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What is Nose and Sinus Cancer?

Nose and sinus cancers are considered fairly rare in cats and other companion animals. Cats are at a higher risk of developing this type of cancer than dogs. Symptoms may be very similar to a respiratory infection and may not appear severe until cancer has entered a late stage. Any animal exhibiting signs of nose and sinus cancer should be seen by a veterinarian as soon as possible.

Nose and sinus cancer is a condition in which abnormal cell growth occurs in the nasal cavity, sinus passages, or surrounding tissues. Cancer cells can be malignant and have the potential to spread, or they may be benign. In either case, medical intervention is often necessary to remove and properly treat the tumor. Although most nose and sinus cancers found in cats are malignant, they are less likely to spread than cancer found in other parts of the body. The most likely location for nose and sinus cancer to spread is to the brain or lymph nodes.

Symptoms of Nose and Sinus Cancer in Cats

When cancerous cells or tumors are present in the nasal cavities or sinus passages, the symptoms often mimic those of a respiratory infection. Common early symptoms will include nasal stuffiness, runny nose, and sneezing, which can all be linked to many common and minor illnesses. As the cancer progresses and the cells spread or grow, the severity of the symptoms will increase, making them more obvious. Symptoms can affect the nose, sinuses, eyes, face, and brain. 

Symptoms include:

  • Runny nose or nasal discharge
  • Nosebleeds
  • Watery eyes or ocular discharge
  • Sneezing or snorting
  • Snoring
  • Bad breath
  • Bulging eyes
  • Vision problems or vision loss
  • Nasal or facial swelling or deformity
  • Lack of appetite
  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • Weight loss
  • Loud breathing
  • Mouth breathing or panting
  • Exercise intolerance
  • Weakness or lethargy
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Collapse or fainting
  • Facial pain and related vocalizations
  • Behavior changes
  • Circling, difficulty walking, or confusion
  • Seizures 

Types

There are various types of cancer that can be found in the nose and sinuses. For cats, lymphomas and carcinomas are the most common forms of nasal or sinus cancer. Sinus and nose cancers tend to be malignant. Types of nose and sinus cancer found in cats include:

  • Adenoma
  • Basal cell tumor 
  • Carcinoma
  • Chondrosarcoma
  • Fibroma
  • Lymphoma
  • Melanoma
  • Meningioma
  • Plasmacytoma
  • Sarcoma
  • Squamous cell tumor

Causes of Nose and Sinus Cancer in Cats

Like many cancers occurring in cats and other companion animals, the exact cause of nose and sinus cancer is unknown. Cancer occurs due to abnormal cell growth, and nose and sinus cancer is no different. It can be caused by skin, lymphatic, bone, or other types of cells. Risk factors that may increase the likelihood of sinus or nose cancer in cats include:

  • Age – more likely to develop in older cats
  • Sex – male cats are affected almost twice as often
  • Urban dwelling
  • Exposure to pollutants
  • Exposure to certain chemicals or poisons
  • Chronic or frequent infections
  • Living in a home with a smoker
  • Presence of cancer elsewhere in the body

Diagnosis of Nose and Sinus Cancer in Cats

Early diagnosis has been shown to improve survival rates, but the similarities between the symptoms of nose and sinus cancer and other infections can delay diagnosis. Be prepared to discuss your cat’s full medical history, any symptoms you have observed, and the timeline and frequency of those symptoms. If symptoms have been ongoing, this is often a sign that a more serious issue could be the cause. Your veterinarian will conduct a full physical exam and take samples of blood, urine, and any nasal or ocular discharge. Cultures to search for infections will be completed on these samples in addition to standard laboratory testing. 

