Mother Cat has swelling on one side of face

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Hello,

I was posting in the kitten forum about our cat who had kittens. She is a Maine Coon. The 5 kittens are all doing well and weigh between 209 and 262 grams at 5 days old. However, today I noticed that Zoe's face was quite swollen on one side. She is not acting in distress and feeding and nursing. I pressed that side and she didn't react. Any advice?
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Is she eating normally? Has she let you check her teeth? Could be an abscess or some other dental issue.
 
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Yes, she is eating fine. My guess is a dental issue as well. Haven't checked her teeth. She is nursing the kittens now. It came on very suddenly.
 
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I just checked her teeth. Don't see anything. She isn't reacting when I press it. Maybe it will just go away?
 

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Can you see anything on the gums or is that not possible to even check?
 

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Not something I’d risk sitting on, personally. Could be caused by anything from a rotting or infected tooth root to a cat bite, insect sting, a tumour (though unlikely with super sudden onset to get to the size), or a foreign object. All of these except, perhaps an insect sting need vet intervention. Even then, cats can have allergies to those and need vet attention anyway.

Imo she needs a full dental examination and potentially an X-ray by a dental specialist, as well as a FNA of the lump.
 
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I just opened her mouth again and it looks fine to me but I am not an expert. She just ate some food and is acting normally.
 
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Okay, my husband just said she was in the garden with him and was playing with a bee and then she ran away from it. My guess is that she was stung.
 
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2.5 hours later- swelling looks better I think. Phew! Thanks for all the quick responses. This site is very helpful.
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Hello,

I was posting in the kitten forum about our cat who had kittens. She is a Maine Coon. The 5 kittens are all doing well and weigh between 209 and 262 grams at 5 days old. However, today I noticed that Zoe's face was quite swollen on one side. She is not acting in distress and feeding and nursing. I pressed that side and she didn't react. Any advice? View attachment 379673
My grandmothers cat had this happen to her. It ended up being some kind of cancer. I def would take her to the vet because hers passed away!
 
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Thank you. I just looked and didn't see any stinger. She is continuing to eat and act normally and frequently nurse her kittens. I still see some swelling but not as much. Here she is now.
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