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What is Facial Swelling?

Some of these causes of swelling are incredibly serious and need to be treated immediately to protect your cat. It doesn’t matter whether the swelling is only occurring on one side of the face or affecting the entire face, you should bring your cat to a veterinarian as soon as possible if you spot any symptoms.

If you notice your cat’s face looks puffier than usual, he could be suffering from facial swelling. It may be difficult to spot swelling at first, but as it worsens, your cat’s eyes may begin to close as the surrounding area swells. The symptoms of facial swelling can come on suddenly or develop over time, depending on the underlying cause. Swelling can be caused by a variety of conditions, including exposure to allergens or toxins, dental abscesses, trauma, and insect bites. 

Symptoms of Facial Swelling in Cats

It’s much easier to spot facial swelling in short haired cats than in long haired cats. Facial swelling is characterized by a puffy, abnormal facial appearance. Depending on the cause, the swelling could affect small areas, one side of the face, or the entire face. You may also notice your cat’s eyes appearing smaller than usual because of the swelling.

Causes of Facial Swelling in Cats

A number of different factors can cause facial swelling in cats, some which are more severe than others. To ensure your cat is properly treated, take him to an emergency vet as soon as possible. Some of the causes include:

  • Allergic reaction
  • Dental abscess
  • Facial trauma
  • Insect/snake bite
  • Muscle inflammation
  • Inflamed salivary glands
  • Acetaminophen poisoning
  • Cancer
  • Hematoma
  • Infection

Diagnosis of Facial Swelling in Cats

Bring your cat into a vet as soon as you see signs of facial swelling. Provide as much information as possible to your vet regarding your cat’s diet and medical history. If your cat has any known allergies, make sure you mention this to the vet. You should also let your vet know if you have an outside cat, as snakes or insects can easily come into contact with outside cats.

Next, the vet will begin a physical examination of your cat. He will look for signs of insect or snake bites, wounds, infection, and hives, which are often present during an allergic reaction. Vets will also check the skin to look for signs of hematoma, which is characterized by skin discoloration. The vet may also look inside your cat’s mouth to determine if a dental abscess could be causing the facial swelling.

If the swelling is localized, the vet may be able to conclude it is caused by muscle or salivary gland inflammation. However, localized swelling can also be caused by tumors, which the vet may be able to feel during the physical examination. If no cause is determined after the physical examination, the vet may perform X-rays or an ultrasound to check for tumors in the head or neck. Biopsies may need to be performed on any tumors that are found to determine if they are cancerous.

Treatment of Facial Swelling in Cats

The treatment plan will depend on the cause of facial swelling. Allergic reactions will usually be treated with corticosteroids and antihistamines. If the swelling is caused by an infection, the bacteria may need to be cultured to determine which antibiotic will be the most effective. Muscle or salivary gland inflammation is usually treated with anti-inflammatory medication and steroids. 

Vets may recommend letting hematomas clear up on their own, but in extreme cases, they may think it is best to drain the hematoma before sending your cat home. 

If your cat has been diagnosed with cancer, the treatment will depend on the severity of the disease. Your cat may require surgery to remove the tumor, along with radiation and chemotherapy.

If your cat has ingested acetaminophen, the vet will administer acetylcysteine, which will protect the liver from serious damage. Cats suffering from acetaminophen poisoning may need to stay with the vet overnight so the vet can closely monitor the cat’s vital signs while he recovers.

Recovery of Facial Swelling in Cats

Most cats will fully recover from facial swelling, especially if the cause was an allergic reaction or infection. However, if the swelling was caused by cancer or acetaminophen toxicity, your cat’s recovery will depend on the severity of his condition.

Be sure to administer medications to your cat as advised by the veterinarian. If the swelling was caused by an allergy, try to remove any potential allergens from your cat’s environment. It’s recommended that you keep your cat indoors to limit his exposure to potential allergens, insects, and snakes.

The vet may ask that you bring your cat in shortly after your initial visit to ensure the swelling has gone down and the underlying cause is being properly treated.

Facial Swelling Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Ms.Kitty
tabby
18 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

stuffy nose
Swollen nose

About a month ago, my cat had a swollen face, so I took her to the vet and turns out she had an abscess. So they drained it and she went back to normal. But the last few days, her nose has been stuffy. It sounds like she's snoring all day. A little snot has come out one nostril, and it looks dark brown. Her left eye was leaking one day but now it stopped. Her behavior and appetite are normal. I can't tell if the bridge of her nose is swollen or not. It feels warm. But i can't be sure. Is this another abscess or just a cold? And when do I take her to the vet?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without seeing Ms. Kitty, I am not sure if she has an abscess or some other problem with her nasal passages. Given her age, it would be best to have her seen by your veterinarian, as older cats can be much more susceptible to some conditions than younger cats. I hope that she is okay.

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Mr. Tongue
Unsure, solid black
Appx5+ yrs.
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Confusion

Medication Used

none

Rescued cat. Took to my local vet & had all but 3 teeth pulled several mo. ago. due to much abcess. Long story there. Moved to country with cat. 6/2017 Was doing great, gained weight pretty quick, happy, shiney, sassy. As of beginning 11/17 cat started pulling out a large patch of hair on his rt outer thigh and face appears swollen. Also, temperment has changed to rather "aggressive when handeled". On 32ac, wondering about a possible snake bite??

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Snake or insect bites are quite common and can cause severe swelling of the face and other parts of the body; try giving cetirizine at 5mg (once per day) and bathe the area around the face with warm water. Since a snake bite is suspect, you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination to be on the safe side, your location will help narrow down which snakes possibly are the culprit. Other causes may be infection from the mouth, fighting with other cats, salivary gland swelling among other causes. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Emma
Egyptian Mau
3 Months
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Drooling
Laziness
Pus like liquid

My kitten has a swelling all over her face, including her mouth and chin. She refuses any food and water given. She also seems weak and drools. What should I do to control this?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Given Emma’s age and size you should visit your Veterinarian immediately for an examination; also bathing around her mouth may also help remove any possible irritants. Giving cetirizine at a dose of 5mg may help control the swelling if it is due to allergy but I am concerned about her age; ideally you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination since she isn’t eating or drinking. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Snicklefritz
Tabby
3 Months
Mild condition
2 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen Jaw
Lethargic

My cat fell last night while I was giving her a bath. She hit her jaw and was stunned for a moment. After drying her and resting I noticed no signs of swelling. It is currently the morning after and her jawline has swollen to almost triple.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Swelling at this level would be best to be checked by your Veterinarian, since if there are fractures or any other problems, they may be complicated if left for sometime. Administering baby aspirin at a dose of 5 mg/lb every 24 to 48 hours for pain may make Snicklefritz more comfortable; but bear in mind it may affect treatment given by your Veterinarian later. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Had a stray kitten that has swollen face and paws.. still had good appetite despite the swollen face. But suddenly died after one week.

