Diagnosing Cat Cancer

A certain diagnosis for any type of cat cancer, of course, can only be made by your Veterinarian-but the better informed you are about warning signs, the safer your cat will be!

One of the hardest types of cat cancer to detect in its early stages, for example is stomach cancer-and yet there are many warning signs that an alert owner can spot long before a vet is ready to call for x-rays or other clinical tests; for example:
lethargy; hiding for prolonged periods to avoid contact; vomiting, often mixed with blood ; dehydration; anemia (which can be caused by blood loss from a cancerous source); black, tarry stools (from digested blood); loss of interest in food; weight loss; tenderness or pain around the abdominal region; or (the most obvious of all!) easily felt lumps or masses when you’re stroking your cats.

Your vet will listen to your account of the symptoms your cat has been suffering-try to describe them as clearly as possible, difficult though this may be for you—and then, based on this information, he or she will perform one or more of these procedures.

An abdominal ultrasound or radiograph may be all that is required; your vet may want to run a blood panel to search for elevated white blood count levels; if a Gastroscopy is called for, this will be done under anesthesia to view the interior of your cat’s stomach and gathering a sample of suspicious cells for a biopsy; exploratory surgery is the ultimate means of revealing, and, hopefully, removing malignancies.

Turning to other kinds of cancers which might strike your cat, the “stoking and feeling” method we discussed above is still going to be a valuable diagnostic tool for you!

Feel for abnormal swellings or enlarging lumps anywhere on your cat’s body—especially around the abdomen and on the lymph nodes.

Observation, also, remains critical: try to be aware of any changes in eating and litter box behaviors, including any decreases in appetite or difficulties in eating, chronic weight loss, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation or—it may sound strange to a non-cat-lover to say it: bad breath!

  • Any kinds of changes in your cat’s overall behavior and personality can point to its illness.
  • Excessive drooling or trouble swallowing may signal cancer of the mouth or throat of your cat.
  • Keep an eye out for bleeding or discharging from any body opening or wound, or scabs that don’t heal; any of these can be signs of an internal tumor.
  • If your cat suddenly starts coughing, panting or otherwise having breathing trouble this could indicate heart or respiratory problems that are either cancerous or non-cancerous in origin.

Lameness, stiffness or a significant slowdown in activity can be signs of age—or they can be signs of cat cancer—and remember that as your cat ages, age itself makes it more prone to cancer, so you need to increase your vigilance.

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Types of Cancers in Cats

If you suspect that your beloved pet is suffering from any form of cancer, the person to make an informed diagnosis is, of course, a trained Veterinarian—but there’s certainly no harm (and much good!) in you yourself being better informed about the many kinds of feline cancers which are lurking out there.

One notable variety consists of those cancers which tend to occur on or near the skin surface, such as superficial cancers like squamous cell carcinoma and other tumors, for example fibrosarcomas.

Some Types of Cat Cancer And Their Causes

Squamous cell carcinoma is a malignant cancer that usually develops from the epidermis, the mucous lining of the body cavities, or both; while fibrosarcomas are highly malignant tumors of the connective tissue of the body. Some cats develop these tumors as a reaction to certain kinds of vaccinations, and in fact some veterinary scientists believe that the number of cats with Vaccine-Associated Fibrosarcomas (VAF) has risen in the U.S. from one in 10,000 to one percent of all cats.

Tumors of the skin and subcutaneous tissue in cats are second in frequency only to tumors of the lymphoid system, unfortunately, and account for about a fourth of all tumors in our beloved pets. Skin and subcutaneous tumors have been reported by some authorities to be as high as 120 per 100,000 cats. Many tumor types occur in the skin, such as Basel Cell and Mast Cell tumors, Cerumuninous Gland Adenocarcinoma and Sebaceous hyperplasia/adenoma, among others.

Among the causes which veterinary scientists consider in the development of skin tumors in cats, there are viruses, hormones, genetic influences, vaccines, thermal injuries, and harm to our pets’ immune systems.

Even the sun itself, which we think of as the benign source of so much good is-we have learned to our pain! —a source of harm, too; and long-term exposure to the ionizing effects of sunlight result in solar dermatosis, leading to documented increases in squamous cell carcinoma in our cats.

Feline leukemia virus is associated with the development of cutaneous lymphoma, and the feline sarcoma virus has produced malignant melanoma in cats.

