I would certainly think dental problems right off. And it may not take much to cause an abscess, but after reading that they are indoor/outdoor, a spider bite, or wasp bite might be an allergic reaction that you are seeing.
My girls will eat anything crawling on the floor, beetles, june bugs, spiders, they just love bugs....Most times I see them eating something that I went to get a paper towel to remove from the floor, they are that fast at catching the bugs.
I know what you mean about the weekends, my girls always need attention on a Saturday or Sunday...I am reading this post at 11 am on Sunday and for my own Peace of Mind, would get my baby in today especially in the case of a severe reaction or abscess...
Thanks so much for the reply! It hasn't gotten any bigger, but he's still lethargic. I just hate this. There are no emergency vets close to us, the closest is about an hour away. Probably better to err on the side of caution. I'd be devastated if something happened and I didn't take him.
Sounds very much like a bite' do u have any idea how long ago this may have happened, like last eve. Or this morning? I would just watch him closely if swelling not getting worse or affecting his airway than its not really an emergency.
Do u have an er number to phone and get an opinion? Always trust yr gut instinct better to b sure than loose a kitty
He was fine late last night (like 1am) so whatever happened happened overnight or first thing this morning. I've been watching him closely all day long, the swelling is the same, no worse, but no better. He's not as lethargic now, which is good. Using the litter box normally, so those things are okay. His sister is too cute, she's been grooming him all day! I think she was confused because he wasn't running around chasing her like normal.
I DO think a bite or sting is probably the culprit, as we have the kitties in our sun room, and during the day, we leave the door open enough for them and our dog to get in and out, so lots of bugs find there way in too, unfortunately. They both go after the flies and bees. It's so localized in just that one spot, so I would imagine either that (a reaction to a bite or sting), or an abscess from some kind of infection). It doesn't seem to be tender to touch, he doesn't pull away or anything when I touch that area. How can you tell if a cat has a fever? First thing this morning, when I was holding him, his tummy felt warm, he just felt warmer than normal, but doesn't anymore.
I think he will be okay and I'll get him into see the vet first thing in the morning. If he hadn't shown SOME sign of improvement by about 3, I was going to take him today. He's not a total potato head anymore, he's playing a little and a little more active. It's SO hard to make those calls, because you don't want to under-react, but also, if you can wait to see your regular vet, I think it's better all around. We've had plenty of ER visits with our critters through the years and geez, it's SUCH a racket!
Thanks SO much guys! You're the best!
yes all good signs that it hasn't increased and he is not quite so lethargic...I would think if it is a bite you will see a great improvement by morning.
One of mine got bit once by a bee or wasp...she tried to eat it and it stung the inside of her mouth(I am guessing b/c I really didn't see it happening)..just heard a yelp than later the fat lip, with her the swelling only lasted over night than was mostly gone by morning.
So as you said keep an eye on it and take him to the regular Vet tomorrow if no improvement. those ER's charge an arm and a leg, and if its warranted we gladly pay however if its a trip we can do without than we are all the better off for it...:) I agree totally those calls are very hard to make..we can second guess ourselves many times over.
If a cat has a fever the tips of his ears and his paw pads will feel abnormally warm....the nose maybe a bit dry as well, if the fever is really high and he is having some dehydration.
so little Caesar be well by morning so mommy can relax....let us know okay:)
Great news to report!
He improved more and more last evening, playing, the swelling was getting markedly better. This morning, he's PURRFECT! ;0) NO swelling, 100% back to normal! Yay!
Do you think I should still take him to the vet? He's perfectly fine now. I'm guessing a sting or a bite, and likely a reaction. I know that if it was an abscess it wouldn't have gone away so quickly. Just wonder if I should still have him seen or not. I'll call them either way to see what they say, but I wanted your input as well!
I'm a happy kitty Mom! Whew!!