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What are Sebaceous Cysts?

If your cat is bothered by their sebaceous cyst, or if it has become large, is oozing, or is at risk of rupturing, you should seek veterinary assistance for your cat. You should never attempt to treat your cat’s sebaceous cyst on your own as this can cause potentially harmful inflammatory responses in the surrounding tissues.

Sebaceous cysts can appear anywhere on the body of your cat, but most often occur on their trunk (chest and sides) or legs. These fluid-filled sacs are typically benign, meaning they are not cancerous, and do not cause much physical discomfort to your cat. Sebaceous cysts appear as raised bumps and are soft in feel. In some cases, sebaceous cysts can continue to grow until they rupture. When this occurs, infection may occur and your cat will need additional treatment. 

Symptoms of Sebaceous Cysts in Cats

Sebaceous cysts may begin as small, raised portions of your cat’s skin. These bumps may be difficult to spot in early stages since your cat’s dense fur can mask their appearance. As they grow, cysts become more apparent and additional signs may appear. Symptoms of sebaceous cysts may include:

  • Raised, fluid-filled bumps on your cat’s skin
  • Oozing or ruptured bumps
  • Excessive scratching or itching of the area

Causes of Sebaceous Cysts in Cats

Sebaceous cysts in your cat are benign, harmless, and noncancerous fluid-filled sacs. These sacs occur when a hair follicle becomes damaged or clogged in your cat’s skin. When this happens, your cat’s immune system causes the surrounding tissues to wall off the damage, creating a small pocket that slowly fills with a yellowish substance called keratin, a substance commonly found in nails and fur. The sac becomes increasingly full of fluid over time. In some cats, the filling of the sac causes the cyst to stop growing. In other animals, the cyst will continue to grow until it ruptures and fluid leaks out. 

Diagnosis of Sebaceous Cysts in Cats

Diagnosis of sebaceous cysts in your cat will include a thorough physical exam in your vet’s office. Your veterinarian will go over your cat’s skin in a meticulous manner, checking approximate size and location of any bumps or raised portions of the skin. Sebaceous cysts often occur in multiples, and the size and number will help your vet determine the appropriate treatment method. You should provide your vet with an approximate timeline of the appearance of the cysts, along with any noticeable changes or growth. This will also help determine how aggressive the treatment should be for your pet’s cyst.

Because sebaceous cysts have a similar appearance to some cancer growths, your vet will want to perform a biopsy of your cat’s cyst to confirm it is benign and not a more serious condition. This will typically be done using a procedure called a fine needle aspiration and biopsy. For this procedure, your cat will not need to be sedated. Your vet will insert a sterile needle into your cat’s cyst and will collect a small amount of fluid and tissue to be sent to a lab. Your vet will do this individually with each cyst.

Treatment of Sebaceous Cysts in Cats

Treatment of sebaceous cysts can take several forms, from conservative to aggressive management. In many cats, sebaceous cysts will not affect your pet and there will be no discomfort or interference with their daily lives. In these cases, where the cysts have remained the same size, your vet may advise to leave the cyst intact and in place as long as it is not bothersome to your cat. This is especially true for animals that are unfriendly and difficult to manage in a vet’s office or that may have complicating health conditions that make them poor candidates for surgical treatments.

In cases which the biopsy of the cyst has come back with no indication of cancerous cells, your vet may choose to drain the cyst. This is typically done by placing a needle in the cyst and withdrawing the fluid. This does not hurt your pet and does not require sedation. In cases which the fluid is too dense, your vet may need to lance the cyst. This will require your cat be given an anesthetic that affects the localized area of the cyst only. Your vet will then use a sharp blade to cut a small incision into the skin, allowing the contents of the cyst to drain. Stitches are not used to give the cyst the best opportunity to continue to express the fluid.

In some cases, cysts may continue to recur and grow. These cysts will require more complicated surgery in order to completely remove the follicle and the cyst wall. Here your cat will need to undergo full anesthesia and stitches will be used to pull the skin together over the missing area that has been excised.

Recovery of Sebaceous Cysts in Cats

Your cat has an excellent prognosis of recovery from removal or draining of sebaceous cysts. While surgical follow-up will sometimes be needed, draining or other removal will not affect the long-term health or lifespan of your pet. You should work with your vet to discuss preventative measures for cysts such as supplementation with salmon or other healthy oils and regular brushing to support follicle health.