A urinalysis and blood analysis for complete blood count, biochemistry profile, electrolyte panel, and clotting ability are also standard. If cancer is suspected, diagnostic imaging techniques will generally be used to confirm the diagnosis. X-rays of the chest, head, and face will help identify tumors or suspicious cells. More in-depth imaging may also be used, including CT scans or rhinoscopy, in which the nasal passages or viewed from the inside with a tool called an endoscope. Exploratory surgery or tissue biopsy may also be used to verify the type of cancer and determine if it is malignant or benign. 

Treatment of Nose and Sinus Cancer in Cats

The veterinary recommendation for treatment will vary depending on the type, location, size, and spread of the cancer. In some cases, treatment may not be an option, and the prognosis will be poor. It is quite common for nose and sinus cancer to require a multi-pronged treatment approach, as a combination of methods has been shown to be more effective than any single treatment option. Some common therapies for nose and sinus cancer in cats include:

Surgical Intervention

Surgery to remove the tumor may be required. This treatment method is fairly effective on its own but is often combined with other treatments to ensure all the cancerous cells are removed or destroyed. Surgical intervention carries a moderate risk of complications or side effects. Your pet will require hospitalization post-surgery for observation during recovery. 

Radiation Therapy 

Treatment with radiation is the most common and effective method for treating nose and sinus cancer. Radiation therapy is often combined with surgical treatments to improve the cat’s prognosis. Treatment may last several weeks or months. 

Chemotherapy 

This common cancer treatment in humans is being used more and more frequently for animals. Chemotherapy is also used to target and eradicate cancerous cells and prevent further growth. This therapy may also last several weeks or months. 

Photodynamic Therapy 

A cancer treatment that uses light therapy has shown some effectiveness in some types of nose and sinus cancer but has been less effective with others, including sarcomas. 

Antibiotics 

Your cat may be prescribed antibiotics if a secondary infection is present. This treatment carries a low risk but requires proper dosing to ensure effectiveness and reduce the risk of side effects. 

Recovery of Nose and Sinus Cancer in Cats

The prognosis for nose and sinus cancer is generally poor to fair. Most cancers of the nasal cavity or sinus passages are malignant, and the possibility of the cancer spreading to the brain increases the mortality rate. During and after treatment your pet will require special care. Nutritious food, fresh water, and litter should be kept nearby as your pet may be weak. Avoid making changes to the living environment and take effort to reduce stress. Your pet will need plenty of love and attention until it is feeling better. Be sure to follow all of your veterinarian’s instructions, including those related to dosing of medications and returning for any necessary follow-up visits. 

Nose and Sinus Cancer Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Ouzo
Maine Coo
11 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Visible Lump
bloody nose
Sneezing with Bloody Nose
Coughing

Ouzo - Maine Coon 11 Years. Ouzo suffers from dental disease and has a grade 3 heart murmur. He has been sneezing a lot and we have noticed blood. Last night we noticed a lump sitting on the inside of his nostril. His breathing is loud and he coughs in the mornings (similar to furball dislodging) Being a Sunday here I have no available vet but he will be going to one tomorrow.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. If Ouzo isn't have trouble breathing, or breathing with his mouth open, you should be fine to see your veterinarian Monday morning. If he is having problems breathing, or is bleeding out of that nostril, he should be seen at an emergency facility on Sunday. Your veterinarian should have a number to call for emergencies if you need to have him seen. While I can't examine him, it sounds from your description like a chronic problem, not an acute problem. Keep a close eye on him, and if he is having problems, find your closest emergency veterinarian. I hope that he is okay.

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Mickey
Domestic longhair
11 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

lethargy, not eating, not grooming

Medication Used

prednisone, clavamox

My son's cat is 11 yrs old and was diagnosed with untreatable sinus cancer in March. He was given about 8 weeks. Its a little over that now and getting prednisone and antibiotics for the constant green blood tinged nasal mucous. He quit grooming himself weeks ago. He has quit eating and is down 1 1/2 lb. But we still a little in the litterbox. He still wants to sit in my husbands lap at night sometimes while we watch tv though. He is not mouth breathing yet. I'm trying to advise my son on whether it's time or not to euthanize. Your thoughts?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Quality of life is probably the most important factor to consider when looking at euthanasia, it isn’t a question of if but when; you need to ensure that Mickey is not in pain (or pain is managed appropriately), he is able to eat and drink, has no behavioural changes (which may indicate pain or discomfort), progression of the cancer among other factors. Generally an owner will know the right time, it just depends if the owner is honest with themselves about it; without examining Mickey I cannot say whether now is the time or not. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Charlie
Orange tabby
17 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Weight Loss
Eye Discharge
Muscle Atrophy
bloody nose

