My cat has a large knot near his neck making it hard for him to groom and my groomer won’t remove it. Is he too old to be sedated?

Original Question: muscle mass. He has a large knot near his neck which is about 3" in length under his chin. I cannot cut it and the groomer I called won't shave him for fear of cutting his thin skin. He is having a hard time grooming himself as the knot is in the way and I guess he's too old to be sedated to have it removed? - Sarah

My cat has a large knot near his neck making it hard for him to groom and my groomer won’t remove it. Is he too old to be sedated? Jun 25, 2018

Hi Sarah,

Once we’ve made sure it’s matted fur, then removal is the appropriate step to take. Hyperthyroidism is not known to cause thinning of the skin so there could be other medical issues. There are some drugs out there that might cause a mild sedation without affecting systems like the heart, lungs, or kidneys. You should talk to your vet about options and they should best be able to help you including the clipping.

All the best,

Dr. Ryan Llera

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