Need a natural remedy for eye conjunctivitis in cats?

Phil with his now-perfect peepers

I really get a kick out of finding a better way to do things. The discovery of simple, wholesome tips that work—is there anything better?

This week I learned about one of those tips, which you can try (or share) if you know a cat suffering from feline conjunctivitis (a.k.a “goopy eye”).

We went through the conjunctivitis mystery with Phil when we first got him as wee guy. It’s a condition that can be painful and needs to be addressed.

Before you do anything

Be sure to have a vet check the condition, because this tip should help in many cases, but not all of them.

For example, if the cause is bacterial, FIV, or a corneal ulcer, you’re going to need some veterinary assistance fast.

What Dr. Jean revealed about treating feline conjunctivitis

In a recent radio show interview, Dr. Jean Hofve shared this tip that made a lot of sense to me based on something I had learned as a nutritionist.

I quickly found some data that verified her tip at veterinarypartner.com and PubMed.

Dr. Jean said that very often conjunctivitis in cats is caused by a herpesvirus.

When the cause is herpesvirus, it’s going to be aggravated by stress (e.g., adapting to a changes) and–more importantly–it’s going to be suppressed by the amino acid Lysine.

Lysine is an old nutritionist trick I learned for herpes in humans.  As this article explains:

Without arginine, a herpesvirus cannot reproduce. The amino acid lysine is taken up by the virus in favor of arginine. We can take advantage of this situation by saturating the virus with lysine and thus suppressing the virus’s ability to replicate.

Yes, Lysine is a cheap, simple, safe supplement you can pick up in places like Whole Foods Market. It’s just an amino acid, which means it’s a building block of protein.

Dosage

Dr. Jean explained the dose is 1000mg/day during flare-up, and 250mg day as maintenance afterward, mixed into wet food.

From what I’ve read, I’d give the maintenance 250mg for about a month, and then not need to dose the lysine again unless symptoms show up again. (It won’t hurt to continue the maintenance dose for longer though. Lysine is good for the immune system and may even reduce anxiety!)

Another remedy that might help?

In the case of our cat Phil when he was little, his vet gave us an antibiotic application to try for his conjunctivitis.

We had the damnedest time trying to get that into his eyes–he hated it! It didn’t seem to help much in his case.

Since we didn’t know about Lysine solution at the time, we tried a tip that people were swearing by on earthclinic.com: Apple Cider Vinegar on back of the neck.

(WARNING: DO NOT PUT VINEGAR IN OR NEAR A CAT’S EYES!)

Basically, you take some Bragg’s (the raw kind of ACV), dilute with some warm water, soak a cotton ball in it and part the fur on the back your cat’s neck or between shoulder blades and apply some dabs of the stuff.

The thing is, I cannot for the life of me figure out why this ACV method would work, but it seemed to help–just as folks said it would. (He had a few flare-ups and we’d have to use it again. Then the conjunctivitis finally went away for good.)

What do you think?

Resources

Now Foods, L-Lysine capsules (inexpensive but solid brand; get capsules so you can open them and mix them into food)

Vetri-Lysine Plus For Cats, 120 Bite-Sized Soft Chews (Lots of good reviews of this product on Amazon! These are ideal if your cat doesn’t eat wet food. Simple supplement capsules are more economical and just as effective though.)

Dr. Jean interview on Natural News Radio. Her interview doesn’t start until over half way through the podcast. It’s a great interview–lots of interesting and helpful insights.

Do you have a cat conjunctivitis story?

I hope you’ll share it, especially if you think it might help others.

72 Responses to Need a natural remedy for eye conjunctivitis in cats?

  1. dianna November 21, 2018 at 2:32 am #

    i had forgotten about this use of ACV. however used to keep a small bottle with an eye dropper with ACV in it at all times for respiratory issues with pet rats i used to keep.

    my cat just came in with goopy eyes tonight and i used the ACV the way i used to which was to squirt a dropper into the fur on the back of the neck and massage it into the skin.

    i originally used this for pet rats that would have respiratory problems and caught early it works for sneezing in rats as well.

    my dog has been having an issue this year that has me and the vets i have seen baffled.

