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Bitten by a spider?

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
Not sure if this is the right forum for this. I think my cat, Jada, was bitten by a spider or something. The left side of her lip is swollen all the way up to her whiskers. I lifted her lip up as much as she would let me and I can see what looks like an ulcer inside her lip. I can only assume that she was bitten by something.

This could also explain why she had diarrhea yesterday morning! Should I just keep an eye on her or take her to the vet? She is also nursing 4 kittens right now.
post #2 of 11
I would take her to the vet as soon as you can...she might require antibotics.
post #3 of 11
Thread Starter 
I don't think I can get her to the vet's office until Monday!

Here's a couple of pics of her lip

post #4 of 11
Yes. my dear take her to the vet!
post #5 of 11
She should be taken to a vet as soon as you can get her there. That may very well be a "rodent ulcer", which is often an allergic reaction to a bite, food, or allergan. Here's some information: http://www.marvistavet.com/html/eosi...granuloma.html
post #6 of 11
Thread Starter 
Oh wow, it does look exactly like the example picture. I am taking her to the vet tomorrow morning. (Monday) That's as soon as I can get her in. Thanks for the info!
post #7 of 11
You're welcome. Let us know what the vet says.
post #8 of 11
Thread Starter 
I will definately update after her appointment. That website has freaked me out a little but because it says it could be a precancerous tumor!
post #9 of 11
It's more likely an allergic reaction. Jamie had a rodent ulcer that cleared up after a cortisone shot, and a second one that was discovered when it was just a little spot on his lip, and was also treated with a shot. He has food allergies (soy, beet pulp). I was advised to give him fish oil capsules (500 mg., with Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids) every day for about 3 - 6 weeks following a flare-up (in addition to the Depomed shot), and then once a week for maintenance. It's simply a matter of piercing the capsule and squeezing it over his food. So far, so good. You might want to ask your vet about that.
post #10 of 11
Thread Starter 
Called the vet's office this morning and to my dismay it is closed for Memorial Day. Argh. I will call tomorrow to get her in and update you all asap!
post #11 of 11
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Took Jada in yesterday and they gave her a shot. They said it was a rodent ulcer (they called it something else though) and that she most likely got it from all the excessive licking she's doing. She's constantly grooming her babies and herself. They think that her rough tongue licking her lips constantly aggrivated and caused the reaction. Amazingly, the shot works because today there is hardly anything there already!
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