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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

Roony
Dont know
One or two months.its a stray
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
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
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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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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
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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
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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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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
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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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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
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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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Ajax
tabby
10 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
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
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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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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
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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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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
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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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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
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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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Spaz
Cat
3 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling

My kitten has sudddenly developed a lump on the right side of his neck. He was fine earlier, playing, running around like normal. He doesn't seem to be in any pain. I'm able to touch the area and he doesn't cry out. Any idea as what it might be?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Spaz it is difficult to say what the specific cause may be, there are a lot of structures in the neck and around the throat (lymph nodes, thyroid gland, blood vessels, nerves etc…); however abscess formation from a scratch among other conditions may lead to lumps and bumps. You should visit your Veterinarian for an examination to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Hannibal
DOMESTIC
3 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen Joints

My cat seemed fine yesterday, this morning I noticed him favoring his front leg which is swollen now. He is still purring to the touch and even ate some of his food. Now he’s sleeping under my bed. Should I be worried ?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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There can be many causes for swelling and lameness in cats, including trauma, abscesses, or tumors. Since I cannot see Hannibal and he seems painful and is hiding, it would be best to have him seen by a veterinarian so that he can get treatment before it gets worse.

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Cloudy
Feline
5 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen Joints

My cats arm is very very swollen and im freaking out, I already took him to the vet yesterday and they gave me medicine to give him for 3 days, but today it’s worse!!!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Cloudy I cannot determine the cause or severity of the swelling, if the swelling is getting worse you should return to your Veterinarian for an examination to be on the safe side and to see if any adjust to treatment is required. Injuries (sprains, fractures), insect bites, allergies among other causes may lead to paw swelling. 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?

Read more at: https://wagwalking.com/cat/condition/swelling

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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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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Kitty
American Shorthair
4 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
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
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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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Sriracha
Orange tabby
1 Year
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
Swollen leg

My cat had hurt his leg about a week ago, and was showing no signs of his leg getting worse, actually began walking on it more. When I went to go feed him treats he ate them made the same noise he would if we touched the area that hurt and stopped breathing instantly after, why might this have happened?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Your question doesn’t indicate if Sriracha passed or not, stopping breathing may occur in response to many different factors but if Sriracha died I cannot think of a specific reason why this occurred. You should visit your Veterinarian for a discussion and where necessary a necropsy to determine an underlying cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sriracha
Orange tabby
One Year
Critical condition
0 found helpful
Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
Leg Swelling

My male cat hurt his leg suddenly one day. And would cry if we were to touch underneath his leg. And one day I went to go feed him cat treats and after he finished eating them he later down stretched made a sound similar to when we’d touch his leg and stopped breathing, why might this have happened

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Your question doesn’t indicate if Sriracha passed or not, stopping breathing may occur in response to many different factors but if Sriracha died I cannot think of a specific reason why this occurred. You should visit your Veterinarian for a discussion and where necessary a necropsy to determine an underlying cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My cat face is swolden up don't know what from

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Potatoe
Cat
5 Months
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Crying and lots of limping

My cat is limping and his from left arm and chest is very swollen. It’s been getting worst throughout the days. I want to help him and try to save him but I don’t know how to. What should I do? Any at home remedies to help my cat?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If the swelling is extending up to his chest I would highly recommend visiting a Veterinarian to determine a cause as allergies, insect bites, infections, foreign objects, lymphatic disorders among other causes may lead to severe swelling; this is not something you should attempt to treat at home and in some cases a delay in treatment may result in a worsening of symptoms. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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sox
tabby
1 Year
Fair condition
0 found helpful
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
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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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Kona
Abyssinian
9 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
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
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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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Bonnie
Siamese
13 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
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
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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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Marly
Grey and white tabby
8 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Dripping puss and blood
Swollen leg

My cat came home with a swollen front leg i wasn’t sure what happened today he jumped off my bed and he started dripping blood and puss he is still walking running and jumping with the swollen paw but keeps licking it

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The presence of blood and pus is concerning, this isn’t something which is going to be managed at home. You should visit your Veterinarian as soon as possible for an examination and treatment. Also, try to restrict movement so that Marly doesn’t cause any further injuries to himself. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Midnight
Cat
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Limping and swelling in paw
Limping and swelling in paw ar

Medication Used

An

My cats hind leg is swollen. Mainly in his paw. I can’t find any open wounds. What could be the reason? Don’t think his leg is broken but he is limping around.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Midnight could have an abscess, inflammation do to a trauma, or a soft tissue injury. It would be best to have him seen by a veterinarian, as they can look at him, determine what might be the cause of this problem, and get him appropriate treatment. I hope that all goes well for him!