Lymphoma (as mentioned above) is another form of feline cancer. In fact, surprisingly, our poor little cats actually have a higher incidence of lymphoma than us people! There is no breed or sex index for cats that develop feline lymphoma—it strikes promiscuously.

On the brighter side, the incidence of feline lymphoma is of course related to the incidence of feline leukemia, and since more cats are being tested and vaccinated for feline leukemia and have limited exposure to potentially infected cats, as a result, the incidence of feline leukemia (and thus lymphoma) in young cats has decreased in recent years—though it’s hardly been eradicated.

Feline lymphoma comes in several terrible varieties: in all of them, the tumors consist of abnormal proliferations of lymphoid tissue. The multicentric form generally involves multiple lymph nodes and possibly multiple organs, and is more closely associated with feline leukemia. The mediastinal form, however, is also associated with feline leukemia. This form is found in the chest cavity, so it’s unlikely you’ll find it yourself while examining your pet. It will affect the thymus and associated lymph nodes. Finally, the alimentary form affects the digestive tract and surrounding lymph nodes, and is the least likely to be associated with feline leukemia.

Aluminum, which seems associated with so many modern diseases, seems to be the culprit in one of our feline cancers, as well: a sarcoma of cats has been associated with aluminum-based additives. Large white blood cells occurring at points of infections which surrounded some tumors, contained aluminum oxide identified by electron probe microanalysis and imaged by energy-filtered electron microscopy. Inflammatory and immune reactions may be associated with aluminum, and may lead to fibrous connective tissue damage in your cat, as well.

Of course, these few examples of cat cancers will not turn you into a Feline Oncologist, but we hope that they furnish a brief introduction into this complex field which has taught Veterinary Scientists so much about how to keep your beloved pet well!

Ideally, we hope to never have to deal with our beloved pet getting cat cancer. For prevention, or if your cat has already been diagnosed, we strongly recommend ES Clear..

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How to Feed A Cat With Cancer

How To Feed Your Cat When It Has Cancer

When your pet is sick, your natural temptation will be to try to interest it in its favorite foods of the past—and then to panic if its not as enthusiastic about eating as it used to be!

But you must remember that any illness, whether it’s cancer or any other, will have an impact on your feline patient’s metabolism. While it’s in a diseased state, there are many changes in the way your cat’s little body uses proteins, fats, and carbohydrates.

Even though your patient can’t explain it to you verbally, it’s body is wise, and the body is prioritizing its available nutrients for purposes like wound healing and maintaining the immune system.

However, sometimes this can go too far in the other direction, and weight loss and muscle wasting can occur and be difficult (or even impossible) to stop. Sometimes the cat’s human friend doesn’t know where to turn!

Veterinary scientists are really no wiser than you or your pet, when it comes to this subject, and the specific nutritional requirements of the cat with cancer are not known for certain, so you can feel free to experiment a little, based on your own knowledge of your own special pet.

Natural food enthusiasts, for example, claim to have better results feeding cancer-stricken cats with raw meat than cooked.

Your little patient definitely needs nutrients, and some nutrients are certainly of higher priority than others. Water is, of course, the most essential nutrient. Then, your cat needs enough calories and protein, minerals and vitamins. A crisis usually faced with cats with cancer is their reduced food intake, or refusal of their pet foods (which are properly balanced for the above needs) and acceptance only of their loved human’s table scraps&emdash; that may actually lack these essential nutrients!

A cat with cancer may lose weight partly because of decreased food intake… but also because of the metabolic effects of the disease —and even the side effects of its cancer treatment.

Some cats may experience changes in their senses of smell and taste, which may cause them to refuse once-loved food items.

Fortunately, adding zinc to the diet may help with the restoration of these senses—and many food items that cats often adore are rich in zinc, including milk, salmon, chicken, lamb, beef, turkey, pork, crabmeat and other seafood.

But whatever you do, don’t try to coax a pet to eat when he or she is showing obvious indications of nausea or discomfort. Pushing food on a patient who clearly doesn’t want it might lead to a learned food aversion.

In a case like this, you could try some novel food items, or offering food in a new environment or having someone different do the actual feeding. Sometimes a cat will associate its surroundings with past unhappy memories of its illness, so you may want to change the setting where you feed it.

Stroke and talk to your cat with food near at hand, and keep a sharp eye out for any indications of interest.

Remember that the food ingredients that increase palatability for most cats are moisture, fat, and protein, and try to choose your “experimental” diet accordingly.

