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Understanding Your Options When Caring For A Cat Diagnosed With A Malignancy

Once upon a time getting the news that your family pet had cancer was a death sentence. Things have changed, and there are way more options available to treat cat cancer.

Like humans, both dogs and cats are susceptible to being felled by cancer. It may attack their bodies in various locations, and come in diverse forms. For example:

  • Bone cancer
  • Liver cancer
  • Stomach cancer
  • Mouth cancer
  • Nose cancer
  • Skin cancer
  • Injection site cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Reproductive system cancer
  • Eye cancer
  • Brain cancer

Why do cats get cancer? If there were a clear answer for that, there wouldn’t be as cats, or dogs, expiring from cancer. Unfortunately, the causes may go from genetics to smoking in the home, and from viruses to hormone levels. While statistically, cats get less cancers, the big “C” kills virtually half our pets over the age of 10 years, and this includes dogs also.

You may wonder what difference it makes to know the kind of cancer your cat has been diagnosed with, because cancer is cancer. Actually, the sort of rash expansion/growth makes a massive difference in the treatment of cat cancer. As an example, skin carcinoma might be the result of basal cell cancers, fibrosarcoma, lymphosarcoma, mast cell tumors or squamous cell carcinoma. Each one of these cancers needs a different treatment and has a different prognosis.

How would you know if something was not right with your cat or kitten? Most alert pet owners do pick up on changes in their cat’s routine. Making this even more difficult , because of the nature of cats, they often hide their symptoms, and it isn’t until too late that you discover something is seriously not right. If you should happen to feel any strange lumps or bumps on your cat, this seldomly a good sign. Head to the vet immediately, as the earlier you catch the carcinoma, the better the diagnosis is for your cat.

Watch for the following signs of illness:

  • Vomiting
  • Weight loss not withstanding eating problems
  • Loss of appetite
  • Listlessness
  • Blood in urine and/or feces
  • Urinating or defecating out of the litter box
  • Unusual smelling feces
  • Insatiable desire to eat and no weight gain
  • Weakness
  • Wounds that won’t heal
  • Respiratory issues
  • Overwhelming odour
  • Has trouble with eating and swallowing

LIke progress in human medicine and in gratitude to the many research efforts in cat wellness and care, there are many more treatment possibilities for cat cancer than there used to be. Depending on what condition your cat is in, the treatment approach may be adapted to the specific disease and what is effective, and will include some or all of these standard approaches or options: radiation, surgery or chemical treatment. While it is heart wrenching to observe your cat go through treatment like this, it doesn’t affect the feline species in the same way as people. Yes, they do show indications of feeling sick, but seem to be ready to handle this sort of treatment better than we do

Here also , you’ve got other options open to you, such as alternative treatment options. If you would like to go practitioner of natural medicine, mention this to your pet’s doctor. It is really important that they know what other things you intend to give your pussy-cat, so they may adjust the treatment regime. Many individuals do not realize that natural cures may not work and could possible interfere with the effectiveness of traditional medication, and could harm your pet. This is not to say don’t use them, but to consult a veterinarian when deciding what to do. What is vital for your cat is the quality of life expected at the end of treatment. If the diagnosis is not that bright, you’ll have a hard decision to make. Here homeopathics may be able to improve the quality of life, when traditional medicine cannot help.

If you want to try homeopathic cures, you are going to need to test the usefulness of supplements such as Indian ginseng, milk thistle, mistletoe, Huang Qi and cat’s claw. These herbs have antioxidant properties and help control your cat’s metabolism, while boosting the immune system.

The author, Cathy Doggins, is a well known editor on feline care concerns like cat cancer. When not caring for her 2 kittens Cathy is an editor for the well known feline authority site the Cat Health Guide.

Posted under Modern Cat Furniture

This post was written by TKB_Editor on November 21, 2012

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