If we’re being honest, cancer in cats is one disease you’d never want your pet to be afflicted with. Besides having a significant negative effect on his overall quality of life, your feline family member could also be prone to serious—even fatal—consequences along the way.
A question you’ve probably wondered about as a cat parent is at what age can cancer affect your pet. I’ve decided to put together this blog post to help put this matter to rest. How about we start things off by having a quick rundown of the possible causes of feline cancer?
Possible Causes of Cancer in Cats
Despite the advancements we’ve accomplished in the field of modern science and technology over the years, we still haven’t pinpointed the exact cause or causes of cancer in cats.
However, there are some certain factors that are theorized to have a hand in potentially setting off this serious disease in felines. These possible causes of cancer in cats are listed below:
Ancestry and genetics
Diet and overall lifestyle
Particular viral infections
Click here to read a more in-depth article that I’ve written about the possible causes of cat cancer.
At What Age Do Cats Get Cancer?
There are actually two (2) very different perspectives on this and we’ll have a quick overview of each one to really understand them. Let’s begin with the viewpoint that cancer in cats tends to affect younger felines.
Younger cats are vulnerable to cancer because their immune defense is still developing.
While feline cancer tends to be more prevalent in older or senior cats, this serious disease can also affect younger kitties. This vulnerability is theorized as a consequence of their still developing immune system responses.
As emphasized by a study published in the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), immune complex diseases like Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) can target cats as young as 1½ years old and can also increase their risk of certain cancers in the process.
Cancers usually linked with SLE include breast cancer, cervical cancer, as well as lymphoma. Now we’ve got that covered, let’s check out the other viewpoint that proposes older cats are more prone to cancer in felines…
Older cats are more at risk of cancer since their immune response is slower.
The Journal of Comparative Pathology relates that malignant tumors tend to manifest more among middle-aged and older cats. One explanation submitted is that the older a cat is, the slower his immune defense will be in dealing with damaged cells that can progress to cancer over time.
However, I’d just like to point out that regardless of age—not to mention sex and breed—there is one other factor that a lot of people tend to overlook when it comes to cancer in cats: chronic inflammation.
The Relationship Between Inflammations and Cancer
According to a study published in the NCBI, persistent inflammation can increase the risk of the development of tumors, which can escalate to cancer in the long run. This is the reason why it’s crucial to deal with any form of inflammation properly and immediately as regards keeping cancer in cats at bay.
A Natural Anti-Inflammatory to Consider Including in your Home Pet Care Checklist
Zumalka’s FLAMEPET is designed to address the common manifestations of inflammation like swelling, pain, bruising, and fevers. This natural product is also formulated to deal with the lesser known signs of inflammation such as fatigue, itchy skin, persistent coughing, and depression.
Moreover, FLAMEPET is made from premium natural ingredients and uses a gentle holistic approach to enhance your pet’s natural response to injury and infection by reducing inflammation and promoting calm and healthy tissues.
Whether you have a young or old feline family member, not addressing inflammations properly can make him more prone to cancer in cats in the long run. On the other hand, choosing the right anti-inflammatory product is also crucial to stave off the possibility that your pet will be afflicted with this serious disease.
Feline cancer is a health problem that should never be taken lightly. One of the strategies you can go for is to connect with a pet homeopathy professional as early as now to guide you through the essentials of making your cat as resilient as possible against cancer. Please don’t hesitate to contact us right away.
HOMEOPATH & CO-FOUNDER OF ZUMALKA
Suzie Cyrenne has dedicated more than 20 years of her life in making and improving natural animal health solutions in the global setting.
Being the co-founder of Zumalka, Suzie is a forerunner in enhancing the lives of pets through natural and homeopathic options using the knowledge she has gained from the Classical Homeopathy School in Quebec.
Besides immersing herself in books, personal development and visiting new places, Suzie also enjoys keeping herself in tiptop shape by snowboarding and taking daily hikes with her husband and Zumalka co-founder, Matt Lessard, and their Golden-Doodle, Westin.