Tumours in Cats

20 Feb 2020

February 20, 2019

Most cells are normal in the cat’s immune system, they are a type of white bold cell. Occasionally a mast cell can become into a tumor logically called a mast cell tumor in fact there are two types skin which is cutaneous mast cell and internal organs visceral mast cell tumors.

Around 20% of skin masses in cats are cutaneous mast cell tumors and 90% of those are benign external skin, mast cell tumors are generally on the head, neck and body they will be small firm raised hairless and can become itchy which will cause the cat to scratch and chew during these flare ups.

Internal organs that can be affected like the spleen and intestine Visceral mast cell tumors can cause lethargy, decreased appetite weight loss or vomiting.

Some tumors grow slow and can spread to nearby tissue when the cells divide or multiply and reach astronomical portions this is normally when the tumour is malignant.

Benign tumors develop from healthy cells and they usually grow slow over months or even years, they can reach impressive size pushing against organs, but they never spread into the organs. These can be painful, uncomfortable and can be seen with naked eye and often felt, this can cause significant health problems.

Malignant tumors develop from cancer cells and they usually grow faster virtually destroying natural borders the cells can separate themselves from their respective groups and spread throughout the lymphatic or circulatory system they can grow in the walls of the stomach or intestines where they can float freely in the abdominal cavity.

How to recognise the signs? Lymph node cancer is the highest occurring cancer type in cats, while skin cancer is the second highest.

Squamous cell carcinoma, which appears in the mouth

Osteosarcoma, a cancer which affects the cat like having arthritis, which affects the bones, Breast cancer, which is most common in unsprayed females

Look for any unusual growth, the vet can take blood samples and tests or biopsy of the tumor.

Vomiting and diarrhea, Halitosis bad breath, Difficult walking or moving, particularly a limp in one leg, Weight loss or distended stomach, Swollen lymph nodes

Is recommended to examine your cat once or twice per month begin by petting your cat and calming them and gently examine the entire body feeling for any changes or lumps.

Prevention is important with damage cells ph and cell membrane changes P53 genes monitors the system P53 can destruct the best way to help your cat is to make sure they have a proper nutritional diet, like less grain and more protein such as raw meat, organic in plants like Kale and herbal supplement can keep your cat healthy.

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