Skin cancer encompasses a broad category of tumors that includes any uncontrolled growth of cells of the skin or associated structures such as glands, hair follicles, and supportive tissues. The skin is the second most common site of cancer in cats.
As a cat owner, you should examine your cat’s skin on a regular basis. If you notice a new lump, a sore that does not appear to heal, or other changes in the skin, seek veterinary attention as soon as possible.
While the cause of most cat skin cancers is unknown (only a few types are known to arise from over-exposure to the sun), treatment options include surgery to remove the tumor, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy.
Resources for Cat Skin Conditions
It’s important to remember that this article presents just a partial list of the skin ailments that can affect your cat. For more thorough analysis of your cat’s perceived skin condition, consult your veterinarian.
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