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What is Mammary Gland Enlargement?

While female cats are far more susceptible to these problems, nipple and breast swelling is sometimes seen in male cats as well. A female who is intact is more at risk than a female that is spayed. If unusual mammary gland swelling is noticed while a cat is nursing kittens, veterinary attention may be needed for the kittens along with the mother as the infection can easily spread between the two. 

Nipple and breast swelling are the outside manifestations of mammary gland enlargement. Cats have eight nipples, and in the case of enlargement or inflammation, one or more nipples may be affected. Normal events in a female cat’s life can lead to the swelling of breast tissue, such as pregnancy and lactation. However, many infections and other conditions which can be life-threatening also create mammary gland enlargement. 

Symptoms of Mammary Gland Enlargement in Cats

Generally, when the condition is abnormal and needs treatment, multiple symptoms will arise. 

  • Swelling of the nipples or breast tissue
  • Painful nipples
  • Redness
  • Discharge from nipples
  • Ulceration of the nipples and breast
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fever
  • Enlarged lymph nodes
  • Edema of the skin on hind legs
  • Refusal to nurse (if female with kittens)
  • Sick kittens (if nursing)

Causes of Mammary Gland Enlargement in Cats

Besides the normal cause of pregnancy, enlarged mammary glands can be the sign of a bigger internal issue in the cat. A veterinarian is best at determining the exact cause of the swelling, which will lead to a faster diagnosis and treatment for the cat. Causes include:

  • Pregnancy
  • Mastitis (mammary gland infection while lactating)
  • Galactostasis (milk collection in mammary gland while weaning)
  • Feline Mammary Hypertrophy (benign masses)
  • Mammary cancer
  • Mammary Hyperplasia (from high levels of progesterone)

Diagnosis of Mammary Gland Enlargement in Cats

A veterinarian will need the cat’s full medical history upon arrival at the clinic. A physical exam will be performed in which the nipples and breast tissue will be closely examined for symptoms that match with mammary gland conditions. Certain issues are not serious and will resolve on their own, while other conditions can be life-threatening.

A range of diagnostic testing will be done, generally starting with blood work. This will include a complete blood count and a biochemical profile. If cancer is suspected, these blood tests can provide confirmation. A biopsy of the enlarged tissue may be taken for further microscopic evaluation (a histopathological examination). Chest and abdominal X-rays may be needed to check for tumor location and pinpoint any metastasizing (spreading). Urinalysis can be used to confirm and identify any bacteria present in the cat. 

Treatment of Mammary Gland Enlargement in Cats

There are a variety of treatments available depending on the underlying cause of the enlargement and the severity of the condition present. If the cat is dealing with an infection (as in the cases of mastitis and mammary hyperplasia), this can be a medical emergency. Immediate attention is needed to stabilize the cat enough to receive treatment.

Mastitis 

Treatment for mastitis includes an antibiotic prescription to clear up any infection and painkillers to help the cat endure the ulcerations associated with this condition. Your vet may also recommend that you apply a warm compress periodically to help with drainage. 

Mammary Cancer 

This type of cancer is very common in cats, accounting for a third of all cancer cases. It is very aggressive and often spreads. It usually occurs in multiple nipples at once.The surgical removal of affected glands (mastectomy) is recommended, especially if the cancer is in its early stages. If the cat is not a good surgical candidate, chemotherapy may be the only treatment option. 

Feline Mammary Hypertrophy 

Advised treatment for this condition is a full spay (ovariohysterectomy). If only a few glands are affected, removal of the individual glands alone may be enough. While these surgeries are more routine, if the cat is suffering from poor overall health, the procedure can be very taxing. 

Mammary Hyperplasia

To alleviate this issue, removal of the source of progesterone is needed. This generally leads to an ovariohysterectomy. If ulceration of the glands has occurred, glands may be removed if the cat is stable enough. Painkillers will be prescribed to help the cat get through the days after the surgery. 

Pregnancy or Galactostasis 

Both of these causes of mammary gland enlargement will resolve on their own with time. 

Recovery of Mammary Gland Enlargement in Cats

If the underlying condition is mammary cancer, overall prognosis is guarded. This cancer has a high tendency to spread throughout the body, most commonly to the lymph nodes, liver, kidneys, lungs and adrenal glands. If the cancer is caught early and the tumor found is less than 2cm in diameter, surgical removal offers a much higher survival rate than in more advanced cases.

If the cat has received a mastectomy or an ovariohysterectomy, signs of infection need to be watched for. Abide by all recommended at-home care from your vet. A post-surgical clinic visit is often required to allow the veterinarian to check that the healing process is happening successfully. With many of these conditions, spontaneous remissions can occur. 

Mammary Gland Enlargement Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Kitcat
I think brown/gray tabby
11 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Not Eating
Weakness
Swollen nipples

My cat has already gotten 3 nipples removed from her right side back in January and now I’m seeing another swollen stubby nipple directly across from the nipple that was removed due to it being breast cancer. My cat has also stopped eating and she’s gotten so skinny and I just don’t know what to do! My mom is too busy she said and has to work out her schedule to plan her appointment but it’s been past a week or two of my cat not eating and having another swollen nipple! It’s red, and swollen and there’s a lump there too. What do I do? I’m just 15 and I can’t drive or take her...

