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Terri, Feline Healthcare Expert
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Swollen neck as of this evening. was sluggish for two days.

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swollen neck as of this evening. was sluggish for two days. not eating or drinking. 13 yrs old. outdoors for day and in each night, this came on fast.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Could be a lot of things that cause lethargy. The Veterinarian will know how to help the cat. What is the cat's name?
Customer: Mommy Cat.
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about the cat?
Customer: No, has been healthy for years. Has a slight limp from jumping down a tree about 10 years ago. Did recently kill a chipmunk, and we also sprayed for bugs yesterday morning, However, other outside cat is fine and they share bowls.
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Drhollowayvet replied 10 months ago.

Hello my name is***** but you can call me Dr. H, and I am a licensed veterinarian. I understand that your pet Mommy Cat has a swollen, sluggish and not eating or drinking. This sounds serious I am afraid. Cats are good maskers of disease and when they stop eating it is usually indicating a serious underlying medical issue.

Swelling around the neck can be caused by: swollen lymph nodes due to infection or cancer, or an abscess (bacterial infected pocket).

Do you have a picture of the swollen area to show me?

Also please look at Mommy Cat's gums and tell me what color they are?

- Dr. H