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Has a swollen left cheek his eye is bloody and gets gunky in

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Has a swollen left cheek his eye is bloody and gets gunky in the corner. Also by his mouth he has red little circles that keep bleeding
JA: I'll do all I can to help. What type of animal are we talking about?
Customer: cat
JA: How badly is the cat bleeding? When did this start?
Customer: It weeps blood and then stops his eye has been like it for a week but got better after putting a salt rinse on it but his mouth has got like this today
JA: And what's the cat's name and age?
Customer: stormzy he’s just about to turn one
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know?
Customer: no
Submitted: 19 days ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 19 days ago.

Hello, you are through to Dr Linda, a UK based vet with 10 years of clinical experience.

I'm sorry to hear this and understand your concern for Stormzy.

Does he go outside?

Has he been neutered?

Customer: replied 19 days ago.
He’s goes outside and no he hasn’t
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 19 days ago.

Ok, thank you.

Uncastrated males who go outside are much more prone to cat bites and injuries.

This is likely what is going on here.

Is he off his food or lethargic?

Customer: replied 19 days ago.
No he’s completely himself
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 19 days ago.

Good, thanks.

Would a photo of his face be possible please?

Customer: replied 19 days ago.
File attached (6P66LG2)
Customer: replied 19 days ago.
File attached (SZZM4LT)
Customer: replied 19 days ago.
Are the pictures any good
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 19 days ago.

Thank you, ***** ***** just downloading them now.

Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 19 days ago.

In the photo, we can see skin inflammation, punctures and pus. This confirms a bacterial infection. The most likely cause would be a cat bite, but there are other considerations.

As the eye is bloody, we'd worry about a corneal ulcer (scratch on the eye) which can affect vision if not promptly treated.

It is important Stormzy sees a vet so we can clean and examine the lesions. He will likely be issued some antibiotics and anti inflammatories.

At home, protect the skin with a buster collar and bathe the lesions with cotton wool and salt water. While he has the collar on, he must stay inside.

It is strongly recommended any outdoor male is neutered. This will ensure less accidents and fights. It also prevents feral kittens being produced and means he would not longer be at risk of feline sexually transmitted diseases such as FeLV and Feline Aids. Your vet should be able to schedule this shortly if you are happy to go ahead with it.

Customer: replied 19 days ago.
Okay thank you for your help
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 19 days ago.

Not at all and please do let me know if there is anything else.

Wishing Stormzy all the very best,

Customer: replied 19 days ago.
Do you have a ruff idea of how much it will cost
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 19 days ago.

Costs vary from clinic to clinic but we are usually looking at about:

  • £30-45 for a consult
  • £15 for antibiotics
  • £15 for pain relief and anti inflammatories
  • £60-100 for castration. Castration is free of charge via the C4 scheme if you have any financial concerns.