The last thing any cat owner wants to hear is a cancer diagnosis for their cat.
Although cancer in cats isn’t as common as it is in people or dogs, cats still can get cancer, and many are diagnosed every day. Cancer in cats also tends to be more aggressive, and it can be expensive to treat. As with any diagnosis, prevention is ideal, and while some cases are genetic and can’t be prevented, there are some things that you can do to reduce your cat’s risk for getting cancer. The following is a list of tips from our veterinarian in Levittown to help prevent cancer in cats:
#1. Spay your female cat.
Not only does spaying your cat help us keep the cat population under control, if you do so at a young age, it can also nearly eradicate your cat’s risk of developing breast cancer. Cats that are spayed at a young age, preferably prior to their first heat cycle, have a significantly lower chance of developing breast tumors or mammary cancer.
#2. Provide a high-quality diet for your cat.
Cancer prevention is just one of the many reasons to feed your cat a high-quality diet. A healthy diet will help to boost your cat’s immune system and maintain their health so that they are able to fight off disease more effectively. There is also evidence that suggest that fatty acids, DHA and EPA, may help to prevent feline cancer.
Would you like to learn about more cancer prevention tips for your cat? If so, please stay tuned for our next blog.