Eyes Wide Open Your Persians Eye Care

There is a lot of conflicting information on what caused eye drainage . I have heard everything from facial structure to viruses.  The truth is it might be a combination of factors. Other misinformation is only snub nosed Persians have this issue. I have talked to many breeders and the one consistent thing is it can happen in both doll face and snub nose. The truth is almost all Persian have flat faces when compared to a other breeds. I guess the most important thing is to know how to care for our babies so that they have good eye health for life.

First thing keep them  your kitty’s eyes clean. I recommend artificial tears you can buy them at any pharmacy the Walmart brand is about $1. You can also any cleaner you would use in your own eye to clean such as your contact solution.Please do not use water. Most city water has chlorine which can actual irritate the eye and you really never know a what is in well water. The main thing is to maintain the PH balance of the eye when you clean. The drops should be used in the eye. Use enough to make sure you are removing all dirt hair etc…  I don’t recommend any medicated eye solutions unless on advice of a vet.

Next step is lysine. You can purchase Lysine at any place that carries vitamins. The dosage is 250 mg a day under 6 months of age and 500 mg a day over 6 months. Make sure when you buy lysine  that you are getting just lysine you do not want anything else in it.  I would never try to give a cat a pill especially on a daily bases. I recommend crushing and mixing with water. Use a baby dropper to squirt it in kitty’s mouth or just mix it with food. Lysine does not have much flavor so you should not have  a big issue either way. Lysine is an amino acid that boost immunities. It  prevent infections from setting in. Lysine also inhibits the ability of the herpes virus from replicating. Just like people most cats carry this virus but with other breeds they have longer faces and can drain more better, so you do not see the signs. This amino  acid does not have any negative side affects and can be used long term. The other plus for young cat and kittens is it is a good building block for bone growth. I would recommend it for any kitten under a year. You will find it in a lot of cat foods but not at high enough doses to be effective. Consider it your kitty’s vitamins. There is reason not keep kitty on it for life but for kittens it is a must. I do not recommend the lysine paste they sell for kitty as I have found additives give kittens loose stools.

Next lets talk about antibiotics. You may need to use them to clear the brown stuff initially but I don;t think they are a good idea long term. Some of the commercial products have anitbiotics in them such as Angels Eyes. The active ingredient is Tylosin. That is a prescription only antibiotic so I am not sure how they get by selling it with out one. Tylosin has never even been approved for use in dogs and cats. Oral antibiotics for an infection that is only in the eye tubing can have long and short term consequences,  In my opinion long term use especially will be setting your kitten up later for antibiotic resistant infections. Your kitty may became antibiotic resistant. That means if they get any infections you will have a much harder time clearing it. Angel Eyes is actually banned in the UK for this reason. I would suggest you start with terramycin eye ointment. You can get it on line with out a prescription. If you buy on line it will be 1/2 the cost of the vet office. It will normally clear the brown stuff in  a few days. Please continue use for at least 3 or 4 days past the first day kitty is clear. Use 2 times day. There are other eye ointments but they are all prescription. The most common time for you need to need this antibiotic is when kitty is stressed, so make sure you have it on hand if you know kitty is going to be stressed form things such as moving, new family members etc…

In conclusion I know this is a common problem but that does not mean you should ignore it. Long term problems can end in eye loss and health problems. It is best to prevent eye issues by keeping them clean and supporting the immune system. Good eye health is not just about looks.They are always beautiful to us.

Buffalo Creek Farms Persians Rule

Kelly

Buffalo Creek Farms New Cat Tree

This is the cat climber we use in our cattery. We would suggest that you make sure the climber you buy has rope on the posts. The ones with fabric on the post do not last as long. They are not hard to  put together but there are a few tricks we thought we would share. It takes us about 30 to 45 minutes to put one together but we have done it many times. The time may depend on how many “helpers” you have.

Here is the box the cat climber comes in. It weighs around 754 lbs.

Here is the box the cat climber comes in. It weighs around 75 lbs.

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OK, Cleo and I are ready to start. I have suggested she get off the box but I am not sure she agrees.

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You will need a hex head screw driver, pair of scissors and a step stool. If you are tall you may not need the step stool but this cat tree is 72″ tall and you need to get to the top. The allen wrench comes with the kit.

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Here are the directions

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Here is Cleo making sure she understands the direction. It is important to read the directions before you begin.

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We lay out all the pieces and make sure they are there before we begin. I have acquired several more helpers. I bet they will be a big help.

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Cleo is making sure the cat sleeper is adequate.

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Put the 4 bottom post on. The base in a rectangle. The front post go on shorter side. The taller post on the other short side

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Put the first sleeper on the front post.

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Back side

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next step

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Cleo is making sure everything is secure and the screws are tight.

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next level

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Here is where it gets tricky. You have to line up the platform, post and sleeper holes with out being able to see them. I have found if you take the allen wrench and insert it in the first hole in the sleeper and shift till you find the hole in the plat form and then the hole int he post it helps. After you get everything lines up insert the screw.

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Reinforcements have arrived once again to make sure construction is going well.

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Isn’t that cute the babies are helping sort the screws

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uhmm where did the screws go? Babies! We do not recommend putting the kitten in charge of the screws.

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Now that we have found the screws. Next are the post for the top perches

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Cleo once again checking for stability. I see Reo has shown up. She can be a fair weather friend.

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Now that we are almost done Reo has decided that tree is hers.

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Here are are all done. The steps are the last thing. They are attached using 2 hex heads screws that are supplied but the screw driver is not.