Mammary (breast) tumors are the third most common tumor in cats. Sadly, 90 per cent of all tumors in cats are found to be malignant (cancerous), and while the exact cause is unknown, hormones are believed to play a significant role in their development. Unspayed older cats (11 years and older) are at greatest risk. Female Siamese and Domestic Shorthairs have the highest occurrence mammary tumors. Tumors of the breast are diagnosed by physical exam, x-rays, and a biopsy. Your vet may also take a chest x-rays to determine if the tumor has spread to the lungs.
- lump in and around the breast
- lump in and around the mammary gland
- redness and pain in the affected area
- diminished appetite
- lack of interest in exercise
- loss of hair
- coughing and breathing difficulties
Examine your cat frequently looking for signs of a tumor and paying particular attention to the glands closest to the hind legs. Never self diagnose your pet or administer any product without first consulting your vet. To support your pet’s recovery, always ensure they have a constant supply of fresh water and serve only high quality nourishing food. Spaying your cat at a young age may also reduce their risk of developing a mammary tumor. Herbal supplements are beneficial in improve your pets quality of life.