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Pepper
grey tabby
1 Year
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of Appetite

My cat's left armpit has started swelling and he has lost his appetite. We had also found a little lump around his stomach and seems to sag when he gets up and walks around although he limps. How can we help him?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Pepper I cannot say what the specific cause is; the swelling in the armpit may be due to swollen lymph node, tumour or another cause. Loss of appetite is a vague symptom and may be attributable to a variety of conditions, you should really visit your Veterinarian for a thorough examination to determine the underlying cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Muffin
short hair
9 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling

Medication Used

antibiotics

Hey there. I have a 9 year old short hair male cat. He has a swollen abdominal area, is lathatgic, is eating a drinking TONS yet has become very boney and skinny, peeing all over the place ( urine seems thick and very yellow). These symptoms have been present for about five weeks. Just today, we noticed his paws and legs are swollen also. We took him to the vet and they found no masses in him. They gave him antibiotics, that we just ran out of yesterday, and today his swollen paws showed up.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Muffin may need further diagnostics, such as lab work, x-rays, or an ultrasound to determine what is going on with him. Those signs can be present with decreased serum protein levels, and your veterinarian will need to determine the cause of the problem. I hope that he is okay.

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Halo
Cat
9 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen joint

My cat fell on a slippery floor off a high stand about 3 weeks ago, he was limping but still did his day to day activities.. I massage him and give him baths and swirl way We around him for circulation. As of today I was feeling his leg and noticed one of his joints on knee is larger then the other? It's hard and it doesn't hurt or bug my cat at all as I was feeling it? What could this be? I'm currently applying for low income vet help and kind of wanted to get advice before I can actually get my cat in..? Thank u

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without seeing Halo, I'm not sure what type of injury he may have incurred during the fall. Many clinics offer a 'free first exam', and you may be able to have him examined and at least know what might be going on. They'll be able to give you an idea as to what possible treatments might be possible or necessary. I hope that he is okay.

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Jack
Siamese
1 Year
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling

My cat got out yesterday and came back tired. All he’s done is sleep I noticed his front left leg is limp and is swollen he still walks but cry’s when I touch it

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. It is impossible to know what might have happened to him while he was outside, and it sounds like he needs medical attention. he may have a dislocation, a fracture, an abscess, or a wound of another kind. He needs to be examined by a veteirnarian to get appropriate therapy, as soon as possible. I hope that he is okay.

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Zoe
tabby
14 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen Abdomen
not drinking
Swollen leg
Swelling
Not Eating
Swollen paw

Medication Used

none

We just returned from the vets office after $900 worth of x-rays, blood work, observations with our cat who just overnight got a swollen leg. Now it has been 5 days without much food or water, or really movement. The vet said that he hated it but all the tests came back fine. She is about 12 years old and weighs about 14 lbs. We know that is a lot, but she has been in perfect condition until a few nights ago. She's an inside cat and does not go outside but MAYBE once a year (by choice) for a few minutes and doesn't go far. Her front right paw is almost triple the size of the other. It is not blue on the pads or anything, she is fine with us moving it around at this point. She is very dolice at this point and isn't moving much, drinking, eating and hardly walking. She looks and acts like she is dying. We have tried everything to get her to eat/drink. Anything you can recommend would be extremely appreciated.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without examining zoe, unfortunately, I'm not sure that I can offer much more insight into what might be going on. If everything looks normal with her foot, the blockage may be farther up, and an MRI may be the next step. Another option may be a referral to a specialist, as it is sometimes the next best step when unusual things happen to our pets. i hope that she is okay!

Hello Dr King,
Thank you so very much for this quick reply and incredible service you provide. Especially to people that their pets are the same as family. Unfortunately "Zoe" passed away this morning. It was truly strange and as I said had the vet stumped with her being fine one day the very down the next with a swollen paw and leg and then passing away all within a few days. Thank you again, more that you can imagine. Kindest regards, The Phillips family

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Baby kitten
Unknown
2 Days
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling

I have a 2 day old kitten who was born 2 days after the rest if the litter. Today he has started to swell on his whole body. He is nursing on mama fine and is warm to the touch. Acts like a normal newborn kitten but is swollen. Body is twice the size it should be. And is swollen on sides, under armpits. It feels like "air pockets" or fluid sacks. Very strange.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. That is quite strange, ans may be related to having been born so long after the other kittens, if there was a problem with the birth for him. It would be a good idea to have him seen by a veterinarian, as they can examine him and determine what treatment might be needed to thrive.

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Tommy
DOMESTIC
3 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My cat's leg is swelling intensely specifically in his limb, we think he has hip dysplasia. We tried massaging the area but he's in pain. We're so worried about my baby. We think he fell then dislocated his bone.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Tommy we cannot be sure what the cause of the swelling is, an examination by your Veterinarian and some x-rays would be needed to determine the specific cause of the swelling. Until you visit your Veterinarian you should keep Tommy well rested and consider placing him in a cat carrier so he doesn’t move around or try jumping. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Calvin
domestic short hair
8 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling

