Cat Eye Swelling and Face Skin Lump

by Miranda

Abby: Age 12, Tabby Cat.

Abby: Age 12, Tabby Cat.

My cat is suffering from symptoms of cat eye problems including redness, swelling in the right eye, blood and puss coming from the eye, with a lump on face beside eye (near cheekbone). It all

started yesterday, but the lump on the face started 2 weeks ago.

She is an indoor cat. We have one healthy 3 year old male cat. She is a good eater and has been drinking. She sleeps like a cat but the last two days she has been a bit more lethargic.

With there being so many possibilities does this look like one of the illnesses more specifically? She is still eating and drinking and isn't acting like she is in pain. This happened suddenly. The only other strange occurrence is that she has a lump on the side of her cheek/cheekbone that appears and disappears and has been there for about a month.

Her nose appears to be red or possibly bleeding as well (by the lump on her face. She has been generally a healthy cat over the years.

Veterinarian Suggestion for Causes of Lump on Face and Cat Eye Problems

Hello Miranda,

You are right, there are a lot of potential causes for the symptoms you describe, and I’m having trouble coming up with just one problem that explains them all.

Here are a couple of possibilities, though. The lump on her face plus/minus the drainage from her nose could be caused by an abscess, perhaps related to a damaged tooth. The swelling could disappear when the abscess drains and reappear when the pus starts to build up again. I suppose it’s possible that the abscess or related infection is also somehow affecting her eye, but that might be a bit of a stretch.

Many cats also have latent viral infections of the eye that can flare-up during times of stress. Perhaps whatever is going on with the lump on her cheek resulted in a reoccurrence of a viral infection. Whatever is going on, I do think a trip to the veterinarian for diagnosis and treatment is in your cat’s best interest.


Jennifer Coates, DVM

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