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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

Callie
tabby
1 Year
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Watering eyes and swelling

My cat callie likes to go outside and today I noticed swelling under her left eye. It is becoming more swollen and her eye is watering a lot. I need advice on how to tell what is wrong.

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Keba
Calago
10 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of Appetite

My cat is an outside cut, she usually comes in to eat, for the past 72 hours she hasn’t been eating, I got her in the house last night and notice the left side of her face is swollen, her eyes were very dialated, there is a hard limb under the left swollen face, all she is doing is sleeping, has not used the litter box in the past 24 hours

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Smokey
Domestic long hair
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

My cat started coughing a few days ago with a couple sneezes here and there. Last night is the first time she turned down her food and is started to sound wheezy along with breathing out of her mouth. Her breathing isn’t rapid it’s pretty steady but she sounds very stuffed up. She is fully Vaccined and is indoor and outdoor.

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Magic Man
Domestic shorthair
6 Months
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Face swolen on one side.

Medication Used

none

Last night I saw my cat running on the deck and he caught his collar on something and it jerked him pretty hard before the color released. I noticed today that his face is all swollen on one side. He's eating good but not his energetic self. Does not cry or wench when I feel his face.

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Calvin
DSH/Siamese mix
5 Months
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Facial swelling

I came home this afternoon and my kittens right side of his face near his mouth is swollen. It was fine this morning. It seems localized and not painful. He is about 5 months old and an inside only kitten. When I look inside his mouth the swelling seems to be in his cheek. The color is of the tissue over the swelling is white-ish. He is eating fine and running around like normal. Like nothing is wrong.

Did you ever find out what the whitish tissue is

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Beef
American shorthair
13 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Forehead swelling

I came home from work this evening to find my adult cat has swelling of his forehead centrally just above his nose to just above the brow ridge. He seems mopey. There are no lacerations or broken skin. There was no swelling this morning or last night. I recently used a catnip spray on a piece of furniture. He is an inside only cat along with a litter mate who is displaying no symptoms

Similar situation with indoor house cat; nose is stuffy and crusts over with snot. Won't eat well, has lost a LOT of weight. Frequently irrigating his sinuses with saline barely seems to help. Two other cats who show no symptoms. En route to Seattle right now, getting him a CT scan because his weight loss has reached dire levels. Down to 10 lbs. from 22. Listless and miserable; no vets in the area have any idea, but my family's vet of thirty years arranged for this scan because exploratory surgery too risky (not as in danger, just might be useless without having a specific location to inspect). Will share more details in a couple hours I hope. Any news about Beef? Would love some comparison to an animal in similar situations...

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Whisper
tabby
5 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen Jaw

My cat has been experiencing various episodes of swollen lips, once in spring last year, then again spring this year, which was concluded to be due to an allergy and got treated, but after that he had it again twice, then swollen cheeks last month, followed by a swollen jaw today, and I'm not sure if it's still connected to this allergy, or how to determine what's it caused by. Last time he had a swollen lip, I was giving him a new catnip snack, and it went away in a few days after I stopped giving it to him (and I realized that I get him potted catnip to chew on in the springs), but I can't find any information on cats being allergic to catnip. Is that possible?

I will be taking him to the vet, but due to language barrier, I'm not able to discuss this with them and would really appreciate some insight. Thank you..

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Shero
Persian
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Laziness
bad breath
Swelling

My cat’s name is Shero. He is two years old and has long fur. Today, I noticed a swoelling area under his chin, He stared to get fever 🤒 and suddenly has bad breath 😷 . The swelling wasn’t there yesterday? He ate once in the morning ,and slept throughout the rest of the day. There is no vet in the area I’m currently in , and I don’t know how to help him 😢.

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Ms.Kitty
tabby
18 Years
Mild condition
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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.

Willow, my 3 year old barn cat was microchipped after we adopted her. I’ve noticed a small cylindrical piece but had the rounded ends of a pill. Could it be her microchip that moved to her shoulder? I’ve tried moving it but I think it’s embedded in the muscle. I’ve also noticed a large pink-ish abcess in the (our left) her right side of her mouth and it’s not on the other side. Are her gums inflamed? I don’t know. Our vet saw her less than a year ago and says she’s fine but she might’ve gotten something since she thinks she’s an outdoor cat and likes to lounge in the sun.

Opal, our 10 year old indoor Maine coon cat was sneezing last week and the last two days her left eye seems to be closing and swollen under the eye.
She like to sit in the open screen door so maybe pollen allergy??
Thank you
Pat

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Socks
tabby
14 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

discharge from mouth and nose
Swelling

So one day my cat came in with a knot on his head within the next day his head and face was swollen and there was yellow and black discharge coming from his nose and mouth we have no idea what happened but he was an inside/outside cat

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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With this level of swelling and discharge you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination to determine the cause; trauma, insect bite, infections among other causes may lead to similar symptoms. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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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
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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
3318 Recommendations

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

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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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Romeo
6 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Face swollen

2weeks ago my cat threw up and after that he couldn't eat dry food only fine cut wet food. 3days ago he started getting a lump on the side of his cheek and today its like half a egg size big. But he eats normal, doesn't throw up, still loveable as always and it doesn't hurt him when I try to feel what the lump can be. What can it be

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3318 Recommendations
Without examining Romeo it is difficult to say, but my initial thoughts would be an abscess (due to the shape) which may develop due to scratches or oral trauma; since Romeo has this mass you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination to be on the safe side so that the specific cause can be diagnosed and the appropriate treatment given. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Oot
Maine Coon
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen eye
Swollen mouth

My cat’s face has been swollen for several days now. It started out with the outer corner of his left side of his mouth. Then today it became escalated into his upper face and eye.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3318 Recommendations
There are various causes for facial swelling swelling in cats which may include trauma, insect bites, snake bites (you don’t always see puncture wounds), infections, dental disorders, allergies among other causes. You should visit your Veterinarian if the swelling is getting worse to determine the cause since different causes have different treatments. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My kitten's face is swollen overnight on the left side. He is almost three months old. He eats cat food as usual. What should I do?

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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
3318 Recommendations
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
1 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
3318 Recommendations
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

What if you dont have any cholorexidine? Would diluted Listerine work.

