1. In older cats, the odds of getting cancer are about 50/50.
2. Cats commonly get certain types of cancer. Most often in cats are mammary cancer (breast cancer), skin cancer (lumps and bumps) and lymphoma (usually in the intestines). However, there are many different type of cancer, and cats can get other cancers, even very rare ones.
3. Vomiting is NOT normal in cats (and it IS one of the signs of cancer in cats).
4. Different cancers have different symptoms. Depending on the type of cancer a cat has, you might see vomiting, diarrhea, changes in appetite and weight loss.
5. Early detection is key to survival when it comes to cancer in cats. The earlier cancer is discovered, the better your cat’s treatment options are. Check your cat monthly for lumps and bumps, feeling all over her body for anything out of the ordinary. If you find a lump the size of a pea or larger, and it’s still there a month later, it’s time for an immediate vet visit.
6. Some cancers in cats are very treatable. Some skin cancers can be completely removed with surgery, especially if you catch them when they are small. Even internal cancers can be treated, depending on the type of cancer and how long your cat has had cancer.
7. Cancer in cats is treated similarly to cancer in people.
8. Chemotherapy usually won’t make your cat sick.
9. If your vet suspects cancer, certain tests can reveal the issue.
10. Cats can live for many years after a cancer diagnosis.
Have any of your cats ever had cancer before? What tips would you add for dealing with cancer in cats?
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