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mickey
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« on: May 04, 2009, 02:46:25 PM »

My cat has a lump under the skin (so not acne), under his chin.

Has anyone had anything similar?

I don't know if that's where glands are or if it's thyroid.

I'll make an appt. with the vet, just hoping someone could tell me something first.

Thanks
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« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2009, 02:53:26 PM »

Is the lump on the chin itself or on the neck under the chin?

The thyroid is in the neck.

How are the cat's teeth? If this is along the jaw anywhere, tooth abscesses can flare up very quickly and cause a visible lump.  Fortunately, they usually respond well to treatment.

Is the lump mobile, or does it stay in one place?  Does it appear to cause pain?
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« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2009, 03:01:24 PM »

It is right at the chin. Right where the jaw bones meet.
I looked up a picture of the thyroid and I think that's too far down.

I felt the same area on my other cat, just to check that it wasn't my imagination and that it's part of their chin anatomy. She didn't have it.

He has been a howler for awhile and has been to the vet for many checkups. He had something show up on the lung xray, but the radiologist had no reason to think it was anything too serious (I think mainly because the cat isn't showing any other signs like not eating or losing weight)

The lump does move.

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« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2009, 03:05:19 PM »

Among many other possibilities, it could be a little cyst in the skin.  I'm glad you are seeing the vet, that's so good to do when you first notice a problem that baffles you.
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« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2009, 03:16:05 PM »

How big is the lump?
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« Reply #5 on: May 04, 2009, 03:29:52 PM »

It's maybe half an inch, almost seems flat, in a pistachio shell shape, and it moves.

Maybe an abscess?

He goes to vet tomorrow morning.

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« Reply #6 on: May 04, 2009, 03:03:13 PM »

Fingers crossed that it's nothing serious and that it can be taken care of easily. Will be thinking of you . . .
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« Reply #7 on: May 04, 2009, 04:40:51 PM »

Does anyone know if an abscess is under the skin? or ontop of the skin like acne?

Thank you for the help and well wishes!
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« Reply #8 on: May 04, 2009, 04:53:28 PM »

I think it might be where the salivary gland is.

Also, it's not painful to kitty when I touch and move it.

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« Reply #9 on: May 04, 2009, 05:08:12 PM »

hmmm...  It could be a hair folicle gone awry --- you know, sometimes humans grow skin hair inwards and a "cyst" develops?  Shoud have it seen anyway, Mickey... could be anything from a tooth abcess to a benign cyst... ah... does the cat show any signs of feline acne on the chin (black spots)?

I don't think that's where the cat's slaivary glands would be located  Grin  - they woould be further back along thelower jaw and upper cheeks
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« Reply #10 on: May 04, 2009, 05:10:10 PM »

oh - does the cat show any signs of pain when you touch the "lump"  - abcesses are painful!
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« Reply #11 on: May 04, 2009, 05:17:49 PM »

This lump doesn't appear to be related to the skin, it is underneath it.

(he had chin acne years ago that went away...)

It doesn't seem painful to the touch. I would describe it as flat and hard.
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« Reply #12 on: May 04, 2009, 06:13:33 PM »

I think an abcess can be under the skin, but like cato said that would probably be painful.  It's good that you are going to the vet.  I hope it's something simple and eay to treat.

Keep us posted...
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« Reply #13 on: May 04, 2009, 06:21:00 PM »

It could also be from an old bug bite that got infected. Sometimes its clears up on its own but leaves a kind of squishy lump. My sil's dog Buster had 1 last year that cleared up with antibiotics.If its that & the meds don't get it,they can lance it to remove the dried pus.
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« Reply #14 on: May 04, 2009, 07:45:12 PM »

Abscesses start out under the skin and keep growing until they either rupture or get lanced to clean the infection out. It is entirely possible that this could be an abscessed tooth. Is he drooling at all?
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