Aa
A
A
Close
Avatar universal
skin tag
My cat has a puffy protruding falp of skin on his neck. It about an 8th of an inch in size and looks like an inflated skin tag. What causes this? Should I take him to the vet to have it removed or is this something that can be removed at home?
Cancel
6 Answers
Page 1 of 1
228686 tn?1211558307
Is this a recent development or something he's had all along? I'd say you should take him to the vet, you may want to know if the vet thinks the skin should be biopsied or not!
Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Submit Comment
Avatar universal
Yes this is a recent development. I have an appointment for him in the morning. I'll keep you posted.
Thanks  
Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Submit Comment
228686 tn?1211558307
Let me know what happens, I'd like to hear your kitty is okay. :)

It may be nothing, but better safe than sorry.
Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Submit Comment
Avatar universal
After a long fight to get him into the carrier I took Smokey to the vet this morning and it wasn't a skin tag it was a big fat tick. I feel silly for not knowing but I've never seen a tick before. I'm glad that was all it was.
Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Submit Comment
228686 tn?1211558307
Heh heh...I can picture it now. Sorry, but the description...well, you can see how i couldn't guess! In the future, removing a tick can be done one of two ways;

Vaseline works well on humans, but for cats...it's tricky because of the fur. The idea is to smother it so it pulls it's head out (if you try to pick it off, the head separated from the body and remains under the skin, causing infection). I've been told...it was pure alcohol can work as well, or lighter fluid, but I've never tried those.
Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Submit Comment
Avatar universal
This discussion has been of great help.

I had the same problem - thought it was a tick. So...I researched ticks....couldn't find a picture that was similar. So...with the education I have in esthetics and skin conditions, researched "skin tags on cats" which is how I found this article...now I know it's a tick!!!! Thanks for sharing your experience smokey729!!
Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Submit Comment
Your Answer
Avatar universal
Answer
Know how to answer? Tap here to leave your answer...
Answer
Submit Answer
A
A
Recent Activity
317787 tn?1465993311
Blank
Dee1956 commented on No Cirrhosis of the L...
3 mins ago
1217293 tn?1460069383
Blank
Risa615 commented on photo
6 hrs ago
1217293 tn?1460069383
Blank
Risa615 commented on cheekyhalfs's status
6 hrs ago
Top Cats Answerers
874521 tn?1424120397
Blank
opus88
Canada..., SK
587315 tn?1333556383
Blank
zodiacqueen
VA
242912 tn?1402547092
Blank
Jade59
CA
7052683 tn?1392942395
Blank
CML2014
highland beach, FL
506791 tn?1439846583
Blank
Piparskeggr
Saint Mary's County, MD
740516 tn?1360946086
Blank
AppleBr
Brazil
Cats Community Resources
RSS Expert Activity
233488 tn?1310696703
Blank
Marathon Running Done Over Many Yea...
05/15 by John C Hagan III, MD, FACS, FAAOBlank
233488 tn?1310696703
Blank
New Article on Multifocal IOL vs &q...
05/15 by John C Hagan III, MD, FACS, FAAOBlank
748543 tn?1463449675
Blank
TMJ/TMJ The Connection Between Teet...
01/15 by Hamidreza Nassery , DMD, FICOI, FAGD, FICCMOBlank
Top Cats Answerers
874521 tn?1424120397
Blank
opus88
Canada..., SK
587315 tn?1333556383
Blank
zodiacqueen
VA
242912 tn?1402547092
Blank
Jade59
CA
7052683 tn?1392942395
Blank
CML2014
highland beach, FL
506791 tn?1439846583
Blank
Piparskeggr
Saint Mary's County, MD
740516 tn?1360946086
Blank
AppleBr
Brazil