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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
3318 Recommendations
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
0 found helpful
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
0 found helpful
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
3318 Recommendations
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
3318 Recommendations
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
3318 Recommendations
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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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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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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Stewie
Domestic short
3 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

swollen face

I used all natural flea drop on my 3mo old male kitten.went to sleep. Woke up to his mouth and under his jaw extremely swollen. He looks like the joker from Batman. Doesn't want to eat or drink

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I’m not sure which specific flea product you used or its active ingredients; however facial swelling may be related to administration of medicine or may be due to various other factors like trauma, insect bites etc… You should try to give Stewie 5mg of cetirizine to see if it helps with the swelling in case it is an allergic reaction but ideally visit your Veterinarian for an examination. 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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Saff
Black
12 Years
Serious condition
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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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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
0 found helpful
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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Pudding
American Shorthair
5 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
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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Moderate condition

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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Moderate condition

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
0 found helpful
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
1 found helpful
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
0 found helpful
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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Coal
Domestic shorthair
8 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen on one side of his face

I just discovered a that my cat is swollen from the side of his face and he does appear to be in pain. But I don’t know what could’ve caused this swelling. Should I take him to a vet?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many causes of facial swelling which may include trauma, dental disorders, salivary gland disorders, insect bites, allergies among other causes; it would be best to visit your Veterinarian for an examination and to get something to help with the swelling. 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
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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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Lilo
Siamese/tabby
5 Weeks
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling, vertigo,scabbing spots s
Swelling, vertigo,scabbing spots, sleeping
Swelling, vertigo

I have a kitten I have been bottle feeding. Yesterday she suddenly had some swelling around her right ear and cheek. She has also some scab spots on top her head and nose. Now swelling is also in her chin.
It's painful to the touch. And she seems to have vertigo. Will come out of kennel and fall asleep instantly. Then jerk awake.
Is still purring,eating,and voiding .
I live to far from vet care and can only care for her myself. Homeopathic remedies would be great.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I can't offer any remedies for Lilo without knowing why she is having these swellings, unfortunately. She may have an abscess, or a parasite, or another problem that needs treatment. If she continues to eat and drink normally and seems generally healthy otherwise, you can monitor this condition to see if it resolves, but it sounds like it may need to be treated. If you are able to get her to a veterinarian somehow, that would probably be best, as she will need preventive care at some point as well. I hope that all goes well for her.

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Mia
Calico
7 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen eye

My cat has swelling in the bottom part of her eye. I do not see any discharge but it is almost swollen shut. I am wondering if there might be something in there or could it be a bug bite?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Mia may have an insect bite, a foreign body, an ulcer, an allergic reaction, an infection, or a tumor that is causing that swelling of her eyelid. Since it is so swollen, it would be best to have a veterinarian look at her eye as soon as possible, as eye problems can worsen and cause permanent damage if not treated.

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Jack
Unknown
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Face swelling, weight loss, tired.

My cat Jack has been losing weight drastically the last week, and hasn't been eating to well,then tonight my husband and I came home from work and his whole face was swelled and eyes were pink. What could cause his to go from fat and healthy to skin and bones and face swelled?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Young cats are sometimes prone to infectious diseases, abscesses, and intestinal problems. Without seeing jack, I can't say for sure what might be going on with him, and it seems that he should see a veterinarian to find out what is happening with him.

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Pandora
Calico
5 Years
Mild condition
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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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Tonie
tabby
15 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Left cheek swollen

Medication Used

Doxycycline

How long should one wait for swelling to go down? Monday, left cheek was slightly swollen, went to Vet, meds given for Abcess. Doxycycline.
Its Friday, she eats, drinks, litters but swelling didn't go down. 8 5mg doses so far. Thank you! Bill

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There is no set time frame for swelling to go down from an abscess, four or five days isn’t that long for recovery and you should continue to give medication as prescribed and monitor for improvement; first the infection needs to be treated then the abscess needs to start going down. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you so much!!!

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Apollo
Unknown
7 Months
Moderate condition
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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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Tammy
Tabby Cat
13 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling

My cat has some swelling below her eye on the left side she is still eating her food normally and still purrs and doesn’t show any pain has been like this for weeks has stayed same size what could it be.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without seeing Tammy, I can't say for sure what that swelling might be, but if it isn't changing over a period of weeks, you may be able to keep an eye on it and have your veterinarian look at it at her next examination. If it does change, or seems painful, or is affecting her eating, it would be best to have her seen sooner than that.

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Tom
10 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

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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Moderate condition

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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Anaconda
tiger stripe
9 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

swollen face

Have a 9 month old tiger stripe cat. Top left side of head and right side of face swollen. Still eating and still loveable. Purrs and kinda whines at the same time. Is there anything I can do until I can afford a vet

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Teddie
Tabbie
7 Years
Fair condition
1 found helpful
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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Fair condition

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
0 found helpful
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
0 found helpful
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
0 found helpful
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
0 found helpful
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
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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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Gatsby
Domestic long hair
5 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen lower lip

On Tuesday night I was playing with my cat tossing toys towards him encouraging him to play, he’s a bit overweight (last weighed in February at 17.6 lbs). Now when I threw a ball I accidentally hit him in the face, like right on his mouth. He sneezed shook his head and then seemed fine. But yesterday I noticed he looked like he was pouting and upon closer inspection noticed he had a bit of a fat lower lip. I checked him for injury, checked his teeth and mouth and everything seemed fine, except the swollen lip. His food and bathroom behaviours are consistent, he’s not lethargic or showing signs of pain, one point earlier he was licking his lips and then he shook his head around like he had a bad taste he was trying to get rid of. I only saw it once but it was odd of him and I saw my ex-roommates cat make the same face when he was on medication for an eye injury.Is the likely culprit my accidental hit to his face or should I be more concerned about the localized swelling?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Since you just noticed the swelling after the ball incident, it is possible that the two are related. Since he is acting normally otherwise, you should be fine monitoring it for improvement over the next few days. If it isn't getting better, or he stops eating or drinking, or seems lethargic, it would be best to have him seen by a veterinarian to make sure that nothing else is going on. I hope that he is okay!

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Charlie
Mix
7 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen one side of face.

My cat regularly sneezes. Also it sneezes 5-6 times a second sometimes. But this has been since it was a baby.
This morning i woke and saw my cat's one side of the face swollen. It is a 7 months old male cat,and has lost two of its upper canines. Please help,it looks in pain due to the swelling.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Charlie I cannot determine what the cause is; possible causes include dental disorders, infections, parasites, insect bites, foreign objects, congenital deformities among other problems. There is nothing I can recommend over the counter without knowing the specific underlying cause; you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination to get a diagnosis and treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Elishka
Bengal
9 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Fever
Redness
Swelling

Medication Used

antibiotics

Hello, I'd like a second opinion - my 9 months old indoor cat suddenly developed a swelling below her eye which moved upwards over the weekend. She was suffering from fever and got antibiotics, however even after 2 days since first treatment the symptoms are not getting much better, besides lower fever. My vet is clueless as to what might be the case (no wound, says her ear, eye and teeth are fine) and she is otherwise in excellent condition.

She said we will wait for her abscess to break out. Should I wait or get a second opinion with another vet? What might be the cause and how could I avoid it in the future?

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Thank you!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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So it seems that your Veterinarian has diagnosed an abscess but doesn’t know how it has formed, tried to treat with antibiotics but there was no success; without examining the swelling (palpating it) I cannot confirm whether it is an abscess or due to something else like salivary gland swelling etc… If it is an abscess, a wait and see approach may be best, but it may be worth visiting another Veterinarian to examine the swelling to make sure all is being done. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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kitty
tabby
14 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Not Moving

Shes eating very little with no motivation. Her mouth may be swollen and she has low energy for moving around. She’s also not eating treats. She may just be getting old and tired of moving around.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Swelling around the mouth may be due to a variety of different reasons which may include allergies, insect bites, trauma, infections among other causes; lethargy may be age related but sudden lethargy may be related to a disease or condition. If there is no improvement in Kitty overnight, I would recommend visiting your Veterinarian for an examination to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Chepa
white
4 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Very sleepy, warm, eats normal

I found a kitten near my neighborhood. Took her in but as i took her a bath, i noticed she has a swollen bump on her left cheek and it has two tiny bite marks! If i take her to the vet will I be charge so much? What can i do to keep her fever down because she is warm?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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A visit to a veterinarian should not be excessive to get treatment for that wound, if she needs any medications. They'll be able to make sure that she is healthy otherwise, as well, and get vaccinations and deworming for her at the same time.

