How do I know if my cat has a polyp?

Can a cat live with polyps?

Most cats enjoy a relatively normal quality of life following standard polyp removal surgery. While recurrence rates are high, many cats have few complications after surgery. In recurrent or severe cases, referral to a board-certified veterinary surgeon may be advisable.

Do polyps hurt cats?

Depending on the location of the polyp, the surgery (and the polyp) may cause some side effects on the nerves around the eye. The cat may have difficulty blinking. Generally, the nerve damage will not last more than a few days or weeks, although permanent damage is possible.

How long does Horner’s syndrome last in cats?

Horner’s Syndrome is not life-threatening and will often clear up on its own. In cats, almost half of the cases of Horner’s Syndrome have no obvious identifiable cause (idiopathic). In these instances, without a specific cause to treat, recovery can take 16 weeks or more. Some cats never normalize.

Can ear polyps be cancerous in cats?

Ear canal tumors are more likely to be malignant than benign in cats, especially those more than 11 years old. Middle-aged to older cats are more likely to develop benign and malignant ear canal tumors, while young cats (3 months to 5 years old) are more likely to develop inflammatory polyps (see below).

Are ear polyps in cats painful?

If an ear polyp goes untreated, it often interferes with an ear’s normal function, resulting in waxy buildup and chronic infections. This can be smelly and painful for your pet. The physical presence of the polyp can be irritating, and, if in the right location, interfere with hearing or balance.

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What happens if ear mites go untreated?

The most common type of ear mite is Otodectes cynotis, which live in the ear canal and feed by piercing the thin skin. This causes severe itching and, if left untreated, can cause bacterial infections, swelling of the ear canal and eventually partial or total deafness.