Posted: 29/04/2015 at 17:51
Hi Wonky - sorry to hear about your poor cat.
Please don't use any disinfectants or antiseptics intended for human use on a cat without checking with a vet first. Some of them contain phenols which I believe can be poisonous to cats. A phone call to your vet should allow you to check for free if there are any that are ok to use but I think they will recommend sticking with warm salt water.
The other problem with cat scratches around the eye is if the eyeball has been scratched it can become ulcerated which is very painful. Vets use a dye to check the surface of the eye for scratches. If he seems in the least bit distressed, the area is hot or swollen or the eye starts to close I would take him asap. The PDSA (one of my favourite charities!) will look after him for a contribution rather than a full vet's fee if you are a bit short at the moment.
I'm not a vet but I do have a cat who gets into a few scrapes... Hope he's ok