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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KitKat needs to get in to see a veterinarian, however you need to get her there. Mammary cancer in cats can cause weight loss and a decreased appetite, and she may need another surgery or more treatment so that she feels better. If you let your mom know that this is important, perhaps she'll be able to help you get her to a veterinarian.

She said that she’s too busy and she knows that Kitcat is like a baby to me. I’ve grown up with her my since I was 4. She said she can’t afford to take her and I offered to get a job to cover at least some of the expenses and I’ve wanted to learn how to drive so I’ll be able to take her but my mom says no. She said it’ll be at least a couple of weeks before Kitcat is able to go in. I’m having nightmares that when we do take her, we’re already too late.

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Biscuit
Tabb
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen milk glands
Meowing a lot more

Hello one of my cats (Biscuit) who is about 1 year old has already had kittens and are all away to their new homes but she seems to have really swollen milk glands. The kittens have been away for about 2 weeks now but haven’t fed off her for about a month. She is meowing a lot more and I’m just worried that it could be something else and is there anything that I can do to help her. Thanks

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible that the glands are engorged with milk and this is causing some pain or discomfort for her, you may try to apply a warm compress to the glands which may help offer her some relief. However, mastitis (septic or aseptic) may require veterinary attention and if there is no improvement you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Minnie Mouse
dsh
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

painful to the touch

I found a lump on my 1 year old female cats 4th nipple on the left side. It seems to be bothersome to the touch and about the size of a quarter. Should I be worried? Is this an emergency that I should have looked at ASAP?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should get the lump look at as soon as possible, don’t leave it for weeks before visiting your Veterinarian; without examining the lump myself I cannot determine the overall severity but you should certainly get it seen this week especially if it is causing pain or discomfort. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Calliope
Calico
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Enlarged Mammary Glands

My little calico was spayed a few days ago. I noticed today that her back two mammary glands have become enlarged and swollen. She does not mind when I touch or massage them, there is no discharge, and they do not feel any warmer than the rest of her. They feel soft until toward the bottom by her nipple where it is hard and disc shaped. Is there a simple reason for this, like normal swelling post surgery or hormone reduction? Or should I be worried and take her to the vet?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Calliope is eating and drinking normally, and seems to be doing well otherwise, you may have no cause for concern. She may have been in heat when she was spayed, and will have hormonal changes for a little while. If the glands do become warm, or bother her, then it would be best to have her seen by your veterinarian.

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Kitten Kat
Tortoishell
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

enlarged nipples

Medication Used

Amoxicillian

My female cat had h a litter of 5 kittens 4 wks ago on 5/3/18. All 5 kits lived and are healthy but mama cat is not. She was not acting herself she kept following me around meowing at me non stop and wouldn't go outside. She in less than 24 hrs looked very skinny to the point that she looked malnourished. And I noticed her ears were warm to the touch and had lost her appetite. So I took her to vet. She did have a temp of 103.3 did a thorough exam and said that he does not no why she had a fever. I mentioned that it didn't seem like the her kittens were getting any milk when they nursed and she didn't really want them to but she dealt with it. Dr gave me anti biotic amoxicillin liquid for her I gave it to her seem to help the first 2.5 days then she started in with the persistent meowing and following me. She began to eat like she use to and was drinking a lot of water. Then a couple days ago she started vomiting she had eaten a little grass to help her but it was only liquid that she vomited. That's stopped. But now she's back to 24/7 meowing and crying tries to use litter box but cries as she's trying I don't think she has passed a stool. Her nipples are very swollen they feel as if she has milk but again kittens aren't getting milk when they nursed so I have had to feed them a bottle. Sometimes they will eat the dry and wet food but most of the time they won't. Can you please help...

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining her it is difficult to help give guidance, however a common cause of vocalisation is the discomfort from the mammary glands being engorged with milk; to relieve this you may try to apply a warm compress to the glands to try and offer her some relief. However, you should continue with the treatment prescribed by your Veterinarian and return to them for a check up if there is no improvement. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Smokey
Unknown feline
3 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Enlarged breast

Our cat was a ferrel cat that was fixed. We have noticed the last few weeks that her breasts are enlarged and her belly seems bigger. When she showed up to our house last year she still had stitches from the surgery. Could she in fact be pregnant? We will take her to a vet next week.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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We don’t know why the stitches may have been there, it may have been from spaying or it may have been due to another cause; it is always frustrating doing a spay on a stray and you find an incision scar and think “this is going to take so long to ensure I don’t miss anything” since we have to make really sure there are no remnants of the reproductive tract (uterus, ovaries) left behind (especially if overweight). If there are remnants of the ovaries, it is possible that it may be a false pregnancy but this is uncommon in cats (more common in dogs). You should visit your Veterinarian to get their input. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Marley
Shorthair
1 Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

none

My cat just gave birth to one kitten on Friday, I was felling her stomach and she still had lumps in there so I assumed there would be more kittens but it’s monday now and she still hasn’t given birth and now when I feel her stomach it’s like a lumpy breast that just droops down

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Marley it is difficult to say whether there were retained kittens or if there are any issues with her mammary glands; you should keep an eye on her but if you have concerns you should visit your Veterinarian since I cannot really weigh in without having a feel of the abdomen. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Madusa
mixed
2 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Mammary Gland Swelling

