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Old 10-14-2010, 07:34 PM   #1
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Cat has "zit like" lump on her head


Noticed while petting her, she has what looks like a zit on her head. I can move the fur around and it's a little bloody, but looks like it's dried up blood and not actively bleeding. She does not really seem to care or act differently about it, even when I was putting my fingers in that area. I'm thinking it may be a spider bite or something, and will just heal on its own. (no poisonous spiders here) She had something similar on her chin a few days ago but smaller, and it seems to be gone. Should I be concerned about this?

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Old 10-14-2010, 07:50 PM   #2
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does she go outside?

are there any new products in the house that might be causing an exczema like thing?

fleas?

is it spreading?

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Old 10-14-2010, 08:02 PM   #3
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She's an inside cat, so far there's only that one lump. I can't think of any new products in the house. She does drink water from the tap, but has always done that.

Could it be a mosquito bite? I did find a HUGE dead one in the house the other day. This seems to have surfaced more recently though, as in, within the past day.
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Old 10-15-2010, 07:00 AM   #4
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Here in northeast usa, there are no huge mosquito's. People think there are, but they are crane flies, that don't bite. Don't know what you guys have.

Please make sure that you don't have fleas. It can happen, even with indoor cats. It happened to us; I took the cat to the vet to see what was wrong, and she combed out a flea right in front of me. I was professionally embarassed, as you can imagine.

Use a flea comb, take your time. Hopefully you don't have fleas, but if you do, find them now, rather than when they find you later as the population increases.

Keep us posted. A veterinary section sounds like a good idea to me.
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Old 10-17-2010, 12:10 PM   #5
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It is possible it could be an abscess if it oozes or is swollen at all. This can happen when a cat gets a small puncture wound. The puncture wound may scab over, but an infection can develop underneath the scab. Then the infection may build, rupture, ooze a bit, scab over and repeat.

Has she been in a fight recently? This is not uncommon at all in outdoor cats that fight with other cats or animals. Not so much in indoor cats unless they don't get along with housemates.

If she is eating OK and not lethargic, I'd just keep an eye on the two areas and make sure they are healing up and not just scabbing over.

Edited to add: FWIW, cats can get acne, especially on their chin which is a difficult area for them to clean. (Try licking your chin.)

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Old 10-24-2010, 09:54 PM   #6
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It seems to be staying the same size. I managed to get a pic of it.

She does not seem bothered when I touch it, but cats can be good at hiding pain so it's not really a good indicator.

She's an indoor cat, and only pet, so it's not a fight injury, unless she fought with a spider or something lol.
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Either its the interface for her USB neural implant (you don't leave her and the computer alone do you?) or else she's overdue for general physical exam at her favorite vet. In my prior city there was a mobile vet that came to our house in a small RV for the same cost as us going to a brick and mortar clinic.
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steevel: We've been watching old x-files shows thru Netflix for about 2 years now. Mulder and Scully are hot on the neck-chip implant thing.

Red: Does the house ever shake at night? Bright lights outside? It can't be a spider, not with all the work we've accomplished!
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No, but I do wake up at 3:33 almost every night, and this weird owl keeps staring at me through the window. But it's not really an owl...
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No, but I do wake up at 3:33 almost every night, and this weird owl keeps staring at me through the window. But it's not really an owl...


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