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What is Swelling?

While reasons for swelling range drastically in severity, a veterinary assessment is the best route for determining if a problem is mild or serious. Cats who have immune system deficiencies are prone to more health problems that often create swelling within the body. Kittens are also more susceptible to swelling, however, this is mainly due to worm infections. Swelling is not always visible. It can happen to vital organs such as the brain or lungs. Vital organ swelling is life-threatening and can be a veterinary emergency.

Swelling is an external sign of an internal problem. Often, an injury or condition will cause a fluid imbalance within the body's cells. This reaction is referred to as “edema” (swelling). Many issues that cause swelling are harmless to the cat, however, larger health problems may be found when swelling is present. Swelling can happen in any body part. To determine the cause of swelling, all other symptoms present in the cat must be recorded to help identify any underlying issues.

Symptoms of Swelling in Cats

The main symptoms of swelling can be seen or felt externally. To determine the problem causing the swelling, all other symptoms must be taken into consideration. Signs of swelling include:

  • General puffiness
  • Lump or nodule presence
  • Warm area on the body
  • Visible wound
  • Ulcerations
  • Itchiness

Causes of Swelling in Cats

Swelling can be caused by almost any ailment, including inflammation, injury or infection. As it is a natural response to any issue in the body, it can occur in any location, or as a general swelling of the entire body. Commonly seen causes of swelling include:

  • Abscesses
  • Allergic reaction
  • Insect bites or stings
  • Hematoma (ruptured blood vessels)
  • Wound or trauma
  • Pregnancy
  • Vaccinations
  • Cancer
  • Tumors (benign or cancerous)
  • Genetic predisposition
  • Bacterial infection
  • Fungal infection
  • Viral infection
  • Worms and other parasitic infections
  • Intestinal blockages
  • Pyometra (uterine infection)
  • Ruptured bladder
  • Constipation
  • Obesity
  • Malnutrition
  • Heart failure
  • Kidney/liver disease
  • Medications
  • Ascites (fluid build-up)
  • Foreign body
  • Paracetamol toxicity (Tylenol poisoning)

Diagnosis of Swelling in Cats

To help pinpoint the cause of swelling your cat, you will need to bring your cat’s full medical history to a veterinarian. The vet will perform a complete physical examination of the cat. During this examination, the vet will attempt to specify the side and location that swelling is more prominent on. If life-threatening issues or wounds are found, these will need to be addressed promptly. The veterinarian will ask about the cat’s appetite and if it has been itching itself more than usual. 

Many tests may need to be run to help identify the cause of swelling. Full blood work will be required, including a complete blood count and a biochemical profile. This can help create a picture of the cat’s overall health. Ultrasounds, X-rays, MRIs or CT scans can help to locate and assess certain internal problems that cause swelling. Urinalysis can show the presence of infection or kidney disease within the cat. All internal organs should be checked to assess their function. 

An echocardiogram can help identify heart problems. Fecal examination may be useful in instances of parasitic infection. The cat should be tested for common feline viruses including feline infectious peritonitis, feline immunodeficiency virus and feline leukemia virus. A biopsy of swollen tissue can help reveal issues on a microscopic level.

Treatment of Swelling in Cats

Appropriate treatment will vary greatly depending on the type of issue that is found in the cat. Some swelling will reduce on its own, while other cases will require complicated procedures to fix fluid imbalances. Below are some frequently used treatments in incidents of swelling.

Antibiotics 

Prescriptions for antibiotics will be given if bacterial infection is found in the cat. Antibiotics help rid the cat’s body of harmful bacteria. Prescriptions last from one to four weeks on average.

Antifungal Medication If fungal infection is diagnosed, antifungal medication can reduce swelling by eliminating the fungal infection.

Cancer Treatments

If the cause of swelling is determined to be cancer, many treatment options are available. Surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy are all useful in treating cancer in cats.

Diuretics 

A prescription for diuretics can help alleviate generalized swelling within a cat.

Medication 

Many different underlying issues can be treated with various medication therapies. Length of treatment and side effects will vary depending on the medication prescribed.

Recovery of Swelling in Cats

Many types of swelling go away on their own, however, certain swelling can be diagnosed as severe health conditions. If your cat is diagnosed with a viral infection, prognosis may be guarded. Painful abdominal swelling from feline infectious peritonitis generally indicates a very poor life expectancy. If cancer is the cause, it may be treatable or terminal depending on the location and progression. If wounds are present, general healing will cause swelling to dissipate.

It is best to keep your cat on a high-quality diet and promote adequate daily exercise through play. This can keep your cat in prime health and prevent certain health problems from occurring. Keeping your cat indoors can reduce events of trauma, infection, or viruses from happening. 

