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I see that you have been feeding Mr. Elizabeth for about 5 years and noticed a growth on the lower jaw about 10 months ago. I am assuming since you can't catch him you don't have a picture of the mass. If you do have a picture could you please send it to me? Any change in the amount and how Mr. Elizabeth is eating?
With feral cats normally the only way to catch them is a live trap. Some shelters, rescues and even some veterinarians have live traps available to loan out to catch feral cats or other animals in the area. I am concerned that swelling has gotten bigger. It could be an infected tooth (tooth root abcess) or a neoplasia (cancer) of the jaw. This is a hard a situation because I would definitely recommend catching the cat and taking him in to be examined. Mr. Elizabeth may need sedation to even allow the veterinarian to look at the mouth. I worry that he could be painful and sick. I understand that catching him might be difficult, but I think the risk is worth it in this situation. I would hate for him to suffer if it is something that a veterinarian can treat.
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