My little sister moved to Florida from California where I still live. We lived right next door to each other. Long story short she left her 3 cats & they kind of adopted me. The 1 I'm worried about is 2 yrs she's stripped all over with dark grey, white & light grey. She isn't spayed & her whole life was a inside cat until my sister left this April. My daughter is badly allergic to animals so I can't keep cats inside so she basically lives out on my bedroom balcony but has stairs. I believe she got pregnant recently but I'm not sure. The reason is because this past week all 6 of her nipples are very swollen. At first it started as them the size of a golf ball & almost as hard but now they got so big they sag to the ground. She isn't bothered with me touching them or massaging them. She walks normal considering, she lays on her stomach & doesn't seem to be in any pain nor has a fever. She doesn't look like she's gaining weight anywhere else. She still eats normal but her nipples appear to be getting larger. She's never been pregnant before so this would be her first. I've never seen anything like it. They're so hard & engorged Is it possible for you to tell me what might be wrong or if this is a normal symptom of pregnancy? She does seem to sleep a little more than normal but not a lot more. She does seem to want to eat a lot. Almost all day but I stick to her normal feedings. Does anyone know what could possibly be going on?

Thank you
-Anna-
Madusa's Mommy

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Enlargement of the mammary glands may be due to pregnancy, hormonal conditions, infection among other causes. You should ensure that the glands are not warm or inflamed as this may indicate an infection and/or inflammation. If you suspect that she is pregnant, you should visit a Veterinarian to check to be on the safe side and to determine how many kittens there are. There are many low cost spay and neuter charities in California which offer low cost spaying and you should consider getting all cats spayed. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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agro
long hair
7 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

squeezed lots of milk is expressed

my cat has two swollen teets, but does not yowl when i touch them , but none of her kittens will nurse from those two teets. the kittens are nursing just fine from her other teets. only two are affected

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few possible causes for issues with these glands which may include infection, inflammation or another cause; you should ensure that the glands are expressed and are not causing any pain or discomfort. If they are warmer than the other glands, you should think about visiting your Veterinarian for check for mastitis etc… Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Little Bit
Short hair tabby
10 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Licking

I have a feral cat that stays outdoors. She had kittens in the woods so locating them was not successful. She comes to eat and hangs around the back yard.
She knows when I am trying to follow her. This morning I noticed she had 1 side, in a row, her nipples very swollen and hard. I am wondering if the kittens made it in the woods. Could she still be nursing? The kittens have to be at least 8 weeks. I saw her licking her nipples and also wondered do cats take care of this? I wanted to get her fixed, but the vet's assistant said they wouldn't abort the kittens.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It would be unlikely that the kittens are still nursing at 8 weeks, but not impossible. I hope that the kittens made it! It would be best to keep a close eye on Little Bit and make sure that the swelling of her nipples doesn't get worse or she isn't appearing sick, as cats can get mastitis or other infections. Typically, as the kittens stop nursing, she will stop producing milk, and they would be old enough that they would be eating on their own at this point. I hope that they are all okay.

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SWEETY
Calico
2 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

hi, my female has stopped feeding her kittens for a few days and now her mammary glands are swollen.i applied a hot towel for 10 minutes and one nipple started lactating but no more. shes walking around ok and doesn't seem bothered and is eating and drinking water.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is normal for there to be some discomfort when a queen stops nursing and there is a similar issue with women when they stop breastfeeding; give it a few days and Sweety should be alright, but if you notice smelly discharge or the glands are unusually warm you should visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Oreo
Shorthaired domestic
14 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

None

Medication Used

Prednisolone

My cat is 14. Asymptomatic. Noticed lumps on her belly when I picked her up off counter. Grape size on one but several small up the entire left side and 1/3 way up the right side. Bloodwork clear. Chest X-ray clear. Suspected possible psedupregnancy due to total clingyness for two months prior so suggested mastitis. Treated with convenia injection and something else. Did aspiration only came back blood on the slide. 2 weeks later follow up and was suspected mammary cancer with no further testing due to her licking im assuming where they did the aspirations and she made it bleed. Sent home with prenisone every other day now for 5 weeks. Gave veraflox for where she was chewing the sore. Now it's spreading more as far as the swelling and some small pea slide bumps under the surface of the skin throughout her hind legs. The initial lumps are not getting bigger but the mammary glands itself are more raised and prominent as she's now licking and making several of the small lumps bleed. Followed up vet says definitely mammary cancer just keep comfortable. She herself is not changing. Total behavior is normal. I am not comfortable with the diagnosis of mammarycancer as I feel this could be acute mastitis. She's on prednisone which is an immunosuppressant so how if this is mastitis she's only going to get wore instead of better. She was spayed at 6 years old. Never a pregnancy had her since 8 weeks. Felv negative.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Spaying at six years old is very late and according to some studies will leave cats at the same risk of mammary cancer as an intact cat which is why Veterinarians recommend spaying at an earlier age. It seems that Oreo has received quite a bit of antibiotic therapy (convenia and veraflox). Whilst prednisone is an immunosuppressant, it wouldn’t interfere with the antibiotics function, just the immune system. It is difficult for me to say the exact cause, I would recommend taking another aspiration from a new lump that has appeared or even to ultrasound a lump to see the contents etc… Given Oreo’s age, treatment will be hard and if it is cancer, surgery wouldn’t be an option. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Silk
Unknown
1-2
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Pain When Lifted
Swelling
Bruise