Sebaceous Cysts Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Ellis
Siberian
3 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Sleepiness

My cat has a lump on his jaw. The vet didn’t know what the bump was. I just noticed he’s starting to lack energy and has been sleeping a lot. He has no other bad symptoms but the jump seems to itch and is painful to the touch.

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Troy
Hemingway
7 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

none

My cat has what appears to be a cyst between his 'toes' not on the pad of his paw, it is not red or oozing. he is not licking it, it's just there. It doesn't seem to be bothering him. do we do anything?

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Momma kitty cleo
Bengal
5 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

cyst

She has a big red lump on her hind leg she is licking it like crazy it's oozing blood but very little what can I do to help her my vet told me it was a cyst and it is benign

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Twinkle Toes
Domestic Shorthair Tabby
13 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Itching
Hair Loss
Growths

I have rescued a 13 year old neutered male cat from a lady who was going to have him euthanized because of moving to a new home. I don't have the money to take him to the vet right now. I don't know much of his history although he has his rabies vaccine. He has a hard knot on the top back of his head and a knot that is less hard near his tail. The knots are about an inch wide and 3/4 inch tall. They don't seem to bother him and he is very happy and friendly. He does have itching and hair loss though on the lower back near the tail. He also has mild CH but that has nothing to do with anything. What could these be? I have had him for 2 months now and no changes in the knots. The lady I got him from had him outside because he makes a mess in the litter due to his CH and she said she didn't know when the appeared.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining the two masses it is difficult to say what they are; tumours, abscesses, cysts, lipomas, injection site sarcomas or other types of masses may be the cause. I would recommend visiting a charity clinic or reaching out to a nonprofit (see link below) especially given the circumstances for assistance. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.dogingtonpost.com/need-help-with-vet-bills-or-pet-food-there-are-resources-available/

My cat has a cyst ...i think due to a hair cut she received...
It has a head on it..
Can I cut it myself to drain it
Will Epsom salts help get the cyst to shrink
It is in the middle of her tail...
It is benign

Will the Epsom help?

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fizz
short haired
15 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

red inflamed
my cats nose is red and very sore.

Medication Used

Metacam

my cat of 15yrs has a red sore nose and has what appears to be like a small pale white small lump where the nostril is.it sometimes has a little bit of blood and looks watery upon him breathing. had tests done and been told it's not cancer or Tumour..confused what it could be

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is difficult to say what the cause is and any histopathology report should have given an indication to the structure and types of cells present. Apart from tumours other causes may lead to lesions including infection, autoimmune diseases, sun damage among other causes. I cannot say without an examination what the cause is, but I would try to keep the area clean and monitor the area for changes. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Charlie
Tuxedo
7 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

My cat has a small, pimple like bump on her belly. It is really small, like smaller than a pea, and it doesn’t seem to bother him. He had fleas a few weeks back and got an ointment and I also sprayed the house. I am extremely worried.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining the bump I cannot say what exactly it is, it may be just a blood blister from when he had fleas and he bit himself; however, if it isn’t causing any distress I would keep an eye on it for a week to see if it grows or shrinks in size. If you don’t see it getting smaller after a week, you should have your Veterinarian take a look at it to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ella
Callico
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

none

My cat has a lump growing on her side by her ribs, it's progressed with the size really fast, hourly fast, not sure if it is a cyst or maybe just an abscess, any advice?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining the lump I cannot say with any certainty what the underlying cause is, if it is growing on a hourly basis a cyst or haematoma is more likely than an abscess or tumour but again without examining it I cannot say for sure. Monitor the lump for any other changes but I would recommend visiting your Veterinarian once they are open. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Esther
tabby
16 Years
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

none

Hi, my cat has had a cyst on her back for a while now but the vet said just to leave it and bring her back in if it gets any bigger or if she seems to be in pain with it! She has been fine however it has grew but this morning she or it has popped! Do we need to take her to a vet or will it heal she again doesn’t seem uncomfortable or in any pain
Thankyou

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should ensure that the area is clean and free of hair, dirt and debris; clean the area regularly with a dilute antiseptic and keep an eye on it. Since Esther is an older cat you may want to check in with your Veterinarian to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Heath
Black Tabby
5 Years
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Unsure

Hi my cat recently disappeared for 5 days. He is an indoor cat who has only justvrecently been venturing out due to moving to another home 3 months ago.

