Cat Colon Cancer
Cat Colon Cancer
Any change that occurs in your cat’s status, such as his or her personality or normal behavior pattern, is a cause for immediate investigation. Cat symptoms can vary drastically with colon cancer.
Sign and Symptoms
Colon cancer in cats is not as common as it is in dogs. For this reason, any changes in normal elimination need to be noted and referred to your vet as soon as possible. It is best to diagnose the disease as early on as possible, however it is unfortunate that most symptoms in cats do not appear until the disease has progressed further along and has become more difficult to diagnose and cure. The symptoms mimic those of several other cat colon illnesses, such as Cat Colitis.
Cats can experience Cat Constipation or alternatively have more frequent bowel movements. The movements can become painful for your cat. There can be mucus and blood in the stool as well.
These symptoms are also indicative of viral or fungal infections in cats, as well as dietary disorders. It is important to report any changes to your veterinarian.
In cats your vet will initially eliminate other potential problems. There will be a stool culture performed. Your vet will also check for blood in your cat’s stool and will then proceed to do blood work and a urinalysis. If the tests and treatment are ineffective, other causes will be investigated through x-rays and biopsies.
In cats colon cancer is most often treated with surgery. The use of Cat Radiation Therapy and Cat Cancer Chemotherapy have not been proven to be effective. If there is metastasis to the cat’s other organs, chemotherapy may be used. Cats who have been diagnosed and treated for colon cancer rarely survive more than a year.
Both surgery and chemotherapy can cause your cat plenty of pain. Therefore your veterinarian will prescribe your cat pain medication. This medication should be administered as directed. If you can keep your cat as comfortable as possible following the treatment, then their length of recovery time can be decreased.
Try to follow Cat Palliative Cancer Care as best as possible by making sure that not only is your cat comfortable but that you also follow your veterinarian’s recommendations as to your cat’s new diet and their pain relief medication.
With invasive abdominal surgery, your cat may require a new memory foam pet bed for comfort as well to distribute the pressure evenly. Less pressure on the surgical area will result in less pain.
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