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Old 01-16-2013, 07:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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We adopted a 10 month old female cat on January 12, 2013. We noticed that she has a golf ball sized lump on her belly. Is this normal? She was spayed on May 31, 2012. This is our first female cat.

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Old 01-16-2013, 07:32 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I would get it checked out, it might just be a benign cyst/tumor, but you never know. Does it actually protrude visibly golf-ball sized? Was the lump there when she went to the vet? Does it feel hard, does it move with the skin (like is it moveable)?
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A lump on her belly doesn't sound normal. I'd get her checked out by the vet ASAP, just to be safe!
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Old 01-16-2013, 07:41 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Yes it does protrude visibly from her belly. We haven't taken her to the vet yet since we just adopted her from a rescue group last Saturday. It doesn't feel hard but it does move with the skin.

I will definitely be calling my vet tomorrow. Thankfully, the rescue that we adopted her from uses the same vet as we do.
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From my understanding it's definitely a good sign that it can move. My cat had a benign cyst that over time became about golf ball size (at least I think that size, from my extensive golf experience of mini golf many years ago..), it was just clear liquid filled, and was ultimately recently removed. Hopefully it's just something like that.
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It's not normal. My guess is it's benign, though, so don't panic - but do get her to the vet as soon as you can to be sure. Even if it's benign it may need to be removed or drained for her comfort.
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Thanks. We didn't think that it seemed normal. I did call the foster mom and she told me that it was normal.


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Old 01-18-2013, 09:03 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Update: I took Shadow to the vet to get her lump checked out and the vet said that she has an abdominal wall hernia. I am beside myself as we just adopted her from a rescue last Saturday.

She has to have surgery because if she doesn't, it will rupture and she would die. The vet was just as baffled as me because she said these things don't usually happen. Her hernia is 1 inches in size.

I called the rescue to see if they will help me pay for the surgery and they told me that they will pay for a portion if it.

The vet also told me that once she has Shadow open, she will be able to see her abdominal walk to see if anything else is going on with it.

This breaks my heart. We have had nothing but medical problems with cats.

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Sending lots of good thoughts and prayers for you and your kitty. Keep us updated!
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I'm so sorry to hear about your new kitty. The lump must have formed pretty rapidly if no one at the rescue noticed it.

None of my friends' cats seem to have medical issues, so occasionally I wonder why my two are causing me such grief and costing me so much money. But I also know that others here have had far worse experiences, both financially and emotionally. It's really great that you were willing to adopt another kitty despite having had health problems with your other ones.

I hope the surgery isn't one of the very expensive ones, although it's nice that the rescue will share the cost.

I'll keep my fingers crossed! When is she going to have the surgery done?
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