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Re: My kitty is going to lose an eye

@hyacinth003   So sorry for your kitty, hopeful for a successful result and a long & happy life for Iris AND you!

 

If she were still a stray, ,she probably would not have lived even this long without your care.   Bless you.

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Re: My kitty is going to lose an eye

Hyacinth...

 

You are definitely making the right decision to have Iris' diseased eye removed and will be the best thing that you can do for her to help alleviate her pain and discomfort.

 

Sending tons of very special prayers and hugs to your precious girl. Please let us know how she is after the surgery.

 

(((((HeartIRISHeart)))))

 

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Re: My kitty is going to lose an eye

I had shih tzu dogs that had terrible eye infections.  The eye drops and medicine that the vet gave her didn't touch the infection and the vet wanted to do surgery on one of their eyes, but suggested that I take her to an eye specialist before doing that.  The eye specialist told me it was a borderline case, but we could try to save the eye.  They said they have "the big guns" top shelf antibiotics that the regular vets don't use.  They even made plasma drops  from her own blood to put in the eye.

Long story short, the eye was saved.  The cost was around $600.

Personally, I'd get a second opinion just to be sure that nothing can be done.

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Re: My kitty is going to lose an eye

My grandpuppy is a 6 year old registered Maltese.  Before he turned 1 he went totally blind.   He adjusted quickly and is doing great.  He knows his way around the house and his own yard.  I think you beloved kitty will adjust quickly also especially since she will still have 1 eye.

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Re: My kitty is going to lose an eye

One of our kitties, Trouble, was born with a defective eye. After visits to our vet as well as a specialist it was determine that she was blind in that eye so we had it removed to make her more comfortable. Fast forward a year and a half - I came home from work to find the other eye looked like it had exploded. Ran to the vet to find the cornea had ruptured, likely from a scratch that festered behind the eyeball. Anyway, the second eye was removed. We didn't know quite what to expect but she made an amazing recovery - has absolutely no problem navigating our two story house. She's very social with visitors and many cannot believe she has no eyes (she's a seal point Himalayan so the fact that there are no eyes is not immediately evident).

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Re: My kitty is going to lose an eye

Hi Hyacinth.  Just wantt to say that I am sorry that you and your kitty are going through this.  But I do want to say that my dog had an eye removed a little over a year ago due to cancer,  We were horrified to hear this but she has adapted very well.  Good luck with the choice you make.

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Re: My kitty is going to lose an eye

@hyacinth003, my thoughts are with you and your family and my prayers are with and for Iris and the surgery team.  Wishing Iris a speedy recovery. Heart

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Re: My kitty is going to lose an eye

Over the many years I've had cats I had 2 that had to each have an eye removed.  One had been blind in the eye for a while and the other had an infection and had to have it removed.  I felt really bad about having it done but when I saw how they adapted and how much better they felt I knew I had done the right thing.  Both cats lived quite a while after having it done.  One died of old age and the other from heart problems.  You'll be surprised how quickly a cat adjusts and goes on with their lives.  

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Re: My kitty is going to lose an eye


@Scooby Doo wrote:

I had shih tzu dogs that had terrible eye infections.  The eye drops and medicine that the vet gave her didn't touch the infection and the vet wanted to do surgery on one of their eyes, but suggested that I take her to an eye specialist before doing that.  The eye specialist told me it was a borderline case, but we could try to save the eye.  They said they have "the big guns" top shelf antibiotics that the regular vets don't use.  They even made plasma drops  from her own blood to put in the eye.

Long story short, the eye was saved.  The cost was around $600.

Personally, I'd get a second opinion just to be sure that nothing can be done.


I would LOVE to try to save her eye.  I don't think it's possible considering with treatment, it is so much worse over the days.  It looks like something is exploding out of her eye.  I don't think she could possible be seeing now.  We don't want to put her through more trauma with uncertain results.

 

Her vet did the plasma drops for her.  So, we've been doing those for every few hours since last week.  Even if we could save the eyeball, she would not see with all the damage.

 

Our hearts hurt, but we hope to do the best for Iris.

 

Hyacinth

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Re: My kitty is going to lose an eye

Kitty will do fine.  My mother adopted a two year old kitty that had been rescued from a bad situation.  They believe she had vision in both eyes, but lost it in one eye.  The non working eye looks like a marble.  She gets along fine, but she has a little trouble jumping.  Doesn't stop her from trying though.  😸😸