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Jasper
Russian Blue
3 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

swollen face

Hello, I have just noticed (over the day) my cats right side of his jaw/face is swollen. He allows me to touch his face with no issues (he rather enjoys it actually), however, there is one part on his side of jaw where he does slightly moves away from touch. He has been sleeping perhaps a little more than usual but that could be due to the cooler and windier weather. Other than that he does seem normal (eating, drinking etc) but I can't help but be a little bit concerned over the swelling. I have had cats before who have abbesses before so I am thinking it could possibly be that... :( He is indoor/outdoor. The area we live in is not known to have snakes so I'm not worried about that, however we do have spiders.. He also does occasionally get into cat fights but no more than your average outdoor cat. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. If his condition worsens or does not improve by Sunday (13/05) then I was planning on taking him to his vet. Do you think this is too long to wait, provided he does not worsened?
Thanks in advance! Caitlin

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Given that Jasper does go outside, and may have had any number of things happen, I think it would be better to have him seen sooner rather than later to have this swelling treated. Many conditions can become more complicated with time, and are much easier to treat early than later. I hope that all goes well for him.

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Houdini
American Shorthair
1 Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Eye Discharge
Facial swelling

I think my cat might have been bitten by a snake or insect because he is an outside cat and had many stickers on his coat indicating he had been out in the wild.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Snake bites and insect bites are common causes of facial swelling; also traumatic injury or irritation from plants may also cause the face to swell. Without examining Houdini I cannot say for certain what the specific cause is however you could try to bathe Houdini with a mild shampoo (head to tail) to remove any residue and debris; you may also try cetirizine at a dose of 5mg to see if it helps with swelling. However, if you live in an area with venomous snakes or Houdini clearly has a snake bite you should visit your Veterinarian regardless. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Toby
tabby
4 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

swollen lump
lump on cheek/jaw

Toby has a kitty door and goes out as he pleases and this morning he came back and I noticed he was more clingy than usual. I checked on him and noticed he has a bump on the lower right part of his jaw, just below his cheek. It doesn't seem to be affecting his breathing as he's purring normally.

The lump seems to be somewhat sensitive, he does let me touch it but not much. It feels kind of hard and I don't feel a temperature difference.

He's overly friendly with any cat he meets so I though he might have found one not so friendly with him and got scratched. A cotton swap with rubbing alcohol is what I usually use when he scratches me so I tried that but he jumped up and ran away. I'm also noticing now (an hour later) that the area is bleeding slightly, its dried on his fur after he took a nap.

There aren't any snakes in our area, the bump seems too big for a spider bite, the only thing I can think of is he got scratched or rubbed his face on something, we have rose bushes and I have seen him rub his face on those before. Would either of those cause a bump to appear so quickly?

I made an appointment with a vet for later today (earliest they had) but I also wanted to ask here as well.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Possible causes for this lump might be an animal bite or scratch, a rose bush thorn, or an insect bite. It is good that you have an appointment for him, as they will be able to examine the area and get him any treatment that he may need. I hope that all goes well for him!

Turns out it was a abscess. He tore it open while scratching himself, he developed a fever after this and luckily the vet let us come in earlier. The vet trimmed some fur and cleaned the wound and gave him some antibiotics (cefpodoxime proxetil 100mg tablets). He recommended we let it drain for a few days, Toby doesn't like gauze so I can't hold it to the wound but patting the wound gently is 'tolerated'.

I'm noticing he's eating and drinking normally now and his fever is gone or gone down to the point I can't notice just by holding him and its only been about two hours. He seems to still be lethargic now I just need to get some pill pockets and hope for the best.

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Spunky
Siamese tabby
6 Years
Mild condition
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Has Symptoms

swollen bottom jaw

This morning I noticed my 6 year old siamese/tabby has a swollen bottom lip/jaw. Seems to only be the bottom and he cried when I touched it. He ate last night but I'm not sure if he can still eat or drink as he only does at nighttime and it's still midday. He's an outdoor cat. We will take him to the vet if it's not getting better by tonight and if he can't eat but is there anything you can tell me beforehand?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few different possible causes for a swollen lip which may include allergies, trauma, dental disorders among other causes; monitor the lip and you may give 5mg of cetirizine in case it is due to an allergy, but inform your Veterinarian if you give it to Spunky. If the cetirizine doesn’t help, you should visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Jean luc
Domestic shorthair
1 Year
Mild condition
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Has Symptoms

Lump

Noticed a large lump on left side of my cats face under eye. Doesn’t seem to hurt him but came in very fast (less than 24 hours) and seems to be getting bigger.

Should I take my cat to an emergency vet or can it wait 36 hours until Monday?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Any fast growing lump should be seen by a Veterinarian as soon as possible, without examining Jean Luc I cannot determine what the underlying cause is or whether it will be dangerous is his health. Allergies, dental disorders, abscesses, trauma among other causes may lead to sudden swelling of the face. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Nibbles
Black tabby cat maybe I don't know for sure
11 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

swollen face
Swollen Joints

My outsider cat was fine in the morning but by afternoon his face swoll and became round I can't se any wound or something suspiciously close to it and I ha e no vets near my area and it would be impossible to get him to the city

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Nibbles may have an abscess, or a trauma of some kind - being an outdoor cat comes with risks, unfortunately. Since I can not see him or help him over an email, he should be seen by a veterinarian. They'll be able to look at him, determine what might be going on, and get him any treatment that he needs. I hope that he is okay.

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Praline
Unknown
12 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling

Recently my kitten has been very touchy when it comes to her head.. she doesn’t like her head to be touched in a certain area and will cry and run away if it is. Yesterday my husband gave her a bath and she was freaking out so bad when he touched her head that he had to stop. Today the area between her eyes and down her nose seems swollen. I’m concerned it may be something serious..

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is difficult to say what the cause of the swelling is on Praline’s nose; trauma is a common cause but other issues like infections, developmental disorders among other causes may also lead to pain and swelling. You should monitor the area and visit your Veterinarian for an examination if there is no improvement. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Jack
Feral
3 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling on the right jaw..

I have a 3-4 month old kitten... He has had an infection in the eye since last two weeks... We have used eye drops for him.. now the infection is slowly getting okay but I noticed a swelling on his right jaw yesterday. I have no idea what it is due to.. is this anything related to the eye infection that he got.. or is it some other viral thing.. I have not noticed any visible wound or scratch..

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It seems unlikely that the swelling is related to any viral infection, and without seeing him, I'm not sure what might be going on with him. If the swelling doesn't improve, or he seems to be bothered by it, he should be seen by your veterinarian to have the area looked and determine what might be going on with him.

