If a young cat has growth on its neck, then the reason for its manifest may be hidden in different pathologies starting with viral neoplasms and ending with the activity of parasites. It needs to understand that all kinds of growths are dangerous for animals, especially, which are localized in the neck area. The size of the neoplasm, the age of the pet and the presence of accompanying symptoms are of major importance. If a cat scratches a growth to bleeding it is better to get rid of neoplasm as soon as possible. It can be done with the help of modern treatment methods such as laser, cryodestruction.
The List of the most Common Types
If a growth on a cat’s neck does not heal up for more than five days, then it is unlikely that the root cause of its appearance is associated with the activity of insects. Among other variants it is worth bearing in mind papillomas, fibromas, abscesses and malignant neoplasms. The last one is rarely found in kittens, but it is necessary to conduct a histological examination, to be sure. Here are gathered possible variants depending on age of the animal:
- Insects bite. Solid growth on the young cat’s neck may be a gadfly bite. In the summer, many animals suffer from the bites of these bloodsuckers. Distinctive features of their bites are soreness and a large size of the seal. The peak of activity is in the spring and summer period. It is very difficult to protect against them, especially for pets spending a lot of time outdoors. But, on the other hand, their bites disappear in a few days and almost never cause an allergic reaction. Also it should be remembered about wasps and bees. After being bitten by those insects the cat may have severe swelling and redness. Continuous scratching with claws can lead to the appearance of small growths on the neck of the animal. Elite breeds often suffer from allergic reactions, therefore, after stinging insect bites,the owner should give the animal antihistamines. But, in the majority of cases, swelling and redness disappear within 1-2 days. If there is severe itching, then the owner can restrict the pet’s access to the lesion using a special cap that is worn over the head, or a bandage. In rare cases, a wasp sting on a cat’s neck can cause Quincke’s edema and suffocation, so the owner needs to be very careful in the first few hours. At the slightest suspicion that the animal does not have enough air, it is better to immediately take it to the veterinarian.
- Papilloma. It is a frequently occured neoplasm that looks like a tiny currant. May appear at any age, but in most scenarios occurs in pets aged 2-7 years. The root of the appearance may be of a viral nature or associated with hormonal changes. For example, in females, papillomas often appear during pregnancy, lactation, or after childbirth. In most cases, neoplasms are localized on the eyelids, ears, neck and limbs. The growth is hard to the touch, rises above the skin. The surface is smooth, hairless. Very often, it is customary to observe papillomas until they begin to rapidly increase in size. Also, an alarming sign is the permanent injury of the neoplasm. Then it is better not to risk it and remove the formation with a laser or cryodestruction. Both operations take 10-25 minutes, are considered relatively painless, and a barely noticeable scar remains at the site of the procedure. After removal, the papilloma is mandatory for biopsy and histological examination. But, it is necessary to reassure the owners that, according to statistics, there are very few cases when papilloma has transformed into a malignant tumor in cats.
- Malignant tumors. If the cat has a hard growth on the neck that bleeds and exudes an unpleasant odor, then the variant of oncology should be excluded. Malignant neoplasms are most often found in animals that have crossed the ten-year line. In kittens, such cases are rare. Aggressive growth and discoloration of the neoplasm are considered alarming signs. Almost always, such formations cause discomfort to the pet, which is manifested in increased attention to the area of their localization. An accurate diagnosis can be made only with the help of a biopsy with a fine-bore needle and a histological test of the fluid taken from the neoplasm. Choose an effective treatment depending on the stage and aggressiveness of the cancer. In the majority of cases, this is a surgical excision of the tumor with the maximum possible capture of healthy tissue in combination with chemotherapy.
Growth on Cat’s Neck Pics
In some cases, a hard growth on a cat’s neck can be the result of a foreign object getting under the skin. If an abscess does not form, then a solid seal is formed at the site of the splinter penetration, which does not bother the animal in any way.