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A large lump on the side of her neck

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A large lump on the side of your cat's neck, accompanied by scabbing and itching, could be indicative of several conditions. It's important to consider the characteristics of the lump, such as its size, texture, and whether it's painful to the touch. Common causes for such lumps include infections, abscesses, allergic reactions, or even a reaction to a foreign body like a splinter or insect sting.

Given that the lump has been present for three days and is no longer ongoing, it may have been an abscess that has since ruptured and is now healing. However, if the lump is still present, it's important to keep the area clean to prevent infection. You can gently clean the area with a mild antiseptic solution and keep it covered with a clean, dry bandage. If the lump was an abscess and it has ruptured, the scabbing you're seeing might be part of the healing process.

To address the itching, you can prevent further irritation by ensuring your cat does not scratch the area. An Elizabethan collar can be useful in preventing your cat from reaching the lump with her claws or teeth. Additionally, keeping her nails trimmed can reduce the damage she might cause if she attempts to scratch.

If the lump is still present and hasn't decreased in size, or if it's hard and immovable, it could be something more serious, like a cyst or even a tumor. In such cases, a biopsy or cytology might be needed to determine the nature of the lump.

Watch for signs of systemic illness such as lethargy, loss of appetite, or changes in behavior, which could indicate that the lump is affecting your cat's overall health. Also, if the lump reappears, grows, or changes in any way, it's important to monitor these changes closely.

If you notice any of the following additional symptoms, it would be prudent to seek immediate veterinary care: difficulty breathing, rapid swelling of the lump, open wounds that do not heal, discharge that is foul-smelling or contains pus, or if your cat seems to be in pain or discomfort.

Remember, keeping your cat's environment clean and monitoring her behavior and the lump's progression are key steps in ensuring her well-being. If you have any additional questions, please don't hesitate to come back to us! Thank you.