    he has one eye missing and in the empty socket he was having the eyelashes that are inside the socket grow extra hair and also the others on the outside all look swollen from the tears. really creepy..

    the diluted hibiclens removes the tears and it looks normal again. nothing else i have used to clean it will remove it… and i found something about using diluted hibiclens for this.

    i started using highly diluted tea tree oil as well as diluted hibiclens to rinse over his eyelashes to see if it would help.

    it went away but seems to come back occasionally about the same as alone.

    i just started trying the ACV on the back of the neck with him and feel sure it will help.

    honey also helped but it comes back.

    i put honey inside his eye socket and ACV on the back of his neck tonight

    i hope it goes away for good this time. i feel sure it is a type of fungus. he is on a good diet of grain free wet and dry food.

    when i first got him he would have tear stains and i found that a tiny bit of amoxi sprinkled on his food would make it go away.

    once it was completely gone i would stop using it and usually he would be tear stains free for months.

    now that is no longer a problem and he has this!

    thank you for reminding me of ACV

  2. Charleyturbo September 19, 2018 at 3:24 am #

    Organic honey everyone. Right into the eye mixed with water. I even put honey on the fur and then they lick it and maintain their eye and face by licking and it works out great.

  3. doriiandrea December 12, 2017 at 10:22 am #

    I did not take my two cats to the vet to diagnose for conjunctivitis. I did, however, treat with the recommended warm, diluted cider for three days each. Guess what? IT WORKS! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  4. Kimberly Level October 8, 2017 at 4:16 am #

    Please be aware that the herpes virus can cause eye ulcers that a very painful and if your cat or kitten is squinting or winking it may be because they are really suffering and in pain and should be seen by a veterinarian. I learned this the hard way and let my cat suffer needlessly for weeks while the vet prescribed many drugs that didn’t work , never addressing the fact that the cat was in serious pain until being referred to an eye specialist who immediately prescribed pain meds and more serious treatment options.

  5. Catlover08 September 20, 2017 at 6:36 am #

    Hello,
    My cat has never had any symptoms of herpes. We rescued her 4 years ago. Occasionally she would sneeze but that’s all. Last week she had surgery to have 2 teeth removed. She seemed to be recovering well but then on the 4th day one of her eyes got goopy and she wouldn’t stop sneezing. The vet believes she had herpes and it was triggered again after the surgery. I want to try the apple cider vinegar and lysine. Do I have to go to a pet store for the lysine? Poor thing she has barely got any rest the last few days because of her runny eye.

    • petercombePeter May 27, 2018 at 4:52 am #

      Like the article says… you can pick up in places like Whole Foods Market.

  6. Bethany Lloyd April 19, 2017 at 12:58 am #

    Thank you so much … i have raw Apple Cider Vinegar and my poor little cat , Suki , has Conjunctivitis , so when she comes back inside , i’m definately going to dab some warm water and ACV on the back of her neck … thank you so much . I was feeling so guilty this morning when i saw how her right eye looked and i wiped it several times with clean tissue , then found your website . Thank you so much !!! linda .

  7. Heidi Cothron-Sondi August 14, 2016 at 7:08 am #

    Apple Cider Vinegar. Applied 2 times.Conjunctivitis in my cat’s left eye which the VET said was related to “change in westher” , but kept dragging on for weeks……GONE IN 2 TREATMENTS- few drops on the neck..unbelievable!!!

    • LynetteD October 2, 2016 at 8:20 am #

      Thank you Heidi! I just found this thread and I applied a soaked cotton ball with Bragg’s ACV on the back of my 14 yo Manx neck. She has had two days of antibacterial ointment but I’m not seeing ANY improvement. I’m excited to see the ACV work!

  8. justmelilb August 6, 2016 at 8:15 pm #

    I put 1000mg of lysine in the water bowl. My cats like it. Herpes can be cured with colloidal silver but it takes time and good colloidal silver isn’t super cheap. I put that in their water as well and they get little doses every time they drink. You can also boost your cats immunity with astragalus root. If you can find it you can add olive leaf extract as well. There are many herbs that can be used with cats for this. Dr. Karen Becker is a holistic vet and can be found on mercola.com Lots of great information can be found there for both humans and animals. They also carry some of the treatments. Worth checking it out.

