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post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
after Hoshi got fixed last week a knot has developed by her incision. I was wondering if someone has had a similiar experience. We are taking Hoshi to the vet tomorrow.
post #2 of 17
Sorry, I have not heard of that happening. Surely someone has though. I hope it is not anything serious. Good luck at the vet!!
post #3 of 17
Thread Starter 
Thanks, Cirque.
post #4 of 17
How big is the knot?

It could be a little bit of a reaction the the sutures that are buried underneath the skin, that is not that uncommon.
post #5 of 17
Thread Starter 
the size of the knot is probably about as big as the tip of your thumb. that is the best estimate i can come up with.
post #6 of 17
Dori developed a knot at the site of the incision. It got a little larger than your describing and stayed there for some time. A couple weeks at least. Her vet said it was just a reaction to the stitches. She had dissolvable stitches and he said it was very common.
post #7 of 17
Knots are common after surgery. The body is reacting to the foreign agent (the stitches) and the tissue is responding. IF the lump(s) get bigger than a golf ball, then worry and get the cat to the vet pronto-
post #8 of 17
Thread Starter 
i noticed it when i was making sure everything was ok with her incision. how can you tell if they got dissovable stitches? the knot has gotten a little larger since she's been home, but maybe it's just a reaction. I'm hoping it's not worse than that.
post #9 of 17
They always use dissolvable sutures for the abdominal wall closure and then for muscle layer. Closure is done in 3 layers the abdominal wall, the muscle, and then the skin. Sometimes the can close the skin from the inside (if it is a small inscision) and other times they can't and those are the sutures that have to be removed.
post #10 of 17
Thread Starter 
for the wonderful info everyone. I will check back with you guys to tell you how everything goes. I get to pick Baby up from the vet tomorrow (she is getting spayed today). I miss her and so does Hoshi. Hoshi has been following me around like a lost puppy *shhhh, no one tell her that I said that* hehe.
post #11 of 17
Hoshi will hiss at her, and that is common. She is going to smell different so he will treat her as an unknown intruder. To lessen this effect, you can put vanilla extract under each of the kitty's nose's and the tips of their chins and the base of their tail. Or dust them with brewer's yeast and comb them out. But expect a hostile reaction at first. She will smell scared, she will smell like drugs, and she will have picked up other scents in her stay at the vets.
post #12 of 17
Thread Starter 
hoshi came home the other day from her visit to the vet, Baby didn't treat her any differently. They're sisters and the only fighting they do is just playing. They've never hissed at one another...and Baby didn't hiss at Hoshi at all. She just did a lot of face nudging and purring.
post #13 of 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by xinkforbloodx
after Hoshi got fixed last week a knot has developed by her incision. I was wondering if someone has had a similiar experience. We are taking Hoshi to the vet tomorrow.
Yes, some of my cats after being spayed developed a soft to firmish lump near one end of their incision...it always turned out to just be swelling/bruising from the surgery.
post #14 of 17
When Sophie was spayed last year i posted the same sort of question!.

The way i described it was like a small nodule?!. Mary Anne(Hissy)told me the same as she's told you and within a couple of weeks Sophies had gone!
post #15 of 17
Thread Starter 
Baby is home now and Hoshi did growl and hiss at her. How long would it take for Hoshi to get used to her sister again?
post #16 of 17
When i brought Sophie home from being spayed, Rosie walked straight up to her, sniffed her, hissed at her then walked away and didn't go near her until the following day.
post #17 of 17
Thread Starter 
Hoshi keeps following Baby around and Baby is already a very timid kitty and Hoshi isn't helping matters any.
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