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My cat has several small lumps under her fur on her stomach,

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My cat has several small lumps under her fur on her stomach, what is it and what can I do about it.
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 4 years ago.
Welcome to JustAnswer! I am a licensed veterinarian and would be glad to help!

Are these lumps on the skin?

Is she spayed?

Customer: replied 4 years ago.

no they are under her skin.

yes she is spayed.

Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 4 years ago.
Under the skin as in masses or growths (rather than scabs?)

Customer: replied 4 years ago.
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 4 years ago.
Sometimes these are very hard to diagnose by touch, feel, or even location.

If they are soft, at times they can be benign, and if they are hard or not able to be moved, they are more likely to be cancerous, but you can be fooled very easily.

Before considering expensive testing or surgery, the recommendation to determine what the growth is (benign growth vs. cancerous mass) would be to have your veterinarian perform a procedure called a FNA (Fine Needle Aspirate).

A FNA procedure is quite simple with minimal risks. Usually without any sedation at all (and no anesthesia), a small needle is inserted into the lump and then cells and fluid are aspirated into the syringe, then pushed onto a slide.

The slide is examined under the microscope either by your veterinarian, or if you elect, by a board certified clinical pathologist. The goal would be for them to tell you what the cells are, and therefore, what the mass is. Is it benign or malignant? And would surgery then be indicated.

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