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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Cat Veterinary
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience.
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I have an eighteen year old short hair cat that is nuetered.

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I have an eighteen year old short hair cat that is nuetered. I try to rub his abdomen checking for anything unusual as a vet in my psst said to dobthat the older he got. Last night i found abvery large srea between his hind legs swollen on the left side. I cannot get him to a vet tonite will that be a real problem
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Jess K replied 10 months ago.

Hello, this is Dr. Jess. I am sorry to hear about your problem with Ringo. Can you tell me if Ringo has been acting normally at home? Eating and drinking normally? Using the litterbox? Any vomiting and diarrhea?

Expert:  Jess K replied 10 months ago.

Hello? are you there?

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 10 months ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. To answer you directly, as long as your 18 year old is acting normally otherwise, there's no urgency to have a vet see him on an emergency basis. Finding a very large swollen area on him suggests tumor or, less commonly, abscess because he would be painful and febrile with such an extensive abscess. Ringo does need to be attended to by his regular vet on Monday as long as he continues to eat and drink throughout today.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.