He returned and seems fine but I noticed he has hair missing the size of a pea on the top of his head and now there is a with soft lump there.

I can’t get close to it to properly examine.

What do you suggest.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If you’re unable to get near the lump to examine it, you should keep a close eye as best you can; but if it gets larger, there is more hair loss, discharge appears or anything else concerning visit your Veterinarian for a close up examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Miggy
Domestic cat
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Lump
Hole in the stomach
Lump on his stomach

Miggy is my rescued cat. Then he went outside our home until two days. He came home having a hard time to walk and a lump in his stomach. I thought it was just because he fought with another cat. Until, the lump in his stomach became a blood lump. And right now, My cat has a hole in his stomach looks very deep, but doesnt has blood on it. He still eats food and drinks water.

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Billy The Kid
Tuxedo
13 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Oozing liquid, bad odor, fur loss.

I think my cat has this type of lump. He now has 2 pockets in his head and both have exploded & one is still has a liquid oozing out it & bad order coming from it. He is also going bald on his head bc of his scratching of the affected areas. What do I do?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Billy seems that he needs to be seen by a veterinarian as soon as possible. I'm not sure what might be causing those lesions without examining him, but from your description, he needs medical attention. I hope that all goes well with him.

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patches
Tabby Cat
10 Years
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

cysts

my cat has a medium large type circle shapelike ball that is soft to touch and feel like there liquid inside and it was small in June of 2017 but it has gotta bigger what should I do my cat doesn't seem to be in pain thought

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Any mass which has grown in size should be seen by your Veterinarian, without examining the mass I cannot confirm whether it is a cyst or something else; don’t try to lance it at home as secondary infections and other issues may occur. Your Veterinarian will determine what the cause is and will either treat it themselves or give you instructions on how to do so. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Buddy
Domestic breed
6 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Lump on cheek

Today i noticed my 6 year old cat had a lump the size of an egg on his cheek. It grew that fast overnight.
He doesnt usually go outside and i dont see any signs of him getting into a fight, no cuts or bleeding.
The fact he had no lump the night before than had a huge lump was weird and i dont know if he has just banged his face or its a cyst if they grow that big so fast?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Buddy has been outside recently, that may be an abscess, as those can develop very quickly. Without seeing him, I can't comment on what else the lump might be, as most things don't happen that quickly. It would probably be a good idea to have him seen by a veterinarian, as they can look at him, determine what might be going on, and get any treatment for him that he may need.

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Stella
domestic short hair
17 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Sebaceous cyst burst

My kitty’s little cyst on the back of her right leg began to drain this morning. She’s licking it repeatedly. It’s Christmas eve morning and I need to know what I can do for her in the next couple of days before my vet office opens again please. I appreciate any help you can give me. Thank you!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your question. Without examining her, I can't say for sure that it is okay to wait until your veterinary clinic opens up after the holidays. If she is eating and drinking, and bright and happy otherwise, you may be fine to keep the area clean with a gentle antibacterial soap until she can be seen. If she is vomiting, having diarrhea, lethargic, or the drainage seems to be getting worse, she should probably be seen on emergency to have her examined. I hope that she is okay.

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Garfield
American Shorthair
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

I think my cat has a cyst & it bursted & I tried cleaning it with warm sea salt water until I can afford to take him to the vet. Is there other ways I can clean it just until i am able to take him ?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is best to clip the hair around the site and to bathe twice per day with a dilute antiseptic, it is important to make sure that no dirt or debris is caught in the wound; application of an antibiotic ointment may just get licked off. It would be best to have your Veterinarian to take a look at it, you should check for charity clinics in your area which may work for a small donation or similar system. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tiger
long hair
17 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Bleeding, crusted blood on hair

Our cat has had a sebaceous cyst for over 1 year. This morning it is open and bleeding. Should I take it to our vet for treatment? Or is there a remedy to try at home? Thx, in Jesus' love, Beth

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Typically, when sebaceous cysts rupture, it is because they are inflamed and infected. It would be a good idea to have her seen, as at her age she may not heal as quickly as she did when she was younger, and she may benefit from antibiotics or other treatments.

