I have to admit it, but Amber is my favourite of our two cats. The feeling is mutual too as he always seeks me out to snuggle up too and he’s a real lap cat. Last year a month or two before his annual vet’s visit a small bump appeared on his back. As it was tiny and didn’t seem to be growing I left it till his checkup and asked about it then. I thought it was probably a cyst, but wanted the vet’s opinion. Her feeling was that it was a cyst, but it was too small to sample to see if it was benign or not. She said if it changed a lot we should bring him back.
For ages it seemed the same, but when we got back from Florida, I thought it had got bigger. My husband thought it was the same size as before. I mentioned it again at the appointment. The vet said whilst it hadn’t got wider, it had got deeper and she could do an investigation now. I thought about whether we should get it done or not. Amber has a heart murmur, so if the lump was something more troublesome than a cyst, I’m not sure we’d have wanted to risk an operation. On the other hand doing the test could give us peace of mind, if the results said it was benign. I decided to go ahead because there is something to be said for knowing what you are dealing with.
It was a very simple procedure: after the checkup she took Amber through to their hospital and he was returned to us five minutes later. It didn’t seem to cause him much distress. Because fluid was taken from the cyst, it has gone done in size too which is good.
The other day I had the phone call through from the vet saying the results had come back benign, so all is well. We still need to keep an eye on it in case it grows further, but it probably will refill with fluid over time to its old size. The good thing is that we don’t need to worry.