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Oreo
Black and white
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Tired
Swollen upper lip/cheeks

Hi my cat is an outside cat and I noticed his upper lip by his whiskers is swollen. He has no appetite and meows uncontrollably. It has been a couple of days I thought it maybe allergies. The temperature outside has gotten hotter but he’s done okay in the past and we make sure he has plenty of water. He’s also more tired than usual. I know he’s trying to tell us something is wrong but I’m just not sure what it is

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without examining Oreo, I have a hard time commenting on what might be going on with him, and any number of things can happen to cats outdoors, including trauma, viral infections, or abscesses. It would be a good idea to have him seen by a veterinarian, as they can look at him, determine what might be happening, and recommend any treatment that he might need.

Hi, I'm not a vet but have you looked inside his mouth? Sometimes hotter weather can make cats lethargic and want to sleep more often

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Darcy
Bengal tabby
1 Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen mouth

I've just woken up and my Bengal/tabby cat has a swollen bottom lip on the left side, she still likes to nurse on my dressing gown and is eating normally and doesn't seem to be in any pain with it, there's no marks on here mouth but she's the kind of cat that won't let me open her mouth, I don't think the vets is necessary at this point as she does seem her normal self, she does go outside so maybe she got into a fight with another cat? Or maybe she fell out of a tree whilst climbing? She doesn't have any other injuries as I checked her over. Any advice?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Darcy I cannot say whether or not there is any traumatic injury or not, if the swelling is caused by a scratch from another cat it may become infected and should be bathed with a dilute antiseptic. Trauma from a fall or bumping into something, dental issues or allergies are other possible causes; 5mg of cetirizine may help if it is an allergy but again without examining Darcy I cannot say with any certainty. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Orange
long hair
15 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

swollen left side of face

Hi, we took in a stray found in a parking lot totally tortured about 15 years ago. She stays to herself and won't let anyone near her. No vet will touch her unless she is under anesthesia. I just noticed this morning out of no where that her left side of her face is swollen. No changes to food or anything and she is indoor only. What should I do? She isn't acting any different that usual but you can see a diff in one side of her face than the other.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm glad that you were able to give Orange a good home after a rough start. The swelling on her face could be concerning, given her age. She may have a dental abscess, or a growth of some kind that needs attention. We often see cats that need sedation to examine, and that is often the safest route for those cats. It would probably be worth having her examined, even if it needs sedation, to see what the swelling is and if it needs further treatment. I hope that she is okay!

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lilly
short hair
13 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling

Medication Used

Amoxicillin

just got over a respiratory infection and now the entire left side of her face is swollen and continues to swell. this is a sudden thing as she was fine this morning. we dont have money for the vet until thursday and i dont know what to do to help her

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes for facial swelling which may include an allergic reaction to the antibiotics, insect bites, other allergies, trauma, dental disorders among other causes. You may try giving cetirizine at 5mg per day to see if that helps with the swelling, but I would recommend just calling your Veterinarian first. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kira
Oriental Shorthair
8 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

sleepy, loss of appetite
Sleepy

Hello what medicine and home remedy can I give to my kitten who has a swollen face but no scratches or wounds, and she has a fever :((( I dont know what do to and we dont have money to bring her to a vet because vet here in our place is very much expensive. She still cant eat or drink.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The problem with treating facial swelling is that there are different causes for facial swelling which may be due to allergies, insect bites, adverse reactions, infections, trauma among other causes; without examining Kira it is difficult to narrow in on an underlying cause and because of her young age I don’t want to start recommending any over the counter products randomly. You should try to visit a charity clinic in your area for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Queenie
short hair
4 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen left cheek
Leaking left eye
Fever
Snoring

My 4 year old cat had an abscess in the cheek about 3 weeks ago. After a warm water and salt compress, the abscess busted the following morning. The vet prescribed clavaseptin for a week. However, the swelling is back on the same side again and this time she seems to not be breathing properly. There seems to be something similar to a snore or wheeze, and a leaking left eye (same side as the abscess). She had also stopped eating.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should return to your Veterinarian as it seems that this is getting worse not better, there is nothing I can recommend for you to do at home at this time and would recommend visiting your Veterinarian immediately since Queenie is having difficulty breathing. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mystique
tabby
18 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Sleepiness

My cat came home this morning with a very swollen nose, it looks skew, almost looks like it's broken and keeps shaking his head. He wouldn't eat his biscuits but had some soft food. He has a scratch on his nose that was needing,but my labrodor did a good job of cleaning him. He also has a claw in his back paw thats been ripped. Would a fight with another cat cause that damage to his nose?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It is possible that he had a fight with another cat, yes. Without seeing Mystique, I can't really comment on what might have caused the damage to his nose, but if he is not eating hard food, it may be painful for him. It would be best to have him examined by a veterinarian, as they can look at him, determine what might have happened, and get him any treatment that he may need. I hope that he is okay!

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Kira
tabby
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Smelly Mouth

I've noticed a lump on each side of my cats lower jaw. And he has dried yellow liquid of some sort on the sides of his mouth. I was wondering if it is allergies or something more serious. Thank you.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Lumps under Kira's jaw could be lymph nodes, or salivary glands, and they could be large due to an infection, or another cause. It would be best to have him examined as soon as possible by a veterinarian to determine what is going on, and what treatment he may need.

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Nymeria
short hair
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Squinting eye
Watering eye

Came home from work today and my 2 year old cat is squinting her eye and it seems to be watering. She’s still very playing and seemingly unbothered by it for the most part. Is it ok to try polysporin drops in her eye for a day or two before going to the vet?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I can't recommend any medication with seeing Nymeria or knowing more about her, but if her eye seems otherwise normal, isn't cloudy, and she isn't pawing at it or rubbing it, you may be okay to monitor the eye for a day or two, as she may be having a viral problem that will pass. If she is rubbing at her eye, squinting more, or the eye is red or cloudy, it would be best to have her seen by your veterinarian sooner rather than later, as some eye problems can worsen quickly.

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Peso
Grey and whites
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

swollen face

Hello My cats face underneath his nose and by the bridge of his nose is swollen I'm wondering why :( he seems fine eats well he's just swollen he's only 2 years old as well.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without being able to see Peso, it is hard for me to say what may be causing the swelling, but he is quite young, and things that happen to young cats typically include abscesses, immune diseases, or infections. It would be a good idea to have him seen by a veterinarian to have him examined, and they will be able to see what might be going on with him, and what treatment he may need.

