Causes, Signs, and Treatment of Mouth Cancer in Cats

Mar 10, 2021by Denise Lessard


As a pet parent, it breaks our heart when we see our furry friends suffering with an illness, and it can be shocking and devastating to hear a cancer diagnosis. The group of pet experts here at Zumalka understand what you’re going through and we are here to help!



With our years of experience in the pet health industry, it is our mission to provide pet owners around the world with the support and education they need to navigate their pet’s health concerns, including cancer.


In this article, we are going to look at what oral cancer is and how it affects cats. We are also going to learn how to identify it, as well as the treatment options that are available to you.


If you need to know anything else about cancers affecting cats, please refer to our complete guide to cat cancer for more details.



What Is Oral Cancer In Cats?


There are different types of tumors that can affect a cat’s mouth, and the most common one (making up over 75% of all types of mouth tumors in cats) is oral squamous cell carcinoma. This is a tumor that affects the area around the teeth and gums, the roof of the mouth, or the tongue.


Other types of feline mouth cancer can affect the tonsils, salivary glands, or the bones in the mouth as well, but they are less common.



What Causes Oral Cancer In Cats?


While it isn’t always possible to know what caused cancer to develop, there have been connections to environmental factors, such as exposure to cigarette smoke and the use of flea collars.



Oral Cancer in Cats: Symptoms


Because this cancer affects the mouth, most pet parents notice changes in their cat’s eating habits as a sign of mouth cancer in cats. You can be on the lookout for these symptoms:


  • Excessive or increased drooling
  • Difficulty eating or weight loss
  • Unexplained loss of teeth
  • Red or swollen gums and mouth


If you notice any of these symptoms in your cat, make sure to get it checked out! While these signs don’t always point to cancer, it’s important to make sure you get any diagnosis as early as possible.



Mouth Cancer in Cats: Life Expectancy and Stages


Unfortunately, the life expectancy of cats diagnosed with mouth cancer is often low, from a couple months to 1 year depending on the location and severity of the cancer.


With oral cancer in cats, if a tumor can be seen within the mouth, the cancer has likely already affected the surrounding areas and is more advanced than it may look.



Cat Mouth Cancer: Natural product


Many pet parents have been interested in finding a reliable, natural treatment for oral cancer in cats. Our natural product PIPTOPET has been specifically designed in cases of cancer in pets. It helps boosting the immune system for their body to be more equip to fight the disease!



If you need more information, or have any other health problems your pet is facing, please contact us so we can help where we can!


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About the author

Denise Lessard
Denise Lessard


Denyse Lessard is deemed as the “mother” of Zumalka, which was established more than ten years ago to provide easily accessible natural products for pet wellness worldwide.

Besides being a trained alternative medicine therapist, Denyse also has expertise in homeopathy, naturopathy and iridology, reflexology, as well as Chinese medicine. She is a long-standing member of the Professional Union of Homeopaths of Quebec, as well as the Association of Naturopaths and Naturotherapists of Quebec.

Denyse’s philosophy as regards pet wellness is not just about only dealing with disease and illness when they get in the picture, but keeping animals in ideal health each and every day.

Find out more about Denyse when you click HERE.

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