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What can it be?

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
I have a cat that just turned a year old in April. Today, I just recently noticed a humungous lump-type ball on the side of his face. I thought maybe it could have been a bee sting, but there is no sign of one. My vet is booked and I am wondering if it is an emergency and that we need to seek medical attention. Does anyone know what this might be? I am very concerned, but money is tight please help!!!! Here is a picture I just took a few minutes ago.


http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j1...Kittens054.jpg
post #2 of 17
Any lump would have me either at the er vet or another vet asap.... at that age lumps shouldnt be
post #3 of 17
Just the way you describe his situation as having "humungous lump-type ball on the side of his face " - would make me want to run to the VET. Unfortunately it could be anything from an abcess to who knows what and only a Vet can do a propper diagnosis and provide the right course of treatment.

Please find a VET - this NEEDS MEDICAL ATTENTION!!
post #4 of 17
After seeing the photo please take him to the Vet ASAp... Keep us updated please.
post #5 of 17
Does your cat go outside at all? It may be an abscess, which needs antibiotics for treatment, and sometimes lancing.
post #6 of 17
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Originally Posted by kluchetta
Does your cat go outside at all? It may be an abscess, which needs antibiotics for treatment, and sometimes lancing.

Yes, he does go outside. I am trying to make an appointment for today at our local vet, but I just can't seem to get through to them. Should I bring him to the ER?
post #7 of 17
I would ...
post #8 of 17
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I got an appointment for 3:15 today at my local animal hospital.
post #9 of 17
Glad to hear that .. please give us an update..
post #10 of 17
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Originally Posted by petkeepr7789
I got an appointment for 3:15 today at my local animal hospital.
Any updates? I would say it is an abcess-hope everything went well..and hes feeling better now.
post #11 of 17
Well any news yet please tell us what happened... Is he ok...
post #12 of 17
Thread Starter 
Okay, it was an abcess caused by a cat bite. They have to drain it out so he is staying over night. Also, while he is there he is getting neutered. It is a big day for him! Luckily, it wasn't anything worse than an abcess. He is also going to be on antibiotics for a little too for the abcess to clear up.
post #13 of 17
Thank you so much for getting him neutered and getting him vet care! How old is he?

Have you considered limiting his outdoor time to supervised-only (leash or enclosure) or getting him used to being inside now?
post #14 of 17
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Originally Posted by Zissou'sMom
Thank you so much for getting him neutered and getting him vet care! How old is he?

Have you considered limiting his outdoor time to supervised-only (leash or enclosure) or getting him used to being inside now?
He turned a 1 year old in April. We have been trying to find a vet office to neuter him, but they all have been jam-packed with appointments. I'm glad I finally found someone. He is both an indoor and outdoor cat, but since this incident I am going to limit his time and supervise him. I am wondering is this true? After the male cat is neutered does he become more affectionate and calmer?
post #15 of 17
I think for some they are others nope
post #16 of 17
The only differences you will see in your cat will be positive ones. Keep in mind that once he is neutered the hormones will continue to be in his body for up to a month and he may change more gradually to be calmer. Also, he has an infection on his face and is having surgery, so be very patient with him for the weeks after he comes home. If the vet doesn't tell you this, you have to keep him inside until the neuter and the abcess heal.

And a major plus, if you don't let him out at all for at least a month you can guarantee that he's not making babies and adding to the homeless cat problem!
post #17 of 17
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Originally Posted by Zissou'sMom
The only differences you will see in your cat will be positive ones. Keep in mind that once he is neutered the hormones will continue to be in his body for up to a month and he may change more gradually to be calmer. Also, he has an infection on his face and is having surgery, so be very patient with him for the weeks after he comes home. If the vet doesn't tell you this, you have to keep him inside until the neuter and the abcess heal.

And a major plus, if you don't let him out at all for at least a month you can guarantee that he's not making babies and adding to the homeless cat problem!
Yes, I am already aware of the recovery time and I am definately going to keep him inside for the next month or so.
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