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Lola
Persian
16 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

swollen face

Our persian cat cane home with a swollen cheek in her left side a couple days ago and now it'sand open wound with puss and blood. We don't have any money to take her to a vet but is there something I could do to help her. Her appetite is normal as well. She acts completely normal as well.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Regardless of cost, you should visit a Veterinarian for an examination and treatment especially given her age and the overall severity. You should wipe away any pus and bathe the wound with a dilute antiseptic but it is likely that Lola will require antibiotics from a Veterinarian; not everything can be treated at home. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Aslan
Calico
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Shut eye
Swelling

Medication Used

none

My cat has been away for 2 days and 95 degree weather. It is as if she ran away but she came back she appears to have a swollen right side of her face with dried blood all over her nose and mouth. Her eye is almost swollen shut she has some kind of liquid coming from her eye not in a leaking way. However her body is not hurt she is responsive to touch she can stand. But she has not eaten that I know of since she left Tuesday night May 29th I have offered her food and water but she will not eat or drink any of it however she can sleep on her face because she is sleeping right now I see it does not appear that she in too much pain this was obviously caused by an outside Source I don't know whether to take her to the vet or not but it seems she is getting along fairly well but I have only had her back for about 2 hours she cannot meow or squeak and occasionally she starts quacking like a duck as if she has something stuck in her throat I am afraid that the swelling could be head trauma. And she has not urinated or excreted any other waste what do you recommend?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should visit a Veterinarian in any instance where head trauma is suspected; head trauma would explain the swelling, blood from the nose and mouth as well as the other symptoms. Another possible cause is a bite from a snake which may also cause similar symptoms; you should visit a Veterinarian immediately for an examination especially since it sounds like Aslan may be having some breathing difficulties. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Amber
Tortiouseshell
5 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen lower jaw

My cat has swelling on her bottom jaw but she has no open wounds, her teeth and mouth look good and she isn’t in any pain. She drinks and eats perfectly fine and she acts normal. What could it be? She has only gone outside twice on a leash... could it be something she ate?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few different causes for facial swelling in cats which may include scratches (you don’t always see them), allergic reactions, dental issues, trauma, salivary gland issues among other causes. Keep an eye on the swelling and if Amber isn’t on any medication see if 5mg of cetirizine will make it go down, if there is no improvement visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Spaz
Domestic short hair
12 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling drooling

My 12 y/o indoor cat has facial swelling. His lower jaw and top lip seems to have swelling. He is drooling but seems to still be eating OK. He is just sleeping in his bed with his backside facing out.
Is there anything OTC I can give him?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many different causes for facial swelling which may include trauma, infections, allergies, insect bites, dental disorders among other causes; without examining Spaz I cannot determine the cause of the swelling. You should think about visiting your Veterinarian for a diagnosis, however in the meantime if Spaz is not taking any other medication you may try to give 5mg of cetirizine in case it is an allergy; if there is no improvement visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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meow
holstein
4 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling

hello. my cats forehead is very swollen, above her eyes. yesterday she encountered a snake, but we did not see it bite her, although it may have bit her before I came out. She was fine, however happy and energetic and still is, when we noticed her face got really swollen maybe an hour ago. She is an outdoor cat, and we live in an area with a lot of bugs, snakes, pesticides in other houses, etc. Her appetite is fine and she doesn't seem to be in pain.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I can't examine Meow to see what is happening with her, but if there is the possibility that she was bitten by a snake, or an insect, it would be best to have her seen by a veterinarian, as they can examine her and treat her for this reaction.

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Lexi
Cat
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Lip
swollen

My three year old female cat has a swollen upper lip where her whiskers come out. It's only on one side and then she has a scab on her chin on the same side. I have taken her to the vet before and she scratched the vet so badly he had to step out and put on 6 bandages!!! She then scratched the paint off of the walls and began panting. They put her back in her carrier and she had an accident everywhere. She would not stop panting for hours after bringing her home. I know I need to take her in. But she is so terrified of the vet and basically everyone but my husband and I. HELP
Thank you

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Sometimes it is difficult to an examine an animal, especially in a different environment surrounded by strangers and in pain or discomfort; one possibility is to see if you can call out a Veterinarian to your home so that Lexi may be more comfortable in familiar surroundings. Without examining her, I cannot determine whether the swelling is due to trauma (scab under chin), allergies, insect bite, dental disorders or another cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Twixx
tabby
7 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling, eye tearing right side
Swelling in right side of face

Medication Used

Clindamycin Hydrochloride

My cat had a leaky eye I took him to the vet they said he had a blocked tear duct and bad teeth and gave him antibiotics. Then his face started to swell and I had to go to another vet and he agreed his teeth need to be removed. His face was so swollen after surgery the doctor said he thinks he could have a mass in his face but when I was giving him his meds the swelling went away. He just finished his meds on Monday and the swelling is back his eye can hardly open. I've searched online to see what it could be but I can't find anything.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If the swelling has recurred after the clindamycin course ended, you should return to your Veterinarian as another course of treatment may be required or treatment with a different antibiotic. I cannot recommend any specific treatment without examining Twixx first, but please return to your Veterinarian as soon as possible for a follow up examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Noodles
Unkown
9 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling no redness
Swelling

Hiya I’m really worried as it is late at night we used frontline plus on my 9 year old male cat a few days ago and placed a flea collar on him a day later, when the flea collar was placed on him there was no sign of swelling or any damage to him at all but around a day and a half later he has a large dome of fur missing aswell as the area being swollen and a cut in the area, the cut looks like a scratch but what could this be?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Noodles goes outside, or there are other animals, he may have a bite or scratch that is becoming infected. Since I can't see him, I can't say for sure, but it would be a good idea to have him seen by a veterinarian, as they can look at him, see what might be happening, and give him any treatment that he may need.

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Tigger
American Shorthair
11 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Face swelling on left eye

My female cat close to a year just had premature kittens 3 days ago which none of them made it. But during the labor we started noticing that her cheek was swollen and on her left eye. And now two days later we discovered fur missing from a patch on the same swollen cheek. It's hard to tell but it's pink, yellow and she doesn't seemed bothered by it and her appetite is fine. She's still very active and purring but it is worrying us. And she hasn't left the house for awhile.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Tigger had kittens which all died, it would be good to visit your Veterinarian for an examination regardless and to discuss spaying if you’re not wanting another pregnancy; the facial swelling is concerning and may be caused by a variety of different causes but due to the colour it may be due to an insect bite. However other causes including trauma, dental disorders, infections, parasites among other causes may also cause similar symptoms; you should visit your Veterinarian as I mentioned for a general check after losing the kittens and to see her cheek too. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Brookin
Grey demestic
7 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

swollon face ,not eating

I've noticed my cats face is swollen over the weekend and its gotten worse as it now looks like its bleeding , He's finding it hard to eat to a
nd meowing more then nomally

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are different causes for facial swelling in cats which may include allergies, insect bites, snake bites, trauma, dental disorders among other causes; without examining Brookin I cannot say what the cause is or any specific course of treatment. Since the swelling is getting worse and he is bleeding you should visit your Veterinarian or an Emergency Veterinarian for an examination and treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Dots
tabby
12 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling blood puss

My cats left side of face around corner of his eye is so swelled that his eye is almost shut. He scratched one time n blood n puss started coming out. What could it be? Im scared and not sure i can afford vet charges. I need help or advice

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If pus and blood came out of the swelling, Dots may have an abscess. He will need antibiotics to help get rid of that, and should see a veterinarian. The cost may only be for the examination and medications, but if he needs any further treatment, they'll discuss it with you.