I have a 8 month old male kitten who has some pockets of swelling in his lower abdomen, almost between his hind legs. The swelling presented about 36 hours ago. He is eating and drinking normally and overall is acting fine, but it’s akmost like two lumps under his stomach. He’s not bothered when I touch the area. He’s fully indoor and there doesn’t seem to be at visible wound. Any idea what it could be?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Calvin I cannot say with any certainty what the swellings may be but it may be due to a bilateral (both sides) inguinal hernia, but any new lumps or bumps should be seen by your Veterinarian to be on the safe side so that a diagnosis may be made. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ruby
Domestic Long Haired
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen paw

I think my cat may have been stung on her paw but I don’t know what it could of been, her right paw has swollen half the size, I was advised to give her an antihistamine according with her weight, this was around 10.20am today and I have noticed a slight change in decrease of swelling... She is still eating and walking around on it, maybe a bit dozy earlier on but I was just wondering if it didn’t go down by a certain time wether to take her to my local vets or not?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are different causes for a paw to be swollen which may include bites or stings from a variety of sources; normally treatment with an antihistamine is the usual course of treatment unless the bite is suspected to be something venomous. Keep an eye on the paw for now, but if there is no improvement by morning you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Pumbag
Not
8 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Fur coming off from that area

My cat has a swelling below neck on the right side
He does not seem to be in any pain or discomfort whatsoever but recently i started noticing that fur is coming off from that area
What could be the issue
He is 8months old

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without feeling the swelling on the neck and determining the origin I cannot say what is causing the swelling or the localised fur loss, this is something to visit your Veterinarian about to determine the cause and to get appropriate treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Yuki
American Shorthair
17 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen leg

Yuki is a male, 17 years old cat and has been having kidney problem for few years now. I noticed that his left back leg is swelling up since three days ago and I took him to the vet and suspected of water accumulating in his leg. Today morning, I noticed that the swelling has gotten worse. I'm worried that the swelling will get even more worse. Is there any medication to alleviate the swelling? Any advice helps. Please help. Thank you.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The main questions here isn’t whether or not there is a medication which will help the swelling but why is the swelling occurring, it is important to determine the cause of the swelling as any treatment or management of the swelling would be dependent on the underlying cause. If the swelling is getting worse, you should return to your Veterinarian for an examination to help make a specific diagnosis, plus in a cat Yuki’s age with kidney issues we need to be careful and not just give medications at random. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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"Lola"
Unknown
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling, limping

There is a stray cat that we have been making friends with the past few months. She has always looked healthy and happy. Four days ago, I noticed a tiny amount of blood on her back paw and a limp. We brought her inside and I have cut away the hair from what appears to be two small scratches, one on each side of the paw. I pulled what appeared to be the tip of a thorn from one of the wounds. I have kept them clean, and the wounds themselves appear in good shape. The limping has improved greatly, but now the whole back leg is swollen. She is eating and drinking, using the litter box we got her, and just in general seems to feel great. But the swelling has me concerned. Could it be a sprain? Could it be broken? She doesn't mind putting weight on it, and will let you touch the leg, but gets a little defensive when you try to touch the foot.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm glad that you are taking care of Lola. Without seeing her, I'm not sure what might be causing the swelling, but some wounds can get quite infected and she may need medication to help her resolve this injury. It would be best to have her seen by a veterinarian, as they can assess the wound and the swelling, and determine what she might need to help her heal.

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Cleo
Feline Norwegian Forest long hair
11 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling, guarded, pain, lathargic

My cat has swelling on the left side of her stomach. Warm to the touch. Vocalizes when the area is touched and hisses. Eating and drinking fine. Activity level has decreased. Doesn't want to be picked up. Guarded. What is going on? Can't get an appointment for another week. I'm scared for the worst. She is 11 yrs old and fixed. Please help

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many causes for swelling and pain around the abdomen, without examining Cleo myself I cannot determine the origin of the swelling or the underlying cause; if you are unable to visit your Veterinarian due to a lack of appointments I would recommend visiting an Emergency Veterinarian for an examination since Cleo is showing signs of pain. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tugger
long hair, maine coon mix
15 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

swelling in abdomin,

I took my cat to the vets for his abdominal swelling. Fluid is clear, blood tests were ok. Xray shows lungs are clear and heart is normal. Fluid is just in abdomin.He is eating and drinking and acting normal. Vets says Lymphs aren't draining. I had him drained so i'm waiting to see how fast the fluid will come back. Doc says it is also from inflammation. Cat is 15 years old. If he has cancer, it doesn't make sense to treat it. My question is : is there any natural anti-inflammatory herbs that would help alleviate this fluid retention? He is on a raw diet for the past 4 years :)

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without knowing the specific cause for the fluid in Tugger’s abdomen, it is difficult to recommend any treatment whether it be western medicine or alternative medicine; the fluid removed from the abdomen should be examined to look for any cells or other indicators for the specific cause. There are many over the counter anti inflammatory herbal products for pets, but I cannot recommend any specific one as they are generally geared towards orthopaedic inflammation. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Professor poof
American Shorthair
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Pain when mistouched
Limping
Swelling

Cat was gone for a full day came back and seemed fine. The next day he had a limpand wont put weight on the leg. He still eats, jumps, and has a calm mood. If you mistouch his leg he will meow

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Poof may have an injury or an abscess as he was outside and nobody can know what happened. It would be best to have him examined by a veterinarian, as they can take his vitals, assess his leg, and determine what might have happened, and how best to treat it. I hope that all goes well for him.

