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Dear Dr, My nine years old cat has the symmetric lumps on

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Dear Dr Michael,
My nine years old cat has the symmetric lumps on her lower back. few lumps on both side. she is still eating but not moving too much. she is fat.
Should I worry?
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 months ago.

Those are the symmetrical paralumbar fat pads which become more prominent when cats and dogs are overweight. The lumps aren't a concern but her overall weight is. See what you can do about limiting her caloric intake by either cutting down how much food she has access to or switching to a diet food such as this:

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Thank you for your reply. what a relief! but she is kind of hurts when i touch them. She does not move too much recently.
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Hurting is normal for symmetrical paralumbar fat pads. Thanks
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 months ago.

You're welcome. These should be nonpainful. Are you sure that she's not just being cranky about being touched?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
No, i am positive it hurts, not seriously, but it does.
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
each time when she tries to stretch back legs, she stops.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 months ago.

That's curious. I would consider that her kidneys (which are underneath those pads in her abdomen) might be painful. It's a stretch but worth having her vet palpate those lumps and her kidneys and perform a complete urinalysis. Hip pain is another consideration and her vet can perform flexion and extension tests on her hips to see if they're painful.

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
if it was her kidney problem, what would be the process of treatment?thank you
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 months ago.

The urinalysis would be important in determining if the kidneys were infected (pyelonephritis) and, if so, a systemic antibiotic would be prescribed; or, instead, an infiltrative malignancy such as lymphoma were present and, if so, chemotherapy might be recommended. A ultrasound of her urinary tract might be recommended to better understand which disease process is present and also to detect the presence of uroliths (stones).

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Thank you very much.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 months ago.

You're quite welcome. I can't set a follow-up in this venue so please return to our conversation - even after rating - with an update at your convenience.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 10 months ago.
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
Dr. Michael Salkin

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