Did you know that May is Pet Cancer Awareness Month? So for all of May, PETCO stores are inviting you to round up your purchases as a donation towards pet cancer research, with a goal of $1,000,000. Blue Buffalo is involved, and they will donate up to $1 for every bag of their dog or cat food — up to $50,000! So it’s time to go shopping! If you are wondering where the money is going, click here for a list of the recipients.
In addition, if you stop by your local PETCO store between 10 and 2 p.m. today, May 8, a neighborhood vet will be there to answer your pet cancer questions! So you can learn something while you are doing your shopping.
If you don’t have a PETCO near you, or you prefer to shop online, you can still give a donation at their online store. Or you can donate here.
The topic of cancer in cats is huge, but here are a few facts you should know (find out more from WebMD):
- A third of all cats over the age of 10 will die of some form of cancer.
- A quarter of all feline cancers are skin cancers. If you have a white cat, she is particularly susceptible, and you should keep her indoors on bright, sunny days.
- Feline breast cancer used to be more common, but if you spay your kitty before her first heat, she is far less likely to get it.
- 200 out of every 100,000 cats will get feline lymphoma, FeLV+ cats are 60% more likely victims.
- 10% of feline tumors are in the mouth. I imagine that’s because we can ingest so many toxins by grooming.
Here are some ways to lessen the risk of cancer for the felines in your family:
- Feed them a high-quality, grain-free canned diet — no meat byproducts or chemical additives. The simpler and more wholesome the ingredient list on the can, the better.
- Limit the toxins in your home. No cigarette smoke or harsh cleaning solutions.
- After your cat’s initial vaccinations, wait a minimum of 3 years between shots, and make sure your vet uses a different leg to vaccinate each time. Injection-site sarcomas are more common than you realize — as many as 1 in 1000 cats will develop them.
- Keep your cat away from other cats that are FeLV+.
- There is a special sunscreen for white kitties who go outdoors. Ask your vet about it.
- Spay your female kitties!