Cat Skin Cancer Symptoms and Treatment

Cat Skin CancerFeline skin cancer is the most common form of cancer that affects cats. The causes are unknown; though it is possible exposure to sunlight is a probable factor—since cat skin cancer appears most often in white cats or humans with light colored skin. The cancer usually begins to appear in cats older than six years.

Cat skin cancer often appears on the ears, or other areas with very thin layers of fur. It may begin as small lumps under the skin, which will irritate the cat and cause it to lick and bite the spot. Once hair begins to fall out of the area affected by the tumor, or the cat has bitten or scratched it, it may appear similar to other cat skin conditions.

A veterinarian can test to determine if it is cancer, or if it one of the other cat skin diseases. It is always important to seek a veterinarian, as any of these conditions, malignant or no, will not go away on their own.

Other symptoms of cat skin cancer include a discoloration of the nose, lesions or bumps on the face, or in later stages lethargy or behavior changes. While treatable, skin cancer in cats must be caught early on in order to ensure a full recovery.

The best way to catch either cat or dog skin cancer early is to regularly check the animal as they age. Simply keeping an animal indoors may not be enough, as some signs point to genetics as a factor. Also, do not attempt to put sun screen on a cat to prevent cat skin cancer. They will only lick it off and cause more immediate problems.