There are some cats that you feel you have known for so long that they have become apart of your family. This is how it is with Smokey, a beautiful big grey and white domestic short-haired boy who is now nearly 14 years old. Quite a few years ago Smokey was diagnosed with feline AIDS. He has not been showing any clinical signs of the disease to date, but having wonderful owners who bring him in regularly to have anything unusual checked, results in many problems being diagnosed early and treatment being more aggressive (ie. a longer course of antibiotics).
At Smokey's recheck it was noted that there were more lumps forming and that the previous lump had not been resolved on the cortisone tablets. It was advised that a biopsy be taken under a general anaesthetic to try and determine their cause and to try to rule out cancer. A blood test was collected from Smokey to ensure that the kidneys and liver were able to cope with the anaesthetic being an older cat.
Smokey's case illustrates that while a fine needle aspirate is a very valuable tool when diagnosing whether a lump is cancerous or inflammatory, often a biopsy provides more information due to the larger sample taken.
Smokey's wounds healed well and some cortisone cream was dispensed so that the owners could apply to any further lumps that develop in the future. Smokey is also continuing to be completely pampered at home by his lovely owners.