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Maverick
Cat
8 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling

My cat got out of the house and was gone for about a week, he came back looking healthy and normal and about 2-3 days later i noticed limping. After looking at him, his front leg was badly swollen and the area is hot. He lets me touch and massage the area like it doesnt hurt him but he's been acting a little odd. He lays around and sleeps more then he ever has and is extremely cuddly and clingy. Im trying to ice the area until i can get him into the vet but I'd like to know if its a bigger deal then just a swollen leg?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Maverick I cannot say whether it is a bad sprain, fracture, reaction from insect or snake bite etc… You should get Maverick to a Veterinarian as soon as possible so that the swelling can be assessed and treatment, pain relief etc… may be given. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Athena
Siamese
8 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling on left front arm

Medication Used

none

Approx a month ago, my cat seemed to have these "bubbles" on her skin, right under the fur. One of those bubbles happen to "burst". Watery blood was apparent, tried to keep it clean, but she continued licking it. Wound started looking more and more raw, then pus appeared on the wound and tried cleaning it with hydrogen peroxide before I knew it was bad. Infection went away, but the wound is 3inx2in. It bleeds everytime I change the dressings (every day). Seems now her left arm is beginning to swell and under her armpit there's more tiny bubbles as well. I don't have mmoney all at once to take her to the vet. What can I do to help her? There's no fever, she eats well.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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That wound sounds quite nasty from y our description, and should probably be seen by a veterinarian to determine what might be going on, as it does not seem to be improving. There are rare organisms that can be passed to humans, so it would be in everyone's best interest to have her seen. There are many clinics that offer a 'free first exam' so that you could have the wound assessed and at least know what you might be dealing with. I hope that all goes well for her.

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Any
Calico Tortoise Shell Mix Cat
5 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
Swelling

My female cat was recently in some sort of fight with another animal. Since that night she has been limping and has an extremely swollen leg. I’m very concerned about her and I was wondering if there is an over the counter medication I can give her at home that will help with the inflammation.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The problem with scratches from other cats is that the wounds usually get badly infected; you should bathe all the scratches with a dilute antiseptic and apply Neosporin, however in severe cases a visit to your Veterinarian would be required to get a course of antibiotics especially if the leg is swollen. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Turbo
Red
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling

My cat got into a bad fight, he's a very large and young male cat. He came home with scars,blood, and a very badly swollen leg he won't put weight on. Can I give him medicine myself to help. Or should I take him straight to a vet?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Turbo’s leg is swollen and cut it is best to visit your Veterinarian as wounds from fighting with other cats are easily infected and can become serious problems quickly. You should ensure in the meantime that all the wounds are cleaned with a dilute antiseptic and apply Neosporin to the wounds if Turbo won’t lick it off. But visit your Veterinarian as soon as possible. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Marco
Siamese
6 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
Swelling

My cat is limping favoring his front left leg. I felt his leg and there is a swollen section above the elbow. It's swollen on the inside of the leg. No cut but it looks like he may have some sort of bug bite, there is a lump with a little divot in it. Is there anything I can do for him at home?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without being able to examine Marco or his leg, I can't really recommend any treatment at home. Depending on whether Marco goes outside or not, there are a number of possible causes for what your describing, and different treatments may be needed. It would be best to have him seen by a veterinarian to look at his leg, determine what might be going on, and get him appropriate treatment. I hope that all goes well for him.

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Precious
Unknown
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
Swelling

My cat came back limping and it looks like she really injured her left front leg. On closer inspection I saw that some sort of dog had bit her. The wound itself wasnt that big and the leg wasn't tilted in wrong ways. On the upper part of her leg it began to swell a lot. The swelling isn't noticable when you look at it laterally (the outer part) but more like on the medial side of her leg. I'm really not sure if her leg could be fractured.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Precious was possibly bitten by a dog or an animal, and her leg is swelling like that, she needs to be seen by a veterinarian. They'll be able to look at her, and her leg, see what might be going on, and recommend any testing or treatment that she might need. Bite wounds can be very painful, can get infected quite quickly, and she may have a fracture if the trauma was great enough.

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Elvis
long hair
1 Year
Serious condition
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Serious condition

My cats neck is swollen. He has been missing for a day, until recently we found him lying down near the garbage can. He looked okay until we realized he was swollen from the neck area. We tried feeding him but he just wouldn't take the food and all did was sleep. What should I do? And how should I treat isl

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are different causes for swelling, each with different treatments; scratches from cats (whilst fighting), other scratches, allergies, infections among other causes. If the neck is swollen, you should treat this as a medical emergency and visit a Veterinarian immediately as the swelling may be occluding the airway and no at home treatment would be effective enough. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Boy
tabby
10 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen Abdomen

Hello, my cat is 8 years old and today he seems less energetic and he looks very swollen. ive checked him and he dosent a wound anywhere. he's entire body and face is super swollen what can it be?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Boy may have an abscess, or a systemic problem. Without seeing him, I'm unfortunately not able to determine what might be going on with him. It does sound very strange, however, and it would be a good idea to have him seen by a veterinarian to see what is happening and figure out what treatment he may need.

