Originally Posted by Sooz123
I looked up Hissy's name in the member list & the one I found said she hasn't visited since 2001.
Could it be something that would warrant a weekend emergency visit? I will call the vet on Monday for sure, and take away his plastic bowls in the meantime.
We have just been through a food transition, I didn't think about that until last night. One night he ran out of Felidae wet and I fed him the only other thing we had in the house which was Science Diet wet, which he got for two days. He'd been eating Kitten chow dry but also ran out right after that. I don't know why I thought the pet store would have KC, but of course when I went for the Felidae they didn't, so here he's back on his Felidae wet and has had a semi-sudden (as I mixed what KC he had left with it) dry change to Nutro kitten.
After switching to Nutro, the bump showed up either the next day or the day after that. It does seem logical that the two are connected.
The poor thing, he's starting to look like a boxer just out of the ring! Here he has this fat lip, and this morning he decided to play with a bee and got stung on the paw. His paw swelled up a bit but is almost back to normal now.
No, that doesn't warrant a visit to the emergency vet. An appointment next week should be fine. From what I've read/been told about EGC, if it's caused by a food allergy, it usually develops after a cat has been getting the food for quite some time.
Jamie has only had one bout with it, and that was almost two years ago. Luckily, the vet caught it in the very early stages when she was cleaning his teeth. We never determined what caused it, but since he'd already had adverse reactions to soy (hyperactivity) and beet pulp (severe dandruff), I stopped feeding him anything containing those ingredients. I participate in a German-language EGC forum, and it's amazing to read the various causes some people have been able to establish: beef, rice, chicken, corn, lamb, soy, dust mites..... the list is endless. I do think it's a good idea to get rid of the plastic bowls, because many cats seem to be allergic to them, and they tend to become scratched. I use stainless steel for dry food, and glass or china for canned food and water, and put everything through the dishwasher.
I hope your baby's lip heals soon!