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Hi, to all of you.
I am new here, but not new to cats.
I lost my last cat (squeaky) after two operations to male urinary tract problems. I now have a new male cat (Pepper) that is one year old. The problem Pepper is having is lumps developing on his neck. I took him to my vet who works on cats only. He did not have a clear answer to what the problem is but thought it was inflamation and gave Pepper a shot along with pills for inflamtion. The lumps were gone within 3 days, but now (3-1/2 weeks later) they are back and much worse. Also he is loosing his fur on these lumps and the area is red and swelled. Otherwise, Pepper seems fine and is an active cat. Is there anyone here that has seen this type of problem. My vet says he has seen this on a cats face but not the back of the neck and tells me that it may just be a "young cat thing"
 

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then i would be seeing a new vet. cats dont ust develop lumps, its not just a young cat thing at all. See another vet, they can be harmless cists (if cats can get them) to cancer. and in the neck i would have thought is more srious.

for you vet to say its a young cat thing, im afraid shows he doesnt have a clue what he is talking about.
 

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Yes, he mentioned about doing test on the cat and going from there. I have faith in this vet, He is a cat specialist and only works on cats, he has been in the practice for many years. Still I am feeling down about the whole deal not only for the cat's health, but tests and soforth can become quite expensive. My last cat cost over $3000 in vet bills from various vets and did not survive. I took that cat two three different vets before I found this vet that is an expert on cats. I called the vet last night and will pick up more pills for him tonight. Of course he wants to see the cat..... I just don't want to go through what I went through with my last cat.
 

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Is it possible that he "dumbed down" what he really thinks it is because he thinks you won't understand what it is anyway? I know doctors do this sometimes.
I would ask him to specifically tell you and explain exactly what sort of "young cat thing" he thinks it might be and what might cause it. If he can't give you any more info, then I would question how good of a vet he is.
 

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These lumps pop up overnite and go away in a few days with prednisolone 5mg daily. I do not think changing vets will be the answer at this time. I have a trust of this vet and his abilities. My vet tells me that as a "young cat thing" he has seen it before on young cats, on the face, and around the front of the neck also that it goes away with time. He also told me he wanted to see the cat in two weeks and at that time he would determine if other test were needed to find out if this was a more serious problem. Well, the lumps went away and I did not take the cat back. Now the lumps are back.
 

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I had a vet tell me sort of the same thing with Stix when he was about 4 months old, on his first exam. He had 2 lumps on his neck which I felt through his fur and asked the vet about. The vet said that "it might be a kitten thing and he will probably outgrow it." His salivary glands were just a little swollen but sure enough they were gone in a few more months. There was never any hair loss though....maybe an allergic reaction? Insect bite? I would definitely try to get details from the vet....
 

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I started pepper back on the pills last night and the lumps were smaller this morning. I will get him in for a checkup as soon as I can.

 

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Just wondering if it is his lymphnodes that are swollen? Have you noticed these "lumps" in any other areas on him? They have lymphnodes in about four other locations as well as on the neck. Just a thought. I hope you find out for sure what is going on with him. Melissa
 

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The home is from a petshop. It has a platform on top for pepper to sit.

I am still at a loss about the lumps. These are large lumps (about 2-1/2 inches) after a few days a scab forms and when the scab falls off, so does the fur. Then that part of the lump goes away but new lumps form around the edges of the old one.
 

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That sounds so puzzling. I hope your vet can help Pepper. I have had cats for many years, and have never heard of such a thing. Please let us know what the vet says.
 
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