Cancer and Your Pet (PART 2 - THE CAT) Signs and Symptoms

good morning everyone welcomed out on

the range with dr. Lee this is my kitty

cat Frankie here and today we're going

to do part two of the three-part cancer

awareness series and what we're going to

try to do today is show you what you can

do at home to check your kitty cats to

see if they have precancerous conditions

basically what we're looking for is

lumps and bumps just like last week when

we did dozer and the dog series every

day when you pet your little kitty cat

you need to just rub them down all over

and don't miss one square inch of body

tissue when you do it when these when

these kitties come in for their yearly

physicals we listen to their hearts we

check in their ears we look in their

mouth and check their eyes and we

literally rub our hands over every

square inch of their body and you need

to be doing that at home too because you

catch these things early on and a lot of

times a little bit of surgery will take

we'll save the cat's life but basically

there's things that we do here that you

can't do exactly as we do them unless

you're trained ie listening to their

heart with a stethoscope putting an

otoscope in their ears things like that

but there are ways that you can check

what we're checking and basically with

kitty cats just like in dogs you want to

know if their heart is beating regularly

you want to know if their heart is

beating harder than it should faster

than it should and there's no way to

know that unless you check it every day

and you know what normal is and just

liking the dog you can run your hands

down here in the armpits on both sides

and a lot of times if you just work it

you can get your fingertips between

those ribs in the spaces between the

ribs and you can feel that heart beating

same thing back here this is the femur

bone right here and you can put your

hand in here inside in the flank and

come back on top of that bone and that

femoral artery runs over

that bomb and if you do it every day

sooner and later you're going to be able

to feel that thing just from practice

and when you find that artery once you

find it it makes it easier to find it

each time and all you have to do put

your fingers on it's just like us

checking pulse right here on our wrist

all you have to do is put your hands

back there and you can feel that artery

too we always check the heart first and

then I go to the ears what you're

looking for in the ears you do not want

to see it discharged you don't want to

have a stinky ear you smell the foul

smell coming from the hair that needs to

be checked if you see any lumps or bumps

in there and just like the dog they've

got chunks of cartilage there a very

weird shape and what they have on one

side they should have on the other side

too if you ever find a lump or bump that

the cat has in one ear that he does not

have in the other ear than that then

that needs to be checked as well but

always check the eyes too you want to

make sure that the pupils are the same

size a lot of times we'll have brain

problems that cause the pupils to change

in size tumors and the brain things like

that and you also want to make sure if

you have a kitty cat that has white hair

around its nose or a flat hair on its

ears and pink skin underneath you saw

the pictures of my kitty cat on the

cancer video and and she had a pink nose

with white hair around it and she got us

blame it cell carcinoma i malignant

tumor that's going to take her life so

those cats that do have pink noses and

pink skin on their ears and white hair

around those areas they really need to

be in the house or protected from the

sunlight between ten o'clock in the

morning and four o'clock in the

afternoon or they're really really going

to be likely especially if they live as

long as mojo did she's sixteen year old

cat and really likes the sunshine and

it's hard to keep them out of the Sun if

they like it but that that's something

that you need to try to prevent but on

Frankie cats that have a lot of orange

in their coats like Frankie

cats like calicoes and have a lot of

orange and also tortoiseshell kitties

any cats that have orange they have a

lot of black pigment commonly in their

nose their eyelid their lips and their


Frankie is unlike those caps a lot of

orange cats have that he doesn't have

much pigment at all but that is one

thing you need to look for and make sure

that those areas that are black on an

orange cap are not raised or ulcerated


lesions as long as they're flat and

there's a little pigment get your vet to

check it but in most cases they're

they're just benign accumulations of a

pigment in there because you always want

to open up their mouth cats don't care

much for that they'll usually pick up

that paw and come at you but make sure

or the other Pole that's good Frankie

you're a good kitty cat and you also if

they'll let you open their mouth like

that look in make sure you don't see any

areas that are ulcerated any teeth that

are missing or really really loose any

tumors growing in there any lumps bumps

anything that does not look perfectly

normal you need to have that checked

also one thing to look for when you look

in a cat's mouth is look for yellowing

especially toward the back of the mouth

if you see yellowing on the roof of the

mouth back toward the back that's an

indication to and if you see it there

one thing you also need to do is pull an

eyelid back like that so you can see the

whites of their eyes and if you see a

yellow discoloration there you need to

get that Kitty into the vet pretty

quickly and what we've done is like I do

check the heart check the ears and I go

to the tip of the nose and we're going

