Lumps along spine
(Woodstock Georgia usa)
Hi. Two of my cats (sisters, both 6 yrs old) have very pronounced lumps along the lower half of either side of the spine. They seem to be very tender. Their other sister doesn't have them. I'm wondering if it's just enlarged vertebrae or something else. Any ideas what it could be?
There are numerous reasons for this issue. Only a vet examination along with tests can give you to answer.
X-rays can show small, bony growths called esteophyte on the vertebrae. These bony growths are usually grown during aging or injury.
There is also Diskspondylitis where the vertebral disks become inflamed due to an infection caused by bacteria or a fungus.
When you have your vet exam the cats, try to recall when you first noticed the condition and also when the cats reacted to let know it was tender. Also, if you recall any injury either of them received, this information will help the vet determine which tests are needed.
I hope its not serious and wish you luck in resolving the problem soon.