I found a 4 weeks old stray kitten that has swollen face and paws.. she has good appetite but suddenly died after 1 week.

My cat Snowball started sneezing (clear spray) and coughing. Brought him to the Vet, she noticed a slight and intermittent squint in left eye. Stain test was negative. Erythromycin ointment was Rx'ed twice a day for a week for treatment of possible conjunctivitis.

Eye has gotten worse and is mostly red and swollen shut when I return from work and upon waking in the AM (pre-ointment application).

It's been 8 days and it's worse not better.

I subcutaneous administration of Convenia .45mls was given 8 days ago as well.

Do cats ever show allergic reaction to Convenia that manifests itself in one single red, puffy, swollen eye tissue cells surrounding the eye with redness spreading slightly into surrounding scalp?

Wish I could upload or email a photo.

~ Jonathan
Snowball's Owner

my cats fight and it's really distressing. i have three and none of them get along. his face was swollen today and i realize that they've obviously had a fight. its not serious enough for my parents to take him to the vet but i still would like to know what i could do to make the swelling go down.

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Bubbas
Manx
13 Years
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

My cats whole face is swollen on the left side his eye is almost indented in completely to his face he looks as if his eye is gone and we are very worried. His eye is collecting mucus and blood and gunk in it but he has no pain to it please help us.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Face swelling on one side of the face is usually attributable to a reaction to some type of bite; bathing the side of the face and giving Benadryl may help at a dose of 0.5mg/lb every twelve hours but can be difficult to effectively split the tablet. Given the severity of the reaction, you should visit your Veterinarian or an Emergency Veterinarian to be on the safe side especially if she may have been bitten by something. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Rode
Unknown
3 Months
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Leaking cut

My cat face was swollen it has went down but now looks like a wound leaking puss what can I do I saved her from living in the streets I cannot afford a visit to vet

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is important to keep the wound clean and to flush it out with some sterile saline solution; regular bathing with diluted chlorhexidine should be done as well, you may also apply an antibiotic ointment to the wound like Neosporin. I would recommend you contact a charity clinic to have a look at Rode so that any antibiotics or other treatment may be given. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bella
domestic short hair
7 Months
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

I noticed this afternoon my kitten had a little bit of a swollen bottom lip. Around noon I didn't notice it, but upon arriving back home 3hrs later her lip was definitely swollen and made her mouth look a little lopsided. I'm wondering if she could be allergic to a new flavor of wet cat food I started giving her this morning or if she got a bacterial infection from her plastic food dish (although she's eaten out of plastic for two weeks now). It being a Saturday night and not wanting to pay an emergency fee, could I wait to take her in on Monday and just monitor it tomorrow?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I prefer stainless steel food bowls over plastic, but I doubt at two weeks old the bowl has something to do with it; a swollen lip may be due to allergies or trauma in most cases. If you have given a different food today, clean the mouth thoroughly and switch back to the old food and keep an eye on the lip. Make sure that Bella can drink and eat, but if she is having trouble drinking you should visit an Emergency Clinic before Monday. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Baby
Simease
13 yrs
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Simease cat
13 yr old female
She had dental surgery an abcess since then her left side of eye almost shut , left side of face swollen her breathe is so bad she sneezing a lot and fluid coming from the eye that almost shut.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should visit your Veterinarian again if this issue has arisen since the surgery; it is possible that the abscess has extended up to the nasal cavity causing issues with the nose. In these cases a thorough examination is required to determine if medical treatment or other treatment is required. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Truman
Tonkinese
14 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy
Swelling

Last night I noticed my cat's face was swollen on his left cheek close to his nose. He is indoor only, has a brother who he fights with, but in case it was an allergy or a spider bite I took him to the vet hospital. They immediately recommended a CT scan, x-rays, rhino endoscopy and a battery of other tests to the tune of $3,000+...just for a diagnosis. Is this a reasonable recommendation?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It depends on the type of swelling; if the swelling felt like an allergic reaction then it would be unnecessary but if the swelling felt like it was due to a mass or tumour, then other diagnostic tests may be required. I wouldn’t see the value in an x-ray if a CT scan was being done, but if it feels like there is a mass or tumour in the area then a CT scan may be justified. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Olaf
Maine Coon
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy

I noticed today that my cat has dark brown drainage coming from his ear and it was pretty dirty inside. Also that he has been super lethargic all day, barely moving. I cleaned his ears but they just got first again within an hour. Just now I realized one side of his face is swollen. His lip in particularly- it is so fat I can barely move it to see his teeth. I am not sure if the ear problem and the lip swelling are connected, but either way, he feels hot and is just laying in the same spot so I am worried it may be something more serious than what I am seeing. Any advice or possible diagnosis for what is going on with him? Is this something I can treat at home?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should take Olaf into your Veterinarian as the issue may be due to infection, inflammation, allergies, trauma among other causes; if you have used an ear cleaning solution it is possible that Olaf had a reaction to it. Without examining Olaf I cannot say what the cause and since his face and lips are swollen it may cause a problem with him eating and drinking so this should be seen to as soon as possible. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mimi
short hair
5 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Ear mites
Swelling

My cat has a swollen face on one side along with a strange smell in her ear, possibly ear mites. Shes very tired and seems sick. Will this go down after ear drops?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Generally mites do not smell, ear infections do; it would be best to get an over the counter ear cleaner and give the ears a good cleaning followed by some antibiotic drops. Ideally you should get your Veterinarian’s opinion to check and confirm the cause and to get some prescription strength medication. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tris
Absynnian/Snowshoe Mix
1 1/2 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Nose seems swollen
Right eye swollen shut
Right side facial swelling

Hi, my family has a really sweet cat Named Tris. She is not the type to get into fights with other cats in our neighborhood. Recently there has been this black and white cat that has been trying to get into cat fights with her. The other day we noticed that they had a fight at the end of our driveway, there was white clumps of fur (which Tris is white and gray) scattered around, but when we checked her, there was no fur ripped off of her so we thought she was ok. A few days later we started to notice that her nose seemed to be swelling and it quickly spread across the right cheek to the rest of the right side of her face. Again we checked her, we couldn’t find any lacerations on her face, but we could tell there was some tenderness. The swelling doesn’t feel like pus either, it’s hard, like normal swelling. What is wrong with her? Can we treat it at home?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Any sudden swelling which appears a day or so after a fight with another cat should be suspected as being infected, even if you cannot find a break in the skin. I would recommend that you visit your Veterinarian as it would be best for Tris to get some systemic antibiotics and possibly an anti inflammatory to help with swelling and pain so she can eat more comfortably. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Zoe
Short hair domestic
11 Years
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

