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post #1 of 22
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Hello! Today,,,,new here and reading posts... I came to this site to look for info on kitty mammary, breast, nipple, lumps and found two 2003 posts but nothing about the cancer…

Can anyone tell me more about Mammary lumps.. My kitty Precious might have one….. I took her to a new vet today... She is growing a lump under one of her nipples (grape size and changing shape) and also under the skin the lump is leaking or something else is growing around it like the texture of wet pancake batter on a flat surface around under the area of her other nipples and it spreading fast.. I took her to the vet and he wants to do this, that and a bunch of other stuff... I had him start with a blood test today and I am sitting on pins and needles waiting.

Can anyone tell me something’s about this type of lump or lumps and the procedure or do you know of a site to get more info. I would like to find out what might be happening to my sweetie… I am upset uptight sick in the tummy…. and just want to know what ever I can before I talk to the vet. About the blood test. How bad or how good it might be…

I wish there was some way to dissolve it; Prayers maybe….. Thanks, Deb

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post #2 of 22
I have no advice but wanted to say hang in there, someone will be along with answers to any questions you have. good luck!
post #3 of 22
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Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!! Deb
post #4 of 22
Years ago I had a calico that had the same kind of cancer.we opted for an operation.She lived for another year or two and then the cancer returned and we made the difficult decision of having her put to sleep. I will pray for your kitty in hopes that it has a better chance.
post #5 of 22
Same here- many years ago I had a female tuxedo and we did the surgery and she didn't live very long afterward because the cancer came back with a vengenace. Sorry- but modern vet medicine is evolving all the time-
post #6 of 22
I can only say that I had a semi-retired Queen (I was fostering her while she produced her last two litters) with a pea sized lump and the breeder's vet was unconcerned --- just keep an eye on it (this was 16 or so years ago.) However it was not changing and went away on its own.

It went away and she passed on of renal failure (I think, died at home and we didn't have a necropsy done) at 16+. Hopefully yours will be as innocuous. Sending vibes your way.
post #7 of 22
Just sending best wishes and hopes that it will all be treatable and she will be fine soon.
post #8 of 22
I recently lost a cat to mammary cancer and wrote a bit about it - it is on here somewhere but you will have to use the search function. My cat was diagnosed with it purely because she had about 4 lumps and was unspayed, she was having her liver and kidney functions tested when the vet found the lumps, but she did say that the cancer wouldnt have shown up. My vet told me that the normal way of treating it is to first do a chest x-ray to check it hasnt spread, if it hasn't, neuter cat (if not already done), and the 'strips' can be removed. In the Uk, that procedure would be about £115. The problem with mammary cancer is that it does have a high tendency to reoccur, although it can take up to 5 years, and it spreads quickly, so sometimes has also spread by the time it is picked up (cant remember the posh medical terms though). Fingers crossed it isnt though. How old is your cat? The normal age for getting mammary cancer is 10.
post #9 of 22
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Originally Posted by Arielrain
Years ago I had a calico that had the same kind of cancer.we opted for an operation.She lived for another year or two and then the cancer returned and we made the difficult decision of having her put to sleep. I will pray for your kitty in hopes that it has a better chance.
Thank you for your prayers. it has been awhile since i have lost a pet to cancer, with all of the pets i have had... most go on from old age. We will see maybe it is not..
thank you
post #10 of 22
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Originally Posted by RoseHawke
I can only say that I had a semi-retired Queen (I was fostering her while she produced her last two litters) with a pea sized lump and the breeder's vet was unconcerned --- just keep an eye on it (this was 16 or so years ago.) However it was not changing and went away on its own.

