My cat - approx 12 year old male - has a lump on the back of his neck, between the shoulder blades. It has gradually grown in size over the past 4 months. It is soft, liquid filled - the skin covering it is stretched and transparent looking. It doesn't seem to cause him pain. Yesterday, when the lump was at about the size of half a golf ball, it burst, realeasing a clear liquid. We cleaned it out, but today it appears to be refilling again, quite rapidly. What could this be? Thanks.
My big worry is the time period involved. usually a skin infection will fill up and burst, often filling and emptying once or twice more before draining fully and healing. It tends to be in terms of days or a few weeks, not four months.
In this case, I'd worry there's an underlying cause... a cyst or growth of some kind acting as an irritant, or something similar.
I'd suggest a vet visit to check it out. Regardless, if this is infectious material, it would be wise to pick up an antibiotic prescription to clear it up quickly.
This happened to my cat a couple of years ago when he was 16, he'd gotten into a cat fight and this was the result of him being bitten on the back of his neck, the cyst burst at home and we took him to the vet for an antibiotic and then he was okay and it healed up. =^..^=
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