Medication Used

Felimazole

My cats side of her face is swollen- I just noticed it yesterday - she seems to be licking her lips more often than normal - but it doesn’t seem to hurt her to the touch and she is eating and drinking normally

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various issues which may be causing swelling of one side of the face which may include swollen salivary glands, insect bites, infections, ear infections among other issues. If Zoe is otherwise alright and is eating and drinking normally I would recommend keeping a close eye on things; if the swelling doesn’t improve over the next few days you should visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ivory
Cat
5 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My kitten is about 5-6 months old. We had her spayed about 2 weeks ago and about 3 days after she started coughing and just hasn't been herself. Her cough is now gone and seemed like she was on the mend. Her furr seems oily since she was spayed as well. But I just noticed her face is swollen, she's drooling and her breath stinks. And her eyes are watery. She doesn't want to be touched. Please help. Thank you! 😩

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A little bit of a cough after spaying is normal as intubation irritates the larynx and can cause a cough for a few days; if you are noticing oily fur it may be due to seborrhoea or another cause which can be managed with medicated shampoos. The facial swelling may be due to dental issues especially if there is bad breath and drooling; I would suggest getting Ivory back to your Veterinarian to check her over and to see if there is any connection between the dots. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Pugsley
Brown tabby
2 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

fever?
swollen cheek
Watery eyes

Pugsley is an inside cat, but he does go outside to play fairly frequently for an hour or two at a time. This morning when he came back inside I noticed the right side of his face is pretty swollen, just his cheek though his eye and neck seem to be okay. He does like to bully some of the local outside cats if they come too close, and I did notice a few scabs on top of his head where it looks like he got scratched, so at first I assumed it was just from him getting into a fight and the swelling would probably go down... but then I noticed as he was sleeping that his ears were quite hot, which led me to think infected cut or even an abscessed tooth. Unfortunately he wont let me get close enough to his teeth to really check them thoroughly, and I can't find any scratches on his face either. He seems to be eating and drinking with no problem, and doesn't seem to be in pain even when I gently press around the swollen area. I can't really afford a visit to the vet right now, but if it's necessary I'll figure out a way. What do you think? Is it safe enough to wait a few days to see if the swelling goes down, or should I take him in immediately?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible that Pugsley has sustained some battle wounds which may indeed become infected especially if he was scratched by a stray cat; any wounds should be kept clean but ideally you should visit your Veterinarian regardless of cost to check him over as some infections may cost more in the long term if left without treatment. Also, since you are unable to check him for dental or other issues we cannot rule them in or out. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I kept him inside all night and did indeed find the scratch on his face that caused the swelling, I cleaned it out as much as he would allow me to and today when we woke up I noticed the swelling had gone down considerably. I'm still going to take him in today to get checked out but I take that as a good sign, he also seems more like himself today as well. Thank you so much for your advice!

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Daisy Duke
Cat
5 Months
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Medication Used

none

5 month female kitten attacked by unknown animal early morning. No visible wounds but left side of jaw/cheek a little swollen, left ear cocked to the side. If she was a human it would resemble a stroke victim. She was skiddish the first day but she's purring, loving and not acting like she's hurt or not feeling good.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Daisy Duke may have some inflammation to the facial nerve which should improve when the swelling goes down; even if you cannot see any wounds it would be best to bathe the cheek with a dilute antiseptic. Keep an eye on her, but if the swelling doesn’t go down you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Milo
Brown tabby
11 years to 12 years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Large swelling on left cheek

My cat is 11 to 12 years old he has a hard facial swell on the left cheek, I am rather worried and would like some reconmendations or explanations on what to do for him.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes for facial swelling but the most common cause in cats which roam outdoors is from infection secondary to be scratched in a fight; you should check for a wound and visit your Veterinarian for an examination and to get some antibiotics if needed. Other causes may include insect bites, allergies, salivary gland disorders among other causes. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bear
dsh
6 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Hard swollen cheek
Hard swollen cheek; heat in cheek;b
Hard swollen cheek; heat in cheek

My cat goes outside at night. He just healed an ear wound, he gets in trouble out there. He came in 6 days ago with the right cheek swollen, but not warm. A couple days later it went down. Three days later it is swollen, hard and warm. He’s eating and drinking. No visible scratches or bites.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Just because there are no scratches doesn’t mean that the cause isn’t traumatic from scratches, insect bite or an oral foreign body; if the cheek is warm and swollen I would advise you visit your Veterinarian as Bear may require a course of antibiotics or be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Eren
Bombay
2 Years
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

trouble eating
Fever
Pain
Infection
Swelling

Medication Used

antibiotic shot

I took my cat to the vet yesterday. He had been coughing and his breathing was a bit raspy. He was acting like he didn't feel well and just wasn't being himself. The vet said that he had a puncture wound in his mouth, which isn't surprising. Eren likes to chew on everything. While I'm glad it wasn't anything serious I am not sure how to help him. They gave him an antibiotic shot, which they said would help within a few days. But for now he really doesn't want to eat. He will start to, and after a lick or two will stop. He normally only eats dry food. I offered him some wet food, figuring it would be easier with the swelling and pain but he still doesn't seem to want it. Is there anything you would recommend that might be easier for him to eat or any way to make him more comfortable until the swelling and pain are under control?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If a cat doesn’t eat for a day or two, it wouldn’t cause much of a problem; this issue here is if he isn’t drinking, as long as he is drinking he should be fine. Monitor him daily for improvement and you should see he eating more within three days or so. If he still doesn’t want to eat, you should return to your Veterinarian to make sure that the wound is healing like it should do. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Gismo
American Shorthair
6 Months
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

We adopted a kitten about 4 months ago, the vets believed he have FHV-1. Recently he’s been swelling in his face (lower lip, upper lip, cheek) and he is ripping out his fur. Im not sure if he’s having an allergic reaction, or what to do.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few causes for this behaviour which may include infections, allergies, foreign objects, chemical irritants, dental disorders among other causes; if Gismo is self mutilating then putting a cone on her may be a good start, also bathing the area around the mouth could be useful too. Try to give 5mg of cetirizine once per day to see if there is any improvement but you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Thor
long hair
2 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Facial swelling
Skin/fur coming off
Open area below the eye

What can do for him?? He has swelling under the eye the fur/skin is coming off so he has an open wound we can't afford a vet visit until next pay day. Anything we can do before hand? He doesn't seem to be in any pain.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Whilst my immediate advice is visit a Veterinarian regardless, I understand that money may be tight but there are many charity clinics and nonprofits which may be able to help; until you are able to visit your Veterinarian you should ensure that the open wound is kept clean and free of debris, you should also clip any remaining hair from around the wound to prevent it getting matted. If the wound isn’t too large or deep, you can try to apply an antibiotic ointment (like Neosporin) to the wound to create a barrier to prevent any further infection. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Snowball
Himalayan
2 Years
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Sneezing, Coughing

