Smoke Signals

If you smoke, your cat may be at risk for developing cancer. Oral and intestinal cancers top this list.

By Alice Villalobos, DVM | Posted: Tue May 31 00:00:00 PDT 2005

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Unfortunately, the feline genetic makeup predisposes cats toward genetic mutations when their tissues are exposed to inflammation. Often, inflamed cells mutate into cancer cells. One example of this sensitivity is some cats' reactions to vaccines. Although uncommon, some cats develop lumps at their vaccine sites that may develop into cancer. For this reason, it is crucial to protect cats from unnecessary toxins, especially tobacco smoke.

Twenty-four percent of U.S. adults smoke cigarettes; 34 percent of U.S. households own cats (according to the American Pet Product Manufacturers' 2005-2006 National Pet Owners Survey). When you do the math, a huge population of cats is at risk. Do something today and help save a cat's life.

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Janet    Bethlehem, PA

10/2/2010 11:16:31 AM

good article, thanks

Shirley    Tucson, AZ

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Thank you for the article.

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