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Pet Parent Tips: Preventing Feline Cancer

Cats are susceptible to many of the same diseases that can affect humans. Cancer is no exception. Cats can and do get cancer, albeit not as commonly as dogs and people. Unfortunately, in cats, cancer tends to be more aggressive. Thankfully, there are some things you can do to help prevent feline cancer for your kitty companion:

Spay your female cat at a young age

This will significantly decrease the her chances of developing mammary cancer, or breast tumors.

Feed your cat a high quality diet

This is important for many reasons. Such as a diet will help maintain your cat’s health and will strengthen your cat’s immune system. There is evidence that fatty acids in the diet, such as EPA and DHA, may be helpful in both preventing cancer and in feeding cats that have cancer.

Use portion control

Portion control when feeding your cat or kitten is a must, as obesity may make your cat more prone to cancer of various types.

Avoid smoking around your pet

Secondhand smoke can affect your cat’s lungs and has been implicated as a potential contributing factor in cancer, just as it is in people.

Avoid using pesticides

Pesticides and other known cancer-causing agents both on your lawn and in your home are harmful to your pets’ health.

Have your cat tested for the feline immunodeficiency and feline leukemia viruses

These viruses can be potential causes of cancer as well.

Regular veterinary examinations

Annual vet visits are a requirement for all cats. Early detection and treatment of cancer provides more a better chance for a successful outcome if the worst happens and cancer is detected. Do what’s right by your cat; practice feline cancer prevention. She’ll love you for it!

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