Medication Used

Erythromycin
Convenia

My cat Snowball started sneezing (clear spray) and coughing. Brought him to the Vet, she noticed a slight and intermittent squint in left eye. Stain test was negative. Erythromycin ointment was Rx'ed twice a day for a week for treatment of possible conjunctivitis. Eye has gotten worse and is mostly red and swollen shut when I return from work and upon waking in the AM (pre-ointment application). It's been 8 days and it's worse not better. I subcutaneous administration of Convenia .45mls was given 8 days ago as well. Do cats ever show allergic reaction to Convenia that manifests itself in one single red, puffy, swollen eye tissue cells surrounding the eye with redness spreading slightly into surrounding scalp? Wish I could upload or email a photo. ~ Jonathan Snowball's Owner

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The symptoms you are describing may be caused by infection, allergy (usually both eyes are affected) or irritation from a chemical. If there has been no response to treatment, I would be more inclined to think that the cause may be due to contact with some irritant; try to clean the eye by dribbling lukewarm water over the eye and revisit your Veterinarian (or another) for another examination. A picture usually tells a thousand words, but in some cases the angle, lighting and resolution of the camera can tell different stories. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Po
white
10-11 weeks
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

My 10-11 week old kitten has a swollen bottom lip. I found a flea on him the other day so I gave him a flea treatment for cats under 5lbs. He was supposed to be 12 weeks before treatment but I wasn't looking for an infestation of fleas at this time. I'm very worried the swollen lip is a result of the treatment and now I'm a bad cat mom. Is this the cause? Is the best treatment to wait it out? Please help!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A swollen lip shouldn’t be caused by application of a flea spot on medication; however trauma, biting, plastic food bowl among other causes may. Check the food bowl if it is plastic as small scratches may irritate the lips and chin leading to swelling; check the bowl and replace as necessary. I would keep an eye on the lip, but if it doesn’t go down or you notice it increasing in size visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kseniya
Tabby Cat
4 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

cat came home after two days of being missing, all filthy in mud and with a swollen jaw. doesent eat or drink or try to clean her self. She has been desexed about two years ago and doesent seem to like to eat any wet food. mainly eats birds and dry cat food and lots of water.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes for swelling around the jaw which may be attributable to trauma, bites, infection, salivary gland disorders among other causes; keep Kseniya indoors and get her cleaned up, make sure she is drinking and take her to her Veterinarian for an examination as there are a few possible causes all with different treatments. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Deja Vu
TORTOISE shell
10
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Deja VU had oral surgery about 2 weeks ago. She had 7 teeth extracted and the bone beneath then due to infection. No cancer was evident in her blood tests or in the tissue or bone. Her eye was tearing before the surgery, and is now back to normal, and most of the swelling had gone down about a week after the surgery. I took her back to the vet and he said she was in great shape. I had been giving her oral antibiotics after the surgery. HEr behavior improved tremendously and she started playing and running around again. She still is, but the swelling is still there. Not as bad as before the surgery, but how long will it last? Is there something else wrong? She has a great appetite and acts like a kitten now. She is 10 years old. Thank you for your help. I take her back to the vet in a couple of weeks.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Removal of teeth and a section of the jaw bone is a traumatic surgery and swelling for sometime afterwards is to be expected, as long as Deja Vu is eating and drinking normally I wouldn’t be too concerned and just monitor her recovery day by day. If you notice any loss of appetite, discharge, bad smell or anything else concerning return to your Veterinarian earlier. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Marshall
dsh
12 Weeks
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Scab
Small swelling
Acting normal

Hello!

My kitten has some small swelling on his face. It seems to be a small scab, but the area is a little larger than normal.

I am unsure if he was scratched while playing with his sister, or if he is having an allergic reaction to the vaccines he got yesterday at his vet visit.

Is this something I should take him in right away, or wait and see how it progresses, and mention it at his next appointment in 2-3 weeks?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. It would be unusual for his face to swell the day after vaccines, but not impossible. If he was scratched by his sister, he may be forming an abscess. It would be best to take him in as soon as possible to have the area assessed and make sure that he doesn't need further treatment. If he is having any problems breathing or his gums seem blue or gray, he should be seen as an emergency. I hope that all goes well with him!

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Keanu
N/a
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling and drainage

My indoor/ outdoor cat half of his face well upper lip up to his eye is swollen and there’s some drainage coming from his eye it doesn’t seem to hurt him though

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible that Keanu got into a fight or something which could have resulted in a scratch which got infected, you should speak with your Veterinarian about the swelling since if there is something draining from the eye it may be infected and would require antibiotics. The swelling may be painful, but Keanu may just be stoic. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Turbo
Calico
5 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling in face
Itching

My cats face will randomly swell. It starts on one side of his face and kinda makes its way around. It last about a week, he shows no sign of discomfort, eats and drinks great. Ears are clean, he does itch around his face, no fleas, only thing I can think of is a food allergy but he is so picky with what he eats

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Food allergies or insect bites are the most likely candidate for the cause of the swelling, you should make a note of what Turbo eats so that you can try to correlate certain food stuffs with episodes of swelling to help narrow down a cause; cetirizine at 5mg per day may help in some cases but you would need to determine the underlying cause, allergy testing with your Veterinarian may be useful. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kitty Pow
Orange tabby
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling

Hi! My kitten is 1 year old and he’s an indoor cat. We have another older cat (7 years, also indoor) and they play together a lot. I noticed that my kitten has recently developed swelling on his right cheek. He seems normal behavior-wise (appetite, activity, etc). There is also a little patch of skin on his cheek that seems to be missing fur. It’s very small and hard to spot at first, but the skin underneath seems to be normal. He doesn’t seem to be in any pain unless you press down on the swelling. He also resists anyone trying to open his mouth.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible that Kitty Pow has some inflammation or a small abscess from roughhousing with your older cat; without examining Kitty Pow I cannot say whether or not this is something to be concerned about. You should visit your Veterinarian to examine the face since it seems it is painful when you try to open Kitty Pow’s mouth. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Milo
Siamese
2 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling

Medication Used

benadryl

My cats face is a little bit swollen on the right side, he doesn’t seem to be in pain and he’s doesn’t have any other symptoms could this be from the new collar I got him? It is a normal collar but The swelling happened several hours after putting it on.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible that Milo is having a reaction to the new collar either from rubbing, allergy to material or dyes of the material; you should remove the collar and bathe his neck with a mild soap. You can also give Milo 5mg of cetirizine if you have it in case of allergy. Keep an eye on things over the weekend but if the swelling continues or you see no improvement you should visit your Veterinarian especially if breathing is affected. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Chicken
short hair
5 Weeks
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen Jaw

