Ten Nondiet Ways to Prevent Cancer

Discover preventive strategies to help guard your pet against cancer.

By Cal Orey

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8. Keep your pet away from pesticides and herbicides on lawns and plants. Stay clear of house and garden pesticides, and get rid of pesky insects naturally; or seek out the least-toxic products. There are also nontoxic, organic products available.


9. Keep your pet stress-free. Stress is emotional imbalance caused by anger, frustration, or anxiety. These emotions overwork the liver, where they can stagnate and create tumors, according to Dr. Schwartz.

High anxiety in pets happens for a variety of reasons: neglect, a multiple animal household, an owner going away on vacation, or an owner going through a divorce. Whatever triggers stress in your cat, tune in and help your pet chill out.

Try some de-stressing methods such as: maintaining a regular pet routine (including feeding times and playtimes); massaging your pet; being in tune to your pets needs; looking for stress signals (from appetite changes to excessive meowing); keeping peace in a multipet household; and providing tender loving care.

10. Exercise your cat on a regular basis. Research shows that feline fitness not only strengthens immunity to chronic disease such as cancer but is also essential for optimal health and well-being.

Sustained, vigorous use of the muscles stimulates all tissues and increases blood circulation. Blood vessels dilate and blood pressure rises. As a result, tissues become oxygenated, which helps to clean the cells of toxins. Digestive glands secrete their fluids better, and the bowels move more easily, says Dr. Pitcairn.

Some fun feline workouts are hiding games (with a bed sheet, tented paper, or paper bag), playing with interactive cat toys or windup toys, scratching a pad or post, and walking your cat on a harness and leash.

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Reprinted from The Essential Guide to Natural Pet Care for Cats & Dogs: Cancer © 1998. Permission granted by BowTie Press.

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Cathy    Highland park, IL

1/11/2014 8:28:03 PM

Therefore, no electric pads or blankets, and no sitting on laptop or watching videos too closely. Good article - I totally agree

Janet    Bethlehem, PA

7/26/2010 5:13:30 AM

good article thanks

Holly    Stouffville, ON

10/29/2009 4:19:06 PM

I really enjoyed this article! Thanks for the great info' and tips. Hopefully, armed with this new knowledge, I will be able to keep my cats healthy and happy for many years to come.

Donna    Austin, TX

10/29/2009 7:53:17 AM

Good suggestions.

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