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.
With her built-in grooming tools (tongue and teeth, of course), your fastidious feline is well-equipped to tackle her own haircare needs. But if she is very dirty or gets into something sticky or smelly, you may need to give her a bath. Read the following tips before you begin to ensure minimal stress and maximum efficiency.
1. Perfect timing: Schedule baths when your cat’s at her most mellow. A play session with a cat dancer or other toy of choice can help tire out even the friskiest of felines...
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"