Cat Tumors and Tumefactions

Tumors, not mattering what type, are less frequent on cats than dogs. Nevertheless, when a tumor is found, it’s usually malignant in a rather high percent. That is why; a well-taken care cat should be examined on a regular basis in search of possible nodules. For a cat to enjoy while being examined, procedure should be accompanied of some games and caresses. 

We will be only able to verify tumor transformations if they appear in visible or palpable places.  We will find them, mainly, in skin or under it. While petting your animal, you should determine any irregularity. Any bulkiness in shape of nodules needs special attention. In female cats, mammary glands are usually affected. Unlike female dogs, tumors appear mostly in the front part, next to the thorax. Epidermis decomposes relatively soon forming tumors, making you think it is a badly treated wound. The only sensitive tumor capable of sure prevention is the mammary gland: sterilized cats barely acquire tumors in breasts. In white cats, you can sometimes see alterations in the top of the ears that have the aspect of tuberoses scabs and are almost always malignant. You wont be able to perceive it if there is a tumor in the internal organs. There will only be a slight suspicion when it starts loosing weight without a reason. Discovering nodules is difficult, even for veterinarians. 

The only treatment of all tumor types consists of surgical extirpation, that will be more easy and promising if done as soon as possible. Before any strange manifestation in the skin or in the subcutaneous tissue, supervise if it gets any bigger. If so, a veterinarian will have to see it. It can be of great help providing precise indications on the growth of the alterations. However, it is opportune to worry excessively due to the relative rarity of tumors. 

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