to work our way all the way back so the

next thing in line is in the throat

right here you want to check for lymph

nodes and if they were just looking for

lumps and bumps again there's salivary

glands there's thyroid tissue in here

and we do see a lot of cats that

by Roy problems you saw Ricky Bobby in

one of the other videos where he had

that terrible tumor in his thyroid gland

we have a lot of cats that just have

thoroughly diseased and they'll have a

big lump where their thyroid gland is

and if you pay attention to the heart

rate those cats would usually have a

very very high heart rate too and

they're usually real skinny cats they

don't feel good they're kind of kind of

slender but they eat all the time

so a cat that eats a lot but he's still

rail-thin skinny that's an indication

that that cat needs to be checked by Roy

disease is pretty fixable there's a lot

of treatments different avenues of

treatments that you can use we've got a

lot of hyperthyroid caps in this

practice coming on back a little bit now

we covered this area up here can them

back here you need to check the bones

make sure all the bones feel the same on

both sides and that they're not painful

you need to also coming back here into

the chest if you feel a bunch of

vibrations while the cat is breathing or

if your cat coughs or if your cat does

open mouth breathing those things need

to be checked really quickly we see a

lot of cancers in the in the cats lungs

we see a lot of vulnerable conditions

and which which brings to mind another

thing too if you ever if your cat starts

to get what looks like a Roman nose if

this nose starts to swell or if you has

a discharge promise nose commonly see

vulnerable problems caution that in the

kitty cat to coming on back in the cat

if your cat is not a little fat pig like

my cat is a lot of times you can feel

the kidneys and these cats and again

it's not anything you're going to be

able to tell on the first day but if

you're checking that cat every day and

you get a good appreciation of how he

should feel then you have a much better

chance of telling when things go wrong

but just run your hands through its


them inside the side and coming on back

you just want to palpate through the

bowels and your cat will get used to

this - you do it every day couple it

with a little bit of padding maybe a

little food in the bowl or some treats

laying around when you do it - and as

you work your way back you do not want

to feel any masses in the bowels and

that end the bowels are right behind the

rib cage as you work as you work your

way back there next thing in line is the

bladder bladders can have cancers and

then - again it's kind of hard to feel

but as you as you get used to doing this

you'll be able to feel that bladder kind

of changes in size day to day and what

time of day and when the last time the

kitty cat urinated and especially if you

have a kitty cat that has urinary tract

infections urinary tract inflammations

or if your cat has what's diagnosed as

feline idiopathic cystitis or they'll

call it F I see if your cat has any

urinary tract issues at all you need to

know how to palpate the bladder but also

further back now check both the back

legs again talking about the lymph nodes

they have lymph nodes in the same places

the dog sit under the chin in front of

the shoulder blades in the armpits back

here in the drawing and also behind the

knees you need to always be checking

those and if you feel any of them

enlarged that needs to be checked out

always check their anus the rectal area

back there always check their sorry

friend of it kind of I'm just felt weird

always check their anus always check

their urinary openings back here

make sure there's no protrusions from

those areas and make sure the color is

always consistent and you need to always

be watching the feces the stools in the

litter box where your cats had a bowel

movement guys need to be checking that

make sure that stool is of a normal

consistency normal

sighs that there's no blood in it you

need to always check the urine too

especially you guys that have kitty cats

that have urinary disease need to always

make sure the urine the amount that

urinate is the is the average amount and

that it does not have new blood in it

you need to kind of watch through they

start urinating outside of the box then

that's an indication that there there

could be some issues especially if you

can't already have some urinary disease

that's pretty much it in the cat that in

a nutshell that was really quick but

basically the most important thing is do

what I'm doing because cats like it

anyway and especially if you've got a

little love bug like Frankie so he likes

to suck up the attention but if you just

watch him you can tell he likes me

messing with it and most capture that

way too if they don't comply readily

start doing it right before you feed

them make it around for the time or have

some little kitty cat treats to give

them while you're examining them but I

would really really really phone from my

heart to yours I would encourage you so

do your best to make this part of your

daily routine and thank you very much

for tuning in and again I really

appreciate all the comments you guys

leave boy it's shocking I'll bring up

the word cancer and it's like the

comments and the replies have just

increased tenfold everyone talking about

all the animals they've lost so it's

shocking the numbers it's much more

common than any of us would ever guess

thanks a lot for watching this video I

thank you Frankie thanks you and I

promise you your kitty cat thank you too

we'll see you next time out on the ranch

with dr. Lee and friends