It's a kitten and is just now starting to go through the weening stages
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Eye discharge in kittens can be caused by several factors, including infections, conjunctivitis, corneal injuries, or even congenital issues.
If it's clear and watery, it could be a response to dust or minor irritants. However, if the discharge is yellowish-green, thick, or accompanied by redness or swelling of the eye, it could indicate an infection or conjunctivitis.
Avoid using Vaseline; while it might prevent hardening of discharge, it's not suitable for the eye area and could potentially cause more harm.
Instead, you can use a saline solution (which you can make at home by dissolving a teaspoon of salt in a pint of boiled and cooled water) to clean the eyes. This can help to flush out any irritants and is safe to use around the eyes.
In the meantime, keep the kitten's living area clean and free of dust or small particles that could irritate the eyes.
Be aware of other symptoms that would necessitate an immediate visit to the veterinarian. These include significant changes in behavior, such as persistent lethargy or lack of appetite, any signs of pain, difficulty breathing, or if the eye becomes more swollen or the discharge changes color or consistency.
If the kitten's condition doesn't improve or worsens over the next day or two, it's crucial to find a way to seek professional veterinary care, despite financial constraints. Some veterinary offices or animal shelters offer low-cost services, or you may be able to work out a payment plan. Additionally, there are charities and organizations that can sometimes assist with veterinary bills for those in need.
Remember, while mild eye discharge can sometimes resolve on its own, eyes are delicate, and eye conditions can deteriorate quickly, potentially leading to more serious health issues or even vision loss if not treated appropriately.
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