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Tux
tabby
7 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Open wound

My cat had a soft lump on the side of her face. I examined it and there were no puncture wounds and it did not seem to be painful. After some days she scratched it and it has burst. My plan is to take care of it at home. Any advice on what to wash it with and what medication to use on it. she is not a fully indoor cat so taking her to the vet will be trouble.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Tux, I can give only generalised advice and it may be a case that she may need antibiotics especially if there is a discharge developing or a fever. You should ensure that the area is completely clear of any discharge and free of dirt, debris etc… bathing with a dilute antiseptic would help and monitor it for any changes. But I would recommend that you visit your Veterinarian to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Portia
burmese and Tabby mix
14 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

I have read all the cyst questions, but none are similar to what I am going through with my cat, Portia. She already is fighting a pseudomonas infection from the ear canal and we have had surgery to drain the pus, but it did not work. I am manually cleaning the pus three times a day. On top of this, she has a multiple of cysts on her tummy and around on nipple. If drained, they fill up with watery blood immediately. I have drained the one on top of her ear/ just on brow of head, but it again fills up quickly. This one was more serious as it created pressure behind her eye and her third eyes has come down...although she was very blind in this eye. It was from the pressure behind it, the vet and I think. I have just put a sterile needle in and drawn out bloody fluid, not the yellow sebaceous colour you described. Have spent thousands trying to save Portia, as she is so loved, but what are these cysts? I now have no more savings and cannot pay for anymore swabs ect; What does bloody water indicate?... we do not think the watery bloody sacs under her belly are cancerous, but cysts. Her nipple keeps exploding and leaking bloody water all over her and beds and carpets.
We have stopped 2 years of antibiotics now as she is resistant to all. We cannot fight the infection.. so I am flushing her through a holde made in her cheek,, and treating her ear with collodial silver as a last attempt to save her life. I do not know if the ear/abscess/pseudomonas infection is related or not.
Thank you for any advice, or experience you may have.#wew do not put people to sleep with bad chronic ear infections, surely there must be a way to stop it in an animal.
Many thanks
Fyzah and furry Portia in the UK [a question asks for condition however there is only fair to moderate. It is a chronic condition which will kill her one way or another... through inability to control spread of infection to her brain, or being euthanized ]

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without examining her, I unfortunately can't comment on what might be going on, though I wish that I could, as you sound like you have tried many treatments. I'm not sure which medications she has been on, but Pseudomonas should be a treatable condition. If your veterinarian has not tested the fluid for fungal infections, they may want to consider that, as many fungi can cause chronic seeping wounds. If your veterinarian is not able to treat the condition, they may want to refer you to a specialist, or a second opinion. I hope that Portia recovers.

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Baby
tabby
around 18
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

cat is female around 18 years age very healthy has all teeth but has a cyst on side It is big as a half tennis ball I drain it every four days with a 1 1/2 18 gauge needle about 2 oz.fluid is extracted
what else can I do ?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Many times draining isn’t enough and if you are using the same needle to drain the cyst you run the risk of causing secondary infection; you should see your Veterinarian to examine the cyst and to see if Baby is a candidate for surgery or other treatment options especially considering her age. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Why is draining it not enough? I have the same thing with my 16 y/o and 2 different vets have just drained it.

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"Ritz-cee"
Persian
13 Years
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Blood coming out of sebaceous cyst

My cat was diagnosed with a sebaceous cyst many yeas ago.
I was told by the vet to leave it alone. It grew larger and finally burst last week. Now it leaks fluid and is getting smaller. Do I let it do its thing or should I take my cat to the vet?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Sebaceous cysts can behave mayny ways - they can stay the same, they can actually resolve, or they can burst and get infected. If the cyst has ruptured, Ritz-cee may benefit from antibiotic therapy. Occasionally, these cysts need to be removed, and your veterinarian will be able to let you know how best to treat him.

Please vet on duty reply. I have very little money so if this cyst can clear up on its own that would be best for me.

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Murphy
part mancoon
15 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Foul smell

Medication Used

none yet

My cat has some type of infection in between his toes. I have been noticing an odor when he sits next to me but just figured out it was coming from his paw. Could the smell be coming from a cyst eruption? I noticed a small bump. He is eating fine and doesn't seem to be bothered by it. I am taking him to the vet on Monday but just want to make sure it is not an emergency. Thank you

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. If he is eating and drinking, and seems comfortable, and this doesn't seem to be a sudden onset thing, you should be fine waiting until Monday. I can't examine Murphy, but from your description is seems that this has been going on for a little while. If he seems uncomfortable, or is suddenly lame, you might want to get him in sooner. I hope that he does well.

