Cat Swollen Lip Home Remedies

Your cat’s lips can become swollen for any number of reasons. Swollen lips usually have some inflammation, or there is fluid build-up in the skin tissue.

Felines are curious creatures, poking their faces into everything as they explore. Cat swollen lip home remedies help reduce pain and swelling and keep your feline’s nine lives intact.

Cat swollen lip home remedies

There could be many causes for your cat’s swollen lip, but luckily there are some helpful home remedies. Whether it’s an insect bite or allergy, these remedies can provide relief from pain, worry, and expensive vet bills.

Try A Cold Compress

Swelling of the face and lips usually results from some kind of trauma, allergic response, or an insect bite or sting.

Remember that while first-aid and home remedies start first, severe cases may require immediate medical attention from a vet. If your cat is still breathing normally, you can breathe a sigh of relief yourself.

However, signs of pain in your feline friend can be loud meowing, hissing, and hiding away. To immediately deal with a swollen lip, you can apply a cold compress to your pet’s lips.

True, your pet may reasonably object, but it’s worth a shot.

A cold compress is used straight after the injury to minimize swelling and inflammation.

Place just one ice block in a face-cloth and hold it against the swollen lip for up to 5 minutes if your cat will allow you. The icy cold sensation should reduce swelling and inflammation and also relieve pain.

Allergies And Natural, Soothing Remedies

Your cat can also have an allergic reaction when his body responds negatively to something he’s come into contact with. It could be food, environmental allergies, or medicines.

Remove Exposure To Dirty Bowls

When it’s a food allergy causing your cat’s swollen lips, before you rope in the vet for allergy tests, introduce home remedies first.

Sometimes it can be as simple as removing exposure to certain things. This way, you can see if the allergic reaction and lip swelling improve.

Whatever food dish you use, start by making sure you wash it with hot, soapy water between each meal.

Over-the-counter Antihistamines

Depending on the severity of your cat’s swollen lip, you can treat it with over-the-counter antihistamines.

If your cat has been stung or bitten by an insect or spider, try to identify what it was that bit your cat on the lip.

If it was a bee, you might have first removed its stinger. That’s because it continues to secrete venom. Soothe the bite site immediately.

A superb, quick home remedy for reducing swelling of a cat’s lips is to make a paste of a ¼ teaspoon baking soda and a few drops of water. Apply the paste to the sting area.

To avoid an allergic reaction, you can give your furry friend a dose of oral antihistamine.

Over-the-counter antihistamines can be a good option for allergy relief. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is an exmple of this.

It is a commonly used allergy medicine for both cats and dogs. It’s available in tablet and liquid gel and can temporarily relieve symptoms of upper respiratory allergies.

Home remedies for cat swollen lip

A Rinse For Fresh Wounds

There are also other topical antibiotic ointments used for minor cuts and stings. Ointments like these from your vet are pretty safe and should always be in your home first aid kit.

You can also try natural, homeopathic remedies. You can easily rinse out a fresh wound on your cat’s lip with a solution of 1-pint water, ½ teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon of Echinacea tincture.

It is wonderfully healing. Cat wounds can often turn into an abscess, but by dabbing the lips with this solution throughout the day, you can avoid a trip to the vet and an abscess forming.

Soothing Aloe Vera Gel

Lip swelling can also be a sign of oral or gum infections. Aloe vera gel is wonderfully soothing. If you don’t have a tube at home, you can even buy the aloe vera plant at your local grocery store.

It’s a succulent plant that stores water in its leaves in the form of a gel. This gel is excellent for minor wounds, burns, and other skin problems.

The bioactive compounds in the gel can prove very useful in relieving lip swelling.

Tea Tree Oil

Add a drop or two of tea tree oil to add even more ‘healing powers’ to your aloe vera gel. Every home, where possible, should try to keep a bottle of tea tree oil in their medicine chest.

It’s an essential oil that is useful for so many things. It’s inexpensive too.

It comes from Australia and has been used by the Aborigines for centuries.  The oil contains compounds that kill bacteria and viruses. Be very, very careful with the amount you use.

Indeed, its popularity has meant we’re seeing many veterinary skin care products that can be used at home and contain small amounts of tea tree oil.

In small concentrations of just .1% to 1%, it is safe for cats and dogs.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil, too, is a home remedy that can be used on your cat’s swollen lip. Many of us already use coconut oil for cooking.

The oil is rich in antimicrobial lauric acid. It means that it can prevent bacteria from forming on a cut lip and reduce swelling.

If you’re nervous about adding tea tree oil to treat your cat, rather avoid it. Coconut oil can be safely applied to your cat’s lips several times a day until the swelling subsides.

Coconut oil is a superfood, and it can help alleviate many irritations.

If you have an older cat with a swollen lip, he is more prone to inflammatory health issues. Always choose organic, virgin, cold-pressed coconut oil.

Not only will it help your pet’s swollen lip, but you may also discover that coconut oil gives him a boost of energy as well.


Some excellent natural herbal supplements can bring down the swelling of your cat’s lip. One of these is turmeric, a spice and herb that is used in Ayurvedic medicine.

It won’t only assist with a swollen lip but will improve your cat’s general health. As a superfood, it is also an anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antibacterial treatment.

It is great for using externally for cuts and wounds. Add a drop or two of cold water to a thumbnail amount of turmeric to form a paste.

Smear the paste on your cat’s swollen lips. There’s no need to wash it off once it dries on your cat’s lips.

Ingesting it ‘by mistake’ will be of immense benefit to your cat, coming with heaps of fantastic health benefits. Once you’ve seen what it can do, you’ll want to buy the ‘turmeric for cats’ supplement.


With swollen lips in cats, you can be looking at allergic reactions, injuries, dental problems, or even feline acne.

Some of these things may seem out of your control, but most times some form of treatment can be started at home.

Treating a swollen lip in your cat can be as simple as making use of the several home remedies we’ve suggested.

These valuable home remedies are for treating swollen lips in cats and can avoid a trip to the vet. That’s enough to keep your cat happy and purring.