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Old 03-31-2009, 08:57 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Default Lump, bump, mass etc. in my cat's armpit area

Hi there,

Our sweet Mazel, a male 6 year old, has some sort of lump near his front right leg arm pit.

We can move it a bit with our fingers and it does not seem to hurt him.

He just had his teeth cleaned in Feb. where they took blood, but perhaps only for the reason to see if he could "go under" anesthisia safely.

Has anyone had this experience?

He is otherwise happy, healthy, active, loving etc.

EDIT: It is about the size of a penny and regardless I DO plan on taking him to our vet, thanks!
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Old 03-31-2009, 09:31 PM
 
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Hi there,

Has anyone had this experience?

With no pain, no inflammation or tender areas around it, and if it's pretty solid feeling (like a lump of tissue) it could be a ganglion. If it's less solid feeling it could be a cyst or a fat lump.

I've had a dog that developed one in the exact area your cat has one in. We left it alone and for about two years it would grow and shrink of it's own accord (they do, and they'll also sometimes disappear by themselves) but then it grew and started interfering with movement, so it had to be removed.

Let us know what the vet says. (By the way, if it is a ganglion, they are totally painless. I have one too. )
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Old 03-31-2009, 10:21 PM
 
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Or could be a pcoket of infection. Cats are incredibly strong/resilient and will not show signs of pain or illness until just before they are near death. Had it happen to me, 2 cats some years apart seemed a lttle under the weather for a day or so and then died.
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Old 04-01-2009, 08:48 AM
 
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If I'm not mistaken, there's a lymph node in that area. I'll be interested to see what your vet says!
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Old 04-01-2009, 10:52 AM
 
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Here's hoping it's easily remedied. Keep us posted.
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Old 04-01-2009, 08:15 PM
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Location: Memphis - home of the king
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Had a friend whose dog had a large lump under a leg that felt as if there was a plastic bag of fluid under her skin. She was an old dog and might not have survived a surgery.

Well a few months later the lump was smaller and hard, as if something had leaked out of it. The dog was totally asymptomatic, no pain or unease in movement, totally oblivious.

The dog lived for years with no problem and died of old age.

No one can tell you what to do with your pet that would be best. Yet sometimes these types of things are indeed harmless.
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Old 04-02-2009, 07:51 PM
 
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thank you and i will update!
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Old 04-03-2009, 07:51 AM
 
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I have a 13 year old that I found a lump on. Scared me to death so I called and got her intot he vets right away.. He stuck a needle in it and pulled some of it out.. It was fat. Hope yours has as good a outcome as mine was.
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Old 04-03-2009, 07:54 AM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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Hi there,

Our sweet Mazel, a male 6 year old, has some sort of lump near his front right leg arm pit.

We can move it a bit with our fingers and it does not seem to hurt him.

He just had his teeth cleaned in Feb. where they took blood, but perhaps only for the reason to see if he could "go under" anesthisia safely.

Has anyone had this experience?

He is otherwise happy, healthy, active, loving etc.

EDIT: It is about the size of a penny and regardless I DO plan on taking him to our vet, thanks!
It's probably an abcess. Cats are notorious for getting them. The vet will probably either drain it, or just give you an antibiotic prescription. Be careful that the cat does not go off it's feed. That can be deadly. The cat can go into something called lipodosis (sorry about the spelling), and it can be fatal.

It is most certainly an abcess if the kitty is licking it continuously. See the vet.

20yrsinBranson
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Old 04-03-2009, 08:17 AM
 
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Good luck, I hope your kitty is fine.
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