Does anybody know of any good sunscreens or zincs that can be used on animals (a cat)? As I have a 2 year old pure white cat and I have never let him outside as I am worried that he will get cancer.

Could someone please help me on this matter, my e-mail address is; (Email Removed).
Thank You for you help.
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Somebody get the trollometer. Maybe a 1?
MaryL
I don't think we have a troll here. The email addy is real, and the problem is realistic, too, so I wouldn't worry. Actually, I was thinking exactly the same today. We had nearly 40 Deg C on the Gold Coast of Australia today (our summer), and my Xena (not white but very pale still) was outside. I was wondering, if there was a sunscreen that I could use on her (especially her 'bold spots') and that she wouldn't lick off. Hope someone can help, Regards,
Andr0
Does anybody know of any good sunscreens or zincs that ... 2 year old pure white cat and I have never

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Somebody get the trollometer. Maybe a 1? MaryL

Not this time, Mary... I'm afraid she's right. Squamous cell carcinomas malignant tumors that arise from the squamous epithelium of the skin of the pinnae, are common in cats with white or light-colored fur and skin and have a high exposure to sunlight. The only effective treatment is usually aggressive surgical excision. SCC is a very invasive and particularly nasty tumor.
Some people tattoo their cats' pinnae to prevent the development of SCC. Tattooing seems to be preferable and more effective than constantly applying sunscreens.
Phil
Uh, oh, it looks like apologies are in order again (mine). Both Andr0 and Phil have pointed out that this can be a very legitimate concern. I never thought of such a thing, and I apologize.
MaryL
Does anybody know of any good sunscreens or zincs that ... a 2 year old pure white cat and I havenever

let

Somebody get the trollometer. Maybe a 1? MaryL

Damn. I was buying this one. :-(
Some people tattoo their cats' pinnae to prevent the development ofSCC. Tattooing seems to be preferable and more effective than constantlyapplying sunscreens.

May I ask what is a "pinnae?"
on 01 Feb 2004:
Uh, oh, it looks like apologies are in order again (mine). Both Andr0 and Phil have pointed out that this can be a very legitimate concern. I never thought of such a thing, and I apologize.

A few years ago someone in alt.cats went through a cancer with her cat; the cats nose and part of the ears had to be removed due to the skin cancer. I agree with you though - I'd have never thought it was a concern unless I'd heard about it happening.

Cheryl
Trapped like rats. In a chia-pet.
MIB II
Uh, oh, it looks like apologies are in order again (mine). BothAndr0 and Phil have pointed out that this can be a very legitimate concern. Inever thought of such a thing, and I apologize.

Well, Mary, with so many jokesters poking around here, it's hard not to get a little trigger happy. I could have gone either way. I'm kind of bummed that it wasn't a troll, as here is another thing that can plague my favorite critters.
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