Checking For Lumps and Bumps

Cats can develop lumps and bumps for a variety of reasons. It is important to identify these growths early and to have them checked out by your vet because, although many of them are benign and of little consequence to your cat, some will prove to be serious. For these more serious lesions, the
earlier they are diagnosed and treated, the better your cat’s outlook is likely to be.

Check your cat regularly for unusual swellings

How to check for lumps and growths

Unless your cat has a fine coat, you are unlikely to see unusual lumps or bumps. The best way to find them is by running your hands over your cat’s entire body. If you can do so safely, look at your cat’s tongue, mouth and lips, too. It’s a good idea to get into the routine of doing this once/month so that you spot any abnormalities early. And if you do find something unusual, book an appointment with your vet to get it checked out.

Get any swellings or lumps checked by your vet

Common causes of swellings in cats

There are many causes of swellings in cats. The most common ones are:

  1. Abscesses: Often caused by cat bites; frequently rupture, drain and heal on their own
  2. Cysts: May require surgical removal
  3. Granulomas: Often respond well to medical treatment
  4. Benign and malignant tumours: Require immediate veterinary evaluation to determine how serious they are, and to discuss treatment options.

Any lump has the potential to cause problems, and appearance is often a poor guide to how serious a swelling is. However, if a lump shows any of the following features you should not delay in seeking veterinary attention:

  • Rapid increase in size
  • Crusts, scabs or bleeding
  • Wound or sore that doesn’t heal.

Keeping your cat safe

The best way to keep your cat safe is to make sure that you find any lumps early. To do this you

  • Set a reminder in your calendar to check your cat regularly
  • If you find anything abnormal, get it checked by a vet
  • Ask the vet to check your cat at routine appointments.