Did you know younger cats can have noisy breathing?
Steve is a cuddly seven-month-old domestic short hair haired cat. His primary vet at Terra Nova Vet Clinic referred him to the Veterinary Specialty Centre for further examination of his noisy breathing.
Steve was anesthetized to allow our veterinarian to fully examine inside his mouth and throat. It was discovered Steve had a polyp in his airway. A polyp is a benign, fleshy mass that can be found in the nose, throat, or ears of cats. We don’t know exactly what causes them, but they are most commonly found in younger cats. These polyps typically cause irritation for the cat and it is recommended mass be removed.
Steve’s mass was successfully removed. He was sent home shortly after the procedure and prescribed steroids to help reduce the chance of recurrence. For many cats, this is the end of the story.
Steve, unfortunately, had recurrence of his polyp and ultimately underwent more invasive surgery to eradicate his polyps. Steve did well, and was an excellent patient, so still a happy ending!