Because the symptom of severe, very noticeable weight loss which often comes with cat cancer (this is called cachexia) can involve more than decreased food intake, your most loving encouragement may not prevent your cat’s weight loss.

Feline cancer can involve alterations in normal metabolism that are not cancelled out when you provide calories and nutrients. Tumors can produce substances that affect energy and protein metabolism, and the tumor itself eats some of the nutrients that should be going to the patient.

As if that wasn’t enough, the sick cat’s immune system produces substances to fight the tumor, of course—and while (for the most part) these are beneficial, they can also cause alterations in metabolism that result in decreased appetite, weight loss, and loss of muscle mass. This cancer-fighting is costly to that little body!

So, most of all, don’t lose heart while your cat is going through these changes: your cat is fighting, and needs you to keep fighting, too!

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Preventing Cat Cancer

Cat owners—or should we call ourselves cat friends?—should be encouraged to take responsibility for prevention of cat cancers.

Frequent screening with modern Veterinary methods is one answer, of course, but there are so many others.

Early neutering of male and female cats is another example of cancer prevention (and we’ll discuss this further, below). Your careful observation of your cat’s bowel or urinary habits is important, and significant changes should be noted and reported to your vet. You should also gain enough information (and this site is one place to begin) to be able to approximately evaluate ( by feeling and observing them) mammary glands, peripheral lymph nodes, oral cavity structures, interdigital spaces and external ear canals for any worrisome changes.

But all of these procedures are really only for early detection. Early diagnosis, of course, means improved outcomes for serious forms of cancer

But what about actual prevention, which could do more to reduce the impact of cancer on the lives of our beloved companion cats than any cancer treatment programs are able to accomplish?

The real secret to early prevention of cat cancer is to identify patients at increased risk of cancer development at a stage when interventions will be most successful. For some tumors, treatment is not curative even if a relatively early diagnosis is made– in other words, you want to catch it before it’s there!

In cats, oral squamous cell carcinoma, Vaccine-Associated Sarcomas (VAS, discussed elsewhere in this site) and mammary gland tumors are difficult to control once they have developed. If risk factors for development of these tumors can be identified, specific screening programs can be developed which allow detection at stages where better outcomes may be offered. Detection of pre-invasive forms of malignant tumors gives a chance to keep the cancer contained.

Es clear for cat cancer can be a great tool in the prevention of cat cancer. It can also be very affective in the treatment of cat cancer, without the harmfull chemicals that may do more hurt than good.

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Natural Cat Cancer Remedies

No cat owner wants to have his or her beloved feline friend experience the terrors of cat cancer—but it’s surely better to be prepared to face this lurking enemy well-armed in advance, than to allow it to sneak up upon you without your having made any preparations. Learn as much as you can about warning signs.

Should that awful day come when you discover that your cat actually has cancer, it can be devastating, because, after all, your cat is a part of your family. The best way to handle this news is to take action.

Learn as much as you can about your cat’s cancer (we have information about some types of this dread, multifarious disease included on this website). Find out how to give him or her the best possible care.

Talk to your vet about available treatments for the particular form of cat cancer your pet faces. For some types of feline cancers, conventional Allopathic treatments have been proven effective (though often harsh and accompanied with severe side effects that will make you suffer to see them).

Depending on many factors, the conditions which your cat may face can vary greatly. You will certainly seek some kind of medical intervention– but whether you decide to seek conventional Allopathic treatment or some kind of Holistic, Alternative Medical advice will open many different options to you. Your regular veterinarians, of course, will always recommend that you visit their office or clinic.

From the Vet’s business point of view, this is logical—it’s even logical from their medical point of view; but it’s not always the right option from your sick cat’s point of view.

When your cat is continuing to suffer, continuing to be traumatized by visiting the Vet’s office (which your pet probably associates with bad memories)—and when you are continuing to shell out hefty payments per visit with seemingly no end in sight… it might be time to consider some alternatives.

A friend of mine told me about how natural remedies, such as ES Clear, work in the same way that a natural remedy would work in a human.

You already know that you and your cat share an emotional bond. Well, cats and humans share an amazingly similar immune and digestive system, too—and the same science can be applied to cat medicine which is applied to human medicine… and, fortunately for those of us who love cats, it has been.