    I adopted a cat who had been rescued from a hoarding situation and ended up having the weepy eye and previous upper respiratory infection. I am still treating her and it doesn’t hurt the other cats in my home. It gives them all an immune boost. I feed holistic cat food which also has a little lysine in it. Even my 12year old cat is healthy, happy and active.

    I hope this offers something valuable for someone.

    • Millie Tyler August 9, 2016 at 5:24 am #

      Thanks for the info.
      We brought a stray Siamese into our home late Nov. 2015, named him Kong. He had the FHV1 not in his eyes but it presented as a sore on his gum. Antibiotics hadn’t phased it after 2 weeks but Lysine that the vet had did wipe it out in a week or two.
      Then two of our other cats started to present with FHV1 with weepy eyes. I continued the Lysine from the vet, sprinkling it on their food but Kong started to get diarrhea and throwing up so I halted the Lysine but the 2 boys eventually got better.
      All 5 cats were well for several months.
      Fast forward to last month, July 2016 one of our females, Katie, who had not shown any sign of FHV1 before started having weepy eyes. I pulled out the vet’s Lysine “Viralys” again and sprinkled it on their food in half the dose the Vet told me to give. One half dose of Viralys is one scoop a day (about 1/8 t) sprinkled on their food or 250 mg. I figured it might help prevent the other 4 cats from coming down with FHV1 again. The very next day Kong started getting diarrhea again so I stopped the Lysine.
      I found out last time that feeding them chicken reverses adverse reactions of Lysine. Chicken boosts the amino acids that are depleted by Lysine like L Ornithine. L Ornithine as you already may be aware removes toxins from the body produced by the muscles.
      Because Kong can’t tolerate Lysine all I’m left with is Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar treatment on the nape of Katie’s neck. Her eyes look much better in the hours following the treatment but it’s not permanent. If I don’t dab the vinegar on they get worse again. Its like the vinegar treats the symptoms but not the disease. Apple Cider Vinegar, straight up, not diluted, just a few drops on the back of Katie’s neck, once every 12 hours helps. Why? How? No one knows.

  9. Sam July 5, 2016 at 2:59 pm #

    How much ACV do I put in a warm water?
    Also how many crush pill do I add in can cat food?

  10. Danielle June 20, 2016 at 2:28 pm #

    Can I use the acv on a 6 week old kitten?

  11. Kelly L June 18, 2016 at 7:51 am #

    Does anyone have any ideas on how to treat a cat that refuses to eat wet cat food? The vet said that her eye ‘goopyness’ is probably caused by herpes. She prescribed Vetoquinol Lysine powder to mix with her dry cat food (and a little water) – I saw that this company made treats, so I got those instead (she won’t eat wet food!) She promptly threw up and had diarrhea. I tried just one ‘treat’ a couple days later – she threw up again. This is not the first time that she has thrown up from eating treats. Most make her sick, so her ‘treat’ at night is a little cat food that she loves (Taste of the Wild)….Is there something that I can give her that won’t upset her tummy?

  12. Pam May 23, 2016 at 11:38 pm #

    I’m going to try out the Apple Cider method, but just a heads up, that recent research has debunked L lysine being effective to prevent or treat herpes infections in cats: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4647294/ I’d used the powdered kind (inexpensive from the vets) with my cat for years and thought it might be heading off outbreaks, but when I stopped using it, I basically had the same results, I’d occasionally get more watering than normal, but full outbreaks were rare.

    Also it worries me that folks are mentioning cats, especially kittens, with swollen shut or winking eyes (not just watering) and trying home remedies first. Cats can develop corneal ulcers and go blind in the effected eye. When a prescribed anti-bacterial or anti-viral eye-drop is necessary – you don’t want to wait to go to the vet! They can also test the cornea for lesions with dye so they prescribe the right treatment, it can be dangerous to use the wrong prescription.

    Having gone through a few rounds of infections over the years I can now tell the difference between a day or two of extra discharge (with minimal redness and no winking) and a herpes outbreak that needs a vet visit (any holding the eye closed, winking, or swelling) — at least with this cat. For myself I really wouldn’t trust a home remedy for a cat holding it’s eye closed, unless it’s addition to a vet visit.

