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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Kitten has a swollen front paw

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Kitten has a swollen front paw
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 10 months ago.

I'm sorry to hear of this with Mason. A bite wound cellulitis/abscess should be considered if Mason has interacted with another cat within the past week. If that's not an option, an envenomation by flying insect or spider or even bone fracture(s) need to be considered. Fever would suggest cellulitis/abscess. See if you can take Mason's rectal temperature. Any body thermometer placed 1" into his rectum for 1 minute should do. Normal is 100.5-102.5F. This is a two person job! Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.