Twelve Warning Signs of Cat Cancer Every Owner Should Know

Let's face it, the thought of your sweet kitty friend ever developing cancer is terrible. Cancer in cats used to be a death sentence, but with recent advances in veterinary medicine, it may be possible for your cat to be with you for several more years.

The best way to protect your friend from this disease is to be knowledgeable about feline cancer symptoms so you can catch it early.

Twelve Warning Signs of Cancer in Cats

  1. Weight loss, even if your kitty seems to be eating the same amount as ever.
  2. Unusual lumps or swellings anywhere on your cat's body, especially if they're getting larger or changing shape.
  3. Swollen lymph nodes are a symptom of lymphoma. The lymph nodes behind the knees and under the jaws are easiest to find.
  4. Difficulty eating, swallowing, or digesting. The clue might be a loss of appetite.
  5. Discharge or unexplained bleeding from the gums, mouth, nose, penis, vagina, or any other place. Sores that don't heal are a cause for concern.
  6. Chronic digestive problems, including vomiting or diarrhea.
  7. Coughing or trouble breathing. A persistent, dry, non-productive cough can be a symptom of lung cancer.
  8. Bad breath may indicate oral cancer, although it's also a symptom of a sinus infection.
  9. Straining to urinate or defecate. If your cat's litter box habits change, it may be a sign.
  10. Loss of stamina and general tiredness. Does your cat seem stiff or lethargic? Some owners mistakenly assume their cat is just getting older.
  11. A sudden change in temperament, especially if your kitty suddenly gets grouchy and wants to be left alone. He may be in pain.
  12. Reclusiveness. If you formerly friendly companion suddenly hides herself away, this may be a survival mechanism. A sick cat will hide from predators until it recovers.

What Kinds of Cancer Do Cats Get?

  • #1 Lymphoma (Blood cancer, most often affecting the intestines, lymph nodes, nasal cavity, kidneys, or liver).
  • #2 Soft tissue sarcoma (an aggressive malignant tumor that develops in fibrous connective tissue anywhere on the body, sometimes at the site of an injection).
  • #3 Squamous cell carcinoma (a kind of skin cancer that most often affects exposed (hairless) skin, i.e. on the nose, ears, and eyelids).

(These are the three most common types, although cats also get leukemia, mammary cancer, and other types.)

Symptoms of Common Cat Cancers

Type of Cancer
What to Look for
Lethargy, progressive loss of appetite, weight loss. Other signs depend on which organ is affected, but you may notice diarrhea, vomiting, and difficulty breathing.
Soft Tissue Sarcoma
Detected as a firm lump or mass. Symptoms depend on the location and degree of the tumor. If in the mouth: Bad breath, loss of appetite, weight loss. If in the gastrointestinal tract: Diarrhea, vomiting, weight loss.
Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Suspicious sore(s) on a hairless area of the body (and often inside the mouth); excessive salivation (drooling), bad breath, appetite loss, weight loss, swelling of the jaw.

How to Check Your Cat for Lumps

We all enjoy petting and stroking our feline companions. While you're at it, take the time to check for suspicious lumps on his back, legs, mouth, and under his neck. If you have a female cat, watch for lumps on her belly, which could be a symptom of feline breast cancer.

If you should find a lump, make note of the following:

  • If it's soft or hard
  • Where it's located (make a drawing if you need to)
  • If your cat exhibits discomfort when you touch it
  • How it looks and smells. Does it have a bad odor? It is ulcerated, or oozing, or bleeding?

Any lump should be examined by your vet. Benign tumors in cats usually grow slowly and have well-defined edges, while malignant ones grow faster and may cause bleeding or pain.

Nobody likes the thought of their kitty ever getting cancer, but ignoring the situation won't help. The best way you can protect your feline companion from this disease is by knowing the symptoms. Treatment is more effective when cancer is caught early.

