Wart Virus in Cats

Wart Virus in Cats - Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis, Treatment, Recovery, Management, Cost
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Wart Virus in Cats - Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis, Treatment, Recovery, Management, Cost

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What are Wart Virus?

While the warts are not-life-threatening in their own right, the danger with leaving wart virus untreated in your cat is that the growths can evolve into cancerous tumors over time. 

Wart growth in cats, or papillomatosis, is a condition in which raised growths of tissue occur in various areas on your cat. These growths are typically benign, or non-cancerous, and can occur in any bodily location on your pet. The most common locations you would find papillomatosis growths would be around the eyes, mouth and nose, due to the increased moisture and potential for transference of viral cells to these areas. 

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Symptoms of Wart Virus in Cats

Wart virus, or papillomavirus, in cats typically presents with raised growths and a variety of other related symptoms. Here are some of the items to watch for if you suspect wart virus, or papillomatosis in your cat:

  • Raised bumps or warts focused around lips, mouth, eyelids, eyes and ears
  • Bumps may be white, dark or skin colored
  • Warts may bleed or cause your cat irritation
  • Warts may become infected or inflamed
  • Poor grooming or hygiene due to pain caused by warts 
  • Reduced appetite from pain or discomfort from warts
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Causes of Wart Virus in Cats

As “wart virus” is a phrase used to describe numerous sporadic growths in cats, there is not a single identified cause. There are several viruses that cause the formation of warts and several known causes of infection with papillomavirus and spontaneous growth of warts.

  • Spread of Infection from Other Cats:

    Wart viruses can be spread from one affected pet to another. Direct contact from outdoor cats with a variety of wild and domesticated animals can contribute to cross species or interspecies contamination with the virus.

  • Weakened Immune System:

    Some commonly occurring viruses can cause warts when your cat’s immune system becomes suppressed due to underlying sickness or old age.

  • Precancerous and Cancerous Conditions:

    Some types of cancer can originally manifest as warts in cats which will initially appear as benign growths. Over time, these growths can multiply and spread, becoming cancerous and life-threatening lesions. 

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Diagnosis of Wart Virus in Cats

As with many conditions, it will be important to provide your veterinarian with documentation regarding your cat’s warts or growths. Information such as date of first appearance of the wart, rate of growth of the wart and any resulting inflammation, infection, bleeding or other related conditions will be vital to eliminate similar conditions.

Your veterinarian may recommend a biopsy of all or a portion of the area affected by the wart virus. This will not only eliminate or identify the potential for cancer in your pet, but may also eliminate the growth and prevent future spread, infection or related conditions. This can be especially helpful for lesions or warts that are interfering with the daily life or your cat, such as those around the lips or mouth.

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Treatment of Wart Virus in Cats

There are several courses of treatment that your veterinarian may choose to take in order to cure your cat of papillomatosis.

Medication

There are various types of anti-inflammatory, antiviral or antifungal medications that your vet may prescribe. The exact type of medication used will depend on the results of the biopsy or other tests conducted during the initial vet visit and subsequent diagnostic procedures.

Freezing 

In the case of diagnosis of the wart virus as benign, your veterinarian may choose to freeze the warts in order to encourage the growth to reduce in size or fall off. Freezing the warts in sensitive areas on your cat will help alleviate symptoms such as loss of appetite, lethargy or general discomfort. Freezing may also be a viable alternative to surgical procedures which may cause significant damage to surrounding tissues.

Surgical Removal

In some cases, surgical removal of warts and surrounding tissues may provide the best course of treatment for your cat. Your vet may take this course of action in situations where the wart is suspected of being cancerous or will not respond well to freezing or medications. When removing via surgical methods, your vet may perform additional tests on the removed tissues to ensure clean margins, which would indicate that all infected or diseased tissue has been removed.

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Recovery of Wart Virus in Cats

With property veterinary treatment, recovery of your cat after treatment from wart virus will be good. Warts that are eliminated via surgical methods or from medication will generally not return. On occasion, warts that have been frozen off have the potential for regrowth if the entirety of their structure was not impacted by the initial procedure.

Since most wart virus conditions are caused by a naturally occurring or otherwise contagious virus for which there is no cure, warts may recur in the same or different areas of your cat. Proper immune support for your cat will be important to reduce the possibility of recurrence. Overall, wart virus in cats is not a life threatening condition and, if treated properly, can still allow your cat to lead a long and healthy life.

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Wart Virus Average Cost

From 348 quotes ranging from $500 - $1,500

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Wart Virus Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

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my cat has wart on his skin, he used to have it before but he scratched it off and it was fine and then on winter time it stars to grow again probably because he used to sit by the fireplace and now its growing again because he is going outside and its sunny ... i dont want to go to the vet as they charge crazy prices but i am pretty sure there is some hemp or cbd can help,i just want to figure it out whats exactly. appreciate if u can help

July 11, 2020

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Dr. Michele K. DVM

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Thank you for your question. Without seeing him, I can't comment on what might help with the growth, unfortunately, as I don't know what it is. If it something that doesn't grow quickly, and seems to resolve occasionally, it may be a benign growth that is not worrisome. Most veterinary clinics have a reasonable initial examination fee, and that would let a veterinarian look at the lump and let you know if it is anything to worry about. I hope that all goes well for him.

July 11, 2020

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Tiger

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My 10 year old cat appeared with his first wart. He has been healthy his whole life besides his overweight issue. It doesn’t seem to bother him and his lifestyle has not changed since it has appeared. Do you think I should worry and take him to a vet?

Aug. 23, 2018

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If you’ve found a single wart/mass, I would keep an eye on it for the time being and bring it up with your Veterinarian to be on the safe side since I cannot say for certain what the cause is without an examination. It may be an innocent benign wart or it may be something more serious which is why a check with your Veterinarian is best. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Aug. 23, 2018

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