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Cat had a lumb at shoulder

My cat we recently discovered had a lump at her shoulder, she let us touch it and does not seem to bother her at all. We went away for a weekend and came back and she has licked the spot so much, it is raw and bleeding and it has no more fur at that spot. We cleaned it and put her in a tshirt so she can't lick it anymore. I think this is something more serious that what my vet says it is. I have her scheduled to see another vet for a second opinion. What is wrong with her?

Background info:
Best guess is 11-13 years old,
Had several litters before she was fixed before we adopted her.
Mostly indoors, does go outdoors maybe 20 minutes a day loves to sit in sun on front porch
Vet says she must have gotten in a fight with another cat and that is her instinct to clean it.
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609884 tn?1227333003
Well, my best guess would be that it is an abscess.  This is a sort of pocket infection that forms under the skin when some kind of wound, even a scratch, closes up too quickly and bacteria gets trapped.  Cats get them a lot - it's very common.

There's no reason to specifically believe that it was caused by fighting with another cat, that I know of, unless the vet recognized a cat scratch at the site.  Is there any sign of anything like that?  Does the lump feel hard or soft?  Can you move it around at all (if you see what I mean) or does it stay put?

If it is an infection, she should have antibiotics prescribed and most likely, an antibiotic injection.

It could also be a bug bite, I suppose, in which case she might require antihistamines.  Or, if there is no sign of a wound or scratch, it could be a cyst or growth, in which case you would need to have a needle biopsy done to determine it's cause.

Whatever is causing it, it is normal enough for her to lick it.  Licking it means she's aware of it, that it hurts or at least feels funny or wrong.  It's just instinct, they do it to keep it clean, as you say, and just because it's comforting.  It can cause fur loss, though.  If it is an infection, when it drains that will cause more fur loss, probably, and you will see one or more drainage sires - kind of like holes in the skin.

Getting a second opinion is always a good idea if you have any doubt at all about your cat's treatment.  I recommend it in many cases, so I think you are doing the right thing.  Something is causing that lump, whether it is an infection, or something else and you should know what that is.
541150 tn?1306037443
I agree with Mrs_Savas in the sense that it does sound like an abscess. Hydrogen peroxide can be applied to the surrounding area but since you're taking her to another vet then I gues they'll give you some antibiotics to treat that lump or infection. You're doing the right thing in seeking a second opinion. It is good to question a vet's ability to perform, especially these days, when some of them can't seem to stop thinking of how much they'll charge you instead of how will they cure the animal.

Good Luck
Avatar universal
Thank you so much for taking the time to respond, I greatly appreciate it. To answer some of your questions,  
There is no sign of a scratch
The lump can be moved around it feels on the soft side.

I called the vet again today and she made me feel like I was crazy, so I am anxiusly awaiting the new vets opinion.

Again Thanks for your advice.
Avatar universal
Thank you for your response. We clean it several times a day with peroxide and
antibotic ointment. Again thank you for your help!
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