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Guru-C 6 years ago

My sweet kittie was just operated for a small tumor in her nose this past December. It was diagnosed as a spindle cell sarcoma, a cancer that may not spread but is prone to re-occur. I asked my veterinarian what would be a sign and she said sneezing and nasal discharge. So that is one more thing to look out for. I am taking her to an oncologist this week to see what else can be done to keep her healthy. Best of luck to all of you!

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Lady Guinevere 6 years ago from West Virginia

Thanks for the article. I have five indoor/outdoor cats and 5 outdoor strays that I take care of. This is good to know.

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thehands 6 years ago

Thank you. Quite informative.

Mark Johnson 4 years ago

Just a few days ago I lost my "MAX" to lung cancer. I had absolutely no idea he had this condition until 15 days before his death. I am truly broken hearted...just lost without him. I loved him so.

Nancy Smith 4 years ago

I know what you are going through. I lost my Bo to a tumour in his back. The vet said it is one of the rarest I have a lot of guilt. He was 13.5 years old. I don't know if I could have done more for him. I will never know if I had acted quicker if I could have had him for longer. I was in denial that anything could hurt my strong, handsome Bo. Im lost without him.

July Girl 4 years ago

I lost my beloved cat, Tippy, to chronic renal failure when she was 11.5 years old. Five months before she died my husband discovered a "ping pong" sized lump on her left hip. It seemed to have appeared overnight. I took her to the vet the next day and when the vet aspirated it, this yellow fluid came out. She called me two days later and told me my cat had spindle cell sarcoma. It was the chronic renal failure that took her life five months later. I still miss her and she has been gone for almost four years.

MaryFrances 4 years ago

I have just lost my beautiful Kitty this morning, she had cancer, all her organs were shutting down and nothing could be done for her, there was no warning, for two days she seemed disorientated and spaced out. I feel devastated, she changed me into a cat lover, I am going to miss her soo much.

Michele 4 years ago

My shadow has a lump on the side of her mouth/jaw...she is 11 years 3 months old. She starting behaving different around December 20th. Brought her to the Vet January 20th and they put her on antibiotics for 10 days (all her blood tests were fine and no lump yet), the medication did nothing and her left eye started leaking clear. brought her back just this tuesday and they gave her more antibiotics, srtonger this time and pain killers to see if the swelling goes down to clean her teeth and pull out one or 2 as it might be an abscess, but if the swelling does not go down, then it's cancer and her chance of survival, even wirh operation is 5% less. Just today I noticed the leaking eye is now getting worse, as when I turn on the light, her Iris gets extremely small. the other eye don't do that. I think she I going blind in that eye....I feel so bad as I love my shadow, she is my best friend and I'm in so much pain right now, as I have to make a BiG decision by next Wednesday..

Mel 4 years ago

My kitty has been diagnosed with mammary cancer with too many internal tumours to treat. She was given 2-3months last July but is still going strong.She has 1 large external tumour that ulcerated and got quite nasty but with some washing and antibiotic gel this cleared up. The wound doesn't seem to bother her -she is still running around like a loony and is not yet showing any other symptoms. My vet has been very helpful and has recommended Manuka honey for the tumour which is helping to keep it clean-along with gently washing the area in boiled salt water. I'm lucky to be able to treat her myself because she is very placid and just enjoys the fuss while I'm cleaning her and putting on a variety of home-made dressings. When she starts showing any changes in behaviour or other symptoms I will be taking her back to the vet for what unfortunately is inevitable but in the meantime we are just making the most of the time left. I have read some sites that say once the tumour has ulcerated and it gets smelly cats are often put to sleep. The smell was pretty bad but it didn't seem to be distressing for her so I decided to try and treat it first which I'm glad I did.

