Question: My cat’s lips swell up every once in a while. What are possible causes of this swelling?
Answer: Swollen lips can mean several things in cats. The most common causes are inflammatory issues that often have an underlying allergic or immune-mediated component — a few common causes include adverse food reaction or food allergy, chin acne, Eosinophilic Granuloma Complex, severe mouth inflammation (around teeth, gums, back of the throat, lips, etc.).
It is best to see your vet when your cat is having a flare-up for the best chance at diagnosis. Tips to try — select a natural cat food that eliminates your cat’s exposure to synthetic dyes and chemicals that he may be reacting to. Don’t feed your cat out of plastic bowls (bacteria can hide in the nooks and crannies of plastic) and make sure to clean the food and water bowls frequently to keep bacteria at bay.
Hope this helps.
Dr. Donna Spector
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