Feline Mast Cell Tumors

When your best friend is your cat, you may find yourself at some point concerned with feline mast cell tumors. This medical condition is a form of skin cancer that is common in cats and dogs as well. There are several different methods that you can employ to control the symptoms of these tumors so that your pet can continue to lead a normal life.

There are some symptoms to take note of in the appearance of your cat, including hairless lumps on the skin that are white or pink in color. These can be very small, but sometimes you can feel them by ruffling your cat’s fur backwards. If you do find a small bump, make a note of the location. Being small, they can be hard to find later.

The head and neck area are the most common places to experience feline mast cell tumors in cats. You may also notice that your cat is demonstrating signs of depression, vomiting, anorexia and even some weight loss. Should you notice any of these symptoms in your pet you should take them to their regular veterinarian for diagnosis.

This cat's ear pinna was removed due to mast cell tumors

For proper diagnosis you will see that the vet will administer a blood test to check the overall health of your can, and a buffy coat sear test will be taken to analyze the circulation of the tumor. Your veterinarian should also check the animal’s lymph nodes for signs that cancer has spread to areas like the spleen and liver as well. Lung function will be assessed for any kind of fluid accumulation that might occur as well. Each of these tests is completed in order to determine how the feline mast cell tumors developed and the severity of the problem.

Should you discover that your cat does have feline mast cell tumors there is an option to help your cat lead a little more normal life so that the cancer does not spread. Surgery is a common form of treatment for cats that have developed tumors, however this is a serious procedure and could mean your cat is at the vet’s for a few days under observation. Should surgery be a direction that you prefer to shy away from, there are plenty of pet owners who will merely monitor their pets just to make certain that their tumor does not become malignant.

If your cat has been diagnosed with a feline mast cell tumor, this is not a reason to abandon your pet or assume that there is no other way of helping. Many times cats will live long and healthy lives after diagnosis and with close observation by a veterinarian and you as the owner.

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