I took my cat, Carma, to the vet because she had a rather large lump on her cheek.
My wife noticed the lump at the beginning of the week. I felt it on Sunday and it felt like it was only fur back then.
The lump grew as the week went on and it became clear that we needed to get her some help.
She wasn’t eating, drinking, or moving around as much as she usually does.
We made a vet appointment and I looked up her symptoms online.
While we were worried about cancer at first, her symptoms matched up with an abscessed tooth. She’s had tooth problems in the past so a tooth infection didn’t seem too far fetched.
When I took her to the vet the diagnosis was not an abscessed tooth, but just an abscess. She had an infected wound on her cheek.
Something had punctured her cheek and gone through into her mouth. There was nothing in the wound and the wound was about the size of a cat tooth so the veterinarian guessed that it was a bite from another cat.
Carma never goes outside for long enough periods of time to meet other cats. The only possible culprit is our other cat, Lucky.
They must’ve gotten into a fight and Carma got the worst of it.
The treatment for an abscess is to puncture the sac of accumulated pus and let it drain.
They did that by shaving the fur on Carma’s cheek and then poking the lump with a knife. Seems odd that you’d treat a puncture wound with another puncture, but there you go.
Carma came back from the vet with her right side covered in blood and pus. She was also quite grumpy.
The vet told us that Carma would clean off the blood and pus herself, which she did.
She also got blood and pus all over the blankets in our room despite giving her a towel to bleed on.
She is a lot happier now. Moving around more, eating, drinking, coming downstairs, etc.
We’re also trying to get Lucky to be less inclined to bite her. Any tips for that would be appreciated!
Either way, Carma is on the road to recovery with twice a day antibiotics. Hopefully her summer coat will grow in and her shaved face will return to its former luster.