Alternative remedies which have long been used with humans have also proven highly effective in treating cat cancer. These treatments—including natural remedies like ES Clear—can be used on their own, or to support conventional cancer treatments. So please consider carefully what would be most suitable for your cat.

Your goal should be to develop a total treatment plan for your cat. Such a plan will:

  • Give your cat the best possible chance of beating cancer
  • Keep your cat as comfortable and pain-free as possible

The exact causes of cat cancer are unknown. It is partly genetic, but there are also known contributing factors such as:

  • Diet (e.g. food colorings, food additives, poor nutrition)
  • Environment (air and water pollution, etc.)
  • Stress and advanced age

All these factors can damage your cat’s immune system, weakening his or her body’s natural ability to fight cancerous cells.

Keep your cat’s immune system strong and you will help reduce the risk that your cat’s cancer will spread to healthy tissue. You will also help keep your cat comfortable and happy.

What is ES Clear for Cat Cancer?

ES clear is a unique combination of specially-selected herbal extracts, painstakingly formulated by a leading Naturopathic vet.

The herbs in ES Clear have been used for centuries in traditional medicine. They have been shown to:

  • Slow the growth of cancerous tumors
  • Reduce or prevent the spread of cancer to surrounding cells
  • Strengthen a cat’s immune system

Will ES Clear cure my cat’s cancer?

There is no sure-fire cure for cancer, in cats or in humans. So for us to claim that ES Clear will cure your cat’s cancer would be irresponsible.

What we can state with confidence, is that the herbs in ES Clear have shown excellent results in treating cat cancer.

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Cat Cancer Treatments

Now, once your cat has been definitively diagnosed with cat cancer, you’re definitely going to pursue a course of treatment. Let’s review some of the conventional Medical procedures first.

Radiation therapy can be used in combination with surgery or chemotherapy (or both together) in an attempt to gain permanent dominance over, and death of a tumor. It’s generally used for tumors that haven’t spread to other areas of the body, and may provide a potential cure for some localized tumors. Radiation therapy can be used for its palliative effect, reducing some of the signs of the cat cancer, even if not truly curing it: at least shrinking the tumor may improve the quality of life of your cat by reducing pressure, or pain.

Oral tumors in cats, and tumors within the cat’s nasal cavity often respond to radiation therapy. Brain tumors in cats have also been successfully treated, as well as skin tumors of some kinds.. Lymphoma in cats has also responded to this kind of therapy, and it’s often used together with chemotherapy, as well. Bone tumors, including osteosarcomas, have responded to radiation therapy also.

Unfortunately, radiation therapy is just too risky to use in treating stomach cancer in cats, because it may damage other nearby organs. There are also no chemotherapy treatments that have worked in this form of the disease. In most cases of cat stomach cancer, surgery is the most widely chosen treatment by conventional Vets.

In such a case, your cat will be brought to the veterinary hospital and stabilized with IV fluids, and IV antibiotics may also be administered– it’s very much like visits to the hospital you may have had yourself, but remember: it’s much harder to reassure your cat about this procedure! During surgery, the unhealthy tissue will be cut from the stomach and any surrounding tissues or organs that were affected.
Afterward, your cat will remain on an IV and spend approximately 24 hours recovering at the veterinary hospital. After that, if your cat’s vital signs are good and there’s no sign of infection, you’ll be allowed to take your cat home. The veterinary surgeon will want to schedule a follow up visit, of course.

Tragically, by the time stomach cancer has been detected in most cats, it has often spread into the nearby lymph nodes, and then circulated throughout the body.

Lymphoma is actually very treatable in cats, but some other cancers are more difficult to treat successfully.

Turning to less invasive therapies, Immunotherapy (which aims at boosting the body’s own boosting the immune system) is another method that’s used by conventional vets as well as Alternative practitioners to treat feline cancer. Having a healthier immune system will not only help your cat resist the cancer, it will also make your cat stronger so he or she can withstand other treatment methods more easily– because, unfortunately, with conventional Medicine, the treatments themselves are often as deadly as the diseases they fight!

Homeopathic Medicine is, of course, a Holistic method of treatment that has followed a different pathway for centuries– seeking to listen to the “wisdom of the body,” and trying to help the body do what it’s trying to do for itself, rather than battling a “disease entity” with fire and sword. Homeopathic remedies and supplements can be very effective in boosting your cat’s immune system. These products, such as es clear ,contain natural ingredients with properties that will help to strengthen your pet and increase its comfort.

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