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PLEASE HELP! Kitten going blind!?

Discussion in 'Cat Health and Nutrition' started by Jiya, Sep 11, 2018.


  1. Jiya

    Jiya PetForums Newbie

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    I have a 4 Month old Balinese kitten I got when he was 2 months. Just 10 days ago I started to notice his left eye started to turn cloudy and I freaked out and took him to the vet. He didn’t do anything out of the ordinary. I feed him Performatrin Ultra kitten food with the wet canned food and also give him freeze dried treats occasionally. The vet was shocked to see cloudy eyes in a kitten and I brought him back the next day to get tested for FIV lukemia/FHV and a general blood test. Everything came out negative fortunately but the vet said that some type of white blood cells were low that happens when a cat is stressed out and could have happened during his visit. He recommended an eye specialist but I read reviews on him and everyone hates that specialist! I live in Ontario Toronto and I’ve already spent $300 on his vet bills. I’m a student and at this point I don’t know what to do. I’m having a break down. Does anyone know what is wrong with him? Any eye specialist recommendations? Please anything helps. I tested to see how much he can see and at this point I would say he’s 55/60% blind in both eyes now!. I feel so helpless right now. Anything helps...
     

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    Minuscule PetForums Senior

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    Hi,

    Sorry to hear about your kitty's issues :(
    Did the vet give him some medication and eye drops?
    I have no experience with this but when I was a child, our Siamese came back with an eye totally white. I panicked, called my mum at work and told her the cat lost an eye.
    He was treated with eye drops, I don't know what it was exactly but a few days later his eye was normal again.

    Maybe call back your vet and ask for a proper treatment? Or perhaps there are other eye specialists your vet could refer to?

    If money is tight, can your vet let you pay in several instalments?

    Let us know how he is doing x
     
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    LostSoul PetForums VIP

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    Blood pressure issues can cause a cat to turn blind, has his blood pressure been checked?
     
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    Are your kitten's pupils very dilated in poor light? If the pupils look more normal in bright light, the problem could be Progressive Retinal Atrophy. There are several forms known but I am not sure if any of them are present in lines in Canada. The most common type is late onset and, in this country, the recessive gene which causes it is widespread in Siamese, Balinese and Orientals. There is an early onset recessive gene which affects Persians and related breeds. Do you know if there are any Persians in your cat's pedigree? If so, both the parents would have to be descended from carrier cats. The link below describes the Persian condition.

    https://www.langfordvets.co.uk/diag...reeders/list-feline-genetic-tests/Persian-PRA
     
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    Psygon Yoshi Tonks! :-)

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    I'm going to assume that your vet looked in your kittens eye and couldn't see anything like a scratch?

    Cloudy eyes can indicate an injury - our cat Jammy had an eye that looks a bit like your cats when she was 13/14 weeks old. She had a scratch on her cornea and eye drops + antibiotics sorted it ouy...
     
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    Could you afford to take him to another vet for a second opinion. You know what results were of tests so those wouldn't need doing again but perhaps by examining him, they might give you more information than your current vet.
     
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    Jiya PetForums Newbie

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    I’ll call my vet and ask him to check blood pressure and see if I can try some eye drops
     
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    Jiya PetForums Newbie

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    When he checked he said there was no injury and it was internal inside the lense ☹️
     
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    Jiya PetForums Newbie

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    I think yours may have gotten a scratch on the lense which then caused an infection. The vet checked for that and said it was inside the lense and not an injury related cause
     
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    Jiya PetForums Newbie

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    If your poor boy does go blind it will be terribly sad and will change your life as well as his but I have late onset PRA in my line and I have a boy who has been blind for 6 years now and his grandma also went blind when she was 8 and it is possible to manage. Please let us know what happens.
     
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    Minuscule PetForums Senior

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    Yes I think mine was an injury but I was 8 or 9 so all I remember is that it cleared quickly and all was fine.
    What did the vet said it could be?
     
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    Jiya PetForums Newbie

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    I asked my vet about blood pressure and he said that I would need to go to a specialist in order to do that. He gave me the name of another specialist so I’ll call them and see the reviews and what I can do.
     
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    Thank you everyone for the help. It means a lot to me...
     
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    Whatever you do.....do not "try" any eye drops that are not prescribed by a Vet.........just in case that was your meaning there.!

    I'm going to suggest that you find a cat-only Vet - IMO, this could have been diagnosed and treated already by a competent practitioner.

    - check your messages, too
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    Minuscule PetForums Senior

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    But he didn't suggest any cause for this? I do understand he might not have the knowledge or the equipment a specialist would have, but he should at least have some idea of what it could be. I would be questioning my vet if they just sent me back home with no suggestion or treatment...

    I do hope you get an appointment soon and your little kitty can have the help he deserves.
     
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