  13. Millie Tyler January 17, 2016 at 3:44 pm #

    Two months ago my husband and I took in a stray Siamese. The 3-5 yr old neutered male came to our backdoor emaciated, literally starving to death. We took him to the vet where he got a clean bill of health before releasing him into the general population of a dog and 4 other cats. The only problems beside malnutrition and a heart murmur was a ulcer on his gum and a bald patch on his back from him plucking his fur out. The vet gave him a slow release antibiotic shot, tested for the usual, all which came up negative and sent him home. We named him Kong.

    Three weeks later he looked fantastic. He was gaining weight, he had stopped pulling his fur out, it was almost all grown back, but he still had the ulcer on his gum and then he threw up round worms. Back to the vet to receive first of 2 doses of wormer.

    That’s when I mentioned L lysine to the vet. She said she had some L lysine for cats, Viralys. Kong’s gum ulcer was gone after 2 weeks of taking 500mg of L lysine. All his fur had grown back. I hadn’t seen him pluck his fur out since giving him free run of the house. His second dose of roundworm medicine was uneventful.

    However one of our other cats came down with conjunctivitis. Now I needed to treat Carson with L lysine. Then when he started to get better our other male cat McKenzy came down with conjunctivitis. Since they all eat out of the same bowl the 500mg dose continued.

    That’s when Kong started to have problems. He threw up, started pulling his fur out again and had diarrhea. I stopped the L lysine immediately because I read that too much L lysine can interrupt the amino acid Ornithine which removes toxins from the blood, namely ammonia which is given off by the muscles which causes them to have gastro intestinal distress.

    Since Kong nearly starved to death outside he eats all the time. The dose that was sprinkled on their food according to the vet’s instructions was sufficient for the bigger cats eating a normal amount but for little 7.5 lb Kong who slept by the food dish and ate every 45 minutes it apparently was too much. I’m just speculating. It will be off to the vet again tomorrow. His little belly is bloated and I am concerned.

    The last time I had a cat plucking fur out it ended up being because her female organs were covered with cysts. When I had her spayed her pain stopped. She never pulled her fur out again. She was a Persian.

    I read that I can replenish Kong’s arginine by feeding him protein like chicken. I don’t know if the amino acids arginine and ornithine are available in supplement form for cats. I would not presume to administer them without advice from a vet.

    All of our pets eat high quality food, treats and occasionally table scraps like tiny bites of chicken.

  14. Nat December 28, 2015 at 4:20 pm #

    Is there a certain brand of human L-Lysine that you guys recommend, or is any kind fine?

    • Rebecca December 28, 2015 at 4:22 pm #

      I just buy it at the grocery store. 500 mg

  15. qwho continuum (@qwho1) November 13, 2015 at 10:01 am #

    My 14 year old cat, out of the blue, got a goopy eye. First time in her life. Took her to vet, $100 later given an ointment. Have tried for over a week now twice daily applications of Terramycin from vet, has not helped much (eye is no longer glued shut after napping or overnight, but still squinting).

    Have tried Braggs acv on neck to no avail and have tried wiping eye with diluted solution of it as well (since people use it to cure their own cunjunctivitis by dropping drops into their eyes) She is still squinting, nothing seems to be working.

    I also added lysine to her can food twice a day for several days, no difference.

    Asked vet if she could have gotten it from new kitty, from rescue end of June, that has/had stomatitis. She said possibly. New cat, 3 years old, is very affectionate and grooms my older kitty all the time and have seen her washing her face (and eyes).

    I thought it was getting better, but after catching her washing her face, next day bad again. I work and cannot oversee them. I hate to cone one or both of them or separate them. Any one have any ideas?

    • Carey November 13, 2015 at 10:57 am #

      Hi,

      You could try Holistic Pet Care Colloidal Silver. It’s safe to use in the eyes.

      I’ve not tried it myself but, have read some success stories.

      or, 500mg of L-Lysine mixed with canned cat food twice a day.

      Good luck

  16. Desi November 12, 2015 at 11:02 pm #

    I am bookmarking this website. It’s a life saver for our pets. Thank you so much.

  17. Catharine November 1, 2015 at 8:20 am #

    Agree- the Lysine (I use the nibbles) works. Can you give the Bragg’s AMINO ACID stuff to cats?

