Lumps, Bumps, Cysts And Other Growths On Cats

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Sometimes, finding a mysterious lump on your cat’s skin can be a scary ordeal. You’ll find your mind automatically wandering towards that dreaded word – cancer. What you need to tell yourself in situations like this, is that not all growths point to one thing. It might just be a harmless mole. You should check with your veterinarian before jumping to unnecessary conclusions. Some people think a mole is no big deal and this can also be a huge mistake. You should let your veterinarian examine it to be a 100% sure. As not all bumps are the same, it’s safer to get a professional opinion.

Types Of Lumps, Cysts, And Bumps

There are endless types of lumps and bumps that your cat may develop over the years and not all of them are dangerous. Some of these bumps are just simply allergic reactions that your cat may experience. Allergic reactions can be easily treated using antihistamines, limiting exposure to the allergen, or changing your cat’s environment.A lump can just as easily be an abscess caused by an infection from a bite wound. If your cat has an abscess, your vet will have to surgically open, drain, flush, and administer the appropriate antibiotics. It’s an easy fix for a harmless bump. Apocrine sweat gland cysts can also appear on your cat’s skin as a bump. Although this condition is rare in cats, they are just as frightening as the other growths that you may find. The cyst can be surgically removed with ease.Hornet, bee, or wasp stings can also manifest themselves as ugly, swollen lumps. The reactions and severity of these stings can vary dramatically from cat to cat. Your vet can treat these kinds of bumps by administering antihistamines, wet dressings, or steroids.

Cancerous Growths

There are only some types of growths that are cancerous. A biopsy will be needed to make sure whether a growth is cancerous in nature or not.

  • Mast cell tumors: These benign tumors can appear on your cat’s skin – most commonly in the head or neck area – and they may be red and itchy. Only 10% of these tumors are cancerous.
  • Fibrosarcomas: These tumors are definitely cancerous but the likelihood of your cat getting them is very low. They can appear anywhere on your cat’s body and give you quite a scare.
  • Breast cancer: This is one of the most common cancers seen in cats. Also known as mammary gland tumors, they appear near her nipples and may go unnoticed until they’re large enough to be clearly visible. You can reduce the risk of your cat getting breast cancer by 90% if you spay her before she goes into heat.

Most of the time, a growth is not cancerous. Lumps and bumps can be caused by a number of different circumstances. Get your veterinarian to examine the growth before you jump into conclusions. Remember, even cancerous growths can be treated.

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