Black spots above eyes near ear

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  1. Dyj

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    I noticed that Fluffy started to have these spots om the left side of his forehead in April, and recently I saw them grew bigger and they appeared on both sides so I started to worry. Took him to the vet and the vet suggested they are very likely just pigmentation due to sun bath, which he enjoyed a lot lately, or it might be due to a tumor, and a biopsy will be needed to diagnose that. The vet asked me to observe them and see if they grow bigger or if Fluffy has any other symptoms. The spots seem to be a little bit darker since then. Anyone has any similar experiences before, and would you think a biopsy will be needed? Thank you!
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    Have a look inside Fluffy's mouth. Many black cats have pigmentation spots and you will know that any in his mouth are not caused by the sun. I am afraid it would not entirely rule out the possibility of something sinister but it might put your mind at rest.
     
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    Thank you QOTN, do you mean on his tongue? I think the vet checked his mouth as well and there was nothing noticeable.
     
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    My black cats have had black spots on the roof of their mouths and on the gums but not the tongue.
     
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    This is Darkness my oriental black girl. The second pic is of the skin below her ear, the same place as Fluffy. Sorry it is blurred but it was hard to hold the camera and part her fur. It was unfortunately impossible to hold her mouth open and take a pic at the same time.
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    Thank you for posting the pictures! Do you know if her black spots relate to any disease or they are just normal?
     
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    My first Oriental black girl was great great great grandma and she had the same pigmented skin with no problems whatsoever. Darkness is 10 years old. If you shave a dark coloured cat you can often see its underlying tabby pattern on the skin. I cannot comment on the cause of Fluffy's black spots but pigmented skin in black cats is very common. I expect his white patches have completely clear skin but white ears etc are far more prone to sun damage than black areas.