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Throat Cancer in Cats

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A tumor in a cat’s throat, also referred to as a chondrosarcoma, can affect the larynx and trachea in a cat’s throat. The most common malignant oral tumor in cats is ‘oral squamous cell carcinoma.’ Here is a quick overview of throat cancer in cats and links to other pages and resources to help you.


Symptoms of throat cancer in cats include but are not limited to harsh or noisy breathing patterns, lack of stamina, sudden collapse and an inability to swallow or ingest food. Here is a list of simple symptoms to keep an eye on.

  • Excessive Drooling
  • Difficulty Eating
  • Halitosis
  • Difficulty swallowing or chewing
  • Weight Loss
  • Loose Teeth
  • Oral Bleeding


There are several ways your veterinarian or specialist can properly identify and diagnose throat cancer. Diagnosis can be done through several methods including radiographic studies, MRI and CT scans. In many cases a biopsy may be needed to diagnose throat cancer in cats.

  • Bloodwork
  • Biopsy
  • Urinalysis
  • Chest radiographs
  • CT scan of the oral cavity and neck
  • Fine needle aspirates of enlarged lymph nodes


Surgery to remove the tumor is necessary. Radiotherapy is generally not effective for cats with a chondrosarcoma tumor. Malignant throat tumors in cats are extremely expensive to treat.

Cost to Treat: $2,500 to $20,000


Diagnostic testing and surgery can cost thousands of dollars. A pet insurance policy can help pay for veterinary diagnosis and care when your cat or kitten gets sick.

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