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What are Eyelid Tumors?

Eyelid tumors are often cancerous, so the earlier you can get treatment for your cat, the better his chances are of recovering.

There are a number of different types of tumors that may form on a cat’s eyelid, but the most common is squamous cell carcinoma, followed by lymphosarcoma. These masses may form anywhere on the surface of the eyelid, and can range in size depending on the type of tumor. Although they may be hard to spot in the early stages, the tumors can begin to affect your cat’s vision and ability to blink over time.

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Symptoms of Eyelid Tumors in Cats

When an eyelid tumor is small, it may be difficult for you to spot it on your cat, however as it grows larger, it becomes more obvious and starts to interfere with the cat’s blinking as well. Here are some of the symptoms of eyelid tumors you should be aware of:

  • Eye redness
  • Excessive blinking or squinting
  • Eye bleeding
  • Eye discharge, either mucus or pus
  • Watering eyes
  • Swelling or the noticeable formation of a lump on the cat’s eyelid
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Causes of Eyelid Tumors in Cats

The exact cause of eyelid tumors is not very clear. Some of these tumors are cancerous, and could be caused by a variety of environmental and hereditary factors, while others are benign, and could be caused by trauma or genetic predisposition.

Eyelid tumors are much more common in older, white cats, especially if they live primarily outdoors and are constantly exposed to sunlight.

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Diagnosis of Eyelid Tumors in Cats

Schedule an appointment with your cat’s vet as soon as you notice symptoms of an eyelid tumor. The vet will need to know when you first started to observe symptoms as well as information on your cat’s medical history. 

The appointment will begin with an examination of your cat’s affected eye. A mass on the eyelid could also signal inflamed or infected tissue, so the vet will need to eliminate this possibility before making an official diagnosis. After looking at the eyelid, the cornea, and the conjunctiva, the vet may take a sample of skin scraping from around the eyelid to test for fungal infections. If discharge is present, the vet will perform a bacterial culture as well. 

Basic tests, such as a complete blood count and biochemistry profile, will also be performed to get a better picture of your cat’s overall health.  These tests will help the vet confirm whether your cat has an infection.

If the tests do not show signs of an infection, the vet should be able to eliminate this as a possible cause. Next, the vet will take a biopsy of the tumor to check for cancerous cells. Cats that have been diagnosed with a cancerous tumor may need to have X-rays or ultrasounds done on the chest and abdomen to determine if the cancer has spread to other parts of the body.

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Treatment of Eyelid Tumors in Cats

In most cases, the tumor will need to be surgically removed from the cat’s eyelid. Once the tumor is removed, the vet will need to retest the tissue to determine if there are any cancerous cells remaining on the eyelid. It’s possible the tumor will grow back if the vet does not completely remove all of the cells from the eyelid. The entire eye may need to be removed in extreme cases when it is impossible to simply remove the tumor. This is common when the tumor has expanded into the eye or the tissue behind the eye.

If it is a squamous cell carcinoma or lymphosarcoma tumor, your cat may need to receive chemotherapy or radiation treatment if the cancer has spread to other parts of the body.

Although it is rarely recommended, some non-cancerous tumors can be treated without surgery. Smaller tumors may be treated with corticosteroid injections, which will reduce the swelling and inflammation of the tissue. Other tumors may respond to cryotherapy, which involves freezing the tumor off instead of surgically removing it.

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Recovery of Eyelid Tumors in Cats

If the tumor is non-cancerous, your cat will likely make a full recovery from the eyelid tumor, however recovery is not as certain if the tumor is cancerous.

Once your cat has been released into your care, you must ensure the eye area is kept as clean as possible. Use a clean, moist washcloth to remove any discharge that may come out of the eye during recovery. You should keep a close eye on your cat to ensure he does not irritate the eye by trying to itch or rub it. The vet may prescribe eye drops that you will have to administer to keep the eye moist and sterile while it heals. 

Your cat’s vision may be temporarily affected by eyelid tumor treatment. Because of this, it’s important to keep him indoors to protect him from potential harm.

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Eyelid Tumors Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

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We found this kitten under our house. We've been caring for it ever since and yesterday it had a bump show up above its eye and today its double the size. We haven't touched it or mashed on it but I'm concerned it may be hurting him. Help please! Ps that's not puss reflecting in the photo that's my husband's shirt. The bump is just red and extra swollen.

Aug. 12, 2020

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Thank you for your question. Kittens can get infections inside the eye that can result in permanent blindness if not treated. It would be best to have this kitten seen right away by a veterinarian, as they will be able to coax that eye open and relieve the pressure. The kitten needs topical antibiotics. I hope the baby is okay.