I have a cat I've been taking care of for a few months she's mine, she had a litter of 5 kittens about 5 weeks ago, and we just separated the babies from the momma per vet recommendation and her nipples are swollen with milk it seems, her stomach feels lumpy and seems to be achey one of them even appeared a little bruised, I was just wondering if there's anything I'm supposed to do to help her or if it will solve itself naturally

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Just like in humans, when nursing stops the breasts may become tender due to being engorged with milk; applying a warm compress to the breasts may help but if any of the affected glands feel warm or are giving a smelly discharge visit your Veterinarian for a check. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Carlitos aka Litos
Domestic shorthair
4 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting, high fever, lethargy

Medication Used

Azithormycin

Neutered male cat , Litos "nursing" a kitten (now a cat) for 2 years
Took Litos to the vet because he has been vomiting. Litos had a fever of 103.5. After a battery blood of test, and scans, cause unknown. Litos given antibiotics for next week and a (24 hour anti nausea med). Litos and his "kitten" are indoor cats and have alll shots etc
Could the "nursing" be the cause of the infection?
How can I stop this behavior?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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The 'nursing' wouldn't have caused the infection, unless there is dramatic tissue damage in the area, I wouldn't think. Cats who continue to nurse are typically not very confident cats, and you may not be able to stop the behavior if it has gone on for 2 years. You can try to distract the cat that nurses, offer other toys and distractions, and sometimes a product called Feliway in the environment helps to calm the cats so that they don't feel the need to nurse. I hope that everything goes well for Litos.

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Kevin
Cat
14 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Mass in breast

Medication Used

N/A

I have a 13 year old neutered male since he was 6 months old, he has always had super hanging tummy/breast I noticed the other day that he has a hard mass size of avacado seed right at one his breast doesn't show any signs of pain or tenderness to the touch or discharge or anything like that I was just wondering if it could be because of his age or if I should take him in and have them looked at

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Since you have noticed this firm area recently, it would be best to have the area looked at by a veterinarian - male cats don't typically develop mammary cancers, but they can get other masses and tumors that may need attention. I hope that all goes well for him.

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Vlossie
Housecat
8 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Mammary Gland Enlargement

There's a female cat that sometimes comes to our house. We are not sure if she's a stray or if she's one of the neighbours' cat. She's been coming round since she was a kitten, since about 8 months ago. About two months ago her nipples started showing as she was growing up, that's when we realised she was a girl. We saw her about a month ago and she seemed fine. She was here today, and when I tried to pick her up, I noticed two lumps on her abdomen so I didn't pick her up. They were around the nipple area, the one was about the size of a strawberry, and the other one about half that. She didn't seem in pain, and she didn't mind me feeling the area. The area didn't feel warm. She also very happily gobbled down a few teaspoons of tuna. Should we be worried?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm not sure what might be going on with Vlossie, without seeing her. She may have an abscess, or normal mammary development if she is pregnant. If she displays any odd behavior, it would be a good idea to have her seen by a veterinarian, as they can examine her and determine what might be going on.

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Kovu
Bombay
1 Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Bottom 2 nipples pinkish
Bottom 2 nipples showing

My cat is 1 year old - female. Her bottom 2 nipples are showing more than usual. They are slightly bare around the edges and a little pinky. She does not seam to be bothered by this (no irritation etc). No change in food or water consumption. She is spayed.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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This hair loss may be normal for Kovu, or it may be a sign of over-grooming. Since I cannot examine her, it would be best to have her seen by a veterinarian and have the area examined to make sure that nothing unusual is happening. I hope that all goes well for her.

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Capaccino
tabby
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Breasts are uneven

My cat is not feeding her kittens.Kittens looks healthy and they are now 1 month old last night. I can't see my kitty all the nipples.It is hard to see and She is acting very different from last week. Meowing all the times and most of times she sits away from her litter. Can you pls help me what can i do here?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Cappachino may have a mammary infection or problem that is causing her to stop feeding her kittens, or she may be weaning them, as they should be old enough to start eating food on their own. If she is acting normally otherwise, you can start feeding the kittens soft kitten food. If they won't eat, and she isn't nursing them, or she stops eating or seems uncomfortable, it would be best to have her seen by a veterinarian to make sure that everything is okay.

I have a nursing cat right now in severe pain. Im taking her to the vet in town as soon as it opens. Her mammary glands closest to her genitals are severely swollen and I didn't notice it was affecting her or a bad sign until several hours ago when she just started twitching in her sleep really bad (she has been a sleep twitcher since she was a baby and I never thought anything of it) so I woke her up and she started screaming in pain... she has bruising i didn't notice before and she can't really move too much without pain.... could someone please tell me if this is super serious. I feel like the absolute worst cat mom in existence for not noticing...