Medication Used

Clavamox antibiotic- oral

Over the past few months and, my cat has had nosebleeds off and on. Some have been bad enough that they drip, and some are minor. He has a constant brown discharge from one nostril that is present and sneezes often. more recently, he has developed consistent eye discharge. He has lost significant weight and muscle mass. I have had him to the vet multiple times. This past time, they put him on clavamox. That seemed to clear him up briefly, but after a week we are back to bloody noses and discharge. His white blood cell count was extremely high, but he has no fever. He's been dehydrated, and has slowly been losing his appetite. The vet is hesitant to do a rhinoscopy (as am I) because he is so unstable. What is the best next course to determine if cancer may be the cause? Will an x-ray give us a good indication? Please help.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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An x-ray should be able to show if there is bony loss, and might let you know if there is cancer. Cancer, fungal disease and infection can all eat away at the bones of the nose, and can look very similar on x-ray. If the antibiotics helped, it may be worth continuing those, as they might be keeping the infectious component of whatever is happening under control for Charlie.

Thank you! The antibiotics seem to help, but only for a short time. We started with an injection, he cleared up, had another one but it immediately returned. Clavamox has helped to an extent, but we seem to be back on that downward spiral. Thank you for your advice. I'm hoping an x-ray can provide more answers.

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Graycie
Siamese mix
17 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Nasal Discharge

17-yr old female cat...was in a hoarding situation...ended up in a shelter...bad skin allergy with fur loss but better now with fur grown back...had her for 3-yrs and she has continuously gotten worse...symptoms include pus-colored snot, nasal congestion, nose runs crusting over her nostrils, dark-colored eye goop, sneezing about 30+ times in a row, loud breathing, breathes through her mouth, always sleeps with her mouth/nose facing up. Dr’s don’t know what it is (says allergies)...got a shot every 4-6 wks but stopped working...Neo/Polymycin B sulfates and dexamethasone for her nose but doesn’t work. HELP! What can we do for her?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Graycie is having chronic thick discharge like this I would recommend having a culture and sensitivity test done to determine if there is an infection and if there is, which antibiotic is the infection susceptible to. Without examining Graycie thoroughly I cannot start to think of any other possible condition which may be affecting her. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Leo
tabby
One Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Breathing Difficulty
Eye Discharge
Nausea
Vomiting

Does my cat have something in his nose? There is a lump from sneezing. No discharge came out and it hurts him when I touch it. He is only one year old and often his breathing is difficult for him. He does have a food intolerance.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Leo has breathing difficulties you should visit your Veterinarian regardless especially since I cannot determine the cause for the lump or sneezing without examining him first; it is possible that there is something in his nose (foreign object, polyp etc…) or allergies, chemical irritation among other causes. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Roger
Feline
5 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

My cat has been struggling for months. We took him to the vet 2x. She gave him antibiotics the first time and a steroid shot the second time. There seem to be a tumor growing, at first, it was only protruding from one nostril, now, coming out through his eye as well. Massive drainage in “free” nostril and eye. For the last 2 days, he has also spent a lot of time in the cat litter. He is still eating and drinking. He is about 5 years old

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Roger I cannot really weigh in here, but you should return to your Veterinarian for another examination especially since the severity seems to have gotten much worse; they will make a thorough examination and may take samples for histopathology and/or culture and sensitivity. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

