Cancer is the leading cause of death in elderly cats. If you can catch cancer in its early stages there is a better chance of treatment being more efficient. Cancer is an uncontrolled growth cell that can affect any organ of the body, at any time.
Cats are subject to the same types of cancer as people, but the majority of cancers in cats are skin tumors, lymphoma, mammary gland tumors, or abdominal tumors.
Know the symptoms of cancer, so that if your pet is suffering you are able to spot it in the early stages and provide optimum treatment. The symptoms of cancer include a lump that constantly seems to be growing, a sore that refuses to heal, changes in bowel or bladder habits, difficulty urinating, and a loss of appetite. If you notice any of these symptoms take your cat to see a veterinarian for a checkup. Even if these symptoms aren’t cancer it is best to identify and distinguish the problem upon finding it, rather than letting it worsen. Although feline cancer used to be an untreatable, fatal disease, recent advances in medication have made treatment possible in some cases.
To reduce the risks of cat cancer, spraying your cat will drastically reduce their chances. However early detection and evaluation is required to prevent cat cancer.