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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience.
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We have noticed on our male cat the he has two small pointed

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Hi we have noticed on our male cat the he has two small pointed lumps on his bottom hole that are stuck to him and won't come off. Are these ticks?
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Can I send you a picture?

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Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Hi I have attached two photos hope they are okThank you

Thank you. Give me a moment to take a look, please...

No, they're not ticks; they're either scabs covering anal wounds or pieces of feces firmly stuck to his anus. They don't look like tumors which would be rare in a cat of his age in any event. Watch that he can defecate normally and periodically check his anus for any changes...hopefully that these disappeared. Please continue our conversation if you wish.

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
We have tried to clean him but they are stuck and he cried out?

They may be the "tip of the iceberg"; in other words be attached to feces in his rectum. That's why you need to watch to see if he can defecate and if he can, would confirm this educated guess.

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
OK thank you we will keep a check on him I just wanted to make sure it wasn't some sort of parasite?

No parasite and of little consequence. I can't set a follow-up in this venue so please return to our conversation - even after rating - with an update at your convenience. You can bookmark this page for ease of return.

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