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Porky
DOMESTIC
9 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

swollen legs

My cats back left leg was all of a sudden swollen one day. We thought it was a bee sting but couldn’t find anything and it didn’t seen to bother him and he also wasn’t limping and he was still eating and going to the bathroom so we left it alone. We took him to the vet and he said possible arthritis but I don’t think that what it is and now all of his legs are swollen and he is starting to favor his back left leg where it all started if you have any idea what it would be that would be very helpful thank you.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various possible causes for swelling in the limbs which may include hypoproteinemia, infections, heart disease, lymphatic disorders, adverse reactions among other causes. You should visit your Veterinarian again (or another Veterinarian for a second opinion) for a physical examination to help determine the underlying cause so that the appropriate treatment may be prescribed. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Dameon
Main Coon
6 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Weight Loss

Medication Used

none

Lost weight in past 8 months. Has been chewing & scratching to the point he has bleeding, red skin, & scabs all over. In the last couple of days I noticed that his tail was swollen. Tonight, all 4 paws are too. Is there any thing I can do? Am I loosing him? He still eats wet and dry food. Been feeding him more wet to try to get weight back on.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without seeing Dameon, I can't comment on what might be going on, but he really sounds like he needs to see a veterinarian as soon as possible so that he isn't suffering. He may have a very simple problem that just needs to be treated.

Would it be possible that if he ate a flea that he could have tape worms? Would this cause all his issues? You have been very helpful. Thanks, Emily

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Ming
Domestic shorthair
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Sweling on the right side of back

This is the first time that happen to my cat when we visited the vet last May 13 for anti rabies vaccine. After a few days i notice a swelling on her site of injection whenever i touch it she becomes irritable and will bite my hand. Will the swelling fade on its own? Im really concern for my cat. This never happened before in our previous visit to the vet.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Sometimes animals do develop a swelling where they are vaccinated that does resolve on it's own over a couple of weeks. They can develop abscesses that need to be treated, as well, though. Since the lump seems painful to Ming, it would be a good idea to have a recheck with your veterinarian to have it looked at and make sure that it isn't anything to worry about.

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Cali
tabby
4 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Paw Swelling
Swelling

I just came home and my 3-4month old kittens paw is swollen? It doesn’t seem to hurt her, I’ve examined it all over(poked and squeezed lightly) and she doesn’t care. I even got her favorite foundation and she’s jumping and playing like normal. I was only gone for an hour and a half and when I left she had 4 normal paws...

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Swelling is a vague symptom, but is normally attributable to a fall or similar injury; you should try to keep Cali’s movement restricted to prevent any further injury or delay in recovery. Another possible cause is an insect bite which may have caused a localised reaction; in either case, give her rest and monitor for improvement. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bacardi
domestic short hair
13 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling in elbow
Senior age
Obese
Weakness in leg possibly caused by pain
Gait change

13 year old spayed female indoor cat. She is obese probably weights about 15 lbs. Yesterday after suddenly started noticing a difference in her gait. She walk 3to 5 steps and then her back left leg exhibits weakness. Upon inspecting her leg i discovered that the elbow joint of her left leg has a soft internal fluid sac. It annoys her for me to touch it. She isn't crying in pain but it is causing pain or weakness when she is walking. What is best course of action?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I think it would be best to have her seen by a veterinarian to find out what is happening with her elbow, since it seems to be bothering her. Her weight may be complicating things, but a veterinarian can look at her, and her leg, and determine how best to treat her.

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Tiger
tabby
20 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling

My 20 year old cat developed swelling in his right front leg out of nowhere. He doesn't seem to be in pain and purrs loudly when I massage it for him. It feels like a fluid pocket, it moves quite freely under his skin. His appetite is normal, water and litter box normal. I can't find any puncture or bite marks. He's quite healthy for a cat his age, so I'm stumped.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many issues which may affect cats especially as they age, without examining Tiger I cannot say specifically what the cause may be but if it is free moving and nonpainful I wouldn’t be too concerned but would bring it up with your Veterinarian at the next health check which should be regular at Tiger’s age. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kruger
short hair
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
Swollen paw
Warm to the touch

Front paw is swollen. It's happened about 16hrs ago. In between 8am and 11pm. He climbed out the window and came back in. I noticed he was limping so I checked his paw. The most swollen is around his dew claw. Its warm to the touch.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Kruger may have been bitten by an insect, or an animal, or had a trauma to his foot - anything can happen when cats are outside. Since I can't examine his foot, it would be best to have him seen by a veterinarian, as they can examine him and determine what might be going on.