To Rogers family, I know where you are at and how scared you are. Been there and done that. But, Dr. Turner was not attempting to blow you off. We had the same problem with one of our little ones that we lost three years ago to nasal cancer. The doctor kept shooting her up for allergies rather than finding out what the real problem was. By the time we found out, she was terminal. I would suggest contacting a zoo (if one is close by) and see what vet works with them. If no zoo, see if there is a cat specialist in your area. I have found better luck with them rather than a vet that deals with all types of animals. See if there is a state office that regulates vets and ask for help. I know that it sounds like I am reaching for straws but, I would suggest being VERY PRO-Active and Very BLUNT with your vet about your fears. I know that here in Savannah Ga that a lot of vets experiment rather than really doing their job.

If I trusted my vet to know what she was doing, I wouldn’t have asked for advice on here

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Emeral
short hair
11 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Dry Nose
Scabbing
Sneezing
Roughness on nose

My cat has a scab on his nose under his fur just above the nasal cavity. It is causing just above his nose to become very dry and rough with visible cracking. Is this something serious or will it go away naturally on its own?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. The scab on Emeral's nose may be a short term problem caused by trauma or in fection, and it may resolve on its' own. It may be a sign of something more serious. If the lesion isn't resolving, it would be best to have him seen by a veterinarian, as they will be able to examine him and determine if there is a problem or if any treatment is needed.

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Princess Leia
Maine Coon
1 Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

I'm not so sure this disease is that rare.

My previous cat had it. I had to have him put to sleep in December of last year :(

Now I have a new cat..she's a rescue. Like my previous cat, she's a part Maine Coon/part tabby mix. When I took her for her first vet visit, the vet said she had a lump on her nose.

You can't imagine how upset I am now. My prior cat had a lump on his nose. When I first took him from the previous owner, he had it, and I just thought it was normal. After he finally got diagnosed with nasal cancer, it was too late to try to save him, and I realized the bump could have been the first sign!!!

So now I have to take this cat to the vet--she's not even a year old yet! ANd i'm panicked that she might also have nasal cancer :( I can't handle dealing with another fur baby dying of this awful disease on me. I'm dealing with cancer myself :( I just got diagnosed with breast cancer.

What tests can I have the vet run, with my limited funding? I know CT scans are very expensive, but I need to know if my new kitty is ok.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Nasal tumours are more common in dogs than in cats, but any lump or bump found on the body should always be checked by a Veterinarian to be on the safe side. Whilst CT or MRI are useful to see the full extent of the primary lesion, I believe that a biopsy would be the diagnostic method of choice as histopathological analysis of the biopsy can allow a specific diagnosis along with staging etc… Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you. The only thing is, with my previous cat, they never suggested a biopsy. Not until the tumor had grown and it was too late. The vet was always steering me towards more expensive tests like a CT scan.

It got really big and nearly took over that side of his face.

Is there any reason they can't do a biopsy on a very small lump? Her lump is very small, but so was my previous cat's, for 2 yrs before he started showing symptoms (sneezing blood etc)

My cat has it. I found that the chemical air fresheners I was using probably caused it. They definitely affected my other cats who were vomiting fairly often. Since I removed them and forced fresh through the house the vomiting has stopped and several other problems are starting to resolve. My cat with herpes has stopped coughing almost completely. I think these devices were responsible for other problems I have had with cats. One of my cats died from an untreatable colon blockage and another one from an undisclosed mass in her small intestine. I have another cat with colon blockage that is clearing up now that the source of the problem has been removed. These things are NOT safe to use around Pets, and probably not safe for us either. Could be one of the causative events in the increase in Cancer we're seeing. NONE of them are safe!

