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Uterine Tumors in Cats

By: Dr. Erika de Papp

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Uterine tumors are cancers that arise from the uterus. They are rare in cats and are most commonly benign, but may also be malignant. Uterine tumors, by definition, only occur in intact female cats. They are usually seen in middle aged to older pets.

What to Watch For

  • Vaginal discharge
  • Abdominal distension
  • Anorexia (lack of appetite)
  • Constipation
  • Vomiting
  • Weight loss
  • Lethargy
  • Straining to urinate
  • Frequent urination

    Diagnosis

  • Complete history and physical exam
  • Complete blood count (CBC)
  • Biochemical profile
  • Urine analysis
  • Chest radiographs (x-rays)
  • Abdominal radiographs or ultrasound exam
  • Mass biopsy

    Treatment

    Ovariohysterectomy or spay is the treatment of choice. Chemotherapy may be recommended in selected cases.

    Home Care and Prevention

    Monitor for recurrence of original clinical signs and spay your female pets.

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