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Case of the Month
 Enlargement of the spleen is not a common finding in cats, but when we do see it the most common cause is a malignant tumor called a mast cell tumor. The good news about mast cell tumors is that removing the spleen is usually curative. Upon our recommendation the owner scheduled a splenectomy. Dr. Collins performed the surgery 3 days after the initial examination, and Midday recovered well. A biopsy of the spleen did reveal a mast cell tumor, as was suspected. Since surgery Midday has put on weight and become much more active. Looking back, the owner realized he had become more withdrawn and less playful prior to the surgery. Luckily, the tumor was caught early and we expect Midday to live a happy and healthy normal lifespan.