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ShadowGrandma 4 years ago from Brooklyn, New York

I found this site and read all the symptoms and my baby Shadow had then. First was the lumps over the eye, then the neck lower stomach, back, and side legs. Then the lump like open and was like a rash. I took him over and over to the vet they gave him med, creme, shot of antibiotic, took out his blood but when we were going back for his biopsy the doctor look at us and told us. They is no need to do the biopsy cause you only prolonging his pain and ya two ladies which it was my daughter and me she was talking about. They told us to put him down. So the doctor Euthanasia him. My daughter was with him and he was watching her watching him and she had her hand on his chest and felt his heart slowly stop. She said that was by far one of the hardest days of her life. I cry so much when she went in with him and even more when she came out with his body in a box to be bury. My Shadow was a 13 years old Russian Blue, Male. I pray they find a cure for Cancer for animal and human alike cause that is the far most cure diseases out there to everyone. I cry when I read everyone comment here and my heart goes out to everyone animal and owner alike.

Michelle 4 years ago

We had to put My beloved Gracie to sleep yesterday. She had been sick for 4 months and our vet said she just had a skin infection and was allergic to the food we gave her. We switched her food and even though she was eating normally she was skin and bones. Yesterday morning we took her to another vet to get a second opinion and that vet said she was in a lot if pain and the most humane thing we could to for her was to put her to sleep. He told us that all her symptoms pointed to cancer. I feel horrible I had no idea she was in so much pain. I miss my kitty so much.

Brandy 4 years ago

I will be having my beloved Princess put to sleep tomorrow. She has been deteriorating over the last couple years but I to was in denial.

It started with her fur falling out. She would scratch so much she would bleed and her wounds would ooze. At one point all the fur on her front legs were gone as was half her tail and face. It was all flesh. She looked like a burn victim and the smell was awful. I took her to the vet and he said it was most likely a food allergy of sorts. He gave her an antibiotic allergy shot and within days she improved.

We repeated the process about three times...each time her recovery lasted less and less and I tried countless types of cat foods.

Then one miraculous day last spring she cleared up and seemed fine! Although she went from about 11lbs to 7lbs, she was alert and back to her normal loving self.

Unfortunately she's now degraded rather quickly.

Over the past two-three weeks the odor of rotting has set in, she's lost about 2lbs, she's not walking right and two days ago she started bleeding from the mouth. She looks like she is suffering and due to her physical state I'm sure she is :(. All she's done tonight is roam the apartment, back and forth from room to room. I think she's looking for a spot to pass away.

The way she looks at me is so sad. I know she's done fighting.

I'm going to cuddle her and sing to her and tomorrow as I hold her she will slip away from her pain and into peace.

She's 15/16 yrs old. I've had her since she was just under a year old. She was my constant companion and never failed to console me when I was sad or greet me when I came home. I have loved her with such passion over the years, I am going to miss her terribly.

The hardest part has been explaining to my 5yr old daughter that Princess isn't coming home from the kitty doctor tomorrow. This was her first pet and they love each other also. My daughter understands that Princess is going to animal Heaven and will be watching us, looking over us and will not be in pain anymore. We took a pile of pictures with her tonight and we will be making a photo collage to hang on the wall so she's always here.

Our pets are a part of our family ~ a part of us. They will never be forgotten and will always be loved.

Bless you all and your beloved pets. May they all be playing together and keeping each other company.

JUDI 4 years ago

I relate to all the stories on this web page because I too just had to put down my beloved cat Spooky. He was only seven and he was quite the love. I have 3 other cats as well but Spooky was always the one that just loved to play with his toys in his toy box, loved to just lay on top of one of the scratching posts and just gaze out the window at the birds and the squirrels in the yard and make his crazy sounds when they came close,and at the end of the day would always come up on the bed to be close. Even the night I had to rush him to emergency,his last effort was to try to jump on the bed and be with me. I had just had him at the vets earlier in the day and the vet sent him home with me, waiting for some test results to come in the next day. I am so glad I took him home and did not leave him at the vets that day because at least he was home. The emergency vet that took care of him in the late night Er was probably the most compassionate and caring vet I've ever met. He made me feel he loved and cared for Spooky as much as I did especially in Spooky's final moments. I just received a sympathy card in the mail today from them and there on the front of the card was an ink print of Spooky's paw. Thank-you Carl (vet) for handling Spooky with such kindness and compassion, I will always be greatfull. Bye baby Spooky, I love you and will see you at the rainbow bridge. Sophie,Jack and Nala miss you too.