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Big guy
Dont know
12 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

HI I have a stray cat I have been feeding for about a year now, about 3 weeks ago when he came to eat I noticed 3 of his 4 paws were swollen, he has lost the fur on the top & has sores on them somewhat bleeding. He is hopping around on 3 feet. Cannot tell if he is in pain I would have to think so, although he is still eating very good. Due to the fact he is feral & a stray I cannot get to close to him. Any ideas?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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There are many possibilities for what is going on with Big Guy - he may have an infection, a parasite, fungal infection, or allergies. Unfortunately there is no way to treat him without knowing what might be going on. If there is any way that you can catch him to have him examined, or if there is a mobile veterinarian that may be able to see him, you may be able to get treatment for him.

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Luna
domestic short hair
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Fleas
Swelling

Medication Used

none

My cat has developed swelling in her front right leg and paw. I can’t seem to find any puncture wounds. She is weight-bearing and it does not seem painful, however it is twice the size it usually is. She does have a couple of fleas. I have been brushing her out every day and at most have only pulled 5 fleas off of her at a time.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Firstly apply an effective flea & tick medication after a bath with a flea shampoo; as for the paw swelling, this may still be due to an insect bite as they are not always visible. Keep an eye on the paw swelling and visit your Veterinarian if there is no improvement in the swelling or it becomes painful. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Rio
mixed
3 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen paw
Declined activity
Small sore
Irritability

My cat had a swollen paw a few days ago with no wound. The swelling went down and he stopped limping and I saw a small wound. Today it is still not swollen but he is limping again. What should I do?
He has general irritability and doesn't want to do much activity but that's it.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should ensure that Rio is well rested and that the wound is bathed regularly, also you may pop a small dab of Neosporin on it if you know he won’t lick it off (bathe after each litter tray visit). If there is no improvement in the limping or the wound you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

He let's me touch his paw for the most part and I washed the paw with antibacterial soap.
I cannot really afford a vet visit.

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Tommy
Siamese
1 Year
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Fever
Swelling

My cat suddenly went home with his right hands swelling. He also feels hotter than usual but still eats and drinks a little bit. The next day his left hands start swelling also in the middle part. What is the cause of it and how can we treat it? We can't afford to go to the vet. :(. Thanks in advance.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many causes for paw swelling which may include trauma, allergies, insect bites, plasma cell pododermatitis (pillowfoot) among other causes; without examining Tommy I cannot say what the specific cause is and each cause has a different treatment (not all available over the counter). You should give Tommy rest but consider visiting your Veterinarian regardless. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tommy
Siamese
1 Year
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Wound
Fever
Chills
Swelling

Update to tommy's condition-- His right paw becomes more swollen and it now releases pus and blood as well as his left arm. He still eats well when i feed him but he feels pain in his arms and he still feels hotter than usual. Sometimes he also experiences chills. Can you recommend an over the counter medicine for him to lessen the swelling? Thanks again.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Now that pus and blood are coming from the paw, it sounds like cellulitis and would require a prescription from your Veterinarian; there isn’t anything I can recommend over the counter for this. Please visit your Veterinarian before the weekend so that treatment may be started as soon as possible. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sunny
domestic short hair
13 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

neck swelling, fever, red gums

I have a 13 month old all black DSH male cat, whom I adopted from a rescue organization at about 4 months old. He had initial shots at the time I adopted him and none since. Two weeks ago I noticed a soft, large swelling on his left cheek, near the neck. He was eating well and very playful and the area did not seem painful when I touched it. I took him to the vet the next day.

At the vet's, he had an elevated temp (104). During the examination, she noticed some gingivitis on his upper left gums. She drained the fluid from his cheek (about 60 ml) which was a clear, light yellow. She did not have the fluid analyzed. She ran bloodwork for FIV and feline leukemia which came back negative. She also gave him an antibiotic injection which is supposed to last two weeks.

He is an indoor only cat, with four other indoor cats. I feed them all grain free (Wellness, Merrick), dry in the am, wet in the pm, and filtered water.

On Tuesday, I noticed some swelling returning, not currently large, but noticeable to the touch (less than 1/2 in in diameter and not obvious visually). Currently, he is still eating well and still playful. He doesn't appear to have swelling on any other part of his body.

Please advise on what possible causes it could be and what other things to look for. Thank you.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Sunny I cannot say for certain, there may be a swollen parotid salivary gland which has recurred after aspiration but I cannot say for certain; injuries from scratches and other issues may also cause fluid to accumulate. If the swelling is occurring again you should think about returning to your Veterinarian for a more thorough examination to narrow in on a cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thanks, Dr. Turner. I will be taking Sunny back to the vet within a day or two. I spoke with her on the phone and she said she may have to aspirate again, and if it is a swollen lymphy node, would want to send it out for further examination.

