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I have a tortoishell female cat who has developed a lump in

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I have a tortoishell female cat who has developed a lump in her stomach she is 10 yrs old when I checked the lump she was not bothered by it but it does seem to have gotten a little larger
JA: I'll do all I can to help. When did you first notice the cat had this lump?
Customer: About 3 -4 weeks ago
JA: What's the cat's name?
Customer: She is called Garfina
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know about Garfina?
Customer: She has been speed for around 5 yrs now her appetite and actions are all normal she runs around with Tilly my other cat who is 5yrs they fight but nothing extreme then they play
Submitted: 18 days ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 18 days ago.

Hi there, this is Dr Linda, a UK based vet.

I'm sorry to hear this and understand your concern for Garfina.

Would a photo of her growth be possible please?

Customer: replied 18 days ago.
I will try
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 18 days ago.

Is this a hard lump under the skin near a nipple?

Is it 'knobbly' and irregular?

Customer: replied 18 days ago.
Not enough in account sorry need to get back Tuesday when get paid as disabled on benefits
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 18 days ago.

Please ignore any call requests, the website sends these automatically.

Is this a hard lump under the skin near a nipple?

Is it 'knobbly' and irregular?

Customer: replied 18 days ago.
It's not nobbly it is smoothe and moves around in my fingers loosely but doesn't seem to cause pain
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 18 days ago.

Thank you.

And is it near her nipple?

Customer: replied 18 days ago.
not right next to a nipple but close
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 18 days ago.

Thank you, ok.

I am just typing my reply.

Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 18 days ago.

As Garfina was spayed later in life, she is at higher risk for mammary cancer.

These cancers are not uncommon in cats and they can be malignant so we do need to act quickly.

As the lump has been present for over 2 weeks, we should have it analysed at the vets.

This will mean either a Fine Needle Aspirate (FNA) or biopsy.

If this is a tumour, it will be removed surgically.

Other possibilities would include e.g. a fatty growth (lipoma) or cyst.

Customer: replied 18 days ago.
How or where do I take her for this procedure or check and what would it cost as I do not have a lot of money I do have pet insurance but missed last payment as they are now going to charge me from £125 upfront fee which I cannot afford
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 18 days ago.

You would need to contact the vet she is registered with.

If not registered, you'll have to call around for a local clinic with space.

Please discuss any financial concerns with your vet so they can work with you.

If this is a tumour, the sooner we have it treated, the cheaper it will be; and the better for Garfina.

Customer: replied 18 days ago.
Thankyou I will ring the vets she and Tilly are registered with in morning thankyou for your help
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 18 days ago.

Not at all and wishing Tilly all the very best.