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Laila
Orange tabby
6 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My kitten about 6 weeks old got outside and got in a dog play. Where the dogs had a soft mouth and did not puncture her. Just held in their mouths but like a toy if on dog has it another wants it. So she got tossed around a little bit before I was able to get her. If I'm looking at her the left side of her face is swollen. She is eatting and drinking. And even purring. Should I be concerned or will it go away on its own

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm not sure if that trauma will resolve on it's own, as dogs can be quite damaging to kittens without meaning to be . If Laila's face is swollen, it would be a good idea to have her examined by a veterinarian to make sure that she is okay, as she is very small.

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Hamster and azalea
tabby
2 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen eye
Redness

So I have two cats who both are indoor and outside cats, well I had thought one got into a fight because his eye was red and irritated and swollen shut, I managed to bring down the swelling and irritation, but now my other cat seems to have the same thing and it looks like she has almost like a skin covering part of her eye and can’t open it all the way and has a lump on her cheek near her eye, so now I’m thinking it wasn’t a fight because it wasn’t there a few hours ago, could this be something they just got into outside or something very serious,

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A lump is concerning since cat scratches may result in an infected wound which may lead to an abscess; if you’re feeling a lump I would recommend you have your Veterinarian check it out to be on the safe side. Without examining the lump myself I cannot determine severity or recommend a course of treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I need some help

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Jasper
Domestic long hair
4 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Facial swelling

My cats face is starting to swell. We came home and found swelling on the cats nose and cheek area. It seems like it might be starting to affect his right eye. It's an indoor cat. It has also been peeing on the floor outside the litter box which is abnormal. The vet already gave us medication for that but the vet won't open until morning. We have given the cat the medication for a couple of days already.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without seeing Jasper, I"m not sure what might be causing the facial swelling, unfortunately. He may have an insect bite or had a trauma that is causing that problem. If he is breathing okay, and seems normal otherwise, you may be fine to monitor him and take him in the morning. If he is having problems breathing, seems lethargic, or the swelling is continuing to worsen, it would be best to have him seen at a 24 hour emergency clinic.

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Courage
Domestic shorthair
10 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

My ten year old cat, Courage (because he's afraid of everything), came from the shelter. He was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism and now takes methimazole, 2.5 mg in the morning and 2.5 mg in the evening. He also has oesinophilic granuloma and has a small round plaque on the middle of his lower lip. The vet said prednesone is usually prescribed for that, but it is better if you can avoid that medicine. My question is that his face gets swollen once a day or every few days, usually for fifteen to twenty minutes, like a histamine reaction (however, there is no itchiness): do you think it could be a food allergy? It doesn't seem to happen after any particular food. In fact, usually after he eats his wet food (mostly grain-free and always good brands like Blue Buffalo), it goes away. He had this swelling before he was put on methimazole, so I'm sure it's not an allergy to that. I know that oesinophilic granuloma can involve some allergy to chicken, but he has the swelling whether his diet includes chicken or excludes it. I also think sometimes that stress might cause this histamine-like reaction. He is afraid of the other cats, and he is alone in our bedroom where he has us and a big window that he enjoys sitting in. Sometimes we let another cat visit, always supervised. He does not enjoy that. We have been doing it less and figure that he will always be segregated from the others. I gave him Zyrtec and later benedryl (one dose of each on separate occasions), but it only made him hyper-excited.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It can be difficult to determine what may trigger the swelling as food allergens, environmental allergens among causes may contribute; a cat may be allergic to any food ingredient and may have a reaction to meat more than to grains, usually a trial and error feeding schedule is used to test whether there is a particular trigger. There are indications that methimazole may cause an eosinophilic dermatitis but normally involves intense itching as you’ve already commented. I’m not sure why this is occurring but many times it is important to try to spot patterns which may indicate a cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you!

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Jasper
tabby
10 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Eye Discharge
Redness
Swelling

Medication Used

steroids
antibiotics

My cat has a lot of selling on the left side of his face around his eye, mostly between the bridge of the nose and the eye, with a lot above and below the inner corner of his eye. Had been treated with steroids and antihistamines, which initially provide very good results, but swelling returns within a week. Will start mildly and then increase to sever swelling within 24 hours. X-ray has no results, attempt to drain swelling had no result. Swelling was preceded by upper respiratory infection, which was treated with antibiotics and anti inflammatory. Currently On second 5 day cycle of steroids, and just began a round of antibiotics. Was taking 1/2 Benadryl twice daily for a week, however swelling returned while on Benadryl, 1-2 days after ending first cycle of steroids. Please help with any ideas. My vet is stumped and my poor cat has a very swollen sore looking eye area. Cat is still eating, drinking and using litter box as normal. Has been sleepy and less social for the last week, but has been drowsy due to Benadryl.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is difficult to say what the cause of the swelling is since there isn’t much in that specific area which may get swollen; typical treatment in these cases are steroids and antibiotics so without giving him a thorough examination myself I cannot think of anything else which would be helpful at this time. If there is no improvement with this next course of steroids, you may consider visiting another Veterinarian or a Specialist for a second opinion. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Minnie
Persian
14 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Puffy eye and swollen face

One side of my cats face is swollen seems puffy under the eyeI noticed it this morning. It hasn’t gotten any worse but she won’t let me have a look at it. She hasn’t really eaten anything today.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Minnie I cannot determine the cause of the swelling; insect bites, allergies, dental disorders among other causes may lead to similar symptoms. If she also has a loss of appetite I would recommend seeing your Veterinarian as dental issues (among others) can be quite severe at this age. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ash
tabby
3 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Puffy face (one side)

I was curious, my cats face this morning when i woke up was puffy. He was only puffy on one side of the face. I thought it was his collar so i took it off and it still was puffy. I also thought maybe he licked himself to much so i gently pet the side of his face. He didn't seem like he was in pain so i decided to search up this. I wanted to make sure my cat was okay since i actually cant go to a vet. He is acting normal asides from purring more than usual. He could of been dehydrated so i re placed his water just in case. Though sometimes i see him eating random stuff on the floor so that also might be a problem since i bake and sometimes use chocolate and dont notice it on the floor.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes for facial swelling in cats which may include insect bites, trauma, scratches, dental disorders among other causes; if Ash isn’t taking any other medication you would try giving 5mg of cetirizine to see if it helps with any reaction to an insect bite or allergen. However, if there is no improvement you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination regardless. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Prince
Tuxedo cat
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen check

My cat is an outside cat and I just noticed his left cheek is swollen. Since he is an outside cat he likes to wonder around the neighborhood and we have woods so he could of possibly got bitten by a snake or another animal. But his fur is thick so it’s hard to get a good look to see if it’s a bite. If I take him to the vet what do you think they could do for him?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Your Veterinarian would determine the cause of the swelling, they would have a good idea based on symptoms (and possibly blood test) what the specific cause is; allergies, trauma, insect bites, snake bites, dental disorders among other causes may lead to symptoms. You should visit your Veterinarian to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ember, Delila
Siamese
9 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Eye swelling , chin lump

