is a 12-year-old cat who is well taken care of by Alan
and Tammie. Despite their efforts, Alan and Tammie have
been unsuccessful at making Frampton an indoor cat. He
has insisted on spending time outside through various
signaling methods ó not the least of which was
urinating on the furniture.
does not seem to wander far from home and spends almost
every night inside the house.
seems that over the past three months or so, Frampton
has developed a mass over his right nasal bridge that
extends out to his nose. It started as a nasal discharge
then some slight swelling on the right side of his face
and has progressed to the point now where the whole
bridge on the right is raised a half-inch or so above
the level on the left.
has been treated with two different antibiotics which
helped little, if at all, and he now seems quite
I would suspect that Frampton is very uncomfortable. I
would have to rule out a simple infection in this case
because antibiotics havenít helped. It is time to do
some deeper digging both figuratively and literally.
needs to have his nasal sinuses radiographed; I would
also recommend a biopsy of the tissue, along with a
nasal swab for microscopic exam.
one possibile diagnosis is squamous cell carcinoma. This
type of tumor is aggressive and destructive and once it
reaches proportions such as those described in Framptonís
case, it is unlikely curable.
possibility is Cryptococcus. This is a single-celled
fungal organism that can infect the nasal passages in
cats and lead to a process like the one described in
organisms divide rapidly and can colonize very quickly.
The lesions they cause only involve soft tissue and do
not cause boney destruction.
radiographs can clue in on these cases if boney
involvement is not present. The good news about
Cryptococcus is that it is treatable. There are
medications called antifungal agents that are effective
at killing these organisms, although the treatment
process can be protracted.
are other types of tumors, inflammatory and infectious
processes that might be causing Framptonís problem. As
always, a definitive diagnosis is necessary for
treatment. It is my sincere hope that Frampton has a