|Purred: Fri Feb 13, '09 2:38am PST |
|Check out my page on the Magnificent Seven (now that Winthrop has found his fur-ever home, the Superlative Six). You'll notice that Leverett, the cute little red tabby, looks perfectly normal. In fact, he's got what they call a "bump" (not a very original term, is it?) on his nose. The vet says it's just cartilage, and nothing to worry about; my cat show friends say that kittens with bumps on their noses often outgrow them; if not, it can mean that your cat really isn't show material. That's fine with me, because Leverett has some people who are interested in adopting him as a pet.
My question, though, is why the bump? And, more to the point--ever since he was born, he's had a kind of mole on the bump that is not terribly noticeable, but not something I've seen on my other cats, either. Again, the vet showed no concern. The mole-like black spot has been there since he was born, and yet it actually looks like a very small abrasion, as if he'd been doing some rough play with his siblings. Since he's always been the biggest of the kittens, I sort of thought, in my dumb way, that maybe it had something to do with the stress of getting him out of the womb when he was born.
Anyway, now to the point: today, Leverett's eternal black mole/apparent abrasion actually had a scab on it, which surprised me so much that I picked it off to make sure that it was a scab. So, what's going on here?
I should add that my kittens were the products of a planned birth between my breeding queen and my breeder's stud cat. None of the cats in question has ever been outside, except for in a carrier (although some of them have been to cat shows). The mother was dewormed before she was bred, none of the cats in the household show any signs of any kind of skin disease (ringworm, etc.). I just thought that, well, Leverett has a black mole on his nose. But when it developed a scab, I began to wonder what it could be. I have to see the vet soon, so can ask him, but I have the feeling that he'll just go, "Gee, I don't know." Has anyone had an experience like this?
I want to place Leverett with a good fur-ever home--he's otherwise a really gorgeous, healthy kitty. But the thing on his nose puzzles me...on the other hand, is it worth hauling him to a major vet school medical school to have it looked at?
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