Swelling Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Bonnie
Siamese
13 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Lump
Swelling

My cat has a swollen lump on her right side and I first noticed this a couple of years ago but it never seemed to bother her and it doesn't seem to bother her now as she always lies on it. I recently seemed to notice that the lump is a bit bigger than what it used to be and whenever I touch it, my cat gets bothered in general about having her fur and back rubbed so I can't tell if it hurts her but she has not shown any signs of pain as she lies and rolls over it.
My cat is slightly over weight and has a good appetite and she is going to turn 13 this year. She has always been a very sociable cat since I got her as a kitten (her benig siamese). I am just very worried of what this could be and I am scared that it's going to be bad news. I also am worried about how much it will cost as I probably won't be able to afford it.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1988 Recommendations
There are various possible causes for a mass on her side, but without examining it I cannot say whether or not it is something to be concerned about or not. Lipomas are a possibility which are fatty tumours under the skin and Siamese cats are more prone generally than other breeds (but more neutered Siamese males more than the females). You should have the lump checked at least by a Veterinarian to at least make a diagnosis, especially if it has suddenly changed in size. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://wagwalking.com/cat/condition/fatty-skin-tumors

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Kona
Abyssinian
9 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling

My cat has recently started experiencing swelling in random spots on her right side. It started with a swollen cheek, around her eye - but she's a clutz so we thought she fell or ran into something. The swelling went down over the course of the day, so we weren't worried.The next day though, her right paw practically doubled in size. It too has returned to its normal size, but now she's starting to swell behind her right ear. She's on a fairly premium diet of kibble and wet food, and is an extremely energetic 9 year old indoor Abyssinian. Have you heard of or seen anything like this before?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1988 Recommendations
It is difficult to say what is causing this random swelling on different areas of the body; contact allergies, insect bites among other causes. Without examining Kona I cannot say specifically what the cause is, if these flare ups of swelling continue you should visit your Veterinarian to determine an underlying cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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sox
tabby
1 Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen Joints
swell

Medication Used

Anti inflammatory

hi
my cat was in a fight in the early hours of yesterday morning, i noticed he had swelling on his leg and took h im to the vet immediately. she gave him anti biotics and an anti inflammatory. The swelling went down and then this morning i had noticed he was swollen again but i had to give him another anti inflammatory.

i would just like to know, when will his swelling go down completely?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1988 Recommendations
The swelling may vary in size for the next week or so, you should keep an eye on it but the exact time it would take to disappear completely would depend on the type of swelling it is (tissue, fluid etc…). Continue to give the treatment as prescribed and monitor for improvement; if you don’t see any improvement or there is an increase in the severity of swelling you should return to your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you so much

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Kitty
American Shorthair
4 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
Swelling

There is a street cat in my Apartment community. She is limping & her left front foot is swollen. We cannot afford to take her to the vet? How long will the swelling stay? What is a remedy for her?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1988 Recommendations
It really depends on the cause of the swelling; swelling may be caused by trauma (sprains, fractures etc…), irritation, infections, allergies among other causes. Without knowing the primary cause for the swelling, it isn’t possible to say how long it would stay swollen or what treatment would be best; there are many charity clinics and nonprofits which may be able to help in this situation, it is just a case of Googling somewhere near to you. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Smokey
Domestic shorthair
18 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

swollen butt

My cat was seen today for possible constipation. She is 18.7 yrs old. Her behind is swollen and causing pain when she tries to sit. So she lays down instead. Hardly any stool in the x-rays. No bladder or urinary tract issues. Was told to give her 1/8 tea of Miralax with her food. But have no info on why back end was so swollen. They did not do any blood work. Any ideas?

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Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1988 Recommendations
There are various causes for swelling around that area which may include abscesses, perineal hernia, anal gland disorders, tumours among other causes; blood work may not be indicated depending on what the Veterinarian found during the physical examination but I would have ran a blood test anyway given Smokey’s age. I really cannot give you any further information apart from follow your Veterinarian’s instructions to keep the stool soft to aid in defecation. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Well it was back to the animal hospital this morning. Apparently she had two anal glands burst in the middle of the night. Woke up to her being bloody. I don't know why the er doc didn't catch this yesterday her hind was so enlarged.

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Mitten whiskers Kitty chubbs the 1st
Savannah
Around 4
Mild condition
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Mild condition

My cat appears to keep getting holes on his skin, and puss comes out of it. A couple of days ago I discovered that his left arm was swelling up and a hole was right next to it. I don't know if that was a puss sack.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1988 Recommendations
If Mitten Whiskers Kitty Chubbs the 1st is having swelling with pus oozing you should visit your Veterinarian immediately for an examination and treatment; there is no treatment I can advise you to do at home apart from keep cleaning the wounds with a dilute antiseptic and apply an antibiotic ointment (which will probably do little or nothing in this case). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Salem
Medium hair
4 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea
Poor Stool Control

My cat has diarrhea. At first i thought it was isolated then he started to poop outside the box. He is eating fine. I thought it was constipation but he drinks plenty of water. He generally walks to the litter box but doesn't go inside and instead poops outside. I clean it up and 5 min later he's done his business again. Not sure if its constipation or something more serious. I have also caught him butt scooting on carpet.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1988 Recommendations
The scooting on the carpet is most likely due to the faeces irritating the skin around the anus; there are various causes of diarrhoea in cats which may include infections, parasites, food issues, foreign objects, colitis among other issues. I would recommend you having Salem checked over by your Veterinarian and a faecal sample taken for analysis to help determine a cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ajax
tabby
10 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Swellling paws, weight loss