My five week old kitten got attacked by my tiny dog.
He appears to have little blood in mouth, shaking cold. And swollen lower jaw bone. And he just being lethargic

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Given Chicken’s young age, you should visit your Veterinarian to have the jaw examined to determine if there is any serious injury which will cause issues during growth; in the meantime you should ensure that any wound is cleaned with a dilute antiseptic. Cats are prone to developing abscesses after this type of trauma so a visit to your Veterinarian would be best. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Saff
Black
12 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

My cat has developed a large hard lump on the left side of her face. It seemed to come on quickly. She has not responded to antibiotics and it is affecting the inside of her mouth and she is very subdued. The needle results show it is not an abscess but are inconclusive on whether it is a tumour. The vet was able to drain some fluid off initially but still thinks it may be a tumour which was surrounded by some inflammation. Do you have any ideas on what it might be?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I'm sorry that Saff is having these problems. Without seeing her, or the lump, I have a hard time commenting on what it might be, but if your veterinarian hasn't taken an x-ray, that might help pinpoint the cause. Another option would be a biosy under anesthesia, as that will allow for pathology and give a diagnosis as to what the lump is, if it is treatable, and how to treat it if so. I hope that she does well.

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Pudding
American Shorthair
5 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Eye Itching

I noticed my cats left eye is swollen shut and her cheek is swollen. What may be the cause what should I do before I get to a vet. We experienced a snow storm and I cannot go to an emergency vet at this time.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Most of the time cats suffer from facial swelling from either a scratch from fighting or trauma which may become infected and require antibiotics; other causes may be due to allergies, dental disorders among other causes. You should ensure that Pudding is well hydrated and is getting some food (water is more important than food), but you should look for any dental issues for signs of trauma which may explain the swelling; if you see any scratches or wounds bathe them with a dilute antiseptic and apply an antibiotic ointment as well. Visit your Veterinarian or an Emergency Veterinarian when it is safe for you to do so. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Teddy
dsh
5 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

just swelling of face and top of he

I recently got a kitten, 5 months old who is allergic to shots. He also had swelling of the face and head a good whole after the shots. He's inside only. Could this be due to the shots still? Has happened since. Food?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible that Teddy is allergic to vaccinations, food or environmental allergens; it is difficult to say. If his head or anywhere else is still swollen you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination and possibly allergy testing to help determine a specific allergen which may be affecting him as this would be quicker than diet elimination trials. Also, laundry detergents and other cleaning products can cause reactions too. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ninja
Tuxedo
9 Years
Moderate condition
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Has Symptoms

Drooling
Irritation

my cat has swelling on the side of his lip. it is turning a yellowish color and he licks his paw and wipes/rubs the side of his lip with it. if i try touching it, he meows, as there is irritation. he does have bad breathe (well, worse than usual) and there is drool on the side of his lip. what am i supposed to do? i cant afford to take him to a vet.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thannk you for your email. Ninja may have a bacterial infection, or a reaction to a bug bite, or an eosinopilic granuloma, and may need medications to help resolve that spot on his lip, as is sounds like it is painful and irritating to him. He should see a veterinarian to examine him and help resolve the lesion. Many veterinary clinics offer 'free first visit' promotions so that you can have him seen. I hope that everything goes well for him.

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Ollie
Calico Cat
2 Years
Moderate condition
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My cat’s right side of his nose is swollen and a little puffy around the bottom of the right eye. He seems to continue to do day to day activities, such as chasing toys, plenty of rest and eating well. His eyes watered at the early stage but shows no symptoms of that currently. He has had this well over a month now. He tends to stay in the house (house cat) but allow him to go on the balcony. He is currently 2 years old.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Ollie I cannot say what the specific underlying cause of the swelling is; this may be caused by allergies, contact irritation, dental disorders, infections, parasites, tumours among other causes. You should have his checked over by your Veterinarian to be on the safe side and to determine the specific cause so that treatment can be given. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Amelia
Maine Coon
5 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling

Medication Used

Saline nose drops

Hi,
We adopted my cat Amelia a while back and she is a sweet cat with one eye. Her scar was fully healed when we got her but since fall has turned to winter we have noticed swelling of the scar. We’ve gone to a vet and they gave us antibiotics just in case it was infected (she had no fever) and saline nose drops. We were also told that we should boast up the humidity to clear her nose so that any liquid would drain. We’ve done it all and some days are better than others in terms of swelling. Other than that she eats well and is extremely active, plus she lets us touch her scar so it doesn’t seem to be in pain. Is there anything else we can do.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email I'm not sure what caused the swelling, and without seeing her I have a hard time commenting on what treatments might help, unfortunately. If the swelling is continuing, it would be best to have a follow up with your veterinarian - they may need to take x-rays or do an ultrasound of the area around that scar to see what is causing the problem. They'll be able to direct you better to possible treatments, as they have seen her and know what is happening with her specific situation.

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Meme
Mixed breed
9 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen nose bridge
Facial swelling
Swollen eyes

My cats face began to swell around the left eye and bridge of the nose this morning. I came home later to find the swelling had gone down just a little. I come back from shopping and her face on the opposite side is beginning to swell as well.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes of facial swelling in cats which may include allergies, dental issues, abscesses, other infections, trauma among other causes; it would be worth giving 5mg of cetirizine to see if it helps with the swelling. If the swelling doesn’t go down, gets worse, is causing difficulty with breathing or is painful you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kiki
domestic medium hair
2 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Facial swelling

Medication Used

Amoxicillin

So my cat is very sick. He has liver inflammation and is on antibiotics. I noticed before we took him for his blood chemistry test on Friday, that one cheek swelled one night and went away, and the next day the other cheek swelled. Now, in the last 2 hrs... it looks like he has swelling on his nose.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The cause of the swelling may be due to a few different causes, but without examining Kiki I cannot give you any specific information; you should try to note where she goes and what she brushes up against incase the cause is due to a contact allergen, but I cannot think of anything else apart from a mild allergy to the antibiotics but swelling doesn’t usually disappear that fast. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Puppy
Short hair domestic
13 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy

3 weeks ago my cats left side of face was swollen, eye was completely closed. Went to vet treated as an abscess with antibiotics which swelling went away. Now a week ago she had swelling in left front leg and wasn’t using at all. Gave her pain meds. Became very lethargic and not responsive took her back to the vet she now had a 103 fever so they gave her an injection of antibiotics and took blood work which indicated white blood cells are high? So any idea of what might be causing all this symptoms?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I'm sorry that Puppy is having these problems. Without examining her or knowing more details about what is going on with her, I'm afraid that I can't comment on what might be causing her signs. She is an older cat, and they care prone to dental disease, infections, and tumors, among other things. Her elevated WBC count would indicate that she is fighting an infection or inflammation, although other things can cause that elevation. She may need further diagnostics like an x-ray or ultrasound to find out what is going on, and she may need more intensive care to help her get over it. Since your veterinarian has seen her and knows more what is going on with her, it would be best to contact them, let them know that you are concerned and need more information on what might be happening and any further possible testing or treatment that might be available to help figure out the cause of her illness. I hope that she is okay.

