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Kitten eyes

Cat eyes are the visual organ that allows cats to prey on small prey even in low light conditions. This peculiar “night vision device” developed in felines during the evolution process for many thousands of years and inherited from our wild relatives to our domestic cat. Oddly enough, kittens are born without the ability to see at all – with closed eyelids. They begin to open their eyes and navigate normally in space with the help of vision only by the 10-14th day of life, but even at this age the visual organ is at the formation stage. Poor nutrition, infections, allergic reactions, injuries and other environmental factors can have a detrimental and often irreversible effect on the eyes of a kitten.

As a rule, a person does not have to take care of a baby’s diet for up to a month – his mother takes responsibility. But as soon as the kitten switches to self-nutrition, increased attention must be paid to its feeding. Such a transition is carried out at the age of a month to 2. To form a good vision, the kitten’s diet should be as balanced as possible and contain in sufficient quantities all macro- and microelements. The cat’s visual apparatus is particularly sensitive to deficiency of taurine, docosahexaenoic omega-3 fatty acid, vitamin A. Among the feeds that fully meet all the standards and norms of feeding kittens, the most attractive product lines are Purina® PRO PLAN® Junior® and Purina® PRO PLAN ® Junior delicate®. It is proved that the daily use of these diets for feeding kittens contributes to the healthy development of the entire nervous system and the visual apparatus, in particular.

As mentioned above, infections and injuries can also have a detrimental effect on the health of kittens’ visual apparatus. In most cases, both of these problems manifest themselves in the form of inflammation of the eyes: there is an increased outflow of tears, the eyes turn red, “turn sour”, and even purulent discharge can be observed. Treatment in each case can be very different. Do not engage in self-treatment. At the slightest manifestation of ill health of the visual apparatus of a kitten, it is necessary to consult a qualified veterinarian. Of first aid, it is worth noting special lotions with which you can always treat and rinse the affected eyes, ensure proper disinfection and relieve inflammation. In the event that the trouble caught you by surprise, and it is not possible to purchase medicine – do not despair, you can always use chamomile broth or even tea (in no case hot!) As a lotion. Just wipe their eyes 4-5 times a day until you show the pet to a veterinarian, but should not be pulled with a visit to the doctor.

In case you suspect an allergic origin of the disease, it is recommended to minimize the baby’s contact with potential allergens: house dust, cigarette smoke, pollen, poplar fluff … In the absence of exposure to allergens, as well as with minimal hygienic support, the likelihood of remission (improving eye condition) increases .

For the prevention of eye diseases in kittens, it is enough to observe hygiene measures and strictly follow the vaccination calendar. Pay attention to the environment surrounding the kitten and, if possible, isolate it from contact with potentially injurious objects. Kittens genetically prone to increased lacrimation need to wipe their eyes once a day with a clean cloth moistened with lukewarm water. This will save them from souring and dry crusts that may appear after sleep. Rubbing should be done carefully, without pressure, from the outer corner of the eye to the inner. Also, decoctions of herbs, such as chamomile, are well suited for this procedure, but it is best to buy a specialized daily care lotion at a pet store – a consultant and / or your veterinarian will help you choose the one.

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