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How to Remove a Wart on a Cat

| Updated September 26, 2017

Cats generally do not grow warts, although elderly cats can be prone to developing them. Typically, pet owners are advised not to remove a wart unless it's infected, irritating your cat or it's in an undesirable area, such as on an eyelid. People commonly use over-the-counter products to eliminate warts, but veterinarians advise pet owners to have warts removed professionally. Wart removal from a cat is a surgical procedure, so your veterinarian will use local or general anesthesia for the surgery.

Bring your cat to your veterinarian for a wart assessment. Discuss any concerns you may have about the wart and why you think it should be removed. Allow the veterinarian to examine your cat and discuss with you the risk factors involved in anesthetizing your cat. Anesthesia-related risks increase with an animal's age.

Schedule wart removal surgery for your cat. If your cat is already scheduled for another procedure that requires anesthetization, such spaying, neutering or teeth cleaning, you may want to have the wart removed at the same time, to reduce the number of times your pet will be anesthetized.

Bring your cat to your veterinarian's office for surgery. If your cat will require general anesthesia, it most likely will have to stay overnight for observation to make sure that it does not experience any aftereffects of the anesthesia.

Review the surgery recovery instructions with your veterinarian. Once your vet signs your cat's release form, you can take your pet home. Follow all instructions to help your cat recover as quickly as possible.

Monitor the site on your cat where the wart was removed any report any sign of infection or other issues to your veterinarian immediately.

Examine your cat periodically to see whether the wart returns, or if a wart grows on another part of your cat's body