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ashleybiff May 28th, 2012 06:15 PM

2yr old cyst on 18 year old's paw
My 18 year old cat has had a cyst growing externally on his paw for nearly two years. It has never bothered him, he does everything he needs to do and could care less that it's there. Suddenly yesterday it started to bleed and open up a bit. I've done the best I can to keep it clean with peroxide and neosporin. He still doesn't care that it's there, it doesn't hurt him.

This is a holiday weekend, and even if taking him to a vet at his age were a possibility, nothing is open. He gets so stressed out, I am afraid at his age it would do much more harm than good. Even his vet agrees that he has never seen a cat react the way that he does and fears a heart attack.

Any advice you can give me is greatly appreciated. Ways that I can keep it clean, or help it heal. And possibly what I can expect the cyst may do from here on out.

Thank you!

growler~GateKeeper May 28th, 2012 11:29 PM

Any chance your vet could make a house call, and do it while not wearing a white lab coat?

marko May 29th, 2012 07:20 AM

I agree with growler's fab suggestion!

18 years is great for a cat and if the cyst isn't bothering her that's a good sign.

But some cysts are more troublesome than others, so a home vet visit is great way to get some peace of mind if you can get one.

Good luck.

ashleybiff May 29th, 2012 10:23 AM

Thank you for your responses.

No, there are no vets in my area (or the surrounding areas) that will do a home visit. None. No exceptions.

I'm really stuck here. Not sure what to do.

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