moira 4 years ago

My mom can't afford to take bumphead to the vet and Im not sure if she does have cancer but i would like to know. I am starting to think she might have breast cancer because in the beginning a very long time ago maybe a year she got the lump it was in her stomach area. She Didn't mind it one bit and eat like usual. She has never shown that she is in pain. She is very strong. The lump became a tiny cyst i suppose you would call it it has grown massively bigger this past year or so. It smells really bad. My moms entire room smells like blood. It bleeds from time too time. It has gotten everywhere. She has gotten a lot skinner i can feel her ribs. She is about 11 years old. Im 15 now but our cat had her when i was like 2. Its hard to think that she might die because she is a lifetime friend. If anybody could confirm that she does or more than likely does have breast cancer. I love bumphead to death and hope my other cat who is just over 2 stays healthy. I wish everybody a healthy pet.

Kitty 4 years ago

My sweet Jinx has mammary cancer, but has been playful for over a year after the diagnosis. She has surgery , but it is back now. I plan to have it surgically removed again. I am a breast cancer survivor and I just cannot see giving her chemo . I plan to enjoy her as long as she is happy, playful, and content, I love my Jinx.

Cheryn 4 years ago

We had to have our beloved Miss Kitty put to sleep due to misdiagnosed cancer. If this post can save anyone elses pet, her loss won't be in vain. One evening a group of friends were over and one of them asked me if I knew our cat's tail had been broken, I had no clue. I had not felt any lumps or seen any evidence of a break but did feel a small pea sized lump that the friend pointed out. I thought it was probably just an insect bite and didn't concern myself with it at the time but noticed a couple of weeks later that it had gotten larger so we took her to the vet and was told it was broken probably by another cat or a dog. That seemed odd because there were never any bite marks, bleeding etc. The vet said the break was such that her tail would need to be amputated. We were shocked but went ahead with the amputation. We took her home in a cone and treated her with oral antibiotics until time to have her sutures removed a week or so later. Everything seemed fine but a couple of weeks after the sutures were removed we noticed her tail was swelling again so we took her back to the same vet and was told it was infected and they put drain tubes in and put her on more antibiotics and sent her home. A week or so later the drain tubes were removed and she was sent home on an antibiotic. A few more weeks went past and we noticed the tail had started to swell again so we called the vet and they called in more antibiotics believing it was a stubborn infection. We kept the tail clean and administered the antibiotic as directed but it continued to swell and drain, my husband said we are taking her to another vet and we did and the minute the new vet examined her tail she told us it was a cancerous tumor. She had lost so much weight by this time and was barely even drinking water. The vet said she could put her on steroids to possibly shrink the tumor temporarily to give us time to say good bye to her, but I felt like we were only buying her a few weeks at best and she was so sick at this point. We did not want our beautiful baby to suffer anymore so we made the painful decision to uthanize her while we were there with her and could hold her as she slipped into eternal sleep. That was one of the hardest decisions I have ever had to make and I pray I never have to do it again. My hope is that this post will help someone else. If a wound doesn't heal and you are making repeated trips to the vet with no results do not be afraid to get a second opinion. Our kitty was 13 years old but was in excellent health up until the time our friend found the lump on her tail. We miss her every day.