Hi my name is shannon and I just received a ferral kitten from a trailer I live by and she has something very wrong with her eye the little piece that is supposed to cover her eye before she closes it is very swollen I've been wetting soft tissue and then I go over her eye with water on the tissue to clear out whatever gunk is in her eye and she has bald spots on her head I think someone really injured her she is about 10 weeks I believe I don't no what to do with her ... I also have another female cat I don't no her breed but she has a big puffy spot that showed up a couple days ago under her chin located on her left side .. I'm really concerned can you give me some advice please ?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should try to remove any gunk with a warm damp cloth, flush the eye out with sterile saline and apply Vetericyn to the eyes; also ensure that the kitten is bathed with a mild shampoo and is wormed and has a topical spot on flea & tick medication; however if there are signs of abuse, you should visit a Veterinarian for an examination. For the other cat, I cannot say what the specific cause of the swelling is: allergies, insect bites, cat scratches, trauma, salivary gland disorders among other causes may lead to swelling; you could try 5mg of cetirizine per day (if she is not on any other medication) to see if there is any improvement otherwise visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Hendrix
Cat
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Puss in ear
swollen face

My cat has swelling on his face, located mainly under one ear. Yesterday, he got hit on the head really hard (opening a can of food, and was shaking it to get it out when he put his head right under said can). I didn’t think anything of it, but now his face is swollen, and he has a little bit of puss and blood coming from his ear.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Hendrix has blood and pus coming from his ear, he probably needs to be seen by a veterinarian, as he may have an infection, or it may have been from that trauma. If he goes outside, he may be developing an abscess that needs to be treated. A veterinarian will be able to examine him and determine what might be going on with him, and provide any treatment that he might need.

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neo
Short hair tabby
10 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

drinking and diet normal
Swelling
pus
Lethargic

male kitten 10months old, was attacked by neighbours cat. Neo sustained injury to the back of head behind ears. Odour and pus were noticed and saline clean was applied to area. Abscess has developed. We are applying antiseptic cream for cats. the following day it appears his bridge of his nose is puffy. Can this be a result from the abscess?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Cat bite abscesses can get very infected, very quickly, and can cause serious illness. If the abscess seems to be spreading, it would be best to have Neo seen by a veterinarian, as they can examine him and give him any treatment that he might need.

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Suge
Domestic shorthair
3 Weeks
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen nose face head jaw completely messed up moSwollen nose face head jaw completely messed up mouth bloody

My cat showed up last night with his head swollen his eyes completely gone my cat showed up last night with his head swollen his eye is completely gone I think it's just because of the swelling I'm sure he still has an eye he's got blood coming out of his nose in his mouth and his jaw looks like it might be broken having a hard time shutting it I do not have the money that the vet is requiring tea seen what can I do for relief to help him so that he's not in pain and what can I do for the swelling and vice versa he's walking find

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It sounds like Suge has had a severe traumatic injury, there isn’t an at home treatment for this and you should visit a Veterinarian regardless of cost; DO NOT try to use any human over the counter products for him as they are toxic for cats. Whilst I do understand your financial position, there are at times no option apart from veterinary care and I would strongly suggest visiting a Veterinarian (charity or regular) for treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

3yrs old not 3 weeks

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Ifa
Savannah
8 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Weakness

My cat's cheek is swelling I don't know how it happens and she has no appetite to eat or even drink water. She usually lay on bed for the whole day and she looks weak. And I think ot causes her to have feever. What is the best treatment or medicine for her?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It depends on the specific cause of the swelling; facial swelling may be caused by allergies, insect bites, dental issues, trauma, abscesses among other causes. You may try giving 5mg of cetirizine to see if that helps but it would be best to visit your Veterinarian for an examination to determine a cause and get specific treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Manolo
Im not sure what breed he is
4 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling, more sleepier than usual.
Swelling

Hi, this morning when I went to go feed my cat I noticed that his cheek was swollen. Its not to big but you can tell the difference between his left and right cheek. He looks very out of it and looks like he's sleeping more than usual. I told my Mom about the swelling and he had said that he was fine earlier this morning. I was checking for a wound but there seems to be none, and doesn't show any signs of pain.im not sure of what to do.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many causes for a swollen face which may include trauma, allergy, scratch, insect bite (not always a visible wound), dental issues, salivary gland issues among other causes. You should keep an eye on Manolo but think about visiting your Veterinarian if there is no improvement especially since he is being more lethargic than normal. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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CryBaby
Orange tabby mix
10 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Harder skin
puffy face
Ear Flaking
Ear Crust

My cats skin is stiff and his cheeks are swollen and he seems to be getting skinner he doesn’t like being touched now and he’s been acting very fertile and mean he hasn’t had any shots yet or been fixed

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many causes for facial swelling but the stiff skin and loss of weight is more concerning; there are many conditions which may include nutritional deficiencies (digestive disorders, malabsorption, diet), hormonal conditions, hereditary conditions among other causes. This would be something to see your Veterinarian about as I cannot make a diagnosis online. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Spidey
tabby
13 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen eye
swollen face

My cat is on the older side and i have noitced he has been distant lately and is an outside cat but his face is so swollen on just one side and his eye looks kinda weird as well like swollen and cloudy and is like he cat keep liquids inside his mouth because i’m feeding his wet cat food and it’s juys dripping out of his mouth as he is eating it.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes for a swollen face and eye; allergies, insect bites, trauma, chemical irritation, infections, salivary gland disorders among other causes may lead to facial swelling. Without examining Spidey I cannot say what the specific cause is, but since the swelling sounds severe you should visit your Veterinarian as soon as possible to determine and treat the underlying cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Syn
DOMESTIC
7 Weeks
Critical condition
1 found helpful
Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen jaw and throat, runny eyes

I found a poor little stray about a week ago and brought it home til I could find it a permanent home. I've noticed since shes been here shes having a lot of issues. At first she had a really bad cold in both eyes, then I noticed today that her jaws and throat was very very swollen.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many causes for facial swelling in cats which may include allergies, trauma, insect bites, infections among many other causes; without examining Syn I cannot determine the specific cause of the symptoms but would recommend that you visit your Veterinarian for an examination to be on the safe side if the swelling doesn’t go down or breathing is affected. Do to her young age, I don’t want to recommend any over the counter medication. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Grayson
Russian Blue
18 Years
Critical condition
1 found helpful
Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling, walking, groaning,

Hello,

I have an elderly cat, (18 years) and he's going down hill fast. He has a swelling on the bottom of his chin that does hurt him to the touch. We took him to the ASPCA, which didn't really help at all. They ran blood work to check his kidneys, but everything came back okay. Then the doctor gave us opioids for the pain and said we should see a specialist. Why not give antibiotics just in case it is an infection? I'm not rich, and the $240 price at the ASCAP was already over my limit. Today, he's having a hard time walking. Back legs seem to be giving out, he walks like he's drunk, which could be from the opioids, but not certain. He does eat, and was able to go poo and pee, but we can tell he's in pain. This was the first morning that he has started groaning as well. I feel there is more we could do than put him down. What other options are there? How could we get an antibiotic to check if it is an infection without breaking the bank? I want to exhaust all possibilities before putting him down. Thank you.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is not responsible to give antibiotics if they are not indicated, the misuse of antibiotics are leading to a global crisis and I cannot recommend the use of antibiotics without examining Grayson myself and antibiotics are available on prescription only. You should look at the food bowl as some plastic food bowls may get scratched at the bottom may may irritate the skin under the chin, if this is the case change the bowl and bathe the area under the chin with a dilute antiseptic and a dab of Neosporin if the skin is broken. You should think about visiting another Veterinarian for a second opinion if you’re not happy with the response from the ASPCA. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

We use metallic bowls, and clean them daily. I completely understand the misuse of antibiotics, but he's never been on an antibiotic. Like I said, we are on a tight budget, and don't want to go to another vet with the same response. Have you recommended antibiotics in these types of cases before? We have started him on a castor oil compress, and will add the Neosporin as you suggested. Thank you.