My cats left front and back legs are sweelling he’s an indoor cat so idk what it could be. He also is loosing weight too also he is peeing outside the litter box. He is bout 10 years old.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1988 Recommendations
There are various causes for leg swelling in cats especially as they age; blocked lymph nodes, heart failure, low blood albumin among other causes may be attributable. Given Ajax’s age, I would recommend you visit your Veterinarian for an examination since his heart, liver and kidneys should be checked considering his age and symptoms. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Theodore
Maine Coon
7 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea
Swelling

My cat had two anti inflammatory shots within two weeks of one another due to an allergic reaction to food. Both injection sites are still swollen and we are a month since he saw the vet. Is this common? He seems ok outside of soft stool but I'm concerned about the swollen areas where he had the shots. One was between the shoulder blades and the other on his front right arm.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1988 Recommendations
The swelling you’re seeing may be due to an injection site sarcoma which are normally attributable to vaccines but may occur after any injection; I cannot give you much information without examining Theodore but you should consult with your Veterinarian since it has been more than a month. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://wagwalking.com/cat/condition/injection-site-sarcoma

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Kki
American Shorthair
5 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Hello, my cat has swelling problems on his legs, sometime he has one front leg swelling and other time is on the back legs, that last for 2 to 3 days and always begin with him liking the affect leg. He limps a litter the first day. His behavior doesn't change, he eat fine, drink water,play, and try to eat grass. what can be this. Thank you in advance for your help.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1988 Recommendations
Leg swelling may occur for various reasons, most commonly swelling like this is due to a lack of lymphatic drainage but without an examination I cannot say for sure. You need to make sure that Kki is staying active and when there is another leg swelling episode you should have her examined by your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Boo
Bombay
14 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

My 14 yr old cat has been limping for about two weeks now, today I noticed it’s very swollen. He is still walking on it with a limp, he jumps up and down, eating fine, going to bathroom fine. Could it be broken? It feel hard. He lets me touch it with out yelping.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1988 Recommendations
If a cat (dog, horse, cow etc…) is limping, it is important to not allow them to use that leg; movement restriction is very important and placing a cat in a cat carrier will stop them jumping around and stressing the leg. Without examining Boo, I cannot say if it is fractured, sprained or otherwise; you should visit your Veterinarian since it has been two weeks already for an examination and pain relief as required. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Timbet
Domestic shorthair
16 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

I have a 16 year old cat, he is diabetic, his leg is swollen 3x normal. Took him to the vet nothing broken, swelling on x ray , he's indoor only. They r saying it maybe liver related, but there isn't much they can do? He's eating well, and he gets around on his leg, but it's hard to watch him. What does it mean when they say it could be his liver?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1988 Recommendations
Leg swelling is caused by fluid accumulation and may be attributable to liver disease or heart failure (as well as allergies, insect bites, lymph node blockage among other causes). If liver disease is suspected, blood tests should be done to look at overall liver (as well as blood counts, kidney etc…) health so that any management can be directed effectively. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Abbot
Long-hair
About 7 months (not sure)
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

I recently found two young kittens a few months ago. One of them has developed a very swollen hind leg. It started to become noticeable about a week ago. I have noticed a puncture wound on that leg (probably from the two cats playing a bit roughly. The one with the swollen leg has been to the vet and they proscribed Antibiotics. His whole leg is about twice the size it should be. What would you recommend doing?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1988 Recommendations
Typically antibiotics are the treatment of choice in cases like this, cat bites can be particularly nasty and swelling of a limb isn’t uncommon. You need to give the antibiotics time to work and allow Abbot to get plenty of rest; apart from antibiotics and cleaning any skin wound, there is little more that can be done in the meantime. If there is no sign of improvement after five or six days, return to your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Roony
Dont know
One or two months.its a stray
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling

I took a kitten from the street and while playing in the house,the broomstick fell on him.Next day i noticed a swelling around the flank area.But he is eating food as usual,urinating and has firm stool.It has been 2 days and the swelling is still visible.Should i take him to a vet or will it go by its own ?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1988 Recommendations

A swelling may be due to local inflammation or bleed due to trauma or a hernia, again from the trauma. If Roony is eating, drinking, urinating and defecating; keep an eye on him, but if there are problems or he is showing pain take him to a Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

2 days ago a front right leg and paw of cat was swollen after that last night i noticed that right ear has swollen and he become as weak that he did not walk properly and did not eat food

My kitten's cheek is swollen. It is been few weeks since it started. Earlier when she had fever, the swelling was in the cheek and her left upper arm. Took her to the vet, the vet gave a tablet. But the swelling didnt go down properly. I tried applying balms to reduce it. It jus went down a bit. Yesterday suddenly her face got swollen up. Took her to the vet. The vet pulled up her blood. It looked rusty wit lot of air. Gave a tablet. Bt the swelling is just the same. Will it go down on itz own or cause to worry???

My cat had an abscess over the perianal area. After it has resolved, i noticed that the previous abscess site has been increasing in size and now causes distortion of the anus. The swelling feels soft in consistency, no redness or discharge or sinus over the area. He is otherwise healthy. What could be tge cause of the swelling and will it become a cause of concern?

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