the eye.  Conjunctivitis treatment is usually antibiotics. which will resolve it for a period of time.  I also commonly see blocked tear ducts.  Your veterinarian can usually flush the eyes and usually can get it un-blocked.     There are also some viral diseases that can cause this eye to become watery.  Only your vet can diagnose the presence of a cat eye infection. 

The only thing I can recommend to use at home is the artificial tears.  They are Ph balanced and can help protect the eye from becoming dry.  Treating eyes can be difficult and your veterinarian may also recommend that you see an eye specialist if need be.

Did you ever try and home remedies for conjunctivitis? Did it work? Share with us in the comments!

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