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Cold sores?

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Is it possible for cats to get cold sores? My cat seems to have an imflamed, red, slightly swollen area in one corner of his mouth. It doesn't seem to bother him. He lets me touch it and doesn't react. He is also eating just fine. It seems to be bothering me more than him. Should I be worried?
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Sounds more like kitty got stung? My kitties will play with yellow jackets sometimes and get stung in the process and the mouth will look somewhat like you are describing. Even if your kitty is an inside kitty, it is possible that a spider or bee got inside and kitty went to play. I have a small bottle of GSE (Grapefruit Seed Extract) and I just add a few drops to kitties waterbowl to help speed the healing. You can get the stuff at any good health food store and I use it for a lot of stuff and it has never let me down yet. But as long as kitty is eating and playing and being normal, there is probably nothing to worry about, though I would keep an eye on it for a few days
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Thanks Hissy:

I never thought of that. Yes he is an indoor cat, but our house was built in 1907 so there are a few spiders and bugs around. You're probably right. I have already noticed today that it looks a lot less inflamed, so I think it will go away on it's own. Thanks again. Didn't mean to panic, but these are my children as I'm sure you guys all understand. It's so nice to talk to people who actually understand.
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Hi lisayi,

I don't know if it is the same thing, but I have just gone through something similiar. Lily's lip on the bottom was pink and inflamed. The fur around it was gone. She ate, and played just fine and I could touch it. Well, she had it for a week so I took her to the vet yesterday. It's feline Acne. Caused by plastic food and water dishes. i always use glass, but found out my mother had given them there dry food in a plastic dish, when I was out of town.

Something to look into.

Good luck.
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