Sudden swelling of the face, lips, ears, and eyelids can be caused by a
hivelike allergic reaction called urticaria. The cat’s head may appear strangely out of proportion to
her body, and the eyes may be swollen shut. Common causes are food allergy, contact and inhalation
allergy, and the bites and stings of insects. Swelling may appear as much as 20
minutes after exposure to the allergen.
Treatment: Most reactions subside in three to four hours. Cool compresses
may relieve some discomfort. Your veterinarian may choose to administer
adrenaline or an antihistamine. You should try to find out what caused the
allergic reaction so you can prevent your cat from coming into contact with
that allergen again.
to the creation and marketing of cat litter since the mid 1940s, more and more
cats are staying in-becoming indoors-only pets, that is. As such, cats are
generally leading longer, healthier lives. The average indoor cat lives
to be ten to twelve years old, and many of us know felines who are older than
twenty. Conversely, outdoor-only cats survive for an average of two years in
that situation. Our homes offer a safer, healthier environment than life
on the street. Just think,...
The addition of wheezing, respiratory distress,
vomiting, or diarrhea indicates a potentially serious allergic
reaction. Snakebite is another possibility. Seek immediate veterinary
Head and Neck Abscesses
Head and neck abscesses appear suddenly and are accompanied by fever. They
are extremely tender and may give a lopsided look to the head, face, or neck.
Opening the mouth causes extreme pain in some cases. These cats refuse to eat
or drink. Many have a high fever.
WebMD Veterinary Reference from "Cat Owner's Home Veterinary Handbook"