JENN 3 years ago

We took my 14 yr. old cat to thevet because he had a foul odor coming from his mouth. He was also had saliva and blood dripping from his mouth. We had thought it was a bad tooth. To our surprise..,he sad ."'he had some form of mouth cancer". Not sure what kind but a bad one. He said we should put him to sleep , right then and there. WHAT--cannot process info---this cat is active and plays with his brother???!! ARE YOU NUTS ?? I asked is therewere pain meds out there ?? NO---gave him $60- and walked out. Is there someone out there that knows of any thing to make the pain less. We just can't find it in our hearts to put him down yet, Thanks

jeff 3 years ago

Jenn, if it is cancer, it will get worse for your cat. Not saying to put it down yet, but you should watch for signs. I would then get a second opinion on him.

abbey 3 years ago

my kitten was 12 week old n he just died from cancer i didn't know cats can get cancer he fitted he cudent breathe he pooed everywhere... costedme 60 pound to have him buried... so distraught he looked so healthy eating n then out of the blue he was just ill n died when he got to the vet soo young tho... got his sister wondred if shed be okay too

CatladyK 3 years ago

I understand being in denial. My first cat, my love, started projectile vomiting, so I fed him canned cat food "pate". He started missing the litter box, so I covered the floor with newspapers. Fleas multiplied and sucked his poor weak body that could no longer fight them off. He withered away to just bones and fur in front of my very eyes and still I thought he could recover. He started sleeping under the bed and still I thought he'd be okay. In the end he spent most of his time on a pool table I had covered with a comforter and lined with many newspapers. I fed him there, kept a litter box there, and watched him vomit even soupy cat food, and have diarrhea. By the time I let the vet cut him open, his numerous cancerous tumors had choked off his digestive tract and was completely inoperable. Losing him tore a gaping hole in my heart and when I think about how much he must have been suffering, guilt intensifies that loss. His illness was only apparent to me in the final months but by then it was too late. Cats won't tell you that they are starting to feel sick, or that maybe I should see the vet, or hey I might have cancer and you can save me if you treat it right now. By the time you know something is wrong, it is likely deadly wrong. Take your cat in for regular check ups, have baseline testing done. Take him in twice yearly once he's a senior. Cats can't talk and diagnoses are half guesswork because of that. If the prescribed treatment does not work, get a second opinion, and or go see a specialist. Don't put a price on your love, or spend money on a "cute" accessory while overlooking his plaque covered teeth. I know I won't.

Cheryl Wyllie 2 years ago

My Toukie was 15 years old a Grey Persian Male, many years ago I took him to the vet as he was poorly, lethargic and lying around, not like him at all. I was told he had a kidney problem then and the years ahead could be difficult. Just recently he wouldn't come in, ignored me when I called and wouldn't eat his food. He laid around the yard looking tired and worn out. I noticed a lump but thought he had been in a fight. I knew then something was wrong as his condition worsened overnight, he couldn't even take his water or eat. I took him to the Vet and was told he has a tumour and renal failure, this has been the saddest day of my life as I took him away to say goodbye to the family. The next Day he was put down, I stroked his head and talked with him as he quickly slipped away. Tears just flooded down my face but I am so glad I was there to see him slip away so humanly with dignity....Did I do the right thing...He was a good age and though he didn't make a sound I know he was suffering. WE will make a place for him in the basket and favourite pillow he loved and place him under the Mulberry tree in the backyard. Broken hearted.

Debbie Carlson 2 years ago

My cat has a black lump on the side of her mouth.every one told me to take her to the vet I can't she is mean to them

angela 2 years ago

My little summer has to go to be put to sleep on 20/5/ incapacity benefit doesn't come in until then,vet won't put her to sleep until it is paid for.she is 14 now, and deeply deeply loved,SHe has lost vast weight in the last month,drools from mouth and lots of blood,her cancer has ate through her top left jaw, she is very tired and sleeps most of the time, she lives on my bed and will not be parted from me.she cannot bare her face or head touched,she is in great pain.the only form of painkiller I have is paroxicam gel that my go gave me for the osteoarthritis in my hands....I. use it on her external jaw,and it does help her..she will still purr as she knows she is my best girl,I love her as I would my child.please say a prayer for us both.She has a brother and two sisters who KNOW by instinct what is happening to her,and are very loving towards her,and sit with her when she is very very sick. I have a good christian faith, and know God will look after her in his kingdom,and she will be happy and free from pain and will enjoy his beautiful garden and now and remembered friends..I want her not to be suffering, I am in anguish with I live alone.