  18. Kamrin September 18, 2015 at 9:24 pm #

    How many times do you use the apple cider? Do you just dab once and it’s gone or every day or every few hours like eye drops?

    • Carey September 20, 2015 at 10:44 am #

      HI,

      From what I’ve read, it’s a twice daily treatment…once in the morning and again before you go to bed.

      I’m using Bragg’s Organic Apple Cider Vinegar but, I’m sure others will work.
      Be sure and mix 1 to 1 with water to avoid burning your cats skin…1 tablespoon each, soak a cotton ball then, put on the neck, between the shoulder blades.
      Spread the fur and let it soak into the skin well.

      I started using ACV just yesterday on one of my cats w/ pink eye and it’s was noticeably better the next morning…after only 1 treatment!

      I’m going to continue for another few days, maybe a week total but, so far, it’s pretty amazing how fast it’s healing.

      I also ordered some Colloidal Silver which is supposed to be amazing for eye infections and quite a few other ailments. Search Google for Holistic Pet Care Colloidal Silver.
      Can be used for BOTH animals and humans and it’s currently on sale for a great price…you can get it on Amazon or directly from the makers in Oregon.

      Good luck!

  19. Kathy September 14, 2015 at 12:10 pm #

    I have a rescue kitten that is showing the beginning signs of pink eye. I’ve used the acv on other rescues with the exact same signs. After about a week of twice a day applications, no more pink eye!! My latest rescue just had her first treatment this morning. I don’t know how acv works for this, I just know it does!!

    • LeAnn Addleman July 8, 2016 at 7:15 pm #

      This is really great advice. Who would have thought that ACV would work for weepy eyes in cats? I have 5 kittens who’s mother disappeared. We live on a farm. I hand fed them all with goat milk until they decided to eat cat food with the rest of the cats. One of the females just developed weepy eyes and I thought of coconut oil, then I found this site and I have ACV on hand. I’ll have to try it tonight and see how it works.
      Thanks so much.

      • Millie Tyler July 8, 2016 at 7:27 pm #

        It’s necessary to say NEVER EVER put the apple cider vinegar in the eyes. It goes on the back of their necks.

        • LeAnn Addleman July 8, 2016 at 7:36 pm #

          Yes, I read through the comments and I did understand that. Thanks.

          • Liz July 11, 2016 at 8:51 pm #

            Let us know how it goes LeAnn!

          • Millie Tyler July 12, 2016 at 8:07 am #

            I’m certain those of us who participate here understand that not everyone reads through the whole thread and don’t mind at all when we repeat this very important instruction. I remember when I was clueless about this issue. Thankfully I researched the proper way to administer the Apple Cider Vinegar before I did the unthinkable.
            As an update to my own account written back in January, all 5 of our cats, including the Siamese stray Kong are doing just great. It took 5 months to get all 5 cats to health after bringing Kong in. Kong is fat and happy in his new forever home. Even though we always take strays to the vet to get them checked for illnesses which could adversely effect the others, FHV1 slipped in with Kong. However to see the 5 of them now you would never know they ever had a problem.

        • Liz July 11, 2016 at 8:45 pm #

          YES, thank you Millie! I try to state this clearly, but worry sometimes.

          • LeAnn Addleman July 19, 2016 at 6:15 pm #

            I am still struggling with the goopie eyes. I wash them each day with a warm wet wash cloth. I put a little peroxide on the cloth and the rinse their eyes again. I’ve put ACV and water (1:1) on the backs of the their necks between the shoulder blades. It seems to have helped one of them a little but maybe it’ll take a little more time. I’ve noticed that the little male is awefully thin, I can feel his back bone and he just doesn’t move as quick as he did. Is there something I can feed him to help fatten him up and lift his spirits? I’m concerned that he won’t make it if he doesn’t fatten up. The rest of the kittens are doing well and growing good.

          • Tess April 22, 2018 at 9:16 pm #

            I wouldn’t put peroxide in any strength in a cat’s eye.