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Unknown
" moggy"
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen nipples

Have a cat that's neglected by owners across the road. She's only a year old herself. Believe she's had kittens a month or so ago. But not sure they survived or of she has them elsewhere. But she's always hungry as she doesn't get fed. And her breasts are swollen still as if she's nursing. Does that mean they are alive f they're swollen still?i

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It is hard to say whether the kittens are still alive without seeing them, but if she were still nursing, it would explain her still have mammary development. That is a sad little life for her, perhaps they would surrender her to a humane society?

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Prettygirl
Egyptian Mau
12 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Mammary Gland Swelling

Hello, i recently adopted my 12 month old female cat 3 weeks ago. Before hand she had been spayed, her stomach fur was still noticeably shaven down. So now I'm now noticing her 2 lowest mammary glands are swollen. Could this an infection or cancer? Is it something to worry about? She never had a litter, inside cat & still eats well. If anything shes gained weight since adoption. & she still let me touch on her stomach & the glands without seeming like there is any pain??

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few possible causes for mammary gland swelling which may include infection, cancer or hormonal changes; without examining the glands I cannot say what the specific cause is. However, if they are not warm just keep an eye on them and see if they go down; if there is no change by the end of the week or by Monday visit a Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Baby Sister
American Shorthair
4 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling

I have a female kitten who is 4 months old. I noticed this morning that she has a swollen knot on her stomach area, behind one nipple. It doesn't appear to bother her -- she behaves normally and doesn't mind being picked up around the midsection. It was a little warm to the touch, but not excessively so.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without seeing Baby Sister, I can't comment on what might be happening with her, but if the area that you have noticed is abnormal, it would be best to have her seen by a veterinarian to have the area examined and determine what might be going on, and how best to treat her.

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Layla
American Shorthair
1 Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

My cat just had kittens they are3 weeks old. They are doing fine however I feellike mommy cat is not producing enough milk and also as if her mammary glands may be swelling how can I tell if its normal swelling or if something is wrong?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If the kittens are not getting enough milk, you should try feeding with a milk replacer or you can start weaning early if you wish. The glands may be inflamed for a variety of reasons, but if they are warm to the touch we should be concerned with an infection. It would be best to visit your Veterinarian for a check of the mother to see if she needs any other care. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Feral
tabby
6 Months
Moderate condition
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Has Symptoms

Redness, sores
Redness

I am trying to feed and take care of a colony of feral cats around my farm. I have a big heart, but small wallet! I try and trap them and get them spayed/neutered when my budget allows. There is a kitten that is probably just old enough to come into her first heat that has very large mammary glands. She has started to lay in my porch on her side, almost as if she is trying to show me. There is a lot of redness and some of them are starting to have sores. I feel horrible, but I can’t afford an outrageous vet bill. Is there anything I can do to help her that cost a lot?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without knowing what might be going on with this kitten, it is hard for me to comment on how to help her. I understand that you try to help this colony as best you can, and that is very nice of you. It seems that she does need a veterinary visit to see how to help her - if you let them know that you are limited on funds for her, and that she is a feral cat that you are trying to help, they should be able to find some lower costs alternatives for her.

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Kömür
Stray cat
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Pain in breasts
Not energetic
Eating less nowadys
Big and hard breasts

I found a cat on the street and her breasts are big and hard. Then the breasts got softer. Not completely but they are softer then it was before. But these days she is not coming to us. She just lays down on cold places. And her breasts are in pain sometimes. Because she loves when I pet him on her belly but now when I touch them she is meowing like it's hurting. The Dr doesn't wanna do a surgery on her because that could kill her. 8 breasts and all of them are pretty big and hard. So the Dr said we have to wait. There is nothing we can do now he said. But Im not sure about him. I really need someone to ask professionaly. What is her problem? And what can I do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Kömür I cannot confirm or diagnose a condition but mastitis or breast cancer are both possibilities; also without examining her I cannot determine whether she would be a candidate for surgery, antibiotic therapy or other medication since I cannot make a diagnosis. If you are not confident in your Veterinarian’s advice, you should visit another Veterinarian for another opinion. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Navi
American domestic
1 Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Enlarged Teats

My 1 year old female cat was spayed 3 weeks ago. Since then her teats have been enlarging. I feel thick tissue or fluid inside. I think they are slightly tender to the touch, but she is very loving and doesn’t fuss too much about being poked. We feed her both dry and wet food three times a day.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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When a cat is spayed there are many changes which occur in the body due to the shift in hormone production, sometimes mammary glands may swell during this time; however if you feel that there is fluid in the glands or they are warm to the touch you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination to determine whether there is an infection (mastitis) or something else occurring. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Trixie
Domestic shorthair
2 Years
Fair condition
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Has Symptoms

Weezy,larger nipples & lump on bac

My 2 year old cat has enlarged nipples and her breathing is weezy. We got her from the human society. Didn’t give us much information on her background! She has been acting out and being aggressive! She also has a large spot on her back.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Trixie is definitely showing strange signs. Without seeing her, I am not able to provide much insight on what is going on with her, but it would be a good idea to have her examined by a veterinarian, as they will be able to examine her, determine what might be going on, and give her any treatment that she might need.

