Cats » Lump at base of tail, seems painless

Victoria 75

This question is related to: Mills the Cat

Age:2
Gender:Male
Breed:Tabby
Neutered:Yes
Vaccination History:All up to date, next due in October
Fed On:Wet food and biscuits
Kept:House and Garden, likes the outdoors

Lump at base of tail, seems painless

Hello, my cat came in the other day with a drooping tail and seeming very sorry for himself. He was quiet for a day but the next day was fine and back to trotting around. He can now lift his tail but not completely upright. I checked him over and he has a lump on the base, slightly to one side. Initially it seemed painful but three days later, he lets me touch it and it doesn't seem to bother him. He's not off his food and seems pretty fine in himself. I'm wondering if it's an abcess but I thought they were painful? Should I take him to a vet or is this something I can deal with at home? If he seemed ill I'd take him but I don't want to put him through the trauma of the cat carrier unnecessarily. However, neither do I want to leave him if an early intervention is the best thing. Can anyone advise me on the best course of action? Thanks, Victoria

2/9/18

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Martina Stuart

It is likely to be either an abscess or a swollen anal gland however both are usually painful until the pressure is removed either by emptying the anal gland or it busting out through the skin . It (either) may have burst already in which case there will be a wound and more likely than not a nasty smell. Or the anal gland had partibally empted. I suggest re-examine him and maybe try to get a photo and post it to a photo sharing site then send us a link.
If there is a suggestion that something has burst bathe it with a luke warm saline solution and as long as he does not go off his food there should be no need to take him to a vet.

2/9/18

Victoria 75

Thank you for your quick answer. I have tried to take a photo but none of them have come out clearly - he rarely stays still for long. He's ran off outside now but I will try again later when he's more sleepy.

3/9/18

Victoria 75

UPDATE: Hello. Mills came in from the garden tonight and his lump had burst so it was an abscess. I'm bathing it in warm salt water and will keep him in for a few days. He's still eating and trotting about like normal and seems totally unconcerned about the whole episode. I think it's bothered me more than it has him.

3/9/18

Martina Stuart

The abscess may be the result of a wound or from an infected anal gland the relationship of the abscess hole to his anus ( referred to as a clock face and distance from the edge of the sphincter may give us a clue which.
Either way keep bathing with saline as long as there is a hole to bathe. The benefit of antibiotics in the long term is debatable as they may encourage walling off of infection and lead to more chronic problems however if regular bathing of the lesion is not possible then antibiotics may be indicated.
Try bathing as long as he will tolerate it and be prepared to reassess if not healing.
Good luck

4/9/18

Victoria 75

The hole is at about 9 o'clock from his anus and an inch and a half away to the left. He's fine about me bathing it but I'm getting him a collar today so he can't keep messing about with it himself. If the wound starts looking infected or he goes off his food I will take him to the vet.
Thanks very much for your help.

4/9/18

Martina Stuart

More likely to be a bite abscess then which is good.
God luck with the bathing

4/9/18

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