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Cat's neck swollen

Species: cat | Category: medical-surgical | Submitted: 1 June 2010 05:27AM | viewed 38366 times
Q Helen asks:

There is a swollen area between my 13 week old kitten's shoulder blades. It is definitely uncomfortable when touched. It doesn't seem to be a defined lump like a lymph node etc, more a patch of swelling roughly 1 diameter. He hasn't had any injections recently, and hasn't been cutscratched in any way. The fur in the area is normal as is what skin I can see. He seems otherwise normal and happy. We have been scruffing him as a method of training, although never roughly, and I wondered whether this could have caused it, as if I gently feel his scruff it is that area that feels thicker and tender. Until this swelling problem, he has never showed any pain at being scruffed, just cross as is expected.

Q Our vet says: It is unlikely that scruffing your kitten has caused this mass to appear.

The position of the area of swelling in a kitten of this age would suggest that a reaction to a recent vacination may be a possibility. Most kittens have a vaccination at 12 weeks and this may have caused some skin reaction.

I certainly have seen some young pets which have had an area of swelling following vaccination which usually resolves on its own. However it would be wise to get your kitten checked by your own vet to ensure that there is nothing more serious going on, especially if your kitten starts to show any other signs such as going off his food or lethargy etc.

It may be wise not to scruff your kitten until this issue is resolved since the pain associated with this may cause him to develop a fearful reaction towards you.

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