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M'aiq
Domestic shorthair
4 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Runny Nose
biting fur
Sneezing

Hi I moved house about 3 months ago, a few days after we moved my cat started having a snotty nose in one nostril, I took im to the vet and they gave him some probiotics it has been abit better but now seems to be staying the same, the snot is yellow and very rarely has a tiny bit of blood in it. It seems to be at its worst when he wakes up from sleeping. Any idea what this could be? the side of his nose that it is affecting seems to be slighlty swollen but very small that you have to really look to even see it

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm not sure if the discharge is related to the new house or not, but if the discharge is yellow, that may mean there is an infection, and antibiotics might be needed. Since it seems to be getting worse, it would be a good idea to either call your veterinarian and let them know that it isn't getting better, or have a recheck for him so that they can see him. I hope that all goes well for M'aiq.

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Felicia
Short haired domestic
12 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

cough
Cough and laboured breathing

My cat was put in a cat cage to go to the animal hospital before we moved but she hit her nose on the cage door several times and made and her nose broke the skin which started bleeding. This happened in March this year and although I have been to the cats and got various creams on my visit last week they said she had a car sink a of the nasal and took and X-ray and a swab of the nose. They said it has not gone inside yet but she had muscus on her chest and gave me medicine to help. The said the swab showed bad cells, but how can my cat hit her nose and now have cancer. She is black and white and 11 and a half years old. Should I get another opinion as I love her dearly. She also is weeping from one eye, the side of the trauma and her breathing is a little laboured. Eats well.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm a little confused by what is happening with Felicia, and it is difficult to say what might be happening without seeing her. If you aren't sure of the diagnosis for her, it never hurts to have a second opinion, and more information is never a bad thing.

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Smokey
Russian Blue
15 Years
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

tumor
Snoring
Wheezing
grooming
appetite
Less Stamina
enlarged face

HI, my veterinarian believes that my cat has nasal cancer. While he is less active, he is still eating, grooming himself and enjoys being pet. However, I can tell he is having a difficult time breathing due to the tumor/drainage of fluids from his sinuses. My question is, when do I know when to put him to sleep? I don't want him to suffer though it seems he already is suffering.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is difficult to determine ‘when it is time’ and you may see good days with hope followed by worse days; there is no easy answer here, but I always recommend to make the decision when behaviour changes and they start to distance themselves from you. However, until you make the decision you should offer palliative care. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Zoe
Persian Cat
3 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

My cat has recently undergone a nose removal surgery because of a thick mass of tissue that had accumulated in her nasal passage. The initiation of this tissue formation occurred when she was a year old. It’s been two years since then. In the past one month, the wound exponentially started deteriorating and parts of her nose started falling off. Hence, the surgery. Her activity and appetite has reduced ever since. Her condition is extremely severe and she is in pain. Please help.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. There is not much that I can do over an email, unfortunately. It would be best to follow up with your veterinarian, as they can see her, determine what can be done, and make sure that she is comfortable. I hope that she is okay.

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Gracie
Calico
5 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Sneezin
Shaking Head
scratching ears

Our little Gracie has been slinging her head and sneezing. This is followed up with scratching her ears, watery eyes. The doctor placed her on Clavamox (one tab every 12 hours, 62.5mg). The first day (07/20/2018), it seemed to help but, now she is back to doing the same thing. Only difference is that she no longer has watery eyes. I called my vet and they tell me that it has not been long enough and to continue. It is now 07/25/2018. By this time I would have expected things to get better rather than continue and wait. When she does blow snot, thankfully it is clear and she no longer has the watery eyes. Gracie is also on Gabapentin for a slight shaking of her head and has been on it for several months. She gets one dose a day of 1/2 ml. Three years ago, we had our little Maggie (another cat) diagnosed with terminal nasal cancer and I am terrified of Gracie getting this. Maggie started out the same way and by the time the vets stopped experimenting with her (kept treating her for allergies) it was too late.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Gracie would be very young to develop nasal cancer, but it isn't impossible. If she isn't improving over these 5 days, it would be a good idea to have her rechecked to see if more is going on, and having skull xrays might help to rule out a growth or cancerous problem.