Lisa 19 months ago

Our sweet cat Kallie, went into the cat clinic on Monday morning to have a tumor removed, when they operated they found the large tumor to be in her colon, consequently they could not remove it. She seemed to go through the procedure well and

Lwe expected to take her home on Tuesday , but, it was not meant to be, they called us on Tuesday morning and told she passed away during the night. We are devastated we had her for 9 and 1/2 years, she brought us so much joy, she was the sweetest and most darling cat, God put on this earth, we will miss her forever, and, we are so grateful and privileged to have been able to give her a good home. Now if only I could stop crying.

Cindy 14 months ago

I just found a hard big lump on my cats face by his bottom jaw.i cant afford a vet. Any affordable help out there?

Elsa 9 months ago

I took my cat to the vet because her side of the chin is hard and swollen and the doctor told me that most likely is cancer in her bone and she only has a couple of months not happy with the results. so I'm looking for a second opinion. Please help!

Mariam 8 months ago

IN DESPERATE NEEDS OF ANSWERS, My cat is 2 1/2 yrs old. he plays outside a lot well today I noticed he kept sleeping and sleeping I go to pet him and he starts growling at me which is very uncommon I had to take a drive to Louisville so I didn't get to see him much today but when I came home I went to pet him and he snapped at me and started crying again well I finally caught him sleeping again under my daughters bed and he wouldn't come out he finally came out and I started stroking him and I found a hard won't right above his weight on his left side and it is very sore to touch he's barely moving and he usually jumps on the bathroom sink to drink his water and he can no longer jump up there he has to climb on the toilet and then climb onto the sink and he has trouble jumping back down and this all happened within one day and just came out of nowhere he was acting perfectly fine last night I am very concerned and very worried can someone please tell me what this may be I hope and pray he didn't just get cancer all of the sudden

christine 6 months ago

My male cat 15 yrs old 68 lbs a great Hunter died 1 yr after my husband of cancer. He lost his appetite I easnt fully aware since he was an outdoor cat. I finally took him to the doc when he stated dripping bl9d from his mouth. Doc told me tigers jaw line is deteriorated do to gum cancer! I was devastated never in my dreams would I have guessed. Now I have 3 others that have died subsequently from tumors. Its absolutely heartbraking when they can't tell you whats wrong till its to late! Shadow. Buddy. Ava, peanut, lucky, tiger!! Miss them all 28th o n 2 yrs of each other all cancer Comment...

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Dedee77 6 months ago

I took my cat, Sheena, a 16 1/2 y.o. Maine Coon, to a vet because she was suddenly peeing all over the house and licking herself. She has NEVER been sick on me in her entire life so I was surprised at her behavior. After examining her by touching her body, the vet informed me coldly, "She has cancer". Wow, just like that. I said, "How do you know that by just touching her?" He answered vaguely, "I feel it". He also said she had a heart murmur and probably has heart disease. I immediately started to cry. He continued with a bunch of other information like taking a urine sample and gave me a list of FEES for a complete exam $1,700. He also said cancer treatment with chemo would be around $10,000. I let him take the urine sample and I left with a prescription for Steroids to be administered 2x daily hoping to relieve the peeing. . I want to get a 2nd opinion. Sheena still has an appetite and is very frisky and does not show any sign of pain; however, the vet said she WAS in pain and hiding it as cats will do. In retrospect, I did not feel at all confident in this doctor. His demeanor was entirely too cavalier. I asked him how long he had been a vet; he said 7 years. Any advice or comment would be welcomed.

GCO 6 months ago

I really miss my cat Wyatt, he was healthy then in few weeks lost so much weight, did not want to eat or drink water. All his test, bloodwork were fine and showed no problem. Except for the x ray showed nodules on his lungs. I don't understand how this can be, he is indoor cat and smoke free environment. I truly miss him. Does anyone else have a similar situation, I would like to have more information.

