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small soft lump under cat's tail

quincymycat
March 19th, 2011, 06:42 PM
I found a small, soft, lump under Milo's tail, right between his anus and the base of the tail at about the 1:00 o'clock position. It does not seem to be bothering him at all...no licking, etc and to the touch it almost feels fluid filled.
Do cats have anal glands that need to be expressed? I have never encountered that with any kitties before.
I am going to try to get him in to see my vet on Monday...but it just has me bothered for the time being.
Any comments would be appreciated.

14+kitties
March 19th, 2011, 06:54 PM
Sounds like an anal gland to me QMC. They can be bothersome. I think it was onster's Onnie who had issues last year. May have been Bunduk. How have Milo's poops been lately? Soft and smushy or firm? I believe if the poop is not firm enough that is sometimes when anal glands don't get expressed. Or maybe one of his is blocked. Better to have it checked for your piece of mind. :thumbs up

SamIam
March 19th, 2011, 06:55 PM
Yes, cats have anal glands; however, I would still go to the vet to see what is causing the one to behave improperly.

kathryn
March 19th, 2011, 06:58 PM
Technically, you can express them yourself :o Wouldn't recommend that though, I refuse to do it but it had to be done to dogs and sometimes cats at the shelter every so often... it's just a tad bit horrifyingly disgusting :yuck:

Vets often do offer the service separate from an office visit for a reduced cost, if it becomes an ongoing thing.

quincymycat
March 19th, 2011, 07:01 PM
Sounds like an anal gland to me QMC. They can be bothersome. I think it was onster's Onnie who had issues last year. May have been Bunduk. How have Milo's poops been lately? Soft and smushy or firm? I believe if the poop is not firm enough that is sometimes when anal glands don't get expressed. Or maybe one of his is blocked. Better to have it checked for your piece of mind. :thumbs up

Milo has always had fairly firm poops...the location bothers me though because the diagram of the anal gland location is much lower and this lump is almost completely anterior of the anus.
I will be bringing him on Monday...that can be my 60 minute workout...trying to catch him to crate him...Mr Oh No You Dont!!!
Thanks 14+.
I remember Onnie had alot problems.

14+kitties
March 19th, 2011, 07:09 PM
Milo has always had fairly firm poops...the location bothers me though because the diagram of the anal gland location is much lower and this lump is almost completely anterior of the anus.
I will be bringing him on Monday...that can be my 60 minute workout...trying to catch him to crate him...Mr Oh No You Dont!!!
Thanks 14+.
I remember Onnie had alot problems.

:laughing: I hear you. Dart goes for his big snip tomorrow. He will be spending the night in a crate so I don't have to chase him for an hour tomorrow at 6 AM. Not the way I want to start the day. I can also make sure he doesn't get into the food overnight this way.
It could be just a sebaceous cyst too. They are pretty common with cats. Orbit has one on the base of his tail. Doesn't bother him until Mommy decides to poke it. :D
Good luck. I have no doubt Milo will be at the vets asap on Monday. :thumbs up

SamIam
March 19th, 2011, 07:16 PM
Finally found what I was looking for.
In cats they are located at 4 o'clock and 8 o'clock.

Chris21711
March 19th, 2011, 07:22 PM
Finally found what I was looking for.
In cats they are located at 4 o'clock and 8 o'clock.

I already sent QMC a link with a diagram.....she doesn't think it is an anal gland based on the diagram.

rainbow
March 19th, 2011, 07:30 PM
Sorry to hear about Milo :( ....I hope it is nothing serious. :fingerscr :grouphug:

Could one of the other cats scratched him and it's an abscess? :shrug:

kathryn
March 19th, 2011, 07:36 PM
Sorry to hear about Milo :( ....I hope it is nothing serious. :fingerscr :grouphug:

Could one of the other cats scratched him and it's an abscess? :shrug:

Could be. I've seen anal tumor on older male animals before, they aren't serious just annoying. How old is Milo & at what age was Milo neutered? Sometimes they are like testosterone based or something. I can't quite remember what I am thinking of.. I saw a few cases of it at the shelter and you just snip em off easily.. I just can't put my finger on what the vet said they were or what cause them. It could be that though.. if anyone knows what I am talking about feel free to chime in :laughing:

SamIam
March 19th, 2011, 07:41 PM
:o I was too busy looking for one and missed that line.
Good luck at the vet with Milo, QMC!

