Cancer in Cats

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Cancer in Cats - Vetster

Cancer in cats tends to be more aggressive than cancer in dogs. There are many different types of cancer in cats such as mammary cancer, skin cancer, and lymphoma. It is common for older cats to develop a form of cancer later in their lifetime. 


Depending on the type of cancer, symptoms for cancer in cats may include:

  • Unusual bleeding
  • Wounds that do not heal
  • Ulcerated wounds
  • Difficulty in eating  
  • Snorting in breathing
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Jaundice
  • Weakness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Depression


A diagnosis of cancer is generally made following a tissue biopsy. Treatments for cancers may consist of surgery, chemotherapy, and/or radiation depending on the type of cancer. Veterinarians will usually perform a complete physical exam, diagnostic imaging (such as x-rays or ultrasound) and comprehensive blood work to further understand the nature and extent of a cancer diagnosis.

Prevention and Recommendations

Early detection is the ultimate key to survival for a cat with cancer. Cats with cancer must be treated as soon as possible and require special care. Pet owners will need to maintain contact with related cancer specialists and their regular veterinarian for further instructions.

Concerned about cancer in cats? Schedule an appointment with one of our veterinary professionals today at Vetster for advice and to learn more about your pet’s wellness.

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