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Lucy
Street cat
2 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

No symptom

My kitten is of 2 months. Today I noticed a bit of swelling on right side of her lower lip. It is bit reddish in color. I feed her with regular cat food. She is active and playful despite of her swelling. I just wanted to know the reason and cure for the swelling. Please help me with the same.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many causes for facial and mouth swelling in cats which may be due to contact allergies, insect bites, trauma among other causes; there is no single cause and treatment for this type of swelling. You should keep an eye on Lucy for the time being and monitor for any issues with eating, drinking or breathing; due to her young age I don’t want to recommend anything over the counter and would suggest to visit a Veterinarian if there is no improvement or an increase in severity. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sophie
house cat
5 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

swollen

My indoor cat came downstairs to eat tonight and I noticed the left, lower side of her mouth was swelled. I didn’t see anything that looked like a bite or any kind of hole. She didn’t want my hand anywhere near it though. I watched her eat her wet food that I give her once a day besides her dry and she ate ok. She would stop suddenly every once in a while but she still finished it all. I’ve seen people make comments about plastic bowls. I have been feeding her in them lately. Is there anything I can do for her at home. Money’s tight.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Sophie I cannot say what the specific cause is; allergies, trauma, insect bites among other causes may result in facial swelling. You should bathe the swollen area and if Sophie isn’t on any medication you could try to give cetirizine at 5mg per day to see if it helps with the swelling; if there is no improvement or the swelling gets worse (including breathing troubles) visit a Veterinarian regardless. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tarantino
Cat
2 Years
Critical condition
0 found helpful
Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling, heavy breathing, snoringalike
Swelling, heavy breathing

My cat is seriously injured and i can't take her to the vet in another 5 hours. Can you please help me. His face is swollen, his eye is completely white and he is breathing heavily. I don't know what to do, is there any dose of any human medication that I can give it to him at least to ease the pain? Pls answer ASAP

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Do not give any human over the counter medications, human anti inflammatories are toxic for cats and aspirin will thin the blood which will make a trauma case more complicated and may cause death. You should visit a Veterinarian immediately regardless of distance or cost. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mamma kitty
Tuxedo
4 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

My outside tuxedo cat mamma kitty,is experiencing some swelling of the face and her left hind paw, she won't let me pick her up or get close to see what's wrong.
We also have a possum problem where I live, do you think she might have gotten bitten by one?

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Squeeky
tabby
12 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Difficulty Breathing
swollen face
Bluish lips

12 year old pet male cat. Has recently become very laboured breathing with a general swelling of the face and blue- ish colour to his lips and ears. Has taken to lying quietly in a corner. Is still eating and drinking, sleeping and going to toilet.

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Tabby
Feral cat
11 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling and puss

Hi, my cat is a inside and outside kind of cat. His left side of the face is swollen from 24hrs. Don't know the cause of swelling yet. There was a small amount of puss discharged from that area. Will other cats nail scratch (fighting) be the reason? Or His upper 2 teeths have not fully grown, can this be the cause? He may be around 10-12 months old. Don't know exactly age because he just entered our house and stayed with another cat of mine.he looks same age of my cat.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Cat bite abscesses are very common in outdoor cats, especially if they are not neutered. If you see pus discharging from the area, he should see a veterinarian, as those infections can become septic. d

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Mimine
Stray cat
4 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

swollen upper lip

My cat came from outside one day with a swollen upper lip. I thought it was an insect bite but its been almost 2 weeks and its still didnt go down completely. It was getting better and better but this morning I noticed that she had her left side even more swollen than before (right side is okay). I'm going to see my local vet for sure, but it only opens in 2 days and I'm worried sick. She was a stray cat 2 years ago and she got all the shots she needed. She always goes outside during the day and come home before the sun goes down. What's wrong with her?

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Holly
standard Alley cat
9 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling color green
Swelling

Hi, my cat is an outside cat has a mix of short and long hair and I noticed that her right cheek is swollen then 1 day later I checked up on her and noticed that the cheek had lost its hair just on that spot and I could see that the swollen cheek has a color green to it. but she is still eating and drinking well. Could you please explain to me what is wrong and why is it green? and what should I do to help her and not have to spend a lot of money?

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Hebe
Mix
8 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Pus/blood
Swelling

We have a black male cat, about 8 years old, who came home today with a swollen right cheek. He appears to have a small wound with a bit of pus and blood coming out, nothing major. The swelling is about the size of half an egg, and he appears to have no pain. He is acting normally and eating as usual. We believe, due to the swelling and apparent wound, that he has been stung by some sort of wasp or bee.

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Skye
domestic medium hair
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Eye watering
Sneezing

We Adopted Skye from almost a month ago, she was very sick with a bad upper respiratory infection and was given a shot of antibiotics. Went back for a follow up 3 days later, she still was not eating or drinking at this point and was very skinny (she was very skinny when we got her). They put her on IV fluids and gave us oral antibiotics (liquid) to give her. After the 5 days she was doing great! First night after the first dose of the antibiotics she was eating and drinking. The last few says I've noticed she has been sneezing again and her eye has been watering and today when my fiance came home he noticed the right side of her face and her eye was swollen, is it possible that is still from the same infection? Should we give her more of the antibiotics, we still have half a bottle left. She doesn't seem to be bothered by it, she is still eating, drinking and playing. Her eye is not cloudy and does not appear to have any scratches or anything. We do have 2 other cats, but we keep her isolated to the upstairs when we are not home since we are still slowly doing the introductions to our other kitties.

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Hoja
Mix
6 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Wound
Fur Loss
Swelling

My cat recently developed a raw spot on his cheeks by his whiskers and after a while we just thought it was a wound but it started swelling and spreading and now it's up to its nose. He can breathe fine it doesn't seem like his nose is swelled up or anything it just has a couple of scars on it but his lips are really swollen and his cheeks are swollen too

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Milo
Orange tabby
3 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Not sure

Medication Used

N/A

My cat milo usually is friendly and wants affection but the last 2 days he’s been not himself..he doesn’t want to be pet, he hasn’t ate really and he has been hiding which is extremely abnormal for him..I thought his jowls appeared to look swollen but I’m not sure...I could be overreacting but he’s my baby so thought get an opinion on the matter

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Jasper
Orange tabby
4 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling

Earlier today, I noticed from far away, my cat jasper’s face looked weird, and when i picked him up, I could see that it was swollen. He has a cut near his nose and eye. He seems fine otherwise, and is still walking around and acting like normal. Could the swelling just be from the cut?

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