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Cee Cee
Mix
11 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Inflamed

My 11-year old female cat came in this morning with her face and lower jaw swollen. The skin under her mouth is very pink. She did eat some wet food, has not drank any water. We tried to open her mouth to look inside, were unable.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes for facial swelling which may include allergies, scratches, trauma, dental issues among other causes; you should try to clean around the area with a dilute antiseptic and see how CeeCee goes. A visit to your Veterinarian would be best to examine the mouth and to determine a cause so that treatment may be given. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

We took her to the vet; she made a tiny lance under her chin and said some blood and clear liquid came out, but no pus. She administered a long-term antibiotic. This evening Cee Cee's chin seems to be quite inflamed in a smaller area, possibly showing signs of an infection there. She eats both dry and wet food, but is beginning to show signs of being unable to groom herself normally.

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Tom
Tom cat
12 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling

Hello a random swelling in my cats face has started this morning. I let my cat out at around 9am and he came back in at around 11am. I have only jist notice the swelling now however it wasnt there last night. He isnt eating and does not look himself

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. It is possible that Tom sustained an injury, or got in a fight and is building an asbcess. It would be best to have him seen by a veterinarian as soon as possible, as they can look at him, determine what might be going on, and get him treatment, since he does not seem to feel well. I hope that all goes well for him.

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Ms.Kitty
mixed
15 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Decreased Appetite
swollen face

I have an elderly cat. For 3 days the left side of her face has been swollen. Her left eye also won’t open and it keeps watering. Her breathing also sounds labored, like she’s only breathing from 1 nostril. She had sneezing fits the week before and her nose looks snotty. And she won’t eat. She will drink though . I think it hurts her when I touch her face cause she keeps pulling away from me. She will eat soft treats if I crush them into pieces. She’s an indoor cat and I can’t think of any kind of injury that could’ve happened. What can I do for her?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Ms Kitty is having difficulty breathing, this would be something which you would need to discuss with your Veterinarian as this may become more serious as time goes by; also we need to be careful because of her age, we don’t want her stressed if she is having breathing difficulties. You should visit your Veterinarian to be on the safe side since allergies, infections among other causes may be causing this level of swelling. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Watson
Maine Coon
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Facial swelling
Wobbly

My cats face/head are swelling. Over the last 2 days ive noticed the top of my cats head down the bridge of his nose has swlloen dramatically. The bridge of hisnose is about a 1/4 in wider all the way from his forehead to the tip of his nose.he has become a tad wobbly/whoozy looking. Appetite is fine.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes for facial swelling including allergies, trauma, inflammation, tumours etc… If the swelling isn’t going down, you can try to give cetirizine at 5mg per day to see if there is any improvement in the severity of swelling. If there is no improvement or breathing becomes compromised you should visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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O.J.
tabby
5 Weeks
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Eyes Almost Swollen Shut
Constant crying
Swollen Abdomen
Large Bump on Forehead
Severe Lethargy
Loss of Balance
Drooling

Medication Used

none

My mama cat had her litter of 3 kittens 5 weeks ago. Mom and the babies were doing great until yesterday when the mom's behavior suddenly changed and she became very hostile towards the little boy and refused to let him nurse or sleep near her but she allowed the 2 female kittens to nurse and cuddle and play with her. This lasted almost the entire day but by the time I went to bed she had completely changed again and she was treating him the same as the other two.

When we got up this morning he we noticed that he was very lethargic, drooling, lost all balance and he has a huge bump on his forehead that has his eyes almost completely swollen shut. He's also constantly letting out little cries even when there's nothing around that should be bothering him. There's no way that he could have fallen from a big height so I don't think that it was caused by some kind of traumatic injury.

What are possible causes for his symptoms and besides going to the vet is there anything that I can do at home to help him? We live in a very rural area and I have no way to get to the vet until Wednesday when my husband gets home. Please help my kids will be devastated if something happens to O.J.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining OJ I cannot say what the specific cause of the symptoms are and he is too young for me to recommend any over the counter products to give him; you should make sure that he is clean and that there are no signs of insect bites or anything else around his face. If you haven’t already, you should make sure that OJ, mother and sisters are wormed; apart from that all I can recommend is to keep him comfortable and ensure that he is nourished. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Smokey
Siamese cross
10 Years
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Wants more attention
Acting hyper
Unusually active

Half face is swollen, it’s hard and smooth. On top of cheeks and in hollows of cheeks from quick inspection. No known allergies but history of dental problems and has had multiple teeth removed. We live in the outer suburbs so plenty of bush which is great for a variety of insects. Cat has brought snakes in before.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Given the number of possible causes for Smokey's face to be swollen, it would be best to have Smokey examined by a veterinarian as soon as possible. They'll be able to look at Smokey and determine if it is an insect bite, an abscess, a dental problem, or a wound or trauma of another type, and recommend any treatment that might be necessary. I hope that all goes well.

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Pandora
Calico
5 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

eating normal
No pain when area is touched
Dark waxy ears
Crusty residue in eye near swollen cheek

I have a five year old female cat that has swelling on the left side of her face (cheek). She looks like a chipmunk with its pouch packed with food. First time it happened I took her to the vet, got the abscess drained and did a round of antibiotics. Second time same thing. Third time x-rays, removal of two teeth and a dental cleaning. Fourth time drained again. No antibiotics given but an option for exploratory surgery to find out what is wrong. This morning her cheek is swollen again. I can't afford the money for exploratory surgery right now. Could it be something else other than an abscess? Should I take her to a different vet for a second opinion?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Pandora I cannot say what the specific cause of the swelling is, but if an abscess was drained this would be the cause again; in this case it may be that the area be explored any any cavity removed, debrided and closed. Other causes of swelling may be due to allergic reaction, salivary gland issues among other causes but most likely it is a recurrence of the same issue. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My cat snuck out came home hair removeved over her eye and it was a bald apot now it has a small hole and puss is coming outhoke is getting smaller but her face on that side is hard.I dont have money at all for a vet.

