Cats can get conjunctivitis, or pink eye, from allergies or infections. Their eyes will be red, irritated and have mucus or fluid coming out onto their faces. Cats will paw and scratch at their eyes or rub their faces on the floor or furniture. Their eyes may seal shut. Earthclinic.com has a simple recipe for a home remedy to help your cat with conjunctivitis.
Examine the Eye
Make sure that your cat doesn’t have a scratch on the eye or an object in it. First, pour a little warm water over the eyes. Next, use a piece of soft cotton wool to gently wipe the eyes clean. Examine the eyes to make sure there isn’t something lodged within. If you even slightly suspect this may be the case or see that the eye is damaged, take your cat to the vet.
Apple Cider Vinegar
You can buy apple cider vinegar at the store cheaply. It has been used for thousands of years to help clean the body from infections. It comes from fermented apples and looks dark brown. To use on your cat to help clear her conjunctivitis, you can pour a cap-full onto her back between the shoulder blades and hold a piece of cotton wool over the spot to keep it from spilling. This is done like applying flea medicine to your cat.
You can also soak a piece of cotton wool or a paper towel in a mixture of part water and part apple cider vinegar, enough so that it doesn’t smell too strongly, and gently wipe your cat’s eyes with it, clearing out the excess goo.
People who have commented that they used this home remedy report that their cats’ eyes were better quickly, some as soon as an hour later. Usually this treatment continues for ten days.
Euphrasia, Aconite, Pulsatilla and Sanicula are herbs that the author of Earth Clinic recommends to help your cat’s eyes. You can buy them at your local health store or online. It is not specified use these herbs, so use with caution. Never give your cat anything unless you know that it will not hurt him.