Not all tumors are cancerous. But whether it is malignant or benign, the tumor in cats is better detected quickly. A early diagnosis increases the chances of recovery. It is certainly not always possible to spot the presence of a tumor early enough, especially when it sets in insidiously or progresses at lightning speed. But in many cases fortunately, certain signs do not deceive or can at least alert the owner of the animal. Let’s take stock of the events that should put the tip in the ear …
Tumor in cats: signs to look out for
Many symptoms can appear in a cat with a malignant (cancerous) tumor, but it is also the case if the tumor is benign which means that it is not cancer. Whatever the case, we must react quickly, that is to say as soon as we notice the slightest sign considered suspicious For example :
- A lump, nodule or ganglion that may be very noticeable or only noticeable on palpation,
- The hair that falls or becomes dull,
- A wound that does not heal,
- Unexplainable ulcers,
- Loss of appetite, or even anorexia,
- Swallowing problems,
- Weight loss,
- A persistent high fever,
- Testicles that change in appearance or size,
- Difficulty urinating
- Great general weakness,
- Transit problems (diarrhea, constipation),
- Difficult breathing,
- A cough,
- Loss of balance,
- Difficulties in moving,
- A lameness that persists,
- Poorly coordinated movements,
- Behavior change or obsessive behavior,
- Convulsions …
The cat can also lose interest in the game, prostrate in a corner or even give the impression that he is feeling more or less severe pain. His master must not waste time. A consultation is absolutely necessary and it is even desirable that it be carried out emergency.
Tumor in cats: none should be overlooked
Too many cats die because their cancer was not diagnosed early enough. While not all tumors are cancerous, showing your cat to the vet is highly recommended. at the first signs because only this health professional can identify the problem and set up the necessary care protocol, whether the animal has cancer or simply has a benign tumor.
You should know that a tumor can settle in any place, at the level of a organ or a tissue : skin, stomach, liver, intestine, lungs, brain, thyroid, mouth, limbs, genitals and reproductive system, anus, blood, lymph … Certain tumors are particularly aggressive, whether local or metastasized. The longer you wait to consult, the more cells multiply. The cat’s chances of survival then decrease rapidly.
We must be aware that not all cancers cause no symptoms in the beginning. So just because the cat seems to be doing well doesn’t mean that it is healthy. This is why it is crucial to see the veterinarian once or twice a year, throughout the life of the animal, so that a small balance sheet can be performed regularly. This way, there is a better chance of detecting a still silent tumor early, and therefore of saving the life of your animal if it is in fact cancer.
For which’Health care access be facilities, it is necessary to insure your cat from the age of 3 months with an animal health mutual. It is thus possible to be reimbursed, at least in part, for the expenses incurred for veterinary procedures, examinations, surgical interventions and treatments which can be very expensive, especially in France, veterinary tariffs are freely fixed since ‘they are not regulated by law. All you have to do is connect to the cat health insurance comparator to choose the formula that best meets the owner’s expectations and the cat’s needs.