Cats often develop abscesses but there are several different reasons for why one of these swellings may appear. Some may even go unnoticed by a cat owner until it ruptures or other signs appear. Knowing what to watch for and then how to treat a cat abscess is an important part in helping keep a cat happy and healthy. An abscess is an infected pocket of pus and pus is a thick fluid that is full of bacteria, white blood cells, and other things.
Facial Swelling in Cats and Dogs - Metropolitan Veterinary Associates
Have a look at the picture above. This is an abscess and it needs veterinary attention. An abscess is a localised pocket of infection that feels like a fluid-filled bump. It can occur anywhere on or in the body. In cats an abscess is most often found on the head, especially the cheek or jaw. Abscesses are almost always the result of a cat fight, but can also be caused by another animal, a grass seed or even a tooth root. When two evenly-matched cats get into a fight, most injuries happen around the head for obvious reasons.
Did you know? We had the cutest little miniature pinscher come into our hospital tonight with a swollen face. Poor thing was miserable and tried to hide his head as I brought him back to the Critical Care Unit of our hospital.
Suddenly finding your cat with a swollen face can be quite startling. Determining the cause of the swelling can sometimes be challenging. There are a variety of causes of facial swelling, some more common than others.