I too have a kitty that had a lump appear on her back, many years ago (“A valuable pet lesson,” Feb. 3).
Since she was the runt of the litter it was very prominent. We took her to the vet thinking it was an abscess, and they removed it.
I chose not to have a pathology report done (an extra $70 at that time). Within a few weeks it appeared again. They removed it again and this time I decided to have it tested, since the tissue looked “weird” to the doctor. It was cancer, and I was told they’d be aggressive and remove as much as they could, but because it was so near her spine they could only go so far. At this point I decided this would be the last surgery because it was stressful for the cat and the pocketbook, each surgery being about $300 (at the time). This was about 10 years ago, and Tinky is still chasing her tail and other assorted flying objects in the back yard (although we sometimes question what she’s chasing). She’s living a good, healthy life and I’m happy I made the decision to operate.