Welcome To The Cat House — Pt. 2
IS THERE A VET IN THE HOUSE?!?!?!!?
Seriously — this THING, this lump, started growing on Biddy’s tail early this year, but since the yuppie-priced vets around here charge through the NOSE, I haven’t been able to take her in for an exam.
Father Tyme, one of my favoritest people on the planet, sent me a DVD about pet first aid, but since I’m kinda freaking out right now, I don’t know if cysts/tumors/whatever-in-the-hell-this-is is covered in “first aid.”
It started out as a fatty-tissue-feeling lump, but then suddenly, over the past few weeks, it’s doubled in size and feels like it’s got pus above the harder “fatty”-textured tissue. I shaved the lump because I thought that I could lance it and get whatever was causing the increase in size to come out, but NOTHING. Not a drop or ooze of ANYTHING came out.
This whole time, Biddy has acted as if it’s no big deal — she doesn’t appear to be in any pain, but then, she doesn’t want me or anybody else messing with the lump, either. The lancing expedition was as traumatic for her as it was for me, but she seems to have forgiven me. Either that or she’s planning on sneaking over here in the dead of night and piercing my uvula with a rusty fishhook.
SO — since we are almost all critter people, and cat people especially, I’m wondering if any of y’all have seen anything like this before, and if so, how dangerous is it, and is it something that I can afford to have treated, or will Biddy start suffering from it before I can hock my truck or something? I’m not hitting anybody up for money here, that’s not why I’m posting this — I really need y’all’s advice, because the few pet health sites that I’ve explored had BUPKIS about this except, “GO TO A VET!” which is pretty much a big DREAM for me at this point.
Do y’all know of any vets who might offer any suggestions? Have y’all ever seen anything like this before? If so, please let me know. We’ve been together too long for me to let her down like this, and while I know that she doesn’t hold it against me (thus far), she deserves better than what I’ve been able to give her. I need your help. I need your expertise and critter sense.