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Cat lung cancer

Cat Lung Cancer

Cat lung cancer has no known cause and this disease can be either primary or secondary.

In other words, if the cancer has developed from the tissues of the lungs, it is known as primary cancer and if it has metastasized (spread) from another part of the body to the lungs, it is known as secondary cancer. Primary lung cancer begins in the lung tissue and begins as a single mass that may under x-ray, appear as a set of multiple tumors at an advanced stage. In case of secondary lung cancer, it will even in the initial stages appear as a cluster of masses across lung lobes.

An increased number of urban cats are known to suffer from this condition and one possible cause of the disease could be the secondary smoke that they inhale. It may start off as a respiratory infection with a lot of coughing which may then progress to symptoms such as a loss of appetite, drastic loss of weight, inactivity or laziness, the cough bringing up blood, labored breathing that is medically termed dyspnea and lameness. As the disease progresses, fluid may accumulate in and around the lungs.

The disease can be diagnosed only after an x-ray and a biopsy. If the tumor is primary, then it can be removed surgically. And even if the left lung is completely affected, it can be removed and the right lung is capable of taking over its functioning. However, if the right lung is affected, the lobes may have to be removed as well and is a more risky procedure.

Cat asthma is a rather rare phenomenon although due to increased exposure to environmental pollution, greater parts of the feline population seems afflicted. An asthma attack is often symptomised by the cat sitting down with its neck extended out and hunching its shoulders. It may cough hard and bring out a mucous like discharge that appears foamy. Its respiratory rate may go down as the lips and gums attain a bluish tint and the cat appears inactive and lethargic. These are the symptoms if the attack is severe; mild attacks that are symptomised by coughing and mild wheezing go unnoticed by most owners. Cats usually take about 20-30 breaths a minute. If it goes above 30, chances are that there is some kind of inflammation. If it crosses 60, its condition is extremely serious. It is important to consult your vet if you notice these symptoms.

  Submitted on May 10, 2010  

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