In Turkey, a Siamese housecat was born with a mass in her tail. The tumor possessed bone-like tissues, hair, and teeth. In summary, it was as if the puss carried a twin in her extremity.
The feline underwent a complex surgery to remove the lump identified as teratoma. She was only the second patient ever to be diagnosed with this condition.
The unusual kitten belongs to Büsra Nur Yildiz, who lives in Ankara, the Turkish capital. Busra had noticed a bum on her kitty’s tail and sought a vet clinic.
However, things didn’t go as smoothly as planned. Busra told the Daily Sabah:
“Vets could not diagnose her at first, and when she was two months old, I took her to another clinic.”
After seeking a second opinion, the cat owner ended up in a clinic led by vet Dr. Emir Düzgoren.
At the facility, they performed X-rays on the Siamese cat’s tail. Shots taken of the tumor revealed the existence of bone tissue within its interior.
The results of the pathology examination indicated that it was a teratoma in the end. Teratomas emerge from developing stem cells.
It’s an embryonic tumor displaying the beginnings of different organs: hair, teeth, muscle bones, etc. This composition gives the tumor the appearance of a little monster.
Although it shares some characteristics with a “twin,” the mass is not a copy of the animal and does not have identical genetic makeup. It remains a tumor.
Generally, ovaries and testicles that have not yet descended are frequently affected.
The rare cat tumor is successfully removed
The teratoma found in Büsra’s Siamese cat was fully formed, replete with teeth, fur, and a skeleton. For the animal to lead a normal life, there was no other option than surgical removal of the lump.
This was only the second case of its kind ever reported; the very first example happened in the United States.
Büsra agreed to have the kitten treated. Because she was too young, the veterinarian decided to wait a few months before performing the surgery.
Two months later, Dr. Düzgoren successfully performed a surgical intervention on the feline. The Siamese female, who was only four months old then, slowly recovered following a taxing treatment.
At the veterinary clinic, Düzgoren and his staff were satisfied with the outcome. Still, the cat had to remain hospitalized for eight additional weeks before her release.
After this observation period, Büsra’s cat was ready to return to its home. The tumor had vanished, and the Siamese cat was in excellent health.
They gave her the name Tail, perhaps a cheeky nod to her previous situation.