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Bob
American Shorthair
2 Years
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Alopecia

My cat had a fight with other cats before and his hair near the neck cannot grow anymore. My vet told me that the hair follicle is dead and his hair will not be grown. Is there a way that I can make his hair grow again?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If the hair follicle is scarred or dead, there is not way for hair to regrow in that area again, no. The area may get smaller over time and other hair may grow in, but that skin won't grow hair if that has happened.

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Tabby
tabby
8 Years
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

cysts

Hi my cat had a cyst drained few months back but it come back days after is this
something to worry about she has had the lump for over 11 months all together

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Whether you need to worry depends on the location, size and type of cyst. Since I can't see Tabby, it would be a good idea to call the veterinarian where you had her treated previously and see if it is something that they would recommend treating again, or if you are okay to monitor the cyst.

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Raja
Dlh
11 Years
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

cysts

My cat has had a benign cyst for about a year. It started off smaller than a pea and started getting a bit bigger which is when our vet told us it was benign after testing. It has grown to half the size of a ping pong ball but doesn't bother him, it's on the back of his shoulder. Today I noticed a scan and when parting his for I must have pressed on it and it started oozing thick red goop. I called the vet and they said it's no emergency and to clean it with peroxide then decide if I should bring him in. After cleaning it it's much smaller, o trimmed the hair and am hoping it goes well. Is there anything else I can do? Things I should watch out for? Should he be seen by a vet for this, and if so how urgently?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Clipping the fur around it and bathing the area regularly is important, I would prefer chlorhexidine over peroxide but either is suitable; see if it continues to ooze anything, if not keep an eye on it and keep it clean, if it continues to ooze visit your Veterinarian as medical or surgical management may be required. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you very much!!!

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Maxime
Siamese/tabby
1 Year
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Weight Loss
Biting at body
Antisocial
Hair Loss
Seizures

Hi! My cat has been declining in health, losing weight, having seizures, and not grooming. She will also fall asleep, and we will think she is dead because she doesn’t wake up to us shaking, petting, or even picking her up. Here lately she has been perched up on our window, and she’ll fall up to 15 times a day. We noticed blood on the window as well as what looked like two giant cysts (water filled sacks). She has been chewing at her legs crazy here lately too. What could cause all this in a cat? Is this something fixable?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should visit your Veterinarian as there is something more complex going on here than Maxime chewing her legs; falling repetitivity from the window, seizures and the deep sleep are all concerning neurological issues which need to be addressed. I cannot examine Maxime so I cannot make a diagnosis or recommend any treatment especially in a severe case like this. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Taya
Domestic shorthair
9 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

lump that "burst" pink matter

Hello, I am not sure what type of growth is on my cat's back about 3 inches behind her left shoulder. It started out as a little growth that is the same color as her skin. Perhaps she scratched it but it did "burst" with some sort of thick pink-like matter and some blood. She has another lump at the base of her tail that looks the same but has not "burst" since she can't get to it. My vet saw it before it burst. What could it be? It healed and refilled with this pink matter. What could it be?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible that these could be sebaceous cysts which will rupture and drain themselves, you just need to keep them clean when they do rupture; sometimes they will heal after rupturing and other times surgical removal may be required. Without examining them, I cannot say whether they are sebaceous cysts or another lesions like a pustule or something else; you should return to your Veterinarian now one has ruptured for another examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you so much for your help! I am a current student so funds are tight but her best interest is my priority.

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Wookie
Bombay
7 Years
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

cysts

Medication Used

Zeniquin
ketohex
Fluconzaol

My cat has developed cyst all along her back thighs that burst and drained thick gum like pus that required a trip to the vet Three months ago. We have been fighting this infection and no one seems to be able to tell me what it is. So far we have tried different antibiotics, ointments, sprays, and anti fungal pills but nothing seems to work. She keeps developing cysts in different parts of her body. The latest has been one between her shoulder blades that was about the size of a golf ball before it burst and drained thick white gummy substance all over her. When I attempted to clean it up it came up in sticky bits that pulled until they snapped. I'm desperate for any form of help.