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Twixx
Domestic shorthair
7 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Face swelling,eye tearing, sneezing
Face swelling eye tearing
Face swelling

My cat has a swollen face (left side) his eye is also tears a lot and has changed shape. He was brought to the vet that said it was because he had bad teeth and need removed. I had them removed and now everything is back the swelling the tearing and sneezing. Could it be cancer?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Twixx may have an ongoing infection in the bones or tissues of his face, or there may be another problem. Since the removal of his teeth did not solve the problem, it would be best to have a recheck with your veterinarian to see what might be going on. He may need antibiotics, or a biopsy to see what is happening with him.

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Sean
Ginger mix
7 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

rasping rough breathing.

Hello. Sean is a ginger male cat and had cancer of his nose removed surgically about 5 years ago. He is fine, except that his breathing remains rasping. It would seem to be a chronic condition by now. Actually, I think he got Snuffles one year, recovered, but the rasping breath continues. Please can you advise. Thank you

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes for raspy breathing in cats which may be made worse by surgery and other factors; infections, allergies, laryngeal disorders, asthma, other cancer among other causes may be contributing to the raspy breathing. Given Sean’s history you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination to narrow in on the specific cause of the raspy breathing. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Morgan
Maine Coon mix
8 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Sneezing.
Sneezing

My cat had respiratory issues for 4 months. The first round of antibiotics cleared the problem but it was back 2 weeks later. Second and third round of antibiotics did nothing. Xray showed mass in nasal cavity. Right eye started to bulge and then he started sneezing blood. Then all of a sudden respiratory issue clears up (no treatment) and still sneezing but not as much and it's clear. Then he starts scratching ear on the left side and shaking his head. Now the third eyelid on the same side as the ear is swollen.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm not sure what your question is for Morgan, but I'm sorry that that is happening to him. If he has a mass in his nasal cavity, it will probably affect both sides, and there will be a point where you will need to decide if he is having any quality of life. I hope that you have him for a while longer.

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Kızım
tabby
12 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

bloody nose

Hi, I m in Istanbul-Turkey, & have a lovely lady cat app 12 years old. She newly diagnosed "Nose cancer". Despite the absence of a cancer cell in the palatology test, a mass founded on tomography. Doctors suggest to remove nose together with the bone texture. I am really very confused & sorry, and do need your urgent suggestions.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without knowing more about Kizim and the size and specific location of the suspected tumour I cannot give much guidance; if there is a mass (cancerous or not) it may still need to be removed if it is causing an issue with breathing, deforming the skull or causing pain. Speak with your Veterinarian about the CT result and the histopathology and their rationale for surgery. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lylah
tabby
2 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Eye watering
Headrubbing
Sneezing

My cat has what a thought was a boogie stuck on her nose since she's been sneezing. But it's slowly getting bigger. Allergy season is high where rifht now. She's always had water leak for her rifht eyeball since I got her. She's about 2.5 years of age

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes for sneezing including allergies, chemical irritants, foreign objects, tumours among other causes; however if you are noticing a mass or something enlarging you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination to be on the safe side, without examining Lylah I cannot say what the cause is. You could try giving 5mg per day of cetirizine in case of allergies to see if there is improvement, but if there is something getting bigger visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ollie
shorthair cat
10 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Runny nose,
bloody mucus sometimes
constantly licking lips
Sneezing

Hi. My male 10 year old cat has been sneezing for several months, with some bloody mucus sometimes. He is now also constantly licking his lips. He is still eating ok, but did throw up 2 times now. He was seeing a vet regarding what was thought was a upper respiratory infection. He was put on Azithromycin which didn't work. Then he was put on Zenequin, which also didn't work. I took him to a different vet who ran a multitude of tests and they all came back great. The vet thinks he might have sinus cancer. He also told me that the cure rate if that's what it is is not very good. He suggested taking him for a CT Scan and possible biopsy, should they find a growth. My question is, given the cost of the CT Scan, if we found out it is cancer, and the cure rate is rather small, is it worth putting Ollie through all these tests, and then cancer treatments if they really won't work anyway? I really don't know what to do!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. It is hard to advise you on the best course of action for Ollie, as there are many factors including his prognosis, the cost of the procedure, and how you feel about him, that come into play. Without the CT scan, you may not be able to know if the condition is curable, and it may not be cancer. Since your veterinarian knows Ollie and his health status, it would be best to have a conversation with them about the best possible choices, once you've done a little thinking on your own. I hope that things go well for him!