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Jade
Siamese
Sixteen Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Sneeze

My 16 y.o. Siamese developed a watery eye, the vet checked it and aspirated some fluid which indicated infection. A couple of days later she developed a hard swollen area on her forehead and slight swelling across the bridge of her nose, her eye was completely swollen shut. X-ray showed soft tissue swelling with questionable bone degeneration. Swelling improved slightly after antibiotics. Vet says could be cancer. Would a tumor develop that quickly? She also has some sneezing, snuffling, and nasal discharge. Still alert and eating. She is a CKD kitty receiving daily SQ fluids and is also FeLV positive.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Whilst a tumour is unlikely to grow that fast, it is not unusual for swelling caused by inflammation to to cause a sudden lump. In order to make a diagnosis, a biopsy would be needed to be sent for histopathology. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Apollo
Unknown
7 Months
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

sleepy, confused, loss of appetite,

Medication Used

none

what and how much of medicine do i give my 7 month old cat? this is day too and his face and right eye are swelling up, hes been very sleepy more then usual. he hasnt really eaten like he always done and hes been drinking only a little water. also he has been very clingy which isnt normal either.. please help we cant afford a vet right now and hes our baby!!!!! i think he might have gotten stung or bitten by something in our garage

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without examining Apollo or knowing what is causing his problems, it would be irresponsible of me to suggest any treatment. He needs to see a veterinarian. Many clinics offer a 'free first exam', so that he can be seen and determine what might actually be going on with him. The cost of any medications to help him should be quite minimal.

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Dagmar
tabby
6 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling to the neck

Hello my cat has some swelling on wet left side of her neck, closer to to top of the neck right behind where here jaw ends and neck begins.it appeared during the course of the day today after 6am I got home at 3pm and noticed it then. She let's me touch it doesn't seem to bother or effect her much. The swelling is quite large and doesn't feel as though it harder tip to it like an insect bite might and she isn't scratching at it. Any ideas as to what the cause may be. I am especially concerned given how rapidly the spot swole.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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The spot that you are describing could be an abscess, a reaction to an insect bite, or a bacterial infection, among other things. Without seeing Dagmar, I can't say what it might be. It would be best to have her examined by a veteirnarian, as they will be able to look at the lesion, determine what might be going on, and give her any necessary treatment that she may need.

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Willow
Housecat
12 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Nose
Swellinng

My cats nose has swollen. The swelling on one side and moved to the other and then up over a
Couple of months. No discharge or pain just swelling. No change in behavior either. I noticed the start a few weeks after she was scratched by another cat.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Infections and abscesses may form after a scratch from another cat, without examining Willow I cannot say what the specific cause of the swelling or if it is related to the cat scratch. You should visit your Veterinarian with this being a long term problem to determine whether a course of antibiotics is required or another treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Dalmatian
domestic short hair
16 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling

I have been out of town for 4 days and upon arriving home noticed that my indoor cat has a swollen, hard jaw on the lower left jaw. He is not in any pain and I am able to massage it and open his mouth to look at his teeth. I don't see anything visible and he is eating and drinking. Should I take him to the vet tomorrow or wait and see if this goes away in the next couple of days?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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At 16 years old, it is best not to ignore anything like this. It would be best to take him to see your veterinarian in the morning, as this mass could be any number of things. Your veterinarian will be able to examine him, make sure that he is okay, and offer any recommendations on the mass that may be necessary.

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Tom
10 Years
Fair condition
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Has Symptoms

Face swelling

Hello I recently noticed swelling on the side of my adult cats face whenever I touch he seems to be in pain. I also have another cat and they sometimes fight a little I was told to give him Benedryl would that harm him?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Cetirizine at 5mg per day (not per lb) is better for cats than Benadryl; swelling may be caused by allergies but if Tom fights a lot with other cats the swelling may be due to an infection from a scratch or a bite. If there is no improvement with cetirizine, you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Cici
dsh
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Has Symptoms

Eye Swelling
Swollen throat/jaw

I rescued a stray cat about 9 months old 5 months ago. Recently I helped a friend with a place to stay who swore all 6 of her cats were healthy, and promised to keep them in her room. I had a total of 10 rescues I take care of. I came home from work and all her cats were running around, stressing my babies out, half of hers being sick with what appeared to be a URI. Needless to say half my cats got sick, confirmed URI. I also took in her sickest kitty who now is healthy again. But randomly the one rescue has come down with what I thought was a URI. Sneezing, slight eye infection, cough. Overnight, within 5 hours, going around giving everyone their antibiotics, I noticed her eye slightly swelled, but her throat was completely swollen (below jaw). She seems to be eating fine, still energetic, no strange bowel movements, or signs of urinary issues. I'm slightly scared to look in her mouth, I don't want to hurt her, and my vet is out of town till Monday. I was given extra antibiotics in case the URI spread to more cats, but sick ones were quarantined when symptoms were noticed. Will giving her antibiotics help if there's an abscess or swollen lymph nodes? I usually have everything on hand since I care for so many cats, but have never had an issue with swelling in the 25+ years caring for cats. I was given a broad spectrum antibiotic that helps everything from viral infections to abscesses. Was told by the other vet in town if I was unsure, to administer 0.05ml/pound to see if it helps. That I should see results in 2-3 days.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Legally I cannot tell you to give the antibiotic since I am not the prescribing Veterinarian and I haven’t examined Cici, but generally antibiotics can be beneficial with abscesses and other infections but without knowing the antibiotic I cannot say if it is the most suitable one or if the dosage is correct. If Cici is swollen, but there are no signs of breathing difficulty or distress you should keep a close eye on her and visit the other Veterinarian if she starts to have difficulty breathing or is showing any other worrying symptoms. Antibiotics do not treat viral infections, but may control any secondary bacterial infections which may come. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Nellie
Medium hair domestic
11 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Left side of face swollen
Left eye swollen

My 11wk old kitten had her second round of shots a day and a half ago and now her left eye and face are swollen could they be related? If not What might be causing it?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Some swelling may occur after vaccination, but other causes may include allergies to other causes, scratching among other causes; keep an eye on Nellie for the time being but visit your Veterinarian if there is no improvement by the morning. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you very much i do see a slight improvement but my children and I are still very worried should i just take her!