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Woadie
N/a
4 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling

Hi I have a kitten that I saved about a month ago. Got my moms friend who works at a vet to tell me how old he might be and she said about three months. So he would now be about four months if ahe is right. I just noticed yesterday for the first time that he has a lump on his right front leg near his shoulder. He did hurt his leg back when we first got him bit we made him a cast thAt kept it firm and he didn't walk on it and it got better. He has also been climbing blankets and curtains and jumping up on things. He is an active kitty. It doesn't seem to keep him from doing his normal playful kittieness. Could the lump be his muscle sweeling up from being torn or stressed? It doesn't move and its kind of squishy. Doesnt seem to be a fatty tumor.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Woadie I cannot say specifically what the cause of the swelling is; trauma, muscle inflammation, old injuries, an insect bite among many other conditions may cause swelling or a bump. I would keep an eye on things and bring it up with a Veterinarian when you take Woadie in for vaccination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Manolo
tabby
10 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling, pain
Swelling

My cats front arm looks swollen and when I go to feel it, it is hard and feels like a ball and he won’t let me touch it for long because it hurts. I did notice there was a little cut but i have no idea where he could’ve gotten it from.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Swelling from a cut may result in secondary infections, cellulitis among other issues; this would be something to visit your Veterinarian about as topical over the counter treatment is most likely not going to be effective. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bella
All white
18 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Warm head, where fluid is sitting
Watery poo/possible food change

Hi, I’ve got an 18 year old cat that had been missing from home and had been picked up by the local pound, she had a bad abscess on her head that they drained, it’s been about two weeks since that’s happened and we have had her home for about a week.
I’ve noticed where they have drained her abscess on her head is a little swollen and I can feel fluid under, it also feels a little warm. Should I be getting her to the vet now or will I be able to wait for one to open tomorrow ?
It’s 6:15pm she’s eating still and doesnt seem bothered but I’ll be worrying all night if I don’t hear that she should be fine to take in to a vet tomorrow.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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You should be fine to take Bella to see a veterinarian tomorrow - it sounds like that abscess may not have fully resolved, and she may need antibiotics. They'll be able to assess her and see what treatment might be needed, but if she is eating and drinking and seems comfortable, you should not have to take her to an emergency clinic.

Thank you very much, I ended up taking her into the vet, they had to lance the area again and they gave me some antibiotics and pain meds, she a little trooper and doing well, thanks commenting back ☺️

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Mommy
Calico
14 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Bloated stomach

I have a stray cat that I had spayed, she is about 13 or 14 years old now. I noticed she was having a hard time eating the dry food so i started feeding her canned food, 1/2 of a small can twice a day. She was very small until now and she has gotten this really fat stomach now and acts like she's always hungry. She doesn't clean herself like she used to and she can't hear very good but she is a stray and still doesn't like to be picked up so it is hard to get her to the vet, I had to cancel the first time i took her because she wouldn't let me get her in the crate to take, she doesn't act like she hurts and when i mash her stomach it is just squishy. I'm also afraid to put that strong flea medicine on her because she already shakes her head a little. Am i feeding her too much and should i try to get her to the vet? Should i put the flea medicine on her, I didn't want it to maybe kill her

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I think that a good examination for Mommy would be a good idea, yes. Without seeing her, I can't comment on whether she is healthy or not, and she is an elderly cat. There are safe flea medications that your veterinarian can prescribe - some of the OTC flea medications can be a little hard on cats. I hope that she is okay.

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Ozzy
domestic short hair
4 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen side of head/ear
Swollen Joints

My 5-year old cat either got bit by another animal or hit by someone he came in with a wound under but kind of on ear it is swollen and still bleeding lightly. He is acting normal otherwise but how can i tell the difference between an abscess or a hematoma and could anything else be the cause. What can I do at home rt now

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm not sure if there is anything that you can do at home other than keep the area clean and keep Ozzy inside until it heals, unfortunately. If it is an abscess, he may need antibiotics and treatment for that. If it is a hematoma, he may need pain medication and treatment for that. Without being able to see him, it is difficult for me to say what might be happening with him, and it would probably be best to have him seen by a veterinarian, as they can examine him.

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wilbury
Russian Blue
11 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

edema
fluid retention

My cat started to have some fluid retention around neck and forelimbs. Took him to the vet, blood biochem, urine, cytology all came back mostly normal (slight elevation in heart related factors, small amount of blood in urine). Did a chest and abdominal ultrasound, came back negative (nothing found). Imaging specialist said that he has seen dogs present like this with clotting issues, but not so much in cats. Did 10 days of antibiotics and saw some good improvements. Within 10 days off the antibiotics, his edema was even worse then before. Did a clotting panel and has delayed coag, but vet is not sure if it's accurate due to issues during collection (had to use hind limb due to fluid around upper body and it was a slow collection). Currently he is taking a diuretic, 2 antibiotics and vit k injections. Fluid has significantly reduced over the past 2 days, but feel like we haven't actually found the source of the issue. Thoughts?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is difficult to say what the specific cause of the symptoms may be, there are a variety of different physiological processes which may affect clotting and it may be worth consulting with an Internal Medicine Specialist to help narrow in on a diagnosis as treatment may be use symptomatic but not addressing the primary condition. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Buddy Love
Main Coon
13 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Panting, shallow breathing, swollen