      • Millie Tyler July 20, 2016 at 9:35 am #

        I’ve found myself caring for litter mates who were sick with similar issues as your little ones so I really feel for you. The vet said that their immune systems don’t kick in until they are 3 months old. It wasn’t easy but they all lived and thrived. One of them had distemper. His name is Kit Carson, he turned 9 yrs old on July 10th and is the picture of health but when he was a kitten he had to be on antibiotics with interferon as a last resort to get him to that 3 month point. Then he took off growing and thriving.

        • LeAnn July 20, 2016 at 2:16 pm #

          Unfortunately, I found the little guy dead this morning. He was a sweetheart and I’m sad to see him go. Now I notice one of the little females looks the same today. They eat good but I changed their food to a more natural one that is for adults and kittens. Could that be a problem?

          • Liz July 20, 2016 at 3:22 pm #

            LeAnn, I’m so sorry to hear that. my best guess is something more serious than a food formula or conjunctivitis is going on here. I would have a vet look at them asap.

          • Millie Tyler July 23, 2016 at 7:42 pm #

            I’m so sorry to hear that. 3 of our 5 cats are litter mates. They are 9 years old now but when they came to me they were very sickly, especially Carson. I didn’t know it but he had distemper. The vet put him on antibiotics and he got better but then he got sick again. I took him to another vet who said, “If this doesn’t work, nothing will.” He prescribed an antibiotic with interferon and it worked. Carson was only 5 1/2 weeks old and weighed 6 ounces when he was handed to me the first time. When he turned the corner after that last dose of antibiotic he was 3 1/2 months old.

  20. Pam August 29, 2015 at 5:43 pm #

    I have 5 kittens that are now 6 weeks old and 1 has goopy eyes. I clean them twice a day but it continues. She can at least open them now. Is this safe for baby kitties too?

  21. Alison Veig August 13, 2015 at 4:24 pm #

    How do you use the vinegar for the cats eye. I have the Bragg’s.

    • rebecca September 9, 2015 at 6:24 am #

      Not in their eyes!!! on the back of their neck with a cotton ball.

    • Carey September 20, 2015 at 10:46 am #

      From what I’ve read, it’s a twice daily treatment…once in the morning and again before you go to bed.

      I’m using Bragg’s Organic Apple Cider Vinegar but, I’m sure others will work.
      Be sure and mix 1 to 1 with water to avoid burning your cats skin…1 tablespoon each, soak a cotton ball then, put on the neck, between the shoulder blades.
      Spread the fur and let it soak into the skin well.

      I started using ACV just yesterday on one of my cats w/ pink eye and it’s was noticeably better the next morning…after only 1 treatment!

      I’m going to continue for another few days, maybe a week total but, so far, it’s pretty amazing how fast it’s healing.

      I also ordered some Colloidal Silver which is supposed to be amazing for eye infections and quite a few other ailments. Search Google for Holistic Pet Care Colloidal Silver.
      Can be used for BOTH animals and humans and it’s currently on sale for a great price…you can get it on Amazon or directly from the makers in Oregon.

      Good luck!

  22. Clare December 19, 2014 at 4:13 pm #

    THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR YOUR INFO!!!!!!!!!!!! Been trying for months and thousands of dollars of vet visits….Went out to buy the list of holistic cures to try. been fighting it in one of my cats since JULY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! dose one done

  23. rebecca October 7, 2014 at 8:40 am #

    My 3 year old Maine Coon came down with goopy, closed eye. It was a Friday evening. Tried the Braggs ACV mixed with a little water, on the back of his neck, 3 x day. Clean cotton ball (each time) soaked in saline solution (1/4 t per cup of lukewarm water) to clean his eye…3 x day. 500mg of L-Lysine mixed with canned cat food twice a day. Today is Tuesday, and his eye is almost all healed. It’s open, and the goop is gone, just a little watery. The cotton ball used to wipe the saline solution on his eyelid, and his eye, is clear now, On Saturday it was yellow-ish. So 4 days, I will continue to do the ACV and L=Lysine for the rest of the week, just to make sure.

  24. VeggieNut August 28, 2014 at 7:51 am #

    L-lysine not only works for the herpes virus in cats, but it can be used to treat shingles in people which is also caused by herpes.

  25. heidi randall August 9, 2014 at 5:45 pm #

    I have 5 weeks kittens I found their mother giving birth outside. We took them in and they are now become part of our family. The thing is the kittens have goopie eyes and they get sealed shut what can I do to help get rid of it.

