Although cancer is a very common disease in dogs but it’s not commonly seen in cats. The biggest issue with the cat cancer is that it’s not easy to detect. Cats can carry the cancer for months and their masters won’t even be able to detect that cancer. Most of the times it’s too late for a cat to get treatment and survive. So, in order to protect your cats from the curse of cat cancer, one must understand the causes and symptoms of this life threatening disease in detail.
Types of common cat cancers
Cat cancer doesn’t occur at high rate in comparison to the dog cancer. Whenever the cat cancer appears in the cat’s body, it basically appears in the form of a little lump and slowly grows and spreads to the other body parts.
Cats get attacked by the following type of cancers
- Lymphoma cancer: This type of cancer appears due to the virus of feline leukemia. Although most of the cats are vaccinated for feline leukemia but still the number of cats that get attacked by this virus is quite high. Once the cats get this virus then the chances of getting lymphoma cancer gets quite high.
- Oral squamous carcinoma- the cancer cells usually occur inside the oral cavity.
- Lung cancer
- Nasal tumors
- Brain tumors
- Liver cancer
- Mammary tumor
- Skin cancer
- Abdominal tumors
Symptoms of cancer
Although every specific cancer has its own symptoms and cats don’t tend to reveal these symptoms easily, still there are some symptoms that are quite common in each type of cancer. In order to save the cat’s life, you must keep a close eye on the physical health of your kitty because around 40% to 50% of cats die each year due to the curse of cancer.
- Growing lump- that suspicious lump might be growing in size and changing its shape with the passage of time.
- Unhealed sore
- Disturbed bowel/bladder habits
- Facing difficulty in swallowing food
- Not able to urinate properly
- Sudden weight loss
- Bad breath
- Feeling stiffness
- Un easy breathing
How to diagnose cancer?
If you detect any of the above mentioned symptoms in your cat then its best to get an appointment from vet as soon as possible. The vet is going to collect the medical history from you and will reach the conclusion by observing some of the important medical tests. But first of all he will observe a physical examination during which he will manually get acquainted with the condition of the tumors present in the body. Next he will recommend an X-ray of the internal organs. Two different types of X-rays would be required in order to determine the condition of the cancer including:
- Constrat techniques
- Plain film
Apart from the X-rays the vet would also recommend you to get ultrasound, nuclear scans, cytology, and blood tests of your cat so he can start the medical treatment according to the condition and stage of cancer.
Although treatment is provided according to the condition or type of tumor but most probable treatment of cancer includes surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy and/or immunotherapy.