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I just found a shivering little stray kitten on the inside of air conditioned building and thought it must be feeling cold so I took out in the sun and then ended up just bringing it home.

Its eyes are weird and seem to be covered up with something. Please take a look at the image below.

cat with covered eyes

cat with covered eyes (close-up)

Is it blind, or infected? I don't have easy access to a vet's place for now! So any cat-expert opinions? If it's an infection, is there any way to help it cure at its own pace, using honey maybe? (The way that honey helps cure cough/cold-type infections with humans too).

What should I do with this kitten? And it's really dirty but I'm afraid to give it a bath because it was shivering back in the building and if it has a cold I don't want it to die of it.

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Do you have a better picture? I can't tell anything from this one. Also, please don't feed it honey it's not readily digested by cats and may make it feel worse. –  John Cavan Jul 10 at 12:31
Just edited my question to add another picture, hope this one's clearer! –  user961627 Jul 10 at 12:47
It looks like really bad conjunctivitis but I am not a vet...You should take it to a vet as soon as possible, and if you can't afford it, tell them that...I doubt they will turn you away. –  David Wilkins Jul 10 at 17:43
that's pretty brutal. I strongly recommend going to a vet. Seconding @DavidWilkins's advice, most vets (and humans) are soft-hearted, they don't want to see animals suffer. –  tedder42 Jul 10 at 22:29
what ever happened to the cat? –  kghastie yesterday
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Still hard to tell from the pictures and I wouldn't be able to just diagnose in any event (I'm not a vet), but it does look a bit like encrusted dirt and dust (I don't think that's what it is, just looks like it) from the photo. However, there are a few things I think you should do:

  1. Give the kitten access to water, a shallow bowl would be ideal.
  2. Go out and pick up some wet cat food if you haven't already and make some available to her/him.
  3. Put down some blankets or towels on the floor for her to lie on and maybe snuggle into.

As soon as you can contact a vet, make arrangements to see them. Many vets will treat strays for free and, failing that, the humane society or similar (I'm not sure where you are) can often help if you don't have the funds to treat her yourself.

As an aside, you can check on the eyesight by moving your finger in front of the cat and seeing if her eyes follow you. They look pretty bad, but not being able to tell what's going on, I can only really suggest a vet needs to look. If she does lose her eyesight, she can still have a good life, you'd just need to be very careful with furniture moving on her going forward.

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You could also try some vitiman E or Antibacterial eye ointment... but it looks bad enough that I agree with John that the kitty really needs the help of a vet. Contact a local shelter and see if they can point you to a vet that is willing to work with rescues for free or low cost if that is the issue. –  Critters Jul 10 at 13:12
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Dude, don't try to treat that cat yourself, no matter what the advice you get on here. Get it to a vet as soon as you can, or find someone else who can. It looks pretty bad (a lot worse than "encrusted dirt and dust").

I realize you are trying to help the poor guy - and I applaud you for that - but please be careful to be sure you are doing more good than hard (and really, only a vet can tell you that). A little sustenance (water and a small amount of wet cat food) I'm sure is good, but beyond that, get him to a pro.

Also, shivering/tremors can be caused by things other than being cold, so take caution overheat him if he feels warm. Also, don't listen to me - I'm not a vet! :)

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I concur with all the answers that say "take this cat to the vet, do not try to treat this on your own". The pictures are poor quality -but- to me it looks like some kind of infection.

I would also say: quarantine this cat, do not let it near other cats until this medical problem is taken care of, and have a vet give it a general exam (in addition to finding out and treating this problem) this cat could have any number of diseases that could prove detrimental or fatal to another cat.

Before you touch any other cat make sure you've washed your hands really well... and probably just avoid other cats for the time being (you could carry germs on your clothing or if you don't wash your hands well enough on your skin).

Thank you for your looking after this cat.

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(Sorry for my bad english, I'm just learning it). Poor little boy! Please take him to a vet as soon as possible. But until then... Its eyes seem to be infected (something really common in kittens, that greyish green mucus is bacteria). You can clean its eyes with a bit of warm chamomile tea (WITHOUT sugar or honey, of course). Just soak a clinical cotton ball in the tea and gently and carefully rub its eyes, from inside to outside, so you can clean them. You can rub its hair with a sightly (very sightly) wet towel to clean its hair, but avoid giving it a bath for now. Once it's clean, keep it into a warm and soft lightened place and (as someone earlier suggested) give it access to water, kitten food, and a blanket or something it could use as a bed. It can be sick, so handle it with care, and wash your hands before and after touching it. And congratulations, you have a very kind heart.

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