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Teddie
Tabbie
7 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Facial swelling

Hello I have a tabby shorthair cat and she always has facial swelling sometimes her lip swells but this has been happening for about 6 years. I'm not sure what it is but she doesn't seem to be in pain or discomfort and she's a very playful cat so I'm just confused as to what it could be. If she's not acting sick and she's eating very well and drinking very well maintaining a healthy weight and it's always playful and she 7 years old should I be concerned?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The face or lips may swell for a variety of reasons, since the swelling occurs occasionally it may be due to a contact allergy to something which Teddie has occasional contact with; another cause may be due to trauma, infections, dental disorders among other causes. Without examining Teddie I cannot say for sure, but if the swelling goes down with 5mg of cetirizine it may indicate an allergy; you should visit your Veterinarian when the swelling is present for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Morse
Siberian
19 Years
Fair condition
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How do I make the swelling on my cats face go away? Also is there any safe way to cure it, I really love him so if you can respond to this post. The cats face is swollen causing eyes to close or get smaller. The top of his head is also a little bit bigger than it should be. Please send feedback.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It depends on the cause of the swelling: if the swelling is caused by an allergic reaction, cetirizine at 5mg per day may help; however other causes like infections, trauma, cancer and other causes would require different treatments and a visit to your Veterinarian. Given Morse’s age, you should visit your Veterinarian regardless for an examination and a blood test to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bing
Unknown
8 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling

Hello, I have a male cat, his right side of the face is swollen to the point where his eye is almost closed up because of it. I'm in hardship right now and I don't have any money to take him to an emergency vet clinic. Is there anything i can do or look out for? And also, is this very serious?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It may be serious for Bing, as if it is an abscess, they can become septic. There is not anything to be done at home, unfortunately, without knowing the cause of the problem. Many veterinarians offer a free first exam that you could use to have him seen, and to get a better idea as to what might be going on with him, and what treatments might be necessary. I hope that he is okay.

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Bunny
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Facial swelling

I was gone on vacation and my best friend was house sitting at one point my cat got into the garage and wouldn't come out till I got home and now her cheek under her eye is swollen and I am worried, I dont have the money for a vet appointment but I wanna know she is okay. It doesn't seem to bother her but I am a little worried about how close to her eye it is.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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That does not sound normal, I agree, and without knowing what happened, or being able to examine her, I cannot comment on what might be going on, or if she will be okay. Many veterinary clinics offer a free first exam, and you would be able to have her seen, and find out what might be happening. I hope that she is okay.

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Kozmo
Tuxedo
18 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling

my cat is 18 yrs the last month or so she had some leaking of her left eye then last week started seeing some swelling in the cheek it has gotten worse her skin is peeling when you write i dont know what to do PLEASE HELP

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It sounds like Kozmo may have a severe infection, given the severity and her age you should visit a Veterinarian for an examination and treatment; without examining Kozmo I cannot say specifically if there is an infection or not and I cannot prescribe treatment. With cases like this in older cats you don’t want to be waiting before visiting a Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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No name
I don't know
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

A lot of purring, face swelling

A cat lives on my staircase most of the time. Until last night he/she was okay but suddenly since today morning, he/she has a weird swelling on the right side of her face. Also she isn't eating or drinking anything. Doesn't behave like this usually.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Your cat may have an abscess, or another type of infection, or a parasite that needs to be treated. Without seeing her, there is not a lot that I can do over email, and it would be best to have her examined by a veterinarian if she isn't eating or drinking. I hope that she is okay.

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Toby
Outdoor Tabby
5 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Lump
Swelling
Eye Discharge
Weakness
dilated pupils
Lathargic

My cat was perfectly fine one second then his face began to swell up mainly on his cheek bone. The swelling went down for about a day but now he has a ping-pong ball sized semi hard lump on the side of his. He also has a redish orange discharge coming from his left eye. I can't see any bites. His pupils are extremely dilated and he's alittle unsteady on his feet. He has been eating and drinking.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Toby goes outside, any number of things may have happened, and he may have an abscess, or a trauma, and should be seen by a veterinarian. The signs that you describe could be caused by quite a few things, and a veterinarian will be able to examine him, determine what might be going on, and recommend any treatment that he might need.

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Boots
tabby
16 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen face, dilated eye, big lump

I have a 16 year old male cat. He is an indoor/outdoor cat. He was my friends gramas cat but she passed away and my friend couldn't keep him, so I have him. He came in from outside a I noticed the left side of his face is swollen, his eye is dilated and smaller than his right eye, there is a large, hard lump next to his left eye. He doesn't seem to be in too much pain. He let me touch it. I don't know what it is or what to do.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It sounds like a traumatic injury from your description, but without examining him I cannot say for certain. You should take Boots to a Veterinarian to be checked since head trauma is a possibility, we need to check for brain injury. Your Veterinarian will give something for Boots to be more comfortable and to address any other possible issues (brain swelling etc...). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kozmo
tabby
19 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling

I posted couple days ago about my cat Kozmo she had peeling skin and it stunk turns out it was cancer knowing her age she would not survive the treatment we had to put her down it was so hard

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I am terribly sorry for your loss of Kozmo, that is very sad. It is never easy to sad goodbye to a friend, but knowing that she is no longer suffering may help ease your sadness.

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Mosha
galactical
11 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

sneezying

My female inside cat was outside for some hours. She came back and her left side is inflamed and her right eye is getting smaller. She has been sneezing so I thought it was allergies but It is getting worse. What do I do?
I am planning to take her to the vet.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is difficult to say what the cause of the swelling is; allergies, trauma and scratches from fighting may lead to these symptoms. You should certainly visit your Veterinarian but you could in the meantime bathe the face in case of contact allergy, flush the eye out with some sterile saline and apply an ophthalmic antibiotic ointment as well as giving 5mg of cetirizine in case of allergies. You should however, visit your Veterinarian on Monday when they open. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Leo
tabby
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Abscess

Hello, my cat recently came back home with a swollen right cheek and I believe it's an abscess from a bite because he's an indor and outdoor cat. I shaved the area to see what's going on and there are a couple wounds. I can't afford to go to the vet right now but this has also caused his eye to close which scares me. I would like to know what can I do at home to make it go down some fast without cutting it open? Please help! Thank you

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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There are not any home remedies for an abscess that isn't healing, unfortunately - Leo probably needs antibiotics prescribed by a veterinarian. Many veterinary clinics offer a free first exam so that you can have him examined and treated before the infection becomes worse. I hope that he is okay.

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Kitty
Dragon Li
5 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

bad breath
orange fluid from mouth
swelling on one side

I went away for a few hours while my cat was home with my parents and when i got home I saw one side of her face was swollen. for months shes had really bad breath and she had fluid coming from her mouth but only a little at a time. I cant find where the fluid is coming from but its orange and stinks.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few possible causes for facial swelling and the presence of fluid, however given the severity of the swelling and the bad smelling fluid I would recommend visiting your Veterinarian or an Emergency Veterinarian as soon as possible so that the cause may be determined. Swelling may be in response to infection, dental disorders, allergies among other causes. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kozmo
Domestic longhair
19 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling

This is not a question my cat died of facial swelling im telling everyone dont wait to take them to the vet i waited too long and it was cancer and the blood was cut off so it started dying off including her fur and it stunk so bad so dont wait i miss her so much and i wish i would have noticed earlier

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm very sorry for your loss of Kozmo. The loss of a pet is an incredibly hard thing to deal with, and I wish you the best.

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