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Misty
Maine Coon
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Sneezing, snotty, mouth breathing,

Medication Used

Ronaxan

My cat when we got her at 18 months old was diagnosed with FIV & FHV after a 2 month period of constant upper resp infections etc. 10 months later after repeated antibiotics and a very snotty nose and sneezing she had a sinus flush a culture was grown which showed she had MRSP. At the same time a western blot for FIV and a repeat for FHV both negative. She has been doing great on antibiotics but the snottiness and sneezing has returned.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The mucus and sneezing may occur due to irritation to the nasal cavity, you should continue to give the medication as prescribed and follow up with your Veterinarian; there are many other causes for mucus and sneezing but you would need to get her checked by your Veterinarian to rule other causes out. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Callie
Tabby Calico
4 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Wheezing, Blind, bloodied Mucus
Mucus

Hi Dc.
I have previously rescue a comm cat. She has this flu coming on and off and a wheezing sound. We gave her medication acc to vets presciptions. 2 months later she was suddenly go blind. We sent her to the vet and she was hospitalised for 5 days. The vet says she have lost her vision which is unknown why is it so. They gave her antibiotics and painkiller to kill fungus. Now tht she is in the boarding and her condition was then stabalised aft given steroid by (a 3rd vet which highly suspect her of nose cancer). Stopped giving steroid on 5th day and she seemed stable. 2 weeks now and i received a mssg saying her nose is blooding. Her wheezing seem louder than before and Callie ate but not as much as before and breathing is slightly more laboured as compared to before when she was more stable. Could you advice me on what to do or is there any medication to stop her pain etc. We have done so much to save her but the amount to sent her dor ct scan and surgery is beyond our ability. Pls advice.

Thank You.

Hamidah.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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With the nosebleeding, this is consistent with a nasal tumour or polyp (also for dental disorders). Rhinoscopy may be a cheaper alternative to visualise the area that is bleeding and may allow for a biopsy to be taken. As for treatment, if you are unable to get a definitive diagnosis; treatment would be symptomatic making her comfortable as the true underlying cause isn’t known. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Hi doc,
Last night we took Mister in to the vet after finding out that he'd been seizing for almost an hour. Before, he'd been showing signs of an upper respiratory infection with pus coming out of his nose and, three days before today, he had stopped eating. My mother had to force feed him. The vet that we took him to thinks that he's in a coma and doesn't know if his chances are good. I guess my question is of this type of cancer could be the cause.

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Maddie
Tiger
9 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Sneezing blood stained snot, weepy

Hello,My female tiger cat is about 9 years old.I have had 2 vets examine her. They can not find a thing wrong. Blood work came back all good. She has runny nose that is blood stained. Watery eyes, looked slightly swollen on top of face near the nose but not big. Sneezes forcefully and sprays stained bloody stuff. They have put her on 2 diff antibiotics and added eye drops Tobramycin ophthalmic, and Predisolone. First time it was just antibiotics.Both times she was much better no blood.No weepy eye or nose and was playful again. Leave her off it a while and she is back to doing all of it again. MRI has been suggested but is so far away to go and thousands of dollars I can not afford it. Any suggestions on what it is? Polyp or cancer or what? PLEASE Help!!! Cindy

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If there was a response to treatment with antibiotics it may be worth having a culture and sensitivity test done to identify if there is an infection present which is being suppressed by the antibiotics but not cured; the test would identify the infection and would give a report of the most effective antibiotics. Other causes may be tumours/polyps, dental disease, foreign objects among other causes; rhinoscopy is not useful in cats due to their size so other methods like CT or MRI are recommended, but I would recommend performing a culture and sensitivity test as they run generally $50 to $100 and may produce something useful. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My cat died of nasal cancer. They thought he had an infection, too..treated TWICE for respiratory infections. Don't delay..get a CT scan or MRI if you can!!! That's the only way you will know for sure.

