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But for all we know other cats have skin issues that we don't see because their fur covers it up..... :unsure:

Try the lysine for your little guy. It's over the counter - walgreens, cvs, amazon, etc. It can't hurt; they just pee it out.
 

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I just want to share some new developments. It turns out that it was a viral infection and not a bacterial infection (as was previously diagnosed). The new vet said that 90% of cats have feline herpes virus, which he suspects my little guy may have. We started him on a viral eye drop regimen, and I'm happy to say that his eyes are the clearest and most open than I've ever seen. I no longer wake up to his face all crusty and irritated. Although viruses like this never go away, the vet is hopeful these drops will knock out the virus and make it dormant for a long time. I just wanted to share in case anyone else experiences this as well. I've added a Lysine supplement too.
 

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I think @Silke ‘s baby Jezzy has herpes. I don’t know that it’s 90% lol that’s a lot! But I know you just have to do the stops when there is a flare up.


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I think @Silke ‘s baby Jezzy has herpes. I don’t know that it’s 90% lol that’s a lot! But I know you just have to do the stops when there is a flare up.


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He explained to me that it's similar to chicken pox or cold sores in humans. Once you have that virus and it goes away, it lays dormant in your spine forever. Some cats have it, but are asymptomatic their whole life. It's especially common in animal shelters and catteries.
 

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Great! I've tried all kinds of things to keep herpes virus d
He explained to me that it's similar to chicken pox or cold sores in humans. Once you have that virus and it goes away, it lays dormant in your spine forever. Some cats have it, but are asymptomatic their whole life. It's especially common in animal shelters and catteries.
Same thing I was told by my vet. One of my girls has herpes virus. My boy has calici virus. Heck I have allergies myself. It's not a huge issue in the grand scheme of things :)
 

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I think @Silke ‘s baby Jezzy has herpes. I don’t know that it’s 90% lol that’s a lot! But I know you just have to do the stops when there is a flare up.


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Jezzy actually has recurring mycoplasma. When we tested her, it turned out not to be herpes at all.
 

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FWIW -- Because of the recurring eye infection (I have ointments for it from the vet), Jezzy always suffers from a bit of sore eye (poor thing)
I use Eyebright (get it from the pharmacy) and make a "Tea", let it cool, then clean the eye with a bit of the diluted tea on a cotton pad.
Make sure you dilute it a bit after brewing it up, because it can sting a bit. (I dilute it with some saline)
It helps. I also use it on Oz, when he suffers from sensitive eyes. (And on myself, for that matter.)

For sensitive skin, I use my plantain ointment. Best stuff out there.
Recipe here: Narrowleaf Plantain Salve and how to make it – Thinks To Keep

I have not used it on the face, and definitely keep it out of the eyes, but for dry, itchy skin there really is nothing better.
You don't have to make the actual ointment, you can just use the oil on a cotton pad if you prefer. I always have both to hand -- oil and ointment. (I make fly repellent for the horses with it, because I can smear that on the face, muzzle, close to the eyes, inside ears, groin and other sensitive parts.)
 

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FWIW -- Because of the recurring eye infection (I have ointments for it from the vet), Jezzy always suffers from a bit of sore eye (poor thing)
I use Eyebright (get it from the pharmacy) and make a "Tea", let it cool, then clean the eye with a bit of the diluted tea on a cotton pad.
Make sure you dilute it a bit after brewing it up, because it can sting a bit. (I dilute it with some saline)
It helps. I also use it on Oz, when he suffers from sensitive eyes. (And on myself, for that matter.)

For sensitive skin, I use my plantain ointment. Best stuff out there.
Recipe here: Narrowleaf Plantain Salve and how to make it – Thinks To Keep

I have not used it on the face, and definitely keep it out of the eyes, but for dry, itchy skin there really is nothing better.
You don't have to make the actual ointment, you can just use the oil on a cotton pad if you prefer. I always have both to hand -- oil and ointment. (I make fly repellent for the horses with it, because I can smear that on the face, muzzle, close to the eyes, inside ears, groin and other sensitive parts.)

Thank you for the advice! I will definitely try this all out. They didn't test him specifically for herpes, but the vet said because so many cats have it, it's a fair assumption. His eyes have cleared immensely since starting the Idoxuridine eye drops. I'm hoping it knocks it away for a long time. I'm terrified of him getting corneal ulcers or any of the other bad stuff I've read on the internet :(
 

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Hi all,
An update on my little guy:

Initially, after 2 weeks of idoxuridine drops around the clock, my kittens eyes and nose symptoms cleared. However, 2 weeks after I stopped the drops, his symptoms came back (albeit, more mild than before). My vet said I could start the drops again, and I’ve been doing them for 2.5 weeks at less frequency (I can’t do every 3-6 hours because I work long days). Although his eyes aren’t nearly as puffy or runny as before I started the drops, he still has a mild runny nose and some eye symptoms. I was really hoping the drops would knock out the virus for a while, but he can’t seem to catch a break. I have been to the vet so many times and am not sure what to do at this point. Lysine doesn’t seem to help him either. Any advice is greatly appreciated!
 

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Can you ask if there are any antiviral oral medications he cat take?

In humans for instance, with cold sore outbreaks you can take a stint of Valtrex and it clears up.

Surely they have antivirals for kitties?


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@arc23 , my yoda was on Idoxuridine too it did work good. understand your work schedule do as you can. the other drops that the eye specialist put him on is Ofloxacin tip: it was $90 at eye specialist, samsclub $60, samsclub plus upgraded price $30. he was on drops for several months. it worked, all clear for years now. you can ask your vet if Oflaxacin woud be beneficial

the other eye drop he got at the same time was " vet I drop Gel". no rx, on amazon for about $21. works great. I use it on my dogs now for dry eye.

litter, I used Dr Elseys unscented. pet store was out so I found a close dupe from petsupermarket " fresh for life odor destroyer in the black and gold/white bag, only in the bag, the bucket is not the same)

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