    • Kayla July 14, 2017 at 11:40 pm #

      Use the tricks above with the ACV and Lysine, I am also going to try it. I use a warm washcloth 1-3 times a day and gently whipe my kittens’ (Simba) eyes, this will clean the crud off as well as open and help keep their eyes clean.

  26. Gabs October 3, 2013 at 8:19 am #

    I just found this website yesterday and its the most amazing thing I’ve ever found! I ran off to Walmart yesterday and bought the lysine because my kitty had a really bad eye infection. After one dosage the eye was already 80% better! Thank you so much!!

    • Liz-cat October 5, 2013 at 9:33 am #

      That’s great to hear Gabs, thank you!

      • Danell November 29, 2015 at 6:53 am #

        Gabs: Did you find the capsules at Walmart?

  27. Coretta June 30, 2013 at 4:05 pm #

    I used the apple cidar vinegar on my cat between the shoulder blades for a sore eye. It worked so well that I just had to tell someone. I prefer to use natural remedies and am always looking for new ways to help my animals too. I have been using apple cidar for many years for various reasons but didn’t know about this. Thank you for sharing the information. Will this work for a poodle to keep her eyes from running?

    • Liz-cat June 30, 2013 at 5:54 pm #

      So glad to hear that Coretta! I’m pretty sure these tips work just as well for dogs.

      • Dawna January 10, 2016 at 11:51 am #

        Does any apple cider vinegar work or is there w certain kind ?

  28. Jenny June 10, 2013 at 6:58 pm #

    The Apple Cider Vinegar tip is fascinating. I see so many uses for it.

    When we got our Tonkinese, he had the snottiest nose and was constantly sneezing. He went through so many antibiotics, as it turned out it was some form of herpes. Finally the breeder gave me an antibiotic (forgot the name) and he’s been fine ever since.

    He does get an occasional goopy eye and I use that nasty cream on him. He gets so upset and I just hate it.

    The interesting thing about this post is the Lysine. Our Abyssinian breeder said she gives her cats Lysine every day. We didn’t really know why, so we didn’t do it. Now, I will!

    Thanks!

  29. Linda April 12, 2013 at 2:38 am #

    I love your site, I have rescued cats for over 10 years now and this information is very helpful. I hope to share it with families who adopt my cats!

  30. EF February 14, 2013 at 12:17 pm #

    One of my cats, who had been a stray living outdoors before he was rescued and I adopted him, has had teary eyes on and off, and like many of the cats whose humans posted here, he absolutely hated the Terramycin the vet prescribed. It also didn’t seem very effective. So when I saw this information, I decided to give him Lysine in his wet food. It was incredible how fast it worked–with in a day or two, the goopieness was almost gone. I’m giving him 500 mg. for now, and I’ve also noticed that he doesn’t sneeze anymore, something that he’d do on and off. My cats eat a very good diet of wet food (some of the Pet Guard variety without wheat germ) supplemented by freeze-dried raw and Wysong’s “Au Jus,” with 30 mg of COQ10 a day and Missing Link, along with a multiple vitamin. For snacks they get either BG dry from Merrick or Blue Wilderness. They’ve only been fed Pet Guard in the 9-10 years they’ve been with me and do well on it, and since I’ve added these supplements and foods, they’ve thrived even more than ever. They range in ages from 8-15 and are very lively, playful and energetic; the oldest used to sleep a lot more, and now he keeps up with the youngest of them. Anyway, thanks very much for this info about Lysine and everything else. This is a great site.

