Home remedies for eye problems in a cat

Updated February 21, 2017

Several home remedies are known to be effective in treating a cat's eye problems. Before administering any home remedies on your cat, check with a veterinarian to confirm that they will not harm the eyes further. You may also find holistic veterinarians for information about home remedies. If the symptoms persist, seek medical care.


For eye discharge, swelling and irritation problems, use an old soft cloth or cotton ball that has been dampened with warm water to wipe away the discharge. After wiping, throw away the towel to avoid reinfection. Irritated eyes may also benefit from a five-minute warm compress.


For inflamed and itchy eyes, herbs such as aconite, sanicula and euphrasia may be effective. Eye infections may benefit more from chamomile, calendula and eyebright. You can make tea with these herbs and use it as a wash, a compress or an oral remedy to fight infection.

Saline solution

For eye infections and allergies, the eye can be rinsed with a mild saline solution that has a ratio of 1/4 tsp salt to 237 ml (1 cup) water. For better results, you may also add a drop of goldenseal extract to 1 tbsp of the saline solution. To administer the solution, soak a cotton ball in it and drop a small amount into the eyes. Make a new solution each time to prevent bacteria from growing.


Foods rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants strengthen a cat's immune system. They may help treat eye conditions such as irritation and conjunctivitis, which is when the eye is inflamed, red and releases mucous discharge.


The eye can be irritated because of contact with hair. In such a case, simply brushing the hair away from the eyes may help.

Homeopathic Medicine

A homeopathic remedy for cat eye problems may help detox the body, reduce inflammation, relieve pain and promote healing. Such a remedy usually contains burdock, rosemary, chelidonium majus and meadowsweet as ingredients.

Willard water

Available at health food shops, Willard water changes the molecular structure of water. Dilute Willard water according to the directions on the bottle and use it as drinking water for the cat.

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