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Owners of hairless cats know that their furless friends have certain requirements and things to look out for, such as clothing and sunburns. Another thing to look for and be aware of as a hairless kitten owner is a vaccine lump!
Core vaccines are an important part of your cat’s health plan, especially the rabies vaccine. This vaccine is usually given to kittens and puppies around 16 weeks of age.
The vaccine is given via needle in the kittens’ rear hindquarter area. Most vets will warn you of potential lethargy and other common side effects, but have you ever experienced a lump in the injection area of your kitten?
Understandably, this lump can be a major cause of concern for a cat guardian, with lumps being so heavily associated with cancer and tumors. But this lump may be normal!
If the lump your kitten is experiencing is post vaccine and found in the area of the vaccine injection site, it’s likely just a normal side effect of the vaccine.
Though it’s incredibly common in all cats, furry felines with these lumps are usually not as noticeable, whereas our hairless companions are easily noticed.
The lump is a common and mild reaction to the vaccine, and can appear about a week after vaccination and last up to 3 months.
In short, no. Most of the time this lump is a mild reaction and your cat will not notice it. Watch the size, color, and overall demeanor of your kitten closely, for there are other more serious reactions they could be experiencing from the vaccine.
If you are worried about your kitty, contact their vet and they can do a biopsy. But if your kitten is their usual, happy, and playful self, then there is no cause for concern!
Keep giving your pets the best of natural life!
April Arguin A.S., C.P.N., M.P.H