Question by Kristen: Ragdoll Cat Health – Eye Problems?
I have two ragdoll kittens, Meeko and Kimba who are each just about a year old. Since we brought them into our home, it seems that Meeko, the bigger of the two has been having some eye problems. He produces a lot of mucous and when he’s been sleeping it seems like the inside of his eyelids are slightly swollen when he wakes up. We got both kittens from a breeder and we contacted her for advice. She explained that it might have something to do with his teething and that we should just be sure to rinse his eyes with a saline rinse about twice a day. We’ve been very consistent with this but the problem has only gotten slightly better if anything. Is it possible for cats to have allergies to dogs? Because we had, until recently a 14 year old Labrador retriever who we had to put down. Will we see Meeko’s eyes improve in the absence of the dog, or is there something else we need to be doing? The breeder we got them from seems to be against us bringing him to the vet just yet.
The breeder we got them from is one we, and friends of ours have dealt with in the past. We got our first ragdoll, Dakota from her and she has been very helpful to us and others and has always pointed us in the right direction. There have never been any problems in the past. She is an AFCA registered breeder, not a backyard breeder.
And yes, the kittens are a year old, but we got them when they were 5 months and the problem didn’t present itself until about three months in – after we had introduced them to our dog and they were allowed full roam of our house. After speaking to the breeder and doing the eye rinse twice a day, his eyes DID improve which is why during that period of time we didn’t consider a vet visit – the treatment was working just not completely. But I’m asking this question now because it seemed like symptoms of allergies which I am not 100% sure cats can have.
Please, before you jump down my throat, throughly read my post? Only one of the kittens has this problem,
so it’s not a contagious infection. The other is perfectly healthy. Also, besides the excess mucous everything else is normal. His eyesight and hearing are fine and he eats and plays just like any other cat.
Answer by Café Mocha Valencia
Wow, that’s a SERIOUS red flag that the breeder is against you bringing the cats to the vet. And “just yet”? How long has this been going on? If they’re a year old clearly a LONG time.
Why are you letting her decide the fate of these kittens? They NEED a vet – not the advice of this backyard breeder who probably doesn’t want you to find out there’s something seriously wrong with these cats.
Why haven’t you taken them in??? And was this even a TICA, CFA or ACFA registered breeder? These cats could have eye infections and the fact you’ve done NOTHING other than rinse them could mean permanent damage has already occured. Shame on you.
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