Showing posts with label skin cancer in cats. Show all posts
Showing posts with label skin cancer in cats. Show all posts
Friday, September 1, 2023

Attention Kitty Parents

Please be aware of Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). This type of cancer often appears like a scab or red thickened area of skin on their face or ears. SCC can also show up as a tumor or lesion in their mouth, being the most common form of oral cancer in cats. Light-colored cats, especially white ones, are at higher risk for developing these tumors. 

Sunlight exposure is a leading cause of skin SCC, making cats who bask on window sills more vulnerable. White cats who sit frequently on window sills are at higher risk. When it comes to oral cancer, exposure to chemicals from cigarette smoke, flea collars and other environmental toxins, which they ingest while grooming, can play a role.

Early detection is a lifesaver, but what's a cat owner to do? Regularly check your cat's face and ears for scabs or thickened, irritated areas. If possible, limit exposure to sunlight if you have a light-colored cat. Say no to flea collars and avoid exposure to cigarette smoke and vaping. And...don't forget a low carbohydrate diet with plenty of antioxidants can also make a positive impact on their health.