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Blind Kitten

Postby mytulip9 on Wed Oct 01, 2008 7:34 pm

Does anyone have experience with anopthalmia or eyelid atresia, or know someone who does? I found a kitten over the weekend who is missing his entire left eye and his right upper eyelid. I have found 3 vets in WI who specialize in opthamology and I'm currently exploring our options. He's 8 weeks old and otherwise healthy. I'd love to hear from someone with some experience.

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Re: Blind Kitten

Postby jacook on Wed Oct 01, 2008 10:09 pm

Hi,

I've never personally had an animal with the conditions you described, but being a 4th year vet student my interest was piqued. Have you taken the kitten to an ophthalmologist already or a general practice vet? If you haven't already, I'd take it to your regular vet to have everything checked out. I don't know the cause of your kitten's problems (congenital vs. in utero viral), but it's not unusual to see more than 1 congenital defect in an individual. Your regular vet could do a physical exam & your basic health check for parasites/viruses/etc. The specialist probably would refer you back to your general vet for these things. From what I've learned, problems with the upper eyelid are significantly more troublesome than lower because the upper is responsible for spreading the tear film & basically protecting the eye from exposure. Abnormalities of the eye are uncommon in cats, but unfortunately, if it does occur, it usually involves the upper eyelid. Without seeing the kitten, I have no idea how severe the defect (it sounds like 'eyelid agenesis' or 'coloboma' to me.. not sure what eyelid atresia is) is but I would imagine your options are surgical correction of the eyelid (if there's not enough eyelid there already, a graft can be taken), enucleation, and/or putting in eyedrops/lube multiple times daily for life. I wouldn't recommend the last as the only treatment as that requires a lot of dedication & still may not be enough. Also, it's important to keep in mind that compliance (on the cat's part) can become an issue. I would imagine that if you do to go to an ophthalmologist, their top recommendation would be some form of surgery (my unqualified guess).

I probably didn't help much, but I think it's great that you've taken the kitten in (especially a 'special needs' one) & are looking into options for it... Good luck
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Re: Blind Kitten

Postby power on Thu Oct 02, 2008 10:20 am

:D 22 would fix it quick
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Re: Blind Kitten

Postby nasanek on Thu Oct 02, 2008 10:59 am

wow power, are you always an ass?
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Re: Blind Kitten

Postby power on Thu Oct 02, 2008 12:13 pm

8)
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Re: Blind Kitten

Postby BraenDead on Thu Oct 02, 2008 2:23 pm

Please make sure that everyone keeps in line with the forum guidelines (basically respect everyone else... To suggest killing ones pet is inline with suggesting to kill ones own kids). I'm sure it wasn't meant literally, but some comments certainly do not help the original poster with their question and are counter productive.

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Re: Blind Kitten

Postby klasikb on Thu Oct 02, 2008 6:27 pm

Thank you Bob
Just a girl trying to create a little bit of heaven on earth, without killing it :)
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