Ask Dr Claire
7 week old Ragdoll x kitten has gunk in both corners of his eyes, and one eye is slightly closed, with some hair missing above it.
Gunk in the eyes is really just a symptom and can be the result of many underlying causes. Some of the underlying causes of gunk in the eyes might be:
- Infection (viral, bacterial conjunctivitis)
- Allergic conjunctivitis (food, pollens)
- Dry eye
- Ulceration of the eye
- Foreign object in the eye (i.e. grass seed)
- Blocked tear duct
Closing of the eye also indicates that it is a bit sore, and missing hair above the eye could be from a scratch from one of the other kittens, self trauma because that eye is sore, infection, a mite or many other things.
Because your beautiful kitten has a couple of things that need checking a hands-on examination from your local vet would be a great place to start. In the interim, you can gently bathe your kittens eyes in warm saline with cotton wool.
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