Q. I have noticed hard cord-like objects running vertically in my cat's neck. Appears not painful, but I've not noticed them hard before. What is it?

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A. If your cat is thin or has very short hair it may be that you are just seeing the ligaments, muscles and other vessels that run along the neck. Many of these move from the neck up to the base of the skull to attach there and allow for movement of the head. As long as your cat is moving and acting normally, these are normal! However if your cat seems painful, cannot move or has other symptoms of illness, then scheduling a veterinary checkup is always a good idea to rule out any illness.

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