Our Privacy/Cookie Policy contains detailed information about the types of cookies & related technology on our site, and some ways to opt out. By using the site, you agree to the uses of cookies and other technology as outlined in our Policy, and to our Terms of Use.

Close

How to Remove a Wart on a Cat

By Gabrielle Black | Updated September 26, 2017

Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images

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

Video of the Day

Brought to you by Cuteness
Brought to you by Cuteness

Photo Credits

  • Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images

Author

Gabrielle Black has been a professional writer, artist and designer since 2002. Her theatrical designs, puppet design and construction have been featured in "Theatre Design & Technology" magazine and she has written numerous articles for various websites. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Luther College and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Idaho, both in stage design and painting.

Cite this Article A tool to create a citation to reference this article Cite this Article