So far the vet tested for MRSA and cancer but both came up clean, one believe it could possibly be an autoimmune disease that could be treated with immune suppresent medication while the other would like to cauterize each individual wound, and the final one (all three in the same practice) thinks it could be a simple fungal infection. We keep returning every two weeks and still no solution has been found.

My cat is covered by these and has lost some weight since this ordeal started. Have you ever heard of a cyst like the ones my cat is experiencing?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Whilst all three theories by your Veterinarians seem plausible, I would be siding more on infection than autoimmune disease; I would have thought however if a sample was taken to test for MRSA they would have also submitted a panel for culture and sensitivity to attempt to identify any bacterial or fungal infection present. Other causes like contact allergies and irritants are possible, but I don’t think that is the cause in this case; another possible course of action would be to have a biopsy sample taken of one of the lesions at the margin to see if a Histopathologist can identify what is happening on a cellular level. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Hello! Is it possible for cysts to drain beneath the skin rather than coming to a head and popping externally? My cat has a cyst I think that sometimes shrinks down and feels like jelly then fills back up. Thanks

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Marbles
Main Coon
7 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Open cyst
Oozing

Medication Used

Augmentin Susp 200mg/28.5mg per 5ml

Our cat has/had a sebaceous cyst that popped two weeks ago. We took him to the vet the next day and they said it would heal nicely. They put him on oral antibiotics for two weeks to be safe. We are nearing the end of the antibiotic treatment with only one day left. However, the cyst is still open. Leaks puss/keratin every day. He doesn’t lick it or bother it at all. We’ve been wiping it clean and keeping his hair out of it. At what point do we need to return to the vet? Shouldn’t it have healed and closed up by now? What’s the usual time frame on these cysts healing after being popped? Should we just continue to give him the oral antibiotics until it closes or we run out of it? We have half a bottle still left. Thank you!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Sebaceous cysts heal at different rates, some seem to resolve quickly especially when handled nicely whilst other may persist and require surgical excision; you shouldn’t give any more antibiotic without consulting your Veterinarian as they were the prescribing Veterinarian, a simple phone call to the surgery to explain what is happening may be enough for them to make a decision in absentia. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Unknown
Cat
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

cysts

I have a stray that has finally let me start loving on it when I felt some large lumps on her belly.. they felt as big as golf balls.. and then I seen by her back leg she has one there and it looks like it has ruptured and there is an open sore.. I’ve never seen anything like it and I don’t have a lot of money especially seeing how it is a stray but I don’t want to see it suffering or get any worse.. so I was wondering what options I might have on getting her better or what I should do with the cat?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm not sure what might be causing those lumps, as it may be an infection, parasites, or cancer. Without seeing her I cannot determine the cause. If you are able to have her seen by a veterinarian, many clinics offer a 'free first exam' that would allow you to have her examined, and at least get a better idea as to what might be going on and if there are any simple treatments for her. I hope that she is okay.

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Tig tig
Unknown
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Lumps/cysts under the skin
Lumps forwar slas cysts under the skin

There are lumps under his skin an there is no liquid coming out of said lumps. The lumps/cysts have appeared over night. I check the cat for ticks sand Burrs all the time so I do a full body inspection to make sure that he does not have any. Abscesses was a thought that had previously come to fluorescein but i am not a vet.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Tig Tig I cannot confirm the origin of these lumps or the best course of treatment for them; they may have formed to to a variety of different conditions. You should have your Veterinarian examine these lumps to diagnose the cause and to prescribe treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sheeba
Calico
14 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

cyst

My cat had a bump that slowly grew. One night I squeezed it gently and it drained. The discharge was almost Brown in color. It was gone for a few weeks and now I notice it coming back. It’s on her back and very small, it doesn’t bother her, and her vet wasn’t concerned. However that was before I got the brown discharge. It didn’t bleed at all, and the hole closed up within a day (it was very small). Will this keep coming back? And why was the discharge brown? Thanks!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Depending on the cause of the cyst, and the type of discharge, that lesion may continue to be a problem. If it is a sebaceous cyst or infected hair follicle, those often respond well to antibiotics. Unfortunately, without seeing Sheeba or the lesion, I'm not sure what type of growth this might be, and it may be a good idea to have a recheck with your veterinarian to look at the lump and see if it is something that needs treatment. I hope that all goes well for her!

First syst was sebaceous

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