For the passed four months, we have been trying to heal a wound on our Gus' left ear. After four months of fighting the increasing damaging effects of his scratching and swatting paw on his ear, and noticing that his ear for really deteriorating, I took him to our vet. That was when I discovered that white cats are very susceptible to cancer on their ear tips due to sun exposure. I had NO idea about this.
So, to make a long story short, Gus had his left ear about 50% snipped on Wednesday. He is all shaved and all stitched up and looks a bit lopsided but it is a very good thing that we did this. The vet just called me and she indicated that the lab had indeed determined that Gus had a skin cancer.
So now I have an additional lesson to impart re: cancer and white cats. Though this type of cancer does not usually metastasize, we need to be very watchful of not only the effected ear but also the other ear. In addition, if we notice Gus' nose changing we have the very serious problem of not being able to effectively treat a nose cancer on a cat. And we need to watch for lumps under kitty's chin.
I took a picture of Gus' after ear but have not posted it here. It doesn't look all that bad but I thought it might make sensitive hearts cry. When Kris took Gus out of his carrier, she started crying.