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Ear and Nose Cancer in White Cats

Welcome to Paddington Vet, where we are experienced in diagnosing and treating ear and nose cancer, also known as Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC), in white cats. This type of cancer, aggressive in nature but often slow to metastasise, predominantly affects areas of non-pigmented fur. Our dedicated veterinary team offers advanced treatments, such as cryotherapy and surgical procedures, aimed at effectively managing this condition. Here, your pet will receive compassionate, personalised care designed to ensure the best possible health outcomes. Discover how we can support your cat through their treatment for SCC, providing guidance and care every step of the way.

Treating Ear and Nose Cancer in White Cats at Paddington Vet

What is Ear and Nose Cancer?

Ear and nose cancer, primarily known as Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC), predominantly affects white cats, targeting the non-pigmented fur regions of the nose and ears. This type of cancer is notably aggressive yet typically slow to metastasise. Without timely intervention, it can eventually spread to regional lymph nodes, leading to further complications.


The first indicators of SCC may be mistaken for minor injuries: small, persistent scabs that do not heal, often misunderstood as signs of outdoor adventures or skirmishes. Unlike regular sores, these scabs persist and worsen, leading to ulceration and bacterial infections secondary to the cancer. Advanced stages involve significant tissue damage and carry a higher risk of cancer spreading.

Treatment Options

Early-stage SCC in the nose can be effectively treated with cryotherapy, which involves the use of liquid nitrogen under general anaesthesia, usually leaving the appearance of your cat's nose unchanged. For more advanced or invasive cases, surgical intervention may be necessary, potentially altering your cat's appearance significantly.

Ear cancer requires prompt action, often necessitating the removal of the entire ear from its base to prevent recurrence. This approach is both cost-effective and less invasive for your pet.

Cost of Procedures

Cancer treatments for SCC start from $1,500 at Paddington Vet, significantly less than the rates typically found at specialist referral centres.

We do offer payment plans through credit providers. Please see our payment plans section for more information.

Recovery and Aftercare

Cats undergoing surgical treatment for SCC can usually return home the same day. Post-treatment, cats will be provided with antibiotics and pain relief, with a follow-up visit scheduled two weeks later for wound assessment and suture removal.

Preventing SCC

Preventing ear and nose cancer in white cats is challenging, as even indoor pets can be exposed to harmful UV rays through windows. Early detection and treatment are critical, offering the best chance for a cure with minimal impact on your pet's quality of life.

At Paddington Vet, we're committed to providing your pets with the highest standard of care for conditions like SCC, employing the latest treatment methods and ensuring a compassionate, supportive recovery process.

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