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Froodihoo
tabby
4 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Bloody nose, sneeze, shaking head,

Hi, our cat looks exactly like the picture that is associated with this page above (the tabby with the raised portion on the nose). She has been snorting and sneezing a lot for the past 4-5 months; she shakes her head vigorously often, she snores a bit, she wheezes a bit, and today she sneezed up fresh blood, although it was only a small amount. Her nose has a raised portion just above the nostrils that looks like it could be a bump, but may have always been that way. Do cats sometimes have a raised portion on their noses?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Whilst some animals may have some lumps or bumps, it is concerning that there are the other symptoms as well including sneezing blood, snorting and shaking the head; you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination to be on the safe side since there are other concerning symptoms presenting as well. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Jake
English short hair, (moggy!)
10 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Sore and bloody area approximately

Medication Used

none

Hi, We have 'inherited' a senior cat, (not sure of his exact age!) from a neighbor who has moved away. He has a nasty looking raw area on the tip of his nose on one side. There is no 'lump' or swelling, but it bleeds and usually has a bloody scab covering it. It has been there for months and never looks like it is healing. I can tell it is sore as he does not like it touched, and sometimes it interferes with him eating as he bangs it on the bottom of his bowl. He is otherwise in great shape for his age, with a good appetite and not losing weight, and still a very affectionate and happy old chap! today I noticed he has started to 'backward sneeze' occasionally, especially after his meals. He is white and has a very pale skinned nose, and used to like to lie in the sun, not a good idea!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for you email. It would be best to have Jake seen by a veterinarian to see what that lesion might be and if there is any treatment available. Cats do get bacterial and fungal infections, and the lesion might not be as bad as you are thinking. A veterinarian will be able to give you a better idea as to what might be going on.

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Belle
white
10 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Her symptoms are sneezing,

Hi, Iam sorry to bother you but I think our cat has nasal cancer, Iam pretty sure in fact from researching the internet, her nose has nearly completely gone, she is a light coloured cat and we live in Spain, her symptoms are sneezing, runny eyes,vomiting and today she only just had something to eat.She holds her head up to breath and this happend over just a few months.We can't afford a vet as we live in a caravan and thebar work wedo has become very quiet,is there anything we can do for her without a vet? Thanks for your time, in anticipation Marcus.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Your question is not a bother. Unfortunately, without seeing poor Belle, I cannot comment on what might be going on with her. If she has cancer, it is important to make sure that she isn't suffering. She may benefit from pain medications or antibiotics. Many OTC pain medications are very toxic to cats. Some clinics offer a 'free first exam' that may allow you to have her seen, so that you can get an opinion on what might be done for her.

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Penelope
Grey and white mixed
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Lump

My 2 year old female cat has a small bump on her white nose about 3mm above the pink nasal entries. It is slightly discolored. She is an indoor/outdoor cat and we live in Brooklyn. It doesn’t seem to bother her and she has no other symptoms. What should I do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Cats may develop lumps and bumps on the nose, however a discoloured lump is concerning and should be checked by your Veterinarian to be on the safe side; you should also monitor the size and make note of any changes in size, shape or colour. Your Veterinarian may take a wait and see approach or may choose to remove it after examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Okay, I really ddon't think my cat has cancer but last night he was sneezing and a lump formed in his nose near his eye.His breathing is fine other than it sounding labored occasionally.

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