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We love our pets and as pet parents, we have taken on the role of protector of our cats and dogs. Many pet parents will do what we can to keep them safe from harm and to keep them healthy.
Taking our cats to the veterinarian regularly, investing in cat health insurance, playing, and feeding our cats a healthy diet are just a few examples of how you can help your cats live long and healthy lives.
Pet parents can also follow a few steps to help reduce the risk of cancer.
Cancer and Cats
When our pets don’t feel well it can sometimes be hard to tell – as many animals don’t show obvious signs right away.
It’s heartbreaking; our cats don’t know what is happening, they just know they are not feeling well.
Many pet parents will ask themselves, “What could I have done to help prevent cancer in my cat?”
Most times, there are no steps a pet parent could have taken, some cancers are insidious and lie dormant for years. Other cancers may be triggered by trauma, stress or other health problems.
While you may not be able to prevent all cancers, there are some steps a cat parent can take to reduce his or her cat’s risk of developing cancer:
Feed your cat a high-quality diet: If you’re not certain what your cat should be eating, ask your veterinarian for advice. Your vet will also let you know how much food your cat should eat to keep him at a healthy weight. Obesity may be a risk for your cat developing cancer.
Spay or neuter your cat: When you spay or neuter your cat, it’s one of the most important things you can do to reduce their risk of developing cancer.
Spaying and neutering helps reduce cat overpopulation, but reducing the risk of developing certain types of cancer is also a benefit. When a female cat is spayed, prior to her going into heat (around six months of age) reduces her risk of mammary cancer. Spaying also reduces the risk of uterine and ovarian cancer.
Neutering a male cat will reduce the risk of him developing testicular cancer. Neutering could also reduce the male cat’s risk of developing prostate cancer.
Keep your cat active: In addition to feeding your cat a high quality diet, it’s important you keep her physically fit. Give her toys to play with, a cat tree to climb on and help keep her active by being involved with her playtime. Keeping your cat active will also keep obesity and may even keep diabetes at bay.
Secondhand smoke: Just as humans can suffer cancer from breathing in second-hand smoke, so too can our cats. Keep smokers away from your cats. If you smoke, smoke outside so the cats don’t breathe in the carcinogens.
Household cleaners and outside contaminants: When you have cats in the house you should use cleaners and household products that are pet-safe. If you have cats that go out-of-doors, make certain they aren’t exposed to carcinogens in the form of lawn care sprays. If your cats go outside, wipe their paws with pet-safe wipes when they come indoors.
Invest in a cat health care policy: Pet insurance provides peace of mind that if your pet gets sick or injured you don’t have to think twice about the financial aspect and you can just focus on your pet’s care.
The team at PetFirst Pet Insurance loves helping pet parents have the ability to give their pets the best care possible. As a pet parent, you can find the best coverage for your furry friend with PetFirst and our various options that fit your families needs.
Robbi Hess is a full-time pet blogger and multi-published author. She shares her life with a diva Poodle, a goofy Goldendoodle, two Devon Rex, a senior ginger kitty, and three reptiles!