Submitted by Steve on 13:42, 20th Mar, 2014 | 0

The GSPCA rehomes hundreds of cats every year and help thousands more.

Sadly many of the strays and those no longer being able to be cared for by their owners come in with health problems.

Currently we have two stunning cats in need of operations.

Trio who has gone through a number of medical treatments and a very difficult start to her 2 years of life has half a back right leg which needs operating on further.

She is one of the teams favourites but before we can rehome her we have to ensure she ready and healthy.

Trouble is a little older at 8 years of age but sadly he has skin cancer and to stop the spread we have to remove part of his ears.

We often see this problem and if treated early enough it can be stopped before its too late.

Not all forms of skin cancer in cats and dogs are caused by sun exposure, but it can happen occasionally. On dogs, the nose and pads of the feet contain sensitive skin and no fur to protect from the sun. Also, cats and dogs with thin or light-coloured coats such as white coated animals are at a higher risk of sun damage over their entire bodies.

You can take precautions to help your pets in summer and sunny days using sun creams and lotions but it is always best to get advice from your vet.

Cat skin cancer is the second most common cancer in cats. Skin cancer is more common in middle-aged to older cats (ages 6 – 14 years), although it can occur in younger cats as well. White cats may be more susceptible to skin cancer, because their skin has more exposure to the sun.

Skin disease is often referred to as a tumor which is an abnormal growth of cells. It can be on top of the skin or just under the skin. Diagnosis without testing is difficult since a tumor could be malignant (cancer) or benign (not cancer).

In all cases early diagnosis and treatment are essential to prevent the spread of cancer from the skin to other parts of the body. Tumors that are not cancerous (benign) may be left alone by a veterinarian.  There are multiple treatment options depending on the type of cancer but for Pickles an operation to remove the ears is the only course of action.

Anna Paint Senior Animal Care Assistant said 'Both Trio and Trouble are amazing cats, so friendly, sweet and we are hopeful that with these operations and a little cage rest they will be able to find that forever home.'

'Both have been treated for other ailments during their stay but Trio really needs this leg operation and Trouble needs his ears operated if he has any chance to have a long and happy life.'

'We would love it if people would donate to them and the many other cats at the Shelter as it really does make a difference.'

'We love our cats here at the GSPCA and we always want to do what we can to ensure they get that happily ever after.'Trio and Trouble GSPCA cats in Guernsey needs homes

Steve Byrne GSPCA Manager said 'Sadly we keep our vets very busy every day with sick and injured animals that arrive or are rescued by the GSPCA team, but that is why we are here.'

'Trio and Trouble are two stars at the Shelter and many of the staff and volunteers have a real soft spot for both.'

'We are appealing for donations towards their care and operations which can be done through Just Giving, calling 01481 257261 or at the Shelter in St Andrews.'

'Please help us help them have happy and long lives.'

To donate please click on this link, call 01481 257261, by post or popping into the Shelter.

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GSPCA, Rue des Truchots, St Andrews, Guernsey, GY6 8UD

Cat Skin Cancer Symptoms

Cat skin cancer symptoms may resemble other skin conditions but can include:

  • A lump on the skin, especially if it seems to be getting biggerPickles a cat with cancer at the GSPCA in Guernsey

  • Sore tips to the ears
  • Swelling

  • A sore that doesn’t heal

  • Bleeding from an ulceration, lesion on the skin

  • Hair loss

  • Itchy skin

  • Redness of the skin

If your cat has any of these symptoms, he or she needs to go to the vet. Chances are it’s not cancer but some other skin infection, but they will still need treatment.

To see stories of previous cats with skin cancer please click here and find out some of the happy news thanks to your help.

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