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Old Maid Cat Lady is your home for all things "cat"!

We currently have over 2,600 products for cats and for people who love them, with more being added all the time. You can shop by category, browse through all the products for cats, all the products for people, or do a specific search for exactly what you need. Roll over the menu to the left to see a flyout list of sub-categories for each main one.

Products are shipped directly to you from our suppliers. All those things you can't find for cats in the pet supply stores? We share your frustration and have made it our mission to find them for you.

If you're new to the cat-ownership world, you'll also find lots of helpful information on cat care and behavior here. Many category pages have articles, there's an informative blog, and also free downloadable brochures that can be copied or printed by shelters, cat rescue groups, pet sitters, or veterinarians to help educate people about cats.

Don't see what you want? Fill out the Product Request form on our home page and we'll track it down for you. We want your shopping experience with us to be fun and hassle free!  If it's anything less, please e-mail us to let us know how we can improve for your next visit.

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A Note About Security

A Note About Security

Product and product category pages on Old Maid Cat Lady do not require a log-in; you're free to browse them anonymously. For this reason, they will show on Google as Not Secure. Once you click on the shopping cart, you'll notice that the URL switches to our store hosting company's URL and you are behind a secure firewall. Rest assured that your personal and payment information are always kept secure when shopping on Old Maid Cat Lady.
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In Memory of Vixen

In Memory of Vixen

Memorial for my beloved cat Vixen
1988-2012

Pink ribbon on Siamese cat

Breast Cancer -- in Cats?

In addition to conjuring thoughts of Halloween, October has been deemed Breast Cancer Awareness Month for many years now. Why mention this on a blog about cats? Because people also belong to cats, and people sometimes need reminders!

Cats aren't immune to breast cancer, either, although it's referred to as "mammary cancer" in pets. Little advancement in the treatment of feline mammary cancer has been made over the past 20 years. Early detection and treatment greatly improves outcomes, however.

Who's at Risk?

One in 4,000 cats will likely develop mammary cancer. For some unknown reason, Siamese cats are twice as likely as other breeds to develop it. Older cats are at higher risk, with onset at ages 10-12 being average (slightly earlier for Siamese). But it's been found in cats anywhere from 9 months to 23 years in age. Rarely is it seen in male cats. It is more common in unspayed females, so there's yet another reason to get your cat spayed, if you haven't already. Spaying the cat before her first heat cycle further reduces her likelihood of developing mammary cancer.

Mammary tumors are the third most common types of tumors found in cats. They account for 10-12% of all tumors found in our feline friends. 80-85% of them are what's known as malignant adenocarcinomas. These very aggressive tumors often spread into the surrounding lymph nodes, lungs, pleura, liver, diaphragm, adrenal glands, or kidneys. They are generally treated with surgery to remove all the mammary glands on that side, since more than half of the tumors involve multiple glands (cats have 8 of them, 4 on each side). This is known as a "radical chain mastectomy". Often, chemotherapy is used in conjunction with the surgery, but up to 65% of the tumors return within a year of removal. Most cats survive less than a year after diagnosis. The smaller the tumor when treated, the better your cat's chance of surviving longer.

Finding & Preventing Mammary Cancer

How would you know if your cat has mammary cancer? After all, cats are very good at masking the symptoms of illness, so you have to be diligent. Delay in treatment means higher likelihood of a fatal tumor. Fortunately, you can turn a cuddling session into a check for cancer symptoms! Lie your cat on her side or back in your lap. Check for lumps, just like we ladies are supposed to do. They may feel like a pebble, a BB, or a dried pea. Look also for any abnormally swollen place. A sore or ulcer that won't heal is another sign to look for, especially if it smells bad or bleeds. As always, weight loss or changes in appetite are indicative that something's wrong, as is a discharge or bleeding from the nipples or red, swollen nipples. Any of these things should prompt an immediate visit to the vet. If cancer is suspected, referral to a veterinary oncologist is highly recommended.

As mentioned before, early spaying before first heat is the single most effective precaution against mammary cancer in your cat. Annual veterinary checkups are also important. If your cat has miliary dermatitis (also called "feline eczema", "scabby cat disease" or "blotch"), avoid treatments that involve progesterone-like drugs. These types of drugs are rarely used any more, but in the past were occasionally prescribed for miliary dermatitis or even for behavioral problems such as urine spraying. Always be aware of what's being prescribed for your cat; ask questions of your vet if you're uncertain.

To see pink products we're featuring for Breast Cancer Awareness month, along with some really cute Halloween items, visit OldMaidCatLady.com today!

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About OldMaidCatLady.com

About OldMaidCatLady.com

We're a small business, founded by a genuine old maid cat lady who loves her cats the same as if they were her children, just like you do yours. All products are shipped directly to you from our suppliers; we don't maintain any inventory. This eliminates double shipping, warehousing and staffing that would drive up costs, allowing us to price our items as reasonably as possible. When it comes to shipping, we charge you only what our suppliers charge us to ship the items to you. If our suppliers include shipping in the prices of the items, we offer the same to you. We are committed to making our site accessible to all. If you have problems navigating our site, please contact us and we will meet with our site hosting company to fix the problem. We try to treat all our customers the way we'd like to be treated ourselves, and appreciate your taking the time to get to know us a little. If you'd like to know more, click on the "About Us" link in the menu.
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