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Detecting Cancer in Our Feline Friends

Friday, May 14, 2021
posted by Jim Murphy

Finding out that a loved one has cancer can be a very scary thing. Finding out that loved one is your cat can also be very confusing.  It’s important to realize that different vets may have different ways of dealing with the disease. As with humans, it’s always a good idea to get a second opinion. You want to make sure that your little friend gets the best treatment possible.

Symptoms of cancer in cats may include:

  • Lumps (which are not always malignant, but are always worth having a veterinarian examine)
  • Swelling
  • Persistent sores or skin infections
  • Abnormal discharge from any part of the body
  • Bad breath
  • Listlessness, lethargy or other marked change in behavior
  • Weight loss
  • Sudden lameness
  • Diarrhea or vomiting
  • Scaly and/or red skin patches
  • Decreased or loss of appetite
  • Difficulty breathing, urinating or defecating
  • Change in behavior

(Provided by the ASPCA)

Cancer in cats can be diagnosed at any age but older cats are more prone to it. Certain breeds are prone to specific cancers, but cats with white ears and heads are particularly susceptible to skin cancer. Ask your vet if your cat falls into specific at-risk categories.

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