Cancer in cats is the leading cause of death in older cats. According to the American Cancer Society, cancer is a group of diseases
characterized by uncontrolled growth and spread of abnormal cells.
Spotting cancer in your cats will be tricky. Visible symptoms of cancer include tumors or sores that can appear almost anywhere on the cat's body, difficulty breathing, and unexplained bleeding, discharges or significant changes in energy level, eating, bathroom and sleeping patterns. The most critical thing is that if you see a tumor on your cat or think that he may be sick, make sure to get him checked out as early intervention will be key in keeping your cat healthy.
As with humans, scientists do not have a clear answer as to what will cause cancer in cats. Since we do not know what causes cancer in cats, it is almost impossible to prevent a cat from getting cancer. A strong immune system is a critical component of overall cat health and supplements that boost your cat's immune system will likely help improve the overall health of your cat. If your cat has a stronger immune system, it will help your cat avoid getting cancer (as well as other illnesses) and can help cats that already have cancer recover.
Here are five immune boosting supplements that will surely help improve the overall health of your cat:
Vetri-Lysine Plus For Cats is a formula designed specifically to promote a functional and healthy immune system. At its core, it's an amino acid which supports hormone, enzyme, and anti-body production. It's a great supplement to boost the overall health of your cat's immune system and to aid in the prevention of cancer and other ailments. It is one of the highest rated supplements for cats available on the market today. You can read rave reviews for this cat supplement here.
Vibactra Plus is a proprietary combination of all natural herbs that are designed to enhance immunity. It is designed to boost resistance to baterial, viral and parasitic infections. Numerous users of Vibactra believe that it saved their cats from the Parvovirus. Cat owners who have tried this supplement give it really high scores and say "it works" on all types of infections inlcuding upper respiratory infections and UTIs and as an overall immune booster to prevent their cats from getting sick.
is an all-natural product that is designed to enhance the quality of your pet's overall health. It contains Spirulina, an ingredients that research has shown to support the immune system. Spirulina is rich in both commonly found as well as rarely found nutrients in the average cat diet. According to the FDA, Spirulina contains significant amounts of calcium, niacin, potassium, magnesium, B vitamins and iron. It also has essential amino acids (compounds that are the building blocks of proteins) and protein makes up about 60 to 70 percent of Spirulina's dry weight. Taking this supplement should help boost your cat's overall health.
Standard Process Feline Immune System Support is designed to take a multidimensional approach to a weakened immune system. This supplement addresses the nutritional factors involved with a strong immune system, to provide your cat with the nutrition he needs. It provides nutritional and biochemical support for healthy immune tissues and cells, and optimal immune health.
Often taken along with Feline Immune Support, Feline Whole Body Support is designed to provide nutritional support for all of your cat's organs. Combined with a good diet, this supplement can improve the energy and overall health of your cat by providing necessary nutrients to improve organ function.
Any one of these supplements should boost your cat's overall health, energy levels, and immune system. Follow instructions to give your cat the proper dosage, and remember to take your cat to a vet if he's showing serious signs of illness. Also, for overall health, make sure you are feeding your cat a good cat food like the ones we recommend and avoid ones that are harmful to your cat like the ones on our list.
Originally published September 2012 and updated May 2015.