How do I know if my cat has cancer?
There are many different types of feline cancer, but detecting this cat illness can be tricky as there may be no noticeable or only very subtle signs of illness. Taking your feline friend to the veterinary hospital for regular checkups can be the best way to catch health issues early. The North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association reports that are able to run blood tests and check for abnormalities which may indicate the early stages of cancer.
Cat cancer comes in many forms and may be caused by either genetic predisposition or environmental factors. The most common type, lymphosarcoma, is sometimes caused by the feline leukemia virus (FeLV), according to the ASPCA. Regular screening tests for FeLV should be conducted to ensure your cat is healthy.
While there are several signs that may indicate your cat has cancer, it is important to have your pet evaluated by a professional as the signs of many cat health problems overlap. Lumps are perhaps the most commonly thought of clinical sign of cancer, but not all lumps or masses are malignant. If you find a lump on your furry companion, a vet may need to perform a biopsy to determine if the tumor is cancerous. Persistent infections, bad breath, weight loss, diarrhea, vomiting, difficulty breathing, changes in behavior may all be indicative of cancer or other health issues, according to the ASPCA.