quincymycat
March 19th, 2011, 08:06 PM
Could be. I've seen anal tumor on older male animals before, they aren't serious just annoying. How old is Milo & at what age was Milo neutered? Sometimes they are like testosterone based or something. I can't quite remember what I am thinking of.. I saw a few cases of it at the shelter and you just snip em off easily.. I just can't put my finger on what the vet said they were or what cause them. It could be that though.. if anyone knows what I am talking about feel free to chime in :laughing:

I think there is almost no chance of another cat scratching him in that area..but anything is possible.
Milo is 11 years old now, and was neutered very young by laser technique(?) I think about 14 weeks...I would have to go through his file for the exact date...by his breeder before I took him home. After she got to know me...she allowed me to do the altering by my own vet at a later age for the next 2 males I got from her.
My vet knows me very well and if I call her and say I need an appointment the same day...I get it...no problem.
I was just hoping for some input...He would be seen by a vet regardless, but as anyone here knows...you worry regardless until the appointment and tests clear him from out babies from anything serious. :o

quincymycat
March 19th, 2011, 08:11 PM
:laughing: I hear you. Dart goes for his big snip tomorrow. He will be spending the night in a crate so I don't have to chase him for an hour tomorrow at 6 AM. Not the way I want to start the day. I can also make sure he doesn't get into the food overnight this way.
It could be just a sebaceous cyst too. They are pretty common with cats. Orbit has one on the base of his tail. Doesn't bother him until Mommy decides to poke it. :D
Good luck. I have no doubt Milo will be at the vets asap on Monday. :thumbs up

Good luck with Dart!!!

The same thing as Orbit with Milo...since I discovered it...I keep checking...he had no probelms until I found it..now ... go away Mom! :laughing:

The other guys, with the exception of the semi feral, Chloe, can be caught without too much trouble..but Milo is not the pick me up type cat! :yell:

You know me so well....I have a "golden key" with my vet...same as you! :p

Hoping it is something as easy to treat a sebaceous gland cyst. It will still need to be drained and tested anyway...for my satisfaction if nothing else. :rolleyes:

Thanks for the words of encouragement!! :goodvibes:

14+kitties
March 19th, 2011, 08:20 PM
Good luck with Dart!!!

Thank you. I'm petrified. But I'm not threadjacking your thread any more.:o

The same thing as Orbit with Milo...since I discovered it...I keep checking...he had no probelms until I found it..now ... go away Mom! :laughing:

I love it!! They let you know to tick off, don't they?

The other guys, with the exception of the semi feral, Chloe, can be caught without too much trouble..but Milo is not the pick me up type cat! :yell:

Have you ever tried the trick of leaving the carriers out for them to use as beds? Then when you need to put one in they aren't as loath to go in.
:o

You know me so well....I have a "golden key" with my vet...same as you! :p

With this many we need a golden key! Now if I could get her to drop her prices a bit............. :D

Hoping it is something as easy to treat a sebaceous gland cyst. It will still need to be drained and tested anyway...for my satisfaction if nothing else. :rolleyes:

Thanks for the words of encouragement!! :goodvibes:

I'll keep my :fingerscr and send up a prayer or two for you and Milo. :goodvibes:

quincymycat
March 19th, 2011, 08:25 PM
I'll keep my :fingerscr and send up a prayer or two for you and Milo. :goodvibes:

dont you get a discount from your vet for multi pets? I get 25% for services...not meds..but services.
I'm surprised your vet doesn't!!! :eek:

14+kitties
March 19th, 2011, 08:33 PM
dont you get a discount from your vet for multi pets? I get 25% for services...not meds..but services.
I'm surprised your vet doesn't!!! :eek:

Not 25%. The good one will give me breaks on meds and sometimes the visit is free or next to free. Her partner - never. She charges me full price. :rolleyes:

quincymycat
March 19th, 2011, 08:39 PM
Not 25%. The good one will give me breaks on meds and sometimes the visit is free or next to free. Her partner - never. She charges me full price. :rolleyes:

I get the discount regardless because it is in the computer...I know that when I deal with MY vet, alot of things are no charge but associates charge for everything.
When I had Chloe brought in ... she discounted everything down to "rescue" rates, including snap testing for viruses and her spay was only $50.00, and she really doesnt do resuce work anymore. She is great. It is one of the reasons I havent left this area yet for my hometown north, especially when Quincy's health is so questionable.

