Friday, September 30, 2022

Be Sure To Check Your Sunbathing Cat

Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) in cats often appears like a scab or red thickened area of skin on their face or ears. SCC may also appear as a tumor or lesion in a cat's mouth and is the most common form of oral cancer in cats.  White and lighter-colored cats are more inclined to develop these tumors.  The most common cause of SCC in the skin is exposure to sunlight. White cats who sit frequently on window sills are at higher risk.  Oral cancer is thought to be connected to exposure to chemicals from cigarette smoke, flea collars or other environmental toxins that they ingest from grooming their fur. In the case of Squamous Cell Carcinoma, early detection saves lives.  What's a cat owner to do?  First and foremost, regularly check your cat's face and ears for scabs or thickened, irritated areas. Silver Immune Support Spray is helpful for skin lesions. If possible, limit exposure to sunlight if you have a light-colored cat.  Avoid flea collars and exposure to cigarette smoke and vaping. Finally, feed your cat a low-carbohydrate diet with plenty of antioxidants.