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Parker
Siamese
1 Year
Mild condition
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Has Symptoms

no other symptoms

My 1 year old neutered male Siamese cat has 2 or 3 red nipples and bare patches around each one. He does not appear to be in any acute distress and has had these for at least a month that I/ve noticed. We just got him last October and he nearly died from a round of antibiotics to treat "potential parasites" but has since gotten big and strong and gained alot of weight. What could the bare patches and red nipples be caused by and should I be concerned about them?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without being able to examine Parker or look at the area that you are worried about, I'm not sure if he has a problem or not. Since it seems unusual to you, it would be best to have him seen by a veterinarian, as they can assess the lesions, determine if it is a problem, and give him any treatment that might be necessary.

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Little Kate
Mix
1 Year
Fair condition
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Has Symptoms

no symptoms

My cat has a lump by her nipple on her chest. She’s pregnant. I’ve been cuddling with her every day and I didn’t notice it until today. She has no symptoms of anything. Not vomitting, issues eating or using the litter box.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Many changes occur during pregnancy, and the lump that you are noticing may be normal for her. Since Little Kate is pregnant, it would be a good idea to have her examined, regardless, to make sure that she is okay, and have the lump examined to determine if it is a problem.

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Ellie
Grey
6 Months
Serious condition
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Has Symptoms

Sleepiness
Tired

Hello , my friends kitten is over 6 months old and she started to develop lumps all over her belly, they got huge over a weekend and they brought her to the vet and they didn’t know what to do so they neutered her the other day to see if that helped but her lumps are not getting any better she is small and the lumps are bigger than a tennis ball and they seem to not be getting better and she can bearly walk , we just want a second opinion and don’t know what to do , she is sleeping a lot and has the cone on her head to stop her from irritating them

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I cannot think what lumps the size of tennis balls could be, I would be looking at possibly doing a biopsy to send for histopathology to help determine the underlying cause. If the cause is hormonal, it may take a few weeks to go down after spaying since hormones will still be circulating around the body. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ruby
American Shorthair
3 Months
Fair condition
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Has Symptoms

swollen

I have a 3 month old kitten whose nipples have all enlarged like a swollen circle round every one in the past week she isn’t due to be spayed for another 5 weeks. What could cause this

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few possible causes for this swelling which may include contact allergies, infections, hormonal issues (like mammary hyperplasia - a bit too young for it) among other cases; feel the glands to see if they are warm, if they are visit your Veterinarian immediately. If the glands are not warm, bathe her underside one or twice per day (in case of contact allergies) and look for any changes or other symptoms; if there is no improvement over the next few days visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Pishi
long hair
6 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Mass

I have a 6 month old non-neutered male kitten who was recently found to have an enlarging mass inferior to one of his nipples. The mass was noted about a month ago and has increased in size, and has slight violaceous discoloration. Needle biopsy results state: well differentiated epithelial and mesenchymal proliferation, suspicious for feline mammary fibroepithelial hyperplasia, however, mammary neoplasia cannot be excluded cytologicially. Any experience with this in a male kitten not yet neutered? He is scheduled for his neutering surgery this Friday (3/9/18). I have a feeling his doctor will want to do an excisional biopsy of the nodule. Are there any non invasive ways of finding out if this cat also has a uterus and ovaries in addition to completely normal appearing external male genitalia? He has not had any exposure to Progesterone containing compounds. Treatment options?
Thank you.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Pishi is going in to be neutered, I would have the mass removed with a wide margin to do everything within one surgery or anaesthesia; once the mass is removed it can be sent for a more complete histopathological examination. As for checking for a female reproductive tract (hermaphrodites are rare), an ultrasound examination is usually sufficient unless very rudimentary structures are present. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Shadow
Idk
6 Months
Moderate condition
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Has Symptoms

In heat
Swollen breasts
Slight pain
Demanding

My female cat about 6 months old has really swollen breasts. It happened about a week or so ago when I noticed she was going in heat. They got bigger and bigger to the point where they feel like they will pop. She seems some what in pain but I've never dealt with a situation like this and can't afford a vet. I touch her stomach and she doesn't mind so much until I put pressure on them. It hurts me to see her in pain like this.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A warm compress can help sometimes in cases like this, but I would recommend that you visit your Veterinarian as there may be an infection or hormonal issue which may require treatment; in the meantime you can place a warm compress on the glands to see if that will offer any relief for her. There are many charity clinics and nonprofits which may be able to help with the cost of veterinary care, you just need to reach out by making contact. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.dogingtonpost.com/need-help-with-vet-bills-or-pet-food-there-are-resources-available/ https://iheartdogs.com/cant-pay-for-your-pets-needed-care-these-12-programs-can-help/ www.paws.org/cats-and-dogs/other-services/help-with-veterinary-bills/

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Adolfa
household cat
1 Year
Fair condition
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Has Symptoms

small lump in nipple, no pain

Is mammary gland tumor same to mastitis? Is the tumor cancerous and life threatening? Adolfa had a small lump near her 7th nipple and just surgically removed last week. She had spayed at 8month of her age and now she just turns one year old. No pregnancy before. Showed no sign of pain and no other bad symptom of it. Hoping that another lump could come up at another nipple, is this cancerous, life threatening or could effect her lifespan?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Mastitis is an inflammatory condition which may be infectious or non-infectious which affects the mammary glands; mastitis is different to cancer, however cancer may cause mastitis as a secondary condition. Any mass removed from Adolfa’s gland or nipple should be sent for histopathology if there is any concern about its origin. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Blue
Female
6 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

lump around the nipple,
lump around the nipple

Medication Used

none

I wonder if a unspayed female cat is around or in her estrous cycle, Do her mammary glands can get swell or get little mass around that by the effect fo hormone? If you can say any information or your experinces, please answer the question. Thank you so much

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Swelling or a mass around the mammary glands can happen if a cat is pregnant, has an infection, or has mammary cancer, although cancer in 6 month old cats is unusual. It doesn't tend to happen as much when they are in estrus, but is possible. If you are noticing swelling around her mammary glands, it would be a good idea to have her examined by your veterinarian to determine if what is happening is normal, or is a problem, and if she needs any treatment. I hope that all goes well for her.

