Question by mad_butler007: First heat cycle a nightmare… should I spay a kitten with chronic eye problems?
I know it’s something I should ask my vet but they’re a little off with her diagnosis, I feel, so maybe a few objective opinions would be ok.
My kitten just went through her first heat cycle. It was a nightmare for us both, I think. Me for obvious reasons and her cause she didn’t sleep, eat or drink much for 2 days and even threw up… I felt really bad for her. She did NOT enjoy that.
I will be calling my vet to schedule to spay her but I was wondering if anyone has had an experience with spaying a cat that has minor eye irritations.
She’s had them for a few months, nothing serious but a little discharge and squinting… she also gulps sometimes. Shedoesn’t have a URI (confirmed by the vet) or feline leukemia. My vet suspected herpes but I really doubt it cause it has a lot of other symptoms she doesn’t have.
And if she did, would it be ok to do any surgery like that? It’s not a male cat after all, surgery is a little more complicated.
Any advice would be great. Thanks!
Oh she’s about 10-11 months old (got her from a shelter so I don’t know for sure).
Ok, in reply, she IS on lysine right now. It doesn’t seem to make a difference for now. Also, she’s been through a round of antibiotics before and it made no difference.
She’s eating well, energetic, playful and overall healthy. Herpes might not manifest as all the symptoms in a given cat but I just doubt it would only show as sporadic eye irritations in the absence of all other symptoms.
As I said ,she was tested for FLV and she doesn’t have it.
I’ll call my vet either way and ask, just wanted to see what people thought, thanks!
Answer by JenniferinNY
So long as her respiratory system isn’t compromised, she should be fine for surgery.
Herpes virus is a funny thing, some of them have all the symptoms, some only have one or two. Some cats get over it in a matter of weeks, some have it for months. Has he done any other testing? I’m sure he would’ve examined to make sure her eye lids were lined up correctly. Herpes is definitely the most common cause of eye problems in cats.
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