Q. Cats legs and paws are swollen. In the morning her chin is but it goes away after a couple hours. Have any idea what's going on?
JESSICA L DESROSIERS
A. If multiple body parts are swollen, or your cat's head, face or neck are swollen it may indicate a severe allergic reaction. In these cases it is best to contact your local vet or emergency clinic as soon as possible for treatment.
If the swelling is minor, it may be caused by a number of things ranging from scratches or stings from bugs, allergies or a minor allergic reaction to a medication, food or treatment. Your vet can provide you with an over the counter antihistamine dosage to treat acute minor swelling.
Swelling in the body such as the chest and abdomen, or extremities can also sometimes indicate problems such as heart disease or other internal organ disease. If your cat is experiencing chronic swelling, scheduling a complete wellness exam with your vet is best.