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Ruby
domestic shorthair calico
2 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Seizures
Swollen nipple

my female at ruby is currently nursing two healthy kittens. however one of her breasts is swollen and hard. not sensitive to touch at all and the only way you can tell something is wrong is by looking at how swollen it is. she’s prone to seizures, if that’ information helps at all. her comfort and playful levels are the same as ever, and her appetite is the same as well. she’s had one other litter before this and i vaguely remember a few of her nipples being a little swollen for some odd days but that soon worked itself out as i was told it would have. however her seizures have gotten more common lately, although there is no clustering i am concerned. seeing as that is don’t have the money for a good vet at the moment. and i don’t want to loose my baby or have her suffer through any pain... and i’m not sure if the seizures are related to the swelling at all. she’s had two since her kittens were birthed

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. If Ruby was having seizures before having the kittens, the mammary enlargement doesn't seem related to the seizures. Her mammary enlargement may be normal for a nursing cat, but she may be developing mastitis and need treatment. Without examining her, I unfortunately can't determine if it is normal for her, or abnormal. Seizures in cats are not common, and should probably be treated. Many clinics offer a 'free first exam' that you might be able to take advantage of to have her seen and make sure that she is okay, as I do think that she should see a veterinarian. I hope that she is okay.

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Fred
Domestic shorthair
3 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Crusty nipple
Redness

Hi! My 3.5 year old male cat has always had one nipple that was larger and much more protruding than his others. Yesterday and I was rubbing his tummy I noticed that his large nipple was also red and kind of crusty looking. Some of the hair that surrounds it was stuck to it. He wasn’t sensitive to me touching it at all and there was no swelling around it at all. It was just the nipple itself. He is an indoor cat and we only have one pet. Please advise, thanks!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Unfortunately, without examining Fred, I can't tell what might be going on with that nipple. It would probably be best to have it looked at by your veterinarian to see if it is infected, or if there is a growth that needs to be addressed. Your veterinarian will be able to recommend treatment for it, it it does require treatment. I hope that everything goes well for him!

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Callie
Calico
4 Months
Moderate condition
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My calico kitten, about four months old, has developed very swollen glands around all of her nipples. They seem to be getting larger every day. She is going to the vet tomorrow for her precheck for spaying. She seems fine; No pain, eats and plays well.. I’ve searched everywhere for info. Should I be worried?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. it is good that Callie is having her pre-spay check up tomorrow. It would be very unusual for her to have mammany cancer at her age, and it may be a hormonal change. She is very young, but it is possible that she is going into heat. Your veterinarian will be able to examine her, determine what the cause of the swollen mammary glands may be, and get her treatment if she needs it, or spay her if that is the appropriate therapy. I hope that she does well.

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Xayah
Calico
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen nipples

My cat is spayed and now her nipples are puffed and firm. I know she is not pregnant but the last few days they have swollen up quite largely. Attitude and comfort has not changed. She still acts normal. What might it be? And what could I do to fix this?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without examining Xayah, I can't diagnose what might be going on with her, but it is very unusual for spayed cats to have nipple enlargement. I'm not sure how long ago she was spayed - if it was recently, she may be going through hormonal changes. It would be a good idea to have her see your veterinarian to make sure that everything is okay with her, as that is not typical. I hope that everything is fine with her!

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Noxy
Tuxedo
1 Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Small mass underneath nipple
Small mass underneath nipple,

My cat was spayed before she turned 1. She's very happy, playful, has a great appetite, etc.. I was petting her recently and noticed a small mass underneath the one nipple. She shows no signs of pain, or discomfort. I'm just unsure if it's something new or if it's around the area where she had the surgery. It's the bottom nipple, towards her rear, on the right side of her body. Any ideas? I dont feel anything abnormal anywhere else.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Mammary masses are less common in cats that have been spayed as kittens, but they can still occur. Without examining Noxy, I can't say what that lump might be, but that doesn't seem like the place where a scar from her surgery would be located. It would be best to have her examined to find out what that lump is and what treatment should be given. I hope that everything goes well for her.

