We are sad here because the sweet kitty of some friends of my humans has flown off to the Rainbow Bridge. We don't have a picture to post, but her name was Peepers. She was a very sweet black and white girlcat, about 12 years old.
Mom wanted us to post about this because of what caused her to die. Peepers developed breast cancer. She had surgery but the cancer had metastasized. But it is important to know what the v-e-t said: cats who are spayed before they ever go into heat have a very low chance of developing breast cancer. Once thy have had one heat, the chances go up a lot and are highest for unspayed females. So in addition to other reasons, this is a very good reason to have female kittens spayed. If you have a female cat who had kittens and was then spayed later, her chance of developing the disease is quite high. Apparently this is especially the case for Siamese cats. It would be good to examine her nipple area for lumps frequently. We can think of a couple of our girlcat friends who may be at risk. The age it most frequently develops is after age 10.
Fly free, Peepers. We will see you again one day for sure.