14+kitties
March 19th, 2011, 08:42 PM
I get the discount regardless because it is in the computer...I know that when I deal with MY vet, alot of things are no charge but associates charge for everything.
When I had Chloe brought in ... she discounted everything down to "rescue" rates, including snap testing for viruses and her spay was only $50.00, and she really doesnt do resuce work anymore. She is great. It is one of the reasons I havent left this area yet for my hometown north, especially when Quincy's health is so questionable.

:laughing: Maybe I should move to your area. ;) Know any hobby farms for sale? :laughing: Preferably one with a sanctuary already built so I can move the kitties into it immediately. :fingerscr

quincymycat
March 19th, 2011, 08:46 PM
:laughing: Maybe I should move to your area. ;) Know any hobby farms for sale? :laughing: Preferably one with a sanctuary already built so I can move the kitties into it immediately. :fingerscr

Maybe not here...but I hear of one possibly available!!! :laughing: :laughing:

14+kitties
March 19th, 2011, 08:50 PM
Maybe not here...but I hear of one possibly available!!! :laughing: :laughing:

LOL It's ok. I'm quite happy where I am. I'm finally getting the Catuary somewhere near to where I want it. It's all good.
:sorry: This is sooooooo :offtopic:!! :o
Gotta boogie!! Still sending lots of prayers out to Milo!!

quincymycat
March 19th, 2011, 09:29 PM
LOL It's ok. I'm quite happy where I am. I'm finally getting the Catuary somewhere near to where I want it. It's all good.
:sorry: This is sooooooo :offtopic:!! :o
Gotta boogie!! Still sending lots of prayers out to Milo!!

Thank you...!!!

Love4himies
March 19th, 2011, 09:31 PM
I found a small, soft, lump under Milo's tail, right between his anus and the base of the tail at about the 1:00 o'clock position. It does not seem to be bothering him at all...no licking, etc and to the touch it almost feels fluid filled.
Do cats have anal glands that need to be expressed? I have never encountered that with any kitties before.
I am going to try to get him in to see my vet on Monday...but it just has me bothered for the time being.
Any comments would be appreciated.

Yes, it does sound like his anal glands. Jasper doesn't have any signs when his get infected, so I have to have them checked about every 9 months or so.

quincymycat
March 19th, 2011, 09:36 PM
Yes, it does sound like his anal glands. Jasper doesn't have any signs when his get infected, so I have to have them checked about every 9 months or so.

The only prob I have with this theory is that Chris sent me a diagram about anal glands and this lump is definately NOT where the glands are located.
I am choosing (Hahaha) not to be worried about it until my vet examines him.
That is SO much easier said than done!! :rolleyes:

rainbow
March 20th, 2011, 08:15 PM
Good luck at the vet tomorrow .....hope it is nothing serious. :fingerscr :goodvibes:

quincymycat
March 21st, 2011, 01:24 PM
Okay Guys....you were right....and I was.....uhmmmm.....NOT as right!!!

Milo had an impacted anal gland....BUT in my defense, the vet did say it was in a rather high position.

As soon as he got on the table...it started to express...likely because the poor guy was so terrified. She cleaned him out, sent him home and the icing on the cake....no charge. I think she was too busy laughing at my inexperience with these things because I have had cats for almost 50 years and never ran across the situation before.

Anyway....all is well...except Milo who is so angry he wont come out from under the bed. :D

Thanks for all the support. :lovestruck: :grouphug:

rainbow
March 21st, 2011, 01:43 PM
WHEW .....glad to hear it was just his anal gland. :thumbs up

And, what a bonus to not get charged ......great vet you got there. :thumbs up

Milo may be a tad ticked off but I bet he sure feels better. :D

hazelrunpack
March 21st, 2011, 02:34 PM
Glad it just turned out to be an impacted anal gland, qmc! (whew!) I hate unidentified lumps and bumps... :o

SamIam
March 21st, 2011, 03:18 PM
QMC, what could your vet charge you, 2 minutes rent on the table? :laughing:
Milo's not angry, just embarrassed about the nasty stink he made in public.
Glad it turned out so well!

quincymycat
March 21st, 2011, 03:46 PM
QMC, what could your vet charge you, 2 minutes rent on the table? :laughing:
Milo's not angry, just embarrassed about the nasty stink he made in public.
Glad it turned out so well!