  31. Mignonne June 14, 2012 at 10:00 pm #

    I was told my cat, Nala has a form of herpes after the vet asked me if she ever winks (apparently cats don’t wink). Nala and my other cat came down with a cold, as evident by sneezing.The vet didn’t give me medication, but cat flavored lysine to treat them. It did not work. So when Nala came down with conjunctivitis (not really, it was just that she was overly tearing), she was prescribed a steroid gel. I ended up researching how to naturally aid feline herpes. People said to consistently feed your cat lysine (250-500mg). Accordingly, humans take it daily as a supplement to prevent their own outbreaks. So I bought human lysine tablets, ground it up in a mortar and pestle, and began putting lysine in both Nala and Sophie’s morning wet food. Sophie doesn’t have herpes, but I don’t want one bowl to be eaten, and the one without the lysine to be left intact. It works wonders, Nala doesn’t wink much anymore. I don’t think the higher dose of lysine when sick does much. I rather stave off a problem, then try to patch it up. If she does have the occasional overly teary day, I put more lysine in her bowl (750mg), use a natural tear stain remover with a cotton ball (for the crevices- the tears running down), and a warm washcloth (and press it over her eyes for 10seconds). After, she gets lots of praise and treats. That definitely does the trick.

    • Liz-cat June 16, 2012 at 8:52 pm #

      Great testimony Mignonne, thanks for sharing all of that. So much better than steroid gel, I think!

  32. June Mercer~ England June 4, 2012 at 10:48 am #

    This website if the most fantastic i have encountered. i have reScued and kept 17 cats over the laST 3 YRS. and i am still learning

    • Liz-cat June 4, 2012 at 11:10 am #

      Thank you June, delighted to have you here. : ) Way to go with your cat rescue efforts!

  33. Molly October 18, 2011 at 7:13 am #

    Dear Liz,
    I’m glad you gave out this information! I have a 1 year old kitten who has had a “goopy” eye all her life. We tried antibiotics in the eye – she HATED that! It still flares up often, but I will try the L-lysine and see if it “fixes” it. I always appreciate natural remedies as opposed to always using antibiotics, etc. Thank you!

    • Liz-cat October 18, 2011 at 11:04 am #

      Oh good Molly, I hope it helps. Let me know how it goes.

      • Mike May 4, 2017 at 1:42 pm #

        When you say raw APV when kind of apple cider vinegar is that ?
        Can I uce organic?

        • CAREY May 4, 2017 at 1:47 pm #

          Mike,

          Yes, Organic ACV is fine…Like Bargg brand

          • Mike May 4, 2017 at 6:41 pm #

            Does is actually work ? Her eye isn’t bad at all
            She had it last year and I treated it with antibiotics but this time I don’t have the funds to take her and I was searching for a home remedie that works

          • CAREY May 5, 2017 at 9:40 am #

            My feeling is that it if it doesn’t work, at least it can’t hurt.

            I only tried this once on and it did indeed seem to work. The problem hasn’t resurfaced so, I can only vouch for the one time use.

            Try it, if it doesn’t work, take the kitty to the Vet.

            I hope for the best.

  34. What Causes Bags Under Eyes September 23, 2011 at 5:32 am #

    Didn’t know cats can get pink eye!

  35. Teresa Brown September 11, 2011 at 10:40 am #

    Love this valuable information you share here. It just feels better to know what to do should I encounter this. Thank You, Liz!

    • Liz-cat September 12, 2011 at 9:43 pm #

      Teresa, my pleasure. Thank you for letting me know. : )

      • billy bob September 8, 2015 at 7:24 pm #

        can lysine cure conjunctivitis herpes in cat and i mean a CURE not treatment.so when you respond please make it clear if this is a cure or not .please be straight forward and to the point.

        • rebecca September 9, 2015 at 6:22 am #

          I give my cat lysine about twice a week in his canned cat food, and the eye goop is gone. However, if I stop for a month or so, it comes back. I crush up one 500mg pill and mix it in. I also heard that apple cider vinegar with a cotton ball, on the back of his neck will work, but I haven’t tried that.
          If it’s really bad, I use a 500 mg pill twice a day, it clears up in a couple days….then twice a week keeps it gone.

        • t t April 13, 2016 at 3:23 pm #

          nothing can CURE herpes. it is incurable. it just goes into remission, but is always present in the infected nerves.

          • Charleyturbo September 19, 2018 at 3:28 am #

            Wrong, Many things cure herpes, aids, cancer, and many other viruses and others. You just were told it cannot be cured by the AMA and they were over ran by Rockefellers in 1978 with bribery so then everything is a disease and only the symptoms can be treated and not the root cause so yes they cannot cure anything by design. But their are tons of things that can cure almost anything except death. Black cumin seed oil will cure damn near everything to name one.

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