Kittens often get a matted eyes when they are young. It’s important to see a veterinarian to determine if the problem is something more. Matted eyes with pus could be a sign of infection or disease. In the meantime, you can offer your kitten some relief with these steps.
You Will Need:
- Warm water
- Soft cloth
Steps to Clean the Kitten Eyes:
- Some kittens are cuddly, and others are frightened by handling. If you kitten is jittery, wrapping it gently in a blanket will help prevent scratches and keep the kitten calm.
- Moisten a soft cloth with warm water. Take caution not to make it too hot.
- Place the moist cloth on the matted eyes. Hold it there until the matted crust begins to loosen. This typically takes a couple of minutes.
- VERY gently wipe the eye. Do not apply pressure or pull at the matted crust.
- If needed reapply the cloth to soften it more.
- If it is working, and the kitten is tolerating it well, continue applying the cloth until the eye is able to open.
- If the kitten is agitated or it is not showing improvement, stop and allow the kitten to rest. Try again the next day.
If water alone has not helped your kitten’s eyes to clear up, try this method. Dozens of people have commented below on this article about having success with this method, so we are updating the article to include it. Many thanks to Jody who originally posted this idea.
You Will Need:
- True tea (green tea, black tea, etc.)
- Tea Kettle
- A cloth
Steps to Use the Tea:
- Get a true tea, which is any tea made from the camellia sinensis plant. These teas include green tea, black tea, oolong tea, and white tea. Do not use any herbal tea like chamomile or any type of tea that has extra ingredients. For example, do not use Earl Gray because although it is black tea, it also contains bergamot (which is bad for cats).
- Make a cup of tea. You can either use a tea bag or the loose leaves; however you would normally make tea. If you aren’t accustomed to making tea, you simply boil some water and pour the hot water into a cup with a tea bag.
- Let the tea cool down so it is not too hot to touch.
- Wet a soft cloth with the tea and wring it out so it is not dripping.
- Hold the damp cloth gently against your kitten’s eyes. You can do one eye at a time or both simultaneously; whatever is easiest for you and your kitten. You don’t need to apply any pressure. Just lay the cloth over the eye so the dampness touches the skin/fur. If the eyes are shut, it can help to squeeze a few drops of tea directly onto them first to be sure they become moist from the tea.
- If possible, leave the cloth on the eye for a few minutes.
- There is no need to rinse.
- Repeat the treatment 1-2 times per day if needed.
Additional Tips and Advice
- Do not rub the eyes or pull at the matted buildup. You don’t want to damage the eyelid or eye.
- When in doubt, contact a veterinarian. They will be able to give you the best advice for your particular situation.
- If you feel your kitten needs help but cannot take it to a veterinarian, search online for “cat aid” in your area. There are often some organizations that can help for low or no cost.
- Often times a veterinarian in your area will have a coupon available on their website for a free or discounted first visit.
- If you are in a part of the world where veterinary care isn’t an option or if you just want some home remedies to try before going to a vet, see Melanie’s comment below.