Just as in humans, cancer in cats is caused by abnormal cell growth. Cancer can affect cats of any age, with lung, skin, and bone cancer being the most common types. Almost half the deaths of cats 10 years or older can be attributed to cancer.
Cat Cancer Symptoms
The most obvious cancer symptom in cats is often a tumor. Take the time to periodically check your cat for growths or lumps under the skin. If you find a suspicious lump, visit your veterinarian immediately.
Other symptoms of feline cancer can include:
- Weight loss
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Sores that don’t heal
- Weakness or lethargy
- Unusual bleeding or discharge
- Lack of thirst or appetite
- Labored breathing
- Difficulty in movement
Cat Cancer Treatment
Your veterinarian will run several tests, including x-rays, blood work, and ultrasound, to determine if your cat has cancer. Cancer treatment is very similar to that in humans and includes drug treatment, radiation, surgery, and chemotherapy. If the cancer is caught early and has not spread, surgery to remove the affected tissue is the best option.
Cats undergoing cancer treatment may have little appetite; consider an especially tasty and nourishing food such as Canine Caviar Gourmet Duck All Meat Diet for Dogs and Cats for your feline friend.
To support cancer research in pets, donate to the Blue Buffalo Foundation For Cancer Research.
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