Ear Tumors in Cats

Feline Ear Tumors

Ear tumors are growths associated with the ear. The most common include squamous cell carcinoma, ceruminous gland adenoma or adenocarcinoma, sebaceous gland tumor and basal cell tumor.

Depending on the tumor type there may or may not be an underlying cause. Chronic inflammation may predispose to tumor formation and prolonged sunlight exposure may predispose certain tumors.

What to Watch For

Early in the illness, many individuals are have no clinical signs, and tumors are often incidental findings.

Diagnosis of Ear Tumors in Cats

Treatment of Ear Tumors in Cats

The treatment depends on the tumor type, size, and location. Surgical resection or removal is the treatment of choice.

Home Care and Prevention

Follow all instructions given to you by your veterinarian. If your pet has a recurrence of signs, contact your veterinarian at once. Prognosis varies depending on the type, location, size, and ability to remove the tumor surgically.

Limit sun exposure to prevent squamous cell carcinomas and address chronic ear problems promptly, as inflammation may predispose to cancer.