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Xusha
Sphynx
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Enlarged Mammary Glands

My Canadian Sphynx female cat's nipples developed flat circles below all her eight nipples. I noticed it when she was 10 months old (when cats usually become sexually mature and go into heat). Those circles have been getting larger with every day. At the same time she started menstruating and for the next 3 weeks or so. It's now been approximately 6 weeks and the nipples are still the same. She has no pain, nor redness, nor discharge and good appetite and normal behavior. Because I was traveling a lot, I wasn't able to take her to the vet but I called several pet clinics and was told to monitor her in hopes it will resolve on its own. Looks like it's most likely caused by overload of progesterone. I hope spaying her is not my only choice of treatment as I was hoping to breed her in the future.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Generally spaying is recommended in these types of cases as it resolves the majority of issues, if you are looking to breed with Xusha you should visit a Veterinarian for a closer look and general examination as well as a breeding soundness examination (ultrasound of the reproductive tract etc…). I cannot think of a specific cause, but hormonal imbalances can cause a variety of symptoms. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you very much for your input, Dr Turner, it's really appreciated! I took my cat to a very good vet this week and she had a thorough blood test done which was nearly perfect - all markings were within the normal range (except for one, something about liver/bone density which was elevated which I was told is normal for growing pets/kittens). So next I am supposed to catch her urine while she's using the toilet and bring that for analysis. I will post the results here once it's completed. And will obtain more detailed information of the findings.

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Roberta
Calico
11 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Back in 2014 I had noticed my one of my cat's nipple had become enlarged. I took her to the vet and the Dr told me she had to do an ovariohysterectomy. She had that done and said that she would be fine after that and not to worry about her enlarged nipple. Today I noticed that her nipple looks a little bigger. Since I noticed it the first time it looks like she had a blister. I am not sure if she has had any discharge. After the surgery she gained a couple of lbs but she has continued to be active and eat and drink water as usual. I touch her nipple and she seems like it does hurt her but she hasn't been acting weird or anything. Should I be worried?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Because she was spayed later in life, she has the risk of developing mammary cancers as she ages - if you are noticing a strange nipple, it would be a good idea to have your veterinarian look at it and make sure that it isn't anything to worry about at this point. It may be nothing serious, but without seeing it, I can't say for sure. I hope that everything goes well for her!

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Roberta
Calico
11 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Back in 2014 I had noticed my one of my cat's nipple had become enlarged. I took her to the vet and the Dr told me she had to do an ovariohysterectomy. She had that done and said that she would be fine after that and not to worry about her enlarged nipple. Today I noticed that her nipple looks a little bigger. Since I noticed it the first time it looks like she had a blister. I am not sure if she has had any discharge. After the surgery she gained a couple of lbs but she has continued to be active and eat and drink water as usual. I touch her nipple and she seems like it does hurt her but she hasn't been acting weird or anything. Should I be worried?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Because she was spayed later in life, she has the risk of developing mammary cancers as she ages - if you are noticing a strange nipple, it would be a good idea to have your veterinarian look at it and make sure that it isn't anything to worry about at this point. It may be nothing serious, but without seeing it, I can't say for sure. I hope that everything goes well for her!

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Dusty
Calico
10 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

My sons cat has enlarged nipples. She is spayed and has been since she was very young. She is still active drinks water regularly and shows no signs of distress. She’s overweight for sure but also extremely poofy. She plays and talks all the time. We were just a bit concerned about her nipples. They are not warm and there is no fluid. Should we take her to her Vet?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without examining her, I'm not sure why her nipples are enlarged. Possible reasons may be infection, a systemic disease, or cancer. If the nipples are all evenly enlarged and not red, and don't bother her, I think sometimes we don't notice something until we really look at it, then we're not sure if it is normal or not! If you are sure that there has been a change in her nipples, it would be a good idea to have her examined by her veterinarian, just to make sure that she is okay.

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Alena
American Shorthair
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Mammary Gland Enlargement
Mammary Gland Swelling
Pain
Pain When Lifted

my cat Alena has been pain whenever you pick her up nowadays, and we've suspected she has her mammary glands coming in. But, I don't know if she's pregnant because there is a chance since she's intact, and she goes outside, but I also haven't seen a significant change in her size to say she has babies. I also think she has a problem with eating food a lot because she's very picky or something, she's very small. Should I be worried, and send her to a vet for one or both of these reasons?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for contacting us about Alena. I do think that she should see her veterinarian if you think she is in pain when you pick her up, and if you think that she might be pregnant. She may have a uterine infection if she isn't spayed, or she might be pregnant, yes. It would be a good idea to have her examined and make sure that she is healthy, your vet may be able to feel if she is pregnant or is painful, and give you a better idea as to whether she is normal, or is having problems. I hope everything goes well with her.

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Callie
mixed
4 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

none

I have a female cat that is almost 4 years old and her nipples are sticking out and her breasts feel a little swollen and she's losing hair around her nipples and her but I was wondering why and she has not been around any male cats that I know all she's an indoor cat and we had 3 cats two of them I was babysitting but one we know is a girl and the other one I think it was a girl but at first my sister thought it was a boy she's always crying when we touch her pet her pick her up

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thanks for contacting us about Callie. If your female cat isn't spayed, and has been around a cat that you aren't sure if it is a boy or a girl, and now her mammary glands are getting swollen, it is very possible that she is pregnant! The gestation time of a cat is about 2 months, so if she was with the unknown cat about 5-6 weeks ago, that's probably what is happening. If she isn't pregnant, cats can get mammary tumors (breast cancer), and she needs to be seen by a veterinarian to make sure that she is okay. Either way, it is probably in her best interest to have an appointment - your vet will be able to let you know if she looks pregnant, or if she has problems with her mammary glands.

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