Cancer is a disease that is commonly in cats who are of an older age. This disease is in growth of cells that are within the body – which grow out of control. In most cases it is localized in a tissue that it has invaded – but when not treated it is able to spread throughout the body. More than half of cats that are pets will die of cancer after they have reached the age of ten.
Despite research it is not known what causes feline cancer – which makes it difficult to help prevent it. One thing that they believe might cause it is a vaccination that might have the ability to produce inflammation or will cause the immune system to react badly to the vaccine. Breast cancer can be prevented if you spay your cat at an early age.
Feline cancer has the ability to affect any area of the cat’s body. The most commonly affected areas include the skin, stomach, bowels, urinary system, blood, nervous system, and bones. In order to diagnose the problem the veterinarian will perform a cellular diagnosis to know what type it is.
Feline Cancer Signs
It is important to know how to recognize the signs of feline cancer so that you and your vet are able to treat them appropriately. Just like us they are able to contract any type of cancer which will manifest in different signs and symptoms. When you recognize these signs you should have them examined immediately.
These are one of the rarest types of cancer that you will find in cats. You will recognize these tumors by the lumps that may appear on the surface of the skin.
This type of cancer is common in cats and is linked to the feline leukemia virus. The most common type will affect their digestive system causing vomiting, lethargy, and diarrhea.
Mammary Gland Tumors
These types of tumors are more common in older female cats. More than 85% found are malignant. You will recognize them by the lump that is in the breast tissue. They can be found in cats that are spayed – but this is rare.
These are more common – but some of the hardest to detect at an early stage. This can cause rapid weight loss, protracted vomiting, abdominal swelling, and constant diarrhea.