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The symptoms do sound similar to what we'd expect from a cat with nasopharyngeal polyps and you're also correct that having a CT scan is often needed. In some cases, x-ray can be diagnostic. VBO's are considered the only curative approach as physically removing the polyps by force seldom remove the stalk and the polyps tend to regrow within a few weeks to a few months. In 2011, I rescued a cat with nasopharyngeal polyps and wound up having a bilateral VBO performed on her (boy, what an experience). I can honestly say that finding a facility that performs these often is absolutely in your best interest and in the best interest of Povi. I highly recommend working with a board certified surgeon.The CT scan itself with sedation ran us just shy of $2000. Polyps were found and the bilateral VBO was scheduled. It's also important to note that with Povi having regular 'colds' that your vet may recommend a PCR test for upper respiratory viruses and bacteria as there are commonly underlying causes for the symptoms and polyps which might be possible to treat independent from the VBO. After all was said and done with the surgery, we wound up spending around $7000 with the CT scan, repeat visits and the nasal workup (which Povi may or may not need to have, including the PCR testing and culture of nasal secretions which we opted to do in attempts to find a cause for the symptoms).If you'd like to chat further about this on the phone, I would love to do so (this does involve an extra expense, but we chat as long as is needed to answer all your questions). Her case was one of the most interesting and I learned a great deal about chronic respiratory conditions from her situation. I do not regret the VBO and feel it was a good investment in her health care; I'd do it again given the choice.
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