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My cat has a puffy upper lip

Discussion in 'Cat Health and Nutrition' started by Sarah DeLorenzo, Jul 7, 2019.


  1. Sarah DeLorenzo

    Sarah DeLorenzo PetForums Newbie

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    For a few days now my 2 yr old male cat has had a puffy upper lip. It doesn’t seem too painful for him - he’s been acting himself. I’m not sure if I need to take him to the vet. I kind of think a bug bit him. We have black ants and he loves to play with them or any other bug that’s crawling around and often tries to eat them. So to me it makes sense if a bug bit him. I’ve attached a photo. Please let me know what it looks like and if it’s serious enough to bring him to the vet.
     

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  2. Soozi

    Soozi PetForums VIP

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    Hi and welcome!
    It could be a rodent ulcer! I think it might be worth the Vet having a look to make sure. If it’s a few days I’m not sure it would be a bite from a bug. Keep looking in for any further advice. Hope he’s ok soon. :)
     
  3. Sacremist

    Sacremist Mum to 2 cats and a dog

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    To be honest, I can’t see it very clearly, but I would get it checked by a vet to be on the safe side.
     
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    I agree hard to see on the pic as it’s upside down.
     
  5. Sarah DeLorenzo

    Sarah DeLorenzo PetForums Newbie

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    I wish it were easier to get a picture! I’ll try
     
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  6. Sarah DeLorenzo

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    Hope this is better!
     

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    BarneyBobCat Slave to an AcroCat

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    Looks sore to me - trip to the vets!
     
  8. Sacremist

    Sacremist Mum to 2 cats and a dog

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    Definitely the vets.
     
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  9. Sarah DeLorenzo

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    We are going to the vet on Tuesday!
     
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    Awww bless him that looks very sore and painful! I doubt it is an insect bite or sting if he has already had it a few days and it is still so sore looking. I would be taking him to the vet today, so at least you could get some pain relief prescribed for him.

    By the looks of it, It may possibly be an ulcer caused by eosinophilic granuloma complex. (a.k.a. "rodent ulcer" though is nothing to do with rodents. ;))

    https://icatcare.org/advice/cat-health/eosinophilic-granuloma-complex

    As you will see in the article it can sometimes be caused by food allergies.
     
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