My cats's neck has a bump on it.

My dad and I can't afford to bring my cat to a vet.There's this bubble like bump on the right side of my cat's neck and it is gradually getting bigger. Now, my dads no vet but he thinks that a tick had bit my cat and when she went to scratch it off, its head got stuck in her skin and got infected. He plans to drain it and treat it with an antiseptic (alcohol possibly). Now me, I expect the worst and think since he's not a vet he could make it worse or it's a worse prob. please help. Drain it? Or no?

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    By: Leah Feldman El Segundo, CA

    Replied on 04/19/2011

    The bubble like thing on your cats neck could be a number of things. I wouldn't rule out the possibility of the head of a tick being left behind, but it would be really low on my list. The "mass" could be a reaction to a vaccine, a skin infection, a fatty non-cancerous tumor, and even possibly neoplasia. Alcohol is not a proper antiseptic and is extremely painful when used on an open wound. I know this is probably not what you want to hear, but I would not suggest draining it yourself. You need to find a low cost veterinarian in your area to properly work up what the mass is.

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