Small Growth on Back of Cats Neck

by Tanya
(New Hampshire)

Small Growth on Back of Cat Neck

Small Growth on Back of Cat Neck

How to Cure a Small Growth on a Cat Neck

I just noticed last week that my 14 year old spayed cat has a small bubble like growth about the size of a pea on the back of her neck. It is off-whiteish pink and appears to be perfectly smooth. It looks like it has yiny blood vessels running through it. She does not appear to be uncomfortable when I touch it and it doesn't seem to be deeply attached to her body. When I first saw it I though it was an engorged tick. I have not seen it change in size since I noticed it a week ago. I am not sure if it is an "old cat wart" or something I should be concerned about.

Suggestion from Our Veterinarian

Hi Tanya,

It is impossible to know for sure what a mass is just by looking at it or feeling it. There is a good chance that your cat’s mass is nothing to worry about, but I cannot, in good faith, tell you there is no possibility of it being dangerous.

You have two options:

  1. Keep an eye on it. If it doesn’t grow or change in any way, the chances of it being benign go way up.

  2. Have it removed and checked by a pathologist. At this point, the mass is so small that the surgery would be simple. It’s possible that the procedure could even be done under light sedation and a local anesthetic. If you wait and the mass grows, surgery could become more difficult.

Best of luck,

Jennifer Coates, DVM

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