My 13 year old diabetic cat has shallow breathing/panting with his mouth open (around 45 bpm) and tonight his left front leg and paw swole 2x the normal size. He’s on 4cc’s of pro-zinc diabetic meds twice a day and 2 heart meds twice a day (furosemide and enalapril). For the past week I’ve been giving him colloidal silver and a little MSM powder in his food. He’s not looking too good. He’s still eating a drinking a little but he usually eats and drinks A TON! Things changed after the homeopathic meds (colloidal silver and msm) - could this be causing more problems? The vet wants to do an expensive cavity scan and I’ve paid over 10k (no insurance 😰) over the past 2 years so I’m reaching out to you... Please help.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Any new medications or homeopathic products should be withdrawn if the issues started after their administration; however due to Buddy Love’s current health and the severity of reaction you should visit your Veterinarian (regardless of cost) to be on the safe side since I cannot give you any specific advice (legally) without examining him first. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Simba
Idk
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen arm

I just got home from work and my cats arm is mess up its a lil swollen and he cant stand on it and all my vets r closed around me what should i do and will he b ok till tomorrow

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes for limb swelling which may be due to trauma, insect bites, lymphatic pooling, allergies among other causes; keep Simba comfortable and visit an emergency clinic if there is one nearby. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Orbit
Short hair tabby
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Licks

The lower abdomen by the hind legs is slightly swollen the nipples are a pink red color he has no symptoms of vomiting or a thing else he eats he drinks and he goes to the bathroom normally but the swollen area is a little rigid

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm not sure what might be going on with Orbit without seeing him, unfortunately. If you feel that this is a new thing, and unusual, it may be best to have him seen by a veterinarian to see what is going on with him, and what treatment might be needed.

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Bailey
Cat
One Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Hey.. My cats hand is swollen.. I'm not able to call a vet coz I can't afford at the moment..is there any home remedy or treatment that I can use on him to prevent the swelling

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Pip
10 Weeks
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

swollen

Recently had a 10 week old kitten in for a glucose draw but it seems the stretchy bandage was on too tight. Overnight into the next morning is when I realized the paw at that side (her right hind paw and leg) was extremely bulging even her digits were rounded. I had removed her bandage to hope to encourage circulation properly. Glucose range 152 and vet said it was fine.

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Panko
Cat
6 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
Swelling

Found a (aprx) 6week old kitten hiding in a corner during my lunch break last week. He was wet, dirty, and full of fleas but I also noticed that he wasn't putting any weight on his back leg(s). Took him to the vet the following day and was told that it may be a femur fracture, but there was too much swelling to know for sure (I couldn't afford the x-ray.) So he was prescribed antibiotics, pain meds, anti-inflam and dewormer.

I noticed a huge difference in his demeanor after the first round of meds. He actually started acting like a kitten! And now, almost a week later, he is up on all four legs and walking/running but still has a little limp. He also still seems to be favoring the area by twisting off of it and sitting down every so often. And there is still a large, soft, swollen area on that side of his abdomen. What else could this be besides a fractured leg?

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Theo
Black cat
14 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling, limping
cyst
Swelling
tumor

My 14yr old cat has a hard lump on the front of his leg, about where the wrist joint might be. He was fine for several weeks. He didn't seem in pain when we touched it and he has been eating, drinking, playing and using the litter box just fine. After maybe a month or so of having the lump, he began to favor the foot and we noticed it was very swollen.
We took him to the vet and he was given an antibiotic shot (that is supposed to last 2 weeks) and pain meds for a couple of days. The vet said it could be an infection and if it's not, then we will look further into the issue in 2 weeks. She said that it could be a tumor or cyst that is causing the blood flow to be blocked. Im not sure if the antibiotics worked at all. He had a few very good days where the swelling seemed to lesson, and then a few bad ones. Now the 2 weeks is over and his paw is extremely swollen and he is having a very hard time getting around and is in a lot of pain. Still eating, drinking and using he litter box but he is just laying around now for the last day or so.

I just made him an appointment to go back for a follow up but before I spend hundreds of dollars to possibly get a diagnosis, is it possible that it could in fact be an infection or something easily cured? I have read that the antibiotic injection doesn't often work well.
I don't have a lot of money and I don't want to pay for & put him through a million tests to find out that there isn't anything we can realistically do for him.
Any insight would be appreciated!
Thank you

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Tigger
Unknown
15 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Stumbling, swelling, not eating

My kitty, won't eat. He barely drinks water, but will drink. His paws are swollen to twice there normal size. He stumbles when he walks. Has to lay down for a few minutes before he tries again. He wants to be with all the time. He cries if I walk away from him. What can I do for my kitty?

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