Oral squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) in cats
Lee Pickett, V.M.D.,
Oral squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), a relatively common malignancy in cats, is the most prevalent oral tumor in older felines.
The causes aren't fully known, but one study does provide some answers to your question.
Researchers surveyed owners of cats with and without oral SCC to evaluate the role of demographic characteristics, lifestyle factors and chemical exposure.
They found that flea collar use, certain dietary factors and secondhand tobacco smoke increased the chances of a cat developing oral SCC.
Cats that had worn flea collars were 5.3 times more likely to develop oral SCC than cats that had not - or even than cats that had been bathed with flea shampoo.
Eating large amounts of canned food increased risk 3.6 times compared with eating dry food. A diet that included canned tuna increased the risk of oral SCC by 4.7 times.
Exposure to secondhand smoke doubled the chance of developing oral SCC.
Editors note: Talk to your animal nutritionist or animal naturopath about the best natural diet and natural flea treatments for your cat to help prevent disease.