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My cat has a swollen upper lip. its been like that for a month

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My cat has a swollen upper lip. it's been like that for a month now. she's had it before but not for this long. she rubs it against sharp edges to scratch it, I think. She's 11 years, old btw. What is it an should I take her to a vet?

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Has there been any food changes?


What type of food and water bowel does she use( plastic, glass, ceramic etc)


Can you see any ulcers on the outside of the lip on inside the lip toward the gum?

Customer: replied 5 years ago.
no food changes. plastic bowl. and at the mement I can't take a look. When I transported her by carrier recently, her lips started bleeding as she rubbed against it.

Thank you for the additional information


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One of the most common causes of a swollen upper lip is a rodent ulcer however in some cases a eosinophilic granuloma can cause swelling in the upper or lower lip.

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The most common reason for these to develop is due to an allergic reaction. Food allergies are often the cause however plastic bowls seems to be the leading cause.


In many cases Steroids is need to clear the problem and all bowls should be changed to glass, or stainless to help prevent this in the future.


While these are the most common causes in a senior cat oral cancer needs to be ruled out so I would suggest having her seen by the vet as soon as you can. Today would be good but if you can not get her in until Monday that should be fine.


I hope all goes well, please reply back if you have additional questions or concerns


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