How worried should I be about my cat?
March 19, 2011 6:35 PM Subscribe
How worried should I be about the lump on my cat and the inconclusive results of a needle aspirate biopsy?
posted by shoreline to Pets & Animals (8 answers total)
I noticed a grape sized lump on my cat's upper leg/hip about a week ago. I can only feel it when he is standing up, and it is not totally solid. It is on top of his muscle or in between his muscles. He is a 4/5 year old male who is otherwise healthy but overweight (19 pounds on a large frame).
I took him to the vet on Thursday. The vet felt it for a long time and performed a fine needle aspirate biopsy. Today he called and said the test didn't grow any cells, and it could be a fatty tumor. I am supposed to bring him back in if I notice the lump grow, or bring him back in a month so the vet can feel it again and maybe take another biopsy.
I still can't help but feel very worried. I have read that fatty tumors are not common in cats, and usually only effect older cats. Is there any possibility it could be cancerous even if the test didn't show it? Should we get a surgical biopsy in a month when we take him back? I realize I should have asked the vet this on the phone but I was too nervous at the time.
I trust that the vet performed the test correctly and knows what he is talking about. We have gone to this vet for 10 years and he dealt with fatty tumors in my dog.
Does anyone have any similar experiences with lumps on their (young, otherwise healthy/showing no symptoms) cat?