Catherine Foote. 3 months ago

My cat had a lump removed her ear because it kept bleeding every now and then she scratches the same area which causes it to bleed quite a bit I am not sure what to do about it.

merci 2 months ago

merci has cancer and kidney failure She is so skinny we have her about 20 years is killing us to se her so sick she is only bones , we try everything she like to eat but nothing ,I stop the B12 shots to painful for her and just waiting for the day ,that is not easy

Mary Clarke 8 weeks ago

My cat was diagnosed with IBS quite some time ago. The steroid injections worked reasonably well but for the past month, she has lost a lot of weight and is eating little. I think this might be some undetectable cancer as her normal tests for liver, kidney, etc. were negative. She now won't eat the vet food and even very little of anything else I add. Is it worth going in for a biopsy as I think this could be the only way to detect any cancer in the body?

Moggs 6 weeks ago

I'm taking my Munchkin to the vet this afternoon, hoping it isn't what I suspect. He was at the vet 2 weeks ago, with a cough, now his cough is gone but a lump appeared on his lower right ribs on Monday, today (Fri) it is too large to ignore. He's eating and drinking as normal, but a lot less active. (I'm even missing the scratches) He is my whole life, and kept me going this last few months since losing my Dad. Even the thought of taking him is killing me, but I need to know if he can get better, before he gets worse if I ignored it.

Shae 5 weeks ago

I'm posting this so it can act as a warning to other cat owners.

If your vet diagnoses your cat with asthma, MAKE SURE they xray them to confirm it.

Our vet is very considerate of our financial situation. When we bought our cat in with a cough he said he was almost certain it was asthma, and xraying would just be a waste of money. So we didn't get an xray.

As the months went on our cat lost more and more weight and began looking very frail. He was also very lethargic, just sitting in front of the heater all day (this started in winter). We had multiple trips to the vet to sort out his asthma medication and most recently constipation. And each time I mentioned these things with concern. Because I've never heard of asthma making you lose 1/6th or 1/3rd of your weight.

Each time I was told no, it's just the asthma, or his breed is just thin (disregarding that their record showed his concerning weight loss, this cat was nicely stocky at his healthy weight). Several times my thoughts circled back to that lack of an xray, wondering if something might have been missed. I was even told that the vet didn't want to see me until another month was up when my cats next asthma injection was due. That's how they treated my concerns.

Then last night he started coughing really bad. White foam at his mouth, long strands of drool just dripping from his mouth. He did these types of coughs on three different occasions during the night but managed to make it through to morning so we could take him to the vet.

Finally, finally the vet noticed how frail and thin he was, how much weight he'd lost. Finally he PAID ATTENTION to the signs my cat was actually showing. It looks bad he said. We should do an xray.

They did an xray. It showed that he was riddled with cancer, all through. The vet thinks it probably didn't start in the lungs and was likely there when he was first diagnosed with asthma 6 months ago. He never had asthma. It was the cancer all along.

They wanted to put him to sleep right there, I insisted we wanted to take him home to say goodbye to all of us first. He is extremely frail and thin, every breath is labored and visible with his lack of weight. When he coughs he cranes his head back and forth. He won't eat, I can only get him to eat soaked cat biscuits by putting them in front of him one at a time. He's so weak that he just lays down after coughing.

I wanted to take him home and spoil him with everything he loved and make his last days as happy as possible. When I tried to give him a treat he started coughing. I can't give him any nice food to experience before he goes. All I can do is turn the heater on full and leave it on for him until he passes or we reach the day we'll be returning to the vet to get him put to sleep. The warmth seems to help him cough less. He's only 7 years old. He is the most sweet and lovely cat.

His brother will miss him terribly and has been incredibly confused by everything.

So this is your warning. Get that xray. Accept that it may cost a little. At least it's better than having your cat suffer for months only for you to find out that the diagnosis was completely wrong and now it's too late to do anything and you're going to lose one of your most beloved pets.

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