Cancer in Cats — Fourteen Signs to Look For

  1. Lump or growth that grows quickly
  2. A mass that seems to be attached to the underlying tissue
  3. A mass that changes its character
  4. Weight loss or loss of appetite
  5. Coughing or difficult/labored breathing
  6. Bloody urine or difficulty urinating
  7. Lethargy or a decreased energy level
  8. Straining or difficulty defecating
  9. A firm mass
  10. A pigmented mass
  11. A sore or wound that does not heal
  12. Difficulty eating or swallowing
  13. Persistent lameness
  14. Repeated vomiting — especially in older pets

So as you can see, cancer can take many forms. Depending on the type of cancer and its location, the symptoms vary.

If you have ever had a pet with cancer — you know that cancer treatments can be expensive. Depending on the location of the cancer, treatment can include chemotherapy, surgery to remove the mass and/or radiation. The cost can vary from hundreds to thousands of dollars.

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Remember the 14 warning signs of cancer and check your cat often for any signs of problems.