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Cancer is unrestrained cell growth. Every cell in your body wears out sooner or later. As these old cells die off, new ones are produced to replace them. Normally, new cell growth is regulated by the body, but sometimes a switch gets turned on which allows cells to reproduce uncontrollably. This leads to the growth of tumors—a group of abnormal cells clumped together to form a mass.

You may hear different words used to describe cancer. "Neoplasia" means new growth, and "neoplasm" means "tumor." Tumors in cats may be benign, which means they don’t spread to other organs. A benign tumor, however, can still grow into the surrounding areas and cause problems.

Malignant tumors can grow into nearby areas, damaging or destroying normal cells. Often surgery to remove them is difficult or impossible when they have grown into one of your cat’s organs. Malignant tumors often spread throughout the body by means of the lymphatic system (carcinomas) or the bloodstream (sarcomas). When a malignant tumor spreads, this process is called "metastasis."

It’s possible. One study found a 5-fold increase in oral squamous cell carcinoma in cats who wore flea collars. These collars have a high concentration of pesticides. Plus they’re very close to the mouth. We probably should rethink using flea collars on our pets.

Apparently flea shampoo doesn’t increase the cancer risk. This is probably because it’s washed off the pet’s coat. Cats whose owners bathed them using flea shampoo showed a much lower incidence of carcinoma, probably because the cat isn’t licking the chemicals off his fur. Bathing a cat is a challenge, but it may be better than using flea collars.

Cats who are fed canned food may be at a higher risk of oral cancer than those who are fed dry food. Researchers don’t seem to be sure why. They think nutritional differences in canned and dry food could be the cause. Another explanation is that cats who are fed canned food have more tartar buildup than those fed dry food. Poor oral hygiene in humans is linked to oral cancer, so perhaps there is a link.

What exactly is second-hand smoke? It’s the smoke that’s exhaled into the air by a smoker. It’s also smoke that comes directly from a burning cigarette or cigar. If you and your cat live with a smoker, second-hand smoke can cause health problems for both you and your cat. But, have you ever heard of third-hand smoke? It’s what’s left on clothes, furniture, walls, skin, and fur, even after the air is clear of smoke. It can be seen as a yellowish residue that builds up over time on walls and furniture—this is what your cat licks off his or her fur. Environmental tobacco smoke, or ETS, is the combination of second and third-hand smoke.

Cigarette smoke contains more than 4000 chemicals, including carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, benzene, chromium, nickel, vinyl chloride and arsenic. Since cats are a lot smaller than people, it only stands to reason that it would take much less exposure to these chemicals to cause health problems for them.

We tend to forget that since our pets live with us, they’re exposed to the same environmental toxins we are. Inside cats often fare worse because they don’t get to leave the house during the day like their owners do. Felines are doubly exposed to carcinogens in tobacco smoke. Not only do they inhale the smoke, but they lick the particulates from the smoke off of their fur as they groom themselves.

Some people think that if they smoke by an exhaust fan in the kitchen, it will pull all the smoke out of the house. This isn’t true. Many carcinogens found in cigarette smoke are in the form of gas, which can’t be completely removed by ventilation fans. It can take hours to clear the house of the smoke from one cigarette. In the meantime, your kitty is exposed to everything in the smoke.