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Hes a cat old looks like a bit of blood but think he might

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hes a cat old looks like a bit of blood but think he might have something witrh a tooth he is still eating and drinking
JA: I'll do all I can to help. Can you tell me a little more about the cat's situation? How long has this been a concern?
Customer: a few days
JA: Does the cat ever go outside? Is he taking any medications?
Customer: no to both
JA: And what's the cat's name and age?
Customer: hes called Rufio and hes about 10 11
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know about Rufio?
Customer: he was in car accident a xouple of years ago hes had part of his jaw removed little bit but hes fully recovered from that
Submitted: 14 days ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 14 days ago.

Hi there, you are through to Dr Linda.

To confirm, Rufio is bleeding from the mouth?

Would it be more than a teaspoon of blood?

Would he let you look inside the mouth?

Customer: replied 14 days ago.
No it’s not bleeding as such he just looks like it has but stayed there
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 14 days ago.

Please ignore any phone call request as the website sends these automatically.

So there is blood in the mouth? Would you be able to send a clear photo?

Customer: replied 14 days ago.
I don’t know how to it’s were he doesn’t have any teeth he does cry or scratch when I try look but he doesn’t want me too
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 14 days ago.

https://www.justanswer.com/help/how-do-i-send-photo-or-file-expert

This link explains how to send a photo, as this would really help me get a better idea of what exactly is going on. If unable to, don't worry and I can still try to help.

When you say the blood is where he doesn't have teeth, is it where he used to have teeth or somewhere else such as his gums or the inside of his cheeks?

Is it possible he has a growth/mass or perhaps an ulcer?

Customer: replied 14 days ago.
It’s just a little bit on the side of his mouth diclouration a bit
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 14 days ago.

So not associated with a tooth?

And on the outside of the mouth?

Customer: replied 14 days ago.
right by his mouth
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 14 days ago.

Ok thank you.

Does there seem to be a scab, wound, growth or abscess?

Is there any ooze or bad smell?

Customer: replied 14 days ago.
No he just a really good cat
Customer: replied 14 days ago.
No
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 14 days ago.

Unfortunately from your description and without a photo it is very difficult for me to know what is going on.

Skin beside the mouth that is bleeding could mean an infection, ulcer, tumour or something else.

It is reassuring he is eating.

If he is rubbing his head or pawing at the area, we should protect it by using a buster collar.

We could also clean away any dried blood with some cotton wool and salt water.

It would be best to have him see by a vet who can determine what is going on, if we need to run any tests (such as a fine needle aspirate) and if Rudio needs any medicine such as antibiotics or pain relief.

I do hope this helps.

Customer: replied 14 days ago.
thanks
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 14 days ago.

Not at all and take care!