It went away and she passed on of renal failure (I think, died at home and we didn't have a necropsy done) at 16+. Hopefully yours will be as innocuous. Sending vibes your way.
Thank you. this is good that it went away ... sure do pray that this does go away but it is spreading way to fast. i havent seen her this morning...
post #11 of 22
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Originally Posted by jennyranson
Just sending best wishes and hopes that it will all be treatable and she will be fine soon.
You have some sweet kitties! Thank you for your thoughts...
post #12 of 22
WE have a cat at our cinic right now (she came to us so we could help find her a home- we have a kennel in reception just for this purpose) after a few weeks of being there we noticed some very large cysts around her mammaries. They seemed to have appeared overnight. We decided to remove them (she is a very young cat and is spayed) and the histopathology results told us that they were not cancerous and the surgery was likely curative! She is still recovering but the sutures will come out soon. She is a great cat and was bossing our clinic cat around again in no time!
post #13 of 22
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Haa haaa those bossy kitties!!!! We have several around here... I have one butting heads with me now with a bit of slobber. It is so good to hear that a kitty has made it through a surgery.....
The cyst or tumor (vet called it a tumor) on My Precious, (her name), seems to be part liquid and it feels like it is leaking, a thin layer is spreading over her tummy... also she was not spayed until she was 3-5 years. The vet said he would call yesterday for blood results, hope today.
Do you think that I shoud have him remove it or start the procedure he wants to do. I myself thought that he should take a sample... The vet wants 1250.00 for the whole procedure.
Thank you for letting me know sincerely, Deb
post #14 of 22
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the lab work is negative, does this mean no cancer...? xrays should be taken next; of the lungs there still could be cancer here? Then if the lungs are clear... take the tumor/cyst out? What is the difference between a tumor and a cyst?
Thank you, Deb
post #15 of 22
I think it depends on the labwork, as my vet said cancer wouldn't show up. X Rays are taken as mammary cancer spreads quickly, so if her lungs are clear, it hasn't spread and the tumour can be removed. Not 100% sure what the difference between a tumour and a cyst is, sorry.
post #16 of 22
Has you cat ever gone into heat? Is she spayed? Reason for asking is I had a cat that develeoped a lump very close to a nipple. When the vet squeezed it, fluid came out. Vet said this is not a good sign. However, another vet said that since my cat never had a heat and was spayed it would be a shock to find out the lump was cancer.
My cat never had a heat, was spayed and the lump, after removal & testing, was was not cancer. Hopefully this helps you.
post #17 of 22
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yeah the vet said that the xray will tell if the lungs are okay....
post #18 of 22
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She was a few years old when we got her from the pet shop her papers said she was spayed, she wasn’t… We had never seen a cat in heat; thought we had a cat from hell. We were ready to take her back to the pet shop, called the lady at the shop she said keep her for another week and she will be fine. Wish she had of told us she wasn’t spayed and we even paid for a spayed kitty …when we did find out we had her spayed…She has been with us for several years now so she maybe about 10. We love her…

thank you for your reply, it means a lot. Deb
post #19 of 22
I would think the best course of action after the bloodwork would be to do a biopsy and have that analyzed to see if the cells are cancerous or benign.
I know that in addition to breast cancer there is also a disease (mastitis I believe) that is merely an infection of the breasts/ ducts and can be cured rather easily.
Before investing in any costly and invasive procedures it wouldn't hurt to try to get an appt with another vet or a vet specialist in your area to get a second opinion.
Best of luck to you and kitty!
post #20 of 22
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I took little Precious in to the Vet and she has no more tumors/cysts. She is a new vet for us and she is really neat, really nice to talk to. Made me feel really good about the whole operation...

When we got home I opened the cage she ran up the stairs ouch, I didn’t think she would move…. I made a bed for her where she is hiding... My male kitty, Otis was bugging her so much she got really mad she is hiding under my sons bed, I left her some food but I kind of want her to come out for food... she probably needs to be away from the menagerie ...and rest...

She had two or three breasts removed, long scar... 4 days I will hear what was in My Precious. Hope she is okay… she looks good but groggy. I remember my operations I would think animals would feel yucky too…. The vet gave me a head cone just in case she tries to scratch her stitches. I wonder is it okay if she licks them; they would heal faster? But she might pull on them….. I had better get back to her..

I want to thank you all for your posts.. Your siggys are neat… ..... Deb
post #21 of 22
It is great that she is home now and hopefully all clear of any nasties. Good luck with her.
post #22 of 22
Fingers crossed that the results come back negative.
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