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Branson’s brain tumour

Eight-year-old Branson is a friendly cat from West Sussex who was referred to our neurology team as an emergency after he began rapidly deteriorating.

Domestic short haired cat recovering two days after brain surgery to remove a tumour at Fitzpatrick Referrals

Mum Sue describes Branson as the boss of his household and lives with his feline siblings Dexy and Bailey. He was named after Richard Branson for being such an adventurer.

A few weeks before his referral, Branson’s behaviour changed and he started circling to the left, he would stop and stare, lick his lips and was very vocal so his mum Sue took him to see their local vet, who suspected he also lacked vision in his right eye. Initially, it was thought that he may have an inner ear infection. The day before his referral he deteriorated, becoming unstable on his feet, more vocal and circling more.

Diagnosis and treatment

Under the care of Senior Surgeon Guillaume Leblond, Branson had an MRI scan of his brain which identified a mass on the left side of his brain, consistent with a meningioma or other extra-axial tumours. An extra-axial tumour is one that is growing outside of the brain tissue under the skull. He then had a CT scan which helped Guillaume to plan Branson’s brain surgery.

After Guillaume had discussed the options with his family, Branson underwent surgery the same day to remove the tumour, as the prognosis for long term recovery following the removal of a meningioma is often good in cats with reported median survival times exceeding two years in larger retrospective studies.

Image showing Branson’s tumour following removal by Senior Surgeon in Neurology, Guillaume Leblond.

The tumour was removed via a large craniotomy, which involved removing a section of bone in his skull to access and remove the mass in one piece.

Close up of Branson’s scar two days after surgery.


Initially, Branson’s neurological status worsened after surgery, which was expected, with increased circling and vocalisation, but he rapidly improved with his previous signs reducing and after spending three days recovering in our cat ward and he was ready to return home to Sue. Pathology tests confirmed the tumour was a benign (non-cancerous) low grade meningioma tumour, so the prognosis for Branson is likely to be positive for the few years ahead.

Branson pictured with Senior Surgeon Guillaume Leblond at Fitzpatrick Referrals Orthopaedics and Neurology.

Four years on Branson is still living life to the full

Our lovely friend Branson, now 12 years old, remains happy and well four years after having his meningioma brain tumour removed. We’re so pleased we could help this beautiful boy.

Branson 1 year after successful brain surgery.
Branson 4 years after his brain tumour was removed.

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Fitzpatrick Referrals is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of orthopaedic and neurological diseases in small animals.