Today’s excitement was going to feed the kittens at 12:30 p.m. and seeing Muppet’s left eye was swollen to a huge size. She looked a little like a Boston terrier. I’ve seen this before, with eyes that are not yet open and a warm wet compress usually opens things up enough for the pus to drain off, usually opening the eyelid just a smidge near the nose. I fed the kittens first, because they were starving, then I tried the compress. No luck, the eye was not ready to open.
I phoned BEBHS and got the go-ahead to bring them in. Their vet came in and did the honors, soaking longer than I had and pushing more assertively. Muppet complained a lot, which was good because she’s been so passive. I would guess at least a quarter teaspoon of pus came out. Muppet also got her subcutaneous dose by a vet tech while we waited for the vet.
The vet also said their bellies looked too pink, indicating an infection in both kittens. Now they have an antibiotic and will probably get diarrhea so they still need diluted formula. They were just starting to develop a healthy gut system and this will set that back. She said the infection usually starts at the umbilical and spreads elsewhere, showing pretty obviously in the eyes.
The photo is from yesterday. No visible problems at that point.