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Discussion in 'Cat Health' started by EmersonandEvie, May 17, 2019.

  1. EmersonandEvie

    EmersonandEvie Thread Starter Mom to Evie, Emerson and Dexter Super Cat

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    Evie has this strange lump on the side of her jaw that I only noticed today. It doesn't seem to bother her and she is eating/playing/litterboxing normally. She did get out for a second the other day, was promptly brought right back in. Are insect bites usually prevalent in cats? It's a good sized swollen area, maybe the size of a dime.
     
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  2. Furballsmom

    Furballsmom Cat Fan especially Black Cats Staff Member Forum Helper

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    Hi!
    I don't know about prevalent but insect bites do happen. Does your vet allow you to send in pictures?
     

  3. EmersonandEvie

    EmersonandEvie Thread Starter Mom to Evie, Emerson and Dexter Super Cat

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    I can call and ask. It isn't a hard lump, very squishy but non-mobile. The only reason I noticed it was because she happened to turn her head a certain way and it stood out.
     
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    :vibes::crossfingers:
     

  5. verna davies

    verna davies TCS Member Staff Member Forum Helper

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    Can you have a look at it to see if it has a head or obvious bite marks.
     
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  6. EmersonandEvie

    EmersonandEvie Thread Starter Mom to Evie, Emerson and Dexter Super Cat

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    I made an appointment for next Friday- that way, if it is just a bite, it would have gone down by then. Here's to hoping it's nothing major!
     
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  7. Furballsmom

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    :vibes::goodluck:
     

  8. verna davies

    verna davies TCS Member Staff Member Forum Helper

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    Lets hope you are able to cancel the vet. Let us know.
     

  9. EmersonandEvie

    EmersonandEvie Thread Starter Mom to Evie, Emerson and Dexter Super Cat

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    @verna davies - no noticeable bite/puncture marks. Her gums look good too.
     

  10. verna davies

    verna davies TCS Member Staff Member Forum Helper

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    Lets hope it just goes on its own. Are you able to take a photo then you will know if it gets bigger.
     

  11. EmersonandEvie

    EmersonandEvie Thread Starter Mom to Evie, Emerson and Dexter Super Cat

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    Oh, that's a smart idea. I will get a picture tonight when I have a second pair of hands to help take the photo!

    For what it's worth:
    Non-painful
    Soft
    Eats fine (no chewing only on one side or dropping food out her mouth)
    No drooling
    Gums look good
    No puncture marks
    Alert and active (no hiding)
    Still seeks out snuggles and head scratches
     

  12. verna davies

    verna davies TCS Member Staff Member Forum Helper

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    You could also post the picture on this site. Some member might have had the same issue. Worth a try.
     
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  13. EmersonandEvie

    EmersonandEvie Thread Starter Mom to Evie, Emerson and Dexter Super Cat

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    Update: I believe her submandular lymph node on the same side of her face is also swollen. In my unprofessional eyes, it looks like she has a non-painful tooth abscess (if there is there such a thing?) and her lymph system is responding accordingly. Lord help me, we don't need another vet bill. My husband will take her in on Monday if they can't squeak us in tomorrow morning.

    Evie is still acting normally, so there's that!
     

  14. verna davies

    verna davies TCS Member Staff Member Forum Helper

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    Poor girl. Vets just dont know what to charge, it costs money just to walk through the door. Hope its a quick and easy fix for Evie. Let us know how she gets on.
     

  15. EmersonandEvie

    EmersonandEvie Thread Starter Mom to Evie, Emerson and Dexter Super Cat

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    The lump and lymph node felt better (seemed smaller) this morning so we are going to keep the Friday appointment. She is still acting her usual self.
     
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    verna davies TCS Member Staff Member Forum Helper

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    Thanks for updating us. Lets hope its completely gone before friday.
     
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  17. EmersonandEvie

    EmersonandEvie Thread Starter Mom to Evie, Emerson and Dexter Super Cat

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    Update: my husband just called me (I live away from home Monday to Thursday) and said that the spot was an abscess and just popped on its own. He said he squeezed out what he could and that the lump has reduced by about 85%. An abscess would also explain the swollen lymph node. I'll still take her to the vet on Friday because I'm sure she will need an antibiotic but it seems like good news! Can he put regular Neosporin on the wound until then?
     

  18. EmersonandEvie

    EmersonandEvie Thread Starter Mom to Evie, Emerson and Dexter Super Cat

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    Husband is taking her tomorrow afternoon. The vet wanted to see her since the abscess already broke and he didn't want it to reform before Friday. Her chin looks really good!
     
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  19. EmersonandEvie

    EmersonandEvie Thread Starter Mom to Evie, Emerson and Dexter Super Cat

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    She was given an anti inflammatory and an antibiotic. The vet says to monitor it and if it comes back they will have a look at her teeth (she had a dental recently), but he was pretty sure it just came form roughhousing. Bonus image of Evie attempting to "hide" from the vet....
     

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  20. verna davies

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    Who does she think she is kidding!!
     

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