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Q: My Cat is Swollen at the injection site after getting spayed!

April 28, 2008 | By Heather F. | 8 answers | Expired: 2165 days ago

My Cat is Swollen at the injection site after getting spayed!

Ok so she got spayed almost a week ago....and at her injection site is really swollen...like a big lump. My mom showed her to our neighborhood vet while i was at class, and she said its fine, just to keep an eye on her as long as its not like leaking fluid. But Im prett worried about it regardless...does anyone have any previous experience or knowledge about this? Ive had 3 other female cats spayed and they were never swollen like this....

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Lois aka Roxie H.
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May 01, 2008

I have had a couple of instances where some of my cats had a reaction to a vaccination. Sometimes, it is considered less stressful for the cat to get their vaccinations when they go in for the neuter or spay surgery. Your question did not mention if if the injection site was from vaccinations or if it was from the general anesthesia. I would recommend watching to see if the swelling gets worse or looks abcessed (inflamed and swollen like a cyst). By all means, if it is getting worse, take her back to your vet. If you have to take your cat back to the vet to have her staples or stitches removed, be sure to have your vet check the swelling. My vet usually does post-op checks after two weeks from the date of the surgery.

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Brenda E.
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Apr 29, 2008

what is going on is she is probably having a reaction to the "internal" sutures. This is normal. When the outside sutures are removed by your vet (10 days post surgery) I'm sure they will tell you this. Very rarely there will be a hemotoma, but VERY rare. If you are still concerned, you can apply a warm compress at the incision site twice daily.

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KayLB8790
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Apr 29, 2008

yah that happens sometimes especially if your cat is really active. It also may take quite a while for the swelling to go down, so don't worry. As long as their is no puss coming out of the site, is not red, and the incision doesn't open up. Just try to keep her from jumping up and down off from tall surfaces.

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Bonnie G.
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Apr 29, 2008

When I had my cat spayed she got a big swollen lump, it was about the size of an egg. I called my vet and they said it sounds like the body's reaction to something traumatic like surgery. They told me to wait a few days, if it gets worse to bring her in. My cat's lump when down about a week and a half to two weeks after her surgery. =)

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Danewillow
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Apr 29, 2008

When you say it's at the injection site, do you mean where they had the IV? Our dogs have had hematomas where they've had IVs or blood drawn. Those aren't a problem. If it's on the incision I'd definitely have it checked out. Either way, if it makes you feel better, bring her to your vet (or at least call them). A follow-up with anything unusual should be part of what you pay to have your pet spayed.

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Jill R.
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Apr 29, 2008

Yep, get to your vet to have them take a look at it. Could be a tissue reaction to the sutures, or it could be the start of an infection. Keep it clean until you can get to the vet, but still, get to your vet. You don't want the incision to open up.

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Marta J.
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Apr 29, 2008

I agree call your vet. She could have the start of an infection or she may have a reactions to the sutures.

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Beaglepawz
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Apr 29, 2008

Call the vet who did the spay. Most vets have free follow up and they want to be sure things are healing the way they should. you'll feel better if you do.

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