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post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 
My Lilah has some sort of a cyst under her skin around one of her shoulder blades, is it anything to worry about? It's a little smaller than a dime, and it seems to be attached to her skin (when I left her skin I can feel it between my fingers).
It doesn't seem to hurt her when I mess with it, and it probably wouldn't have phased me except my husband (who has had lots of cats in his life) definitely noticed and seemed bothered by it.

I'll call the vet this afternoon and see if he thinks we should bring her in, but I thought I'd ask here since there's so much experience!
post #2 of 9
It could be anything, but if that's where she's gotten any vaccinations, you definitely want it checked out.
post #3 of 9
Hi Carla,

How old is Lilah?

I think no matter what, you should definitely have your kitty seen by the Vet.

I surely do NOT mean to scare you; remember, I'm only sharing my particular experience....there can be lumps that are benign (fatty lumps called lipomas), for instance. There are cysts, abscesses, etc..........so this could be nothing but........it might be something more significant.

My cat Taco, back the beginning of April (he was 15 yrs ago at the time) developed a pretty firm (but freely movable) pea-sized lump to his right shoulder blade area. although it was freely movable, it felt like it was connected in a way (to muscle). It was rather firm feeling. I didn't like it. To the Vet. He's so passive, he just said "watch it for 2-4 weeks" then we can decide if we remove it. In 2 weeks it was double the size, the size of a grape. This lump came out of nowhere because he's diabetic, I give him insulin twice a day and there's no way I'd have previously missed/not felt it. It was very fast growing.

I had it removed near the end of April (I did not want to bother with him doing a needle biopsy; the risk with that is that if it's a malignant tumor, the needle is disrupting the cells and spread can occur). I don't think Vet was aggressive enough in removing it (and surrounding tissue). The diagnosis: Osteosarcoma of the soft tissue. The pathologist report indicated that it was likely "vaccine associated sarcoma" due to the location of it (also known as "VAS"). It returned 4 weeks later, to the day. This time he did extensive removal. Taco recovered very well both times.

Sadly in Sept, I felt a new lump, just to the side of the first spot. it was pea sized and freely movable................it's now half the size of an egg and hard as a rock. I opted for no more surgery -- I know it's an aggressive tumor and due to how much tissue and muscle was removed last time, there's nothing left to remove there now. He's since developed a new one on this side.

He's fine, usual self, no pain, no impact to mobility, I have him on some supplements to boost his immune system, I belong to the Feline VAS group at Yahoo for support and questions.............

In our case, I think the Vet was wrong to suggest I just sit and wait. I should have demanded he remove it immediately. I also don't think he took wide enough margins the first time. aggressive removal of surrounding tissue is imperative. Even better if the person doing the surgery is a Vet surgeon or someone a little more experienced in tumor removal than your average general Vet.

I opted to not go with radiation or chemo (which most cats do very well and this, along with the surgery, can greatly reduce the chances of lump return)....because Taco is old and so are his kidneys, plus we'd have had to travel 45 minutes each way, to the Vet hospital that does this........he can't even handle a 5 minute ride to local vet across town without throwing up and peeing from the stress. No thanks.

Anyway, from all of this............this very well may NOT be what your kitty has, I'm not saying it is..............just sharing my experience. My vet diddled around too much.

There are lots of cats on the VAS Group I go to who got this when younger, and had the chemo and/or radiation along with surgery and they're still going strong years later with no recurrence.

Just don't let your Vet be passive and tell you "oh it's nothing." Vaccine Associated Sarcoma is sadly very common. I stopped vaccinating Taco 13 yrs ago and from what I've read, it can take that long before it develops (they believe the preservative in vaccines years ago caused an inflammation reaction that leads to VAS and have since started giving vaccinations near the legs instead of the scruff, for this very reason, so that if a sarcoma occurs, they can amputate the leg and cat can go on to live a great life).

Please keep us posted.

Taco also used to get fatty lumps years ago, which of course were nothing..........

post #4 of 9
Thread Starter 
She's about 16 weeks old, and she did just have a vaccination the day before Thanksgiving. I'll definitely call the vet this afternoon.
post #5 of 9
Ahh, she's young! Do you recall, is the area where you feel this lump in the area where the vaccination was given? Sometimes you can get a lump at the site, which just goes away on its own, and it's nothing significant......but should be watched for signs of it getting larger, turning into an abscess, the skin there opening up and any drainage from it.
post #6 of 9
Thread Starter 
My husband is the one who took her in for shots, and he can't remember where they gave it to her. The vet said to bring her on in for a followup this afternoon, so my husband's going to take her around 5.
post #7 of 9
Sounds like it is from the shot.
Coco gets lumps from Dep Shots and they last 2 months.
Depo is not a vaccin though.
My friends cat got cancer from a shot and my Lucy got very sick from a shot and never was the same again.
Your might just have a lump that will go away.
Sometimes they get lumps that will go away.
It can be anything.
My Coco has a cyst on her spine and its very hard and small.
She has had it at least 6 years.
It does not sound like what your cat has.
post #8 of 9
Thread Starter 
Lilah's fine

Thanks for all your help! We took her in yesterday and both the vet and nurse said it's just a very common little inflammation where she got her shot and it should get smaller every week and be gone in 2-3 weeks. If it isn't we'll take her back.
post #9 of 9
I am glad she will be ok.
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