Unfortunately, I think most members on this board understand that just making an appointment with a vet and walking into the door constitutes a "visit" which depending on the area you live can be $50 to $75.....even if the vet only gives a cursory check to your pet.

I appreciate my vet and all the services she does for me. She knows that I am a senior on a fixed income and that my pets are my family and treats me as such...She is a dear lady who I have used since she finished vet school and she has seen many of my pets from "cradle to grave".

She also knows I am a worry wort and would rather I brought a pet in to be checked than let a situation become more severe.

In this case...I worried...she reassured and I feel a great deal better for it, plus it is now in his record that this has occured and will be easier to deal with if it happens again.

Surprisingly...there was very little stink...I thought there would be more...but the discharge was like tar! :yuck:

Milo is now out from under the bed and even back on my lap..so I guess all is forgiven! :p

SamIam
March 21st, 2011, 04:35 PM
Unfortunately, I think most members on this board understand that just making an appointment with a vet and walking into the door constitutes a "visit" which depending on the area you live can be $50 to $75.....even if the vet only gives a cursory check to your pet.
:rolleyes:
I know. I've had appointments like that.

Love4himies
March 21st, 2011, 05:45 PM
QMC, what could your vet charge you, 2 minutes rent on the table? :laughing:


Mine-60 bucks plus HST. Do you have a vet that give service for free????

SamIam
March 21st, 2011, 06:10 PM
Mine-60 bucks plus HST. Do you have a vet that give service for free????

If a cat walked onto the table and cured itself within 2 minutes? Absolutely!

And yes, there are other freebies as well, such as suture removal, and rechecks (depending on the condition) when health is expected and confirmed.

Chris21711
March 21st, 2011, 06:12 PM
Good to hear QMC :thumbs up....Did you tell Milo is anal glands are misplaced :laughing:

quincymycat
March 21st, 2011, 06:19 PM
Good to hear QMC :thumbs up....Did you tell Milo is anal glands are misplaced :laughing:

Good Lawd Chris...the poor guy has enough issues already! :laughing:

Chris21711
March 21st, 2011, 06:33 PM
OK, I'll break the news to him :o

SamIam
March 21st, 2011, 06:37 PM
Hang on a minute! Who's to say the kitty who posed for the diagram wasn't the one with them in the wrong place? Maybe Milo's the only one who's purrfect?

vandike
March 22nd, 2011, 12:27 AM
Consider yourself very fortunate that you did not have to express them. I don't care how much exposure to foul smell you've had, this stuff is nasty. I deal with a lot of "dung" on a regular basis but that stuff makes me gag every time.
Glad the kitty is better now.

kathryn
March 22nd, 2011, 12:34 AM
Consider yourself very fortunate that you did not have to express them. I don't care how much exposure to foul smell you've had, this stuff is nasty. I deal with a lot of "dung" on a regular basis but that stuff makes me gag every time.
Glad the kitty is better now.

Recently when I had to take my feral cat to the vet, we had to stick her in a carrier and she's only been in one once before, to go get fixed or whatever... yeah she totally let loose.... best of all it went all over my mom :o and she didn't understand what just happened and I didn't want to try to explain to her.. sooo I just told her to go get changed immediately :laughing: and to not question what happened.

rainbow
March 22nd, 2011, 03:18 PM
Consider yourself very fortunate that you did not have to express them. I don't care how much exposure to foul smell you've had, this stuff is nasty. I deal with a lot of "dung" on a regular basis but that stuff makes me gag every time.
Glad the kitty is better now.

LOL, I guess being a zoo keepers helper, you would. :D

quincymycat
March 22nd, 2011, 04:33 PM
Hey....who said I was done??? Now that he has this problem...I'm about to learn how to be an expert and can come here and tell everyone about it!! :laughing: :evil:

exkalibur
March 22nd, 2011, 04:35 PM
Ya but you're the only one who's gonna smell it..

SamIam
March 22nd, 2011, 04:36 PM
Hey....who said I was done??? Now that he has this problem...I'm about to learn how to be an expert and can come here and tell everyone about it!! :laughing: :evil:

:laughing: I wonder if you could tell them, skip the appointment, just walk into the vet with your cat, pop him up onto the reception counter...

14+kitties
March 22nd, 2011, 07:17 PM
QMC - I am very glad Milo's issue wasn't any more dangerous than an impacted gland. Although that can lead to it's own issues. Great news!!