Aug. 12, 2020

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hi i noticed just now that my 5month old kitten has a black little lump on outside of corner eye.. as i live a away from town its not that asy to get to vet. I wanted go in 1 month time to nueter here. So im just not sore shoul i wait till that time or go now ??

Sept. 10, 2018

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Hello, I had noticed a few ago that my cat has a cut on his eye lid which underneath also has a lump too. The cut seemed to have green puss coming out of it. Is it worth leaving it a couple of days longer to clear up itself or shall I take him to the vets? Thanks!

Aug. 15, 2018

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If you’re noticing that there is puss coming from the cut then you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination as topical over the counter treatment may not be sufficient, plus if there is a mass on the eyelid you should also get that looked at too. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Aug. 16, 2018

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I have a 14 year old male white cat who lived outside on 340 acres for 12 years until my in laws moved into a retirement community. He has been with me inside for 2 years. He developed a SCC eyelid tumor which was removed surgically in 11/2017. It recurred in 4/2018. The tumor, surrounding area and his eye were removed on 5/29/2018. It appears that the tumor has grown back in the area where his eye was located. The specialist, as always, is booked a month out. I love him very much and want to give him a chance, but don't want him to suffer. My husband is much more logical about these things and looks at the financial aspect. Any thoughts or suggestions are appreciated. Read an retrospective study from Cornell that stated for these type tumors mean survival was 7.6 months. This tumor appears aggressive. Thank you for your help.

Aug. 11, 2018

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It can be difficult to get an appointment with a Specialist depending on where you live. However, without examining Salty it is difficult to weigh in; but you need to consider your husbands logical input as well as thinking about Salty’s quality of life constantly having surgeries. You should still try to meet with the Specialist, but a serious conversation needs to take place. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Aug. 11, 2018

I have experienced a very similar experience with my cat. When he was first diagnosed they removed the third eyelid. A few months later the tumor aggressively came back, so they went in and took out his eyeball and sewed him up. Just a couple to a few months after that, the tumor started growing in the eye socket and then eventually made its way outside the incision. He has this hideous mass of a scabby tumor on the left side of his face and it is starting to press on his sinus. The thing is, he is still drinking, eating, purring and wanting to be pet. I have made two appointments euthanize him at home and canceled both. Amigo is around 19 years-old.

Sept. 1, 2018

Lori C.

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Eye Redness

A stray kitten I found outside last night has a large red lump on the bottom of its eye. His eye waters a lot but it doesn't seem to be in pain. The lump is red and rather large, but isn't bigger than the eye. Will the vet be able to fix it? And how expensive would the surgery be to get it removed?

July 17, 2018

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If the lump is like the one in the image linked below, the cause is a prolapsed third eyelid gland which needs to be corrected surgically; pricing varies widely but some low cost clinics may be able to offer correction for less than $300 per eye. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://78.media.tumblr.com/14004a6484d8b4407f72c005137e45ba/tumblr_ogyt82zStX1uo3lcvo1_1280.jpg www.helpinghandsvetva.com/procedures-pricing/

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Large Growth On Eye Lid

Our Apollo came to us as a Kitten. He is solid gray him and his brother. We have had them for 11 years now and what we thought was caused from a claw in Apollo's left eye that started off the size of a BB has now grown to about the size of a walnut. It is bloody, horrible looking and it just breaks my heart to see him like this. The Vet/surgeon told us when we took him to get surgery that he was going to loose his eye and that it would most likely result in his death. We were facing 3 thousand dollars in vet bills and loose our cat. He doesn't seem to even notice it as he rubs it on furniture and seems otherwise to ignore it. But it is getting worse every month and it is just too hard at this point to even contemplate euthanizing him as he is still very healthy. We spent 1 thousand dollars already just to evaluate him with labs and other things.

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Sore Eye

My cat has a hole on bottom eyelid and puss was coming out. Snowy is a white 18 year old cat.eating is fine form is good. It's looks like it's healing then a day later the divot is open again.

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A Wound On His Lower Eyelid

My 13 year old cat developed a "divot" on his lower eyelid, near the inside corner of the eye.It is pale pink and apparent. That wound is slowly widening downward and towards the inside corner, and now starting to have light bleeding from the lower edge of the wound. The vet believes it is cancer (white cat outside all of his life), and believes that aggressive surgery, etc., will only destroy his comfort for his remaining time. I agree. I have been putting the multi-antibiotic + steroid ointment on the wound twice a day, which did slow down the tissue changes. Tears from the eye are beginning to be frequent, so the ointment isn't as effective. My cat's appetite is unchanged, he purrs, loves being scratched a petted, and still does his routines inside and outside. I am struggling with the timing of his euthanasia. I don't want to decide a day too late for his comfort, but I want every day left with him that is humanely possible. Any advice on how to decide when to kindly end his life?

Eyelid Tumors Average Cost

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