Cat Bladder Tumor
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Cat Bladder Tumor
Unfortunately there are several different types of Cat Cancer which your cat will be prone to and bladder tumors are one of them. Although there are only a few cats that are affected by this form of cancer every year, it is a terminal illness. You can however, with the right form of treatment, help your cat to have a good quality of life for their existing years, especially if you follow a good Cat Palliative Cancer Care plan. There are some very distinctive symptoms of bladder tumors which you should keep an eye out for. Taking your cat to the vet for regular checkups can help to ensure your cat is monitored.
Symptoms of bladder tumors
When your cat has this form of cancer they will find it harder to urinate and use their litter box and they will be in obvious discomfort. When they do manage to use their litter box it may contain blood and after a while your cat will begin to soil herself or relieve herself accidentally in other areas of your house other than in her litter box. This will cause your cat to feel as if they have done something wrong and will become withdrawn and upset. Your cat may also show signs of Cat Depression. Your car will also have a Cat Loss of Appetite and might stop eating altogether. If the tumor has spread to other parts of their body then they will experience pain in those areas as well.
Diagnosis by your vet
If you are unsure if your cat is unwell then you should take her to see a vet as soon as possible. They will be able to diagnose if the symptoms are in fact a bladder tumor. Your vet will take blood from your cat for analysis. Also testing of the urine is very important so that your vet can establish if they have a simple urine infection. They may also want to do a biopsy which can help to determine if the tumor is malignant or benign. Once your cat has been diagnosed then you can begin to look for treatment which can help them to be comfortable.
Treatments for the tumor
Although there are no cures for this type of cancer you will be able to have some form of treatment for your cat. Your vet will need to consider how far the cancer has spread and also the age of your cat and their overall health. For some cats they will not actually survive any treatments, so your vet may advise to make them as comfortable as possible but not to actually treat them. You will want your cat to remain comfortable and happy. If your cat is young and healthy then surgery and Cat Radiation Therapy might be recommended. Surgery is also often advised if the tumor is small and easy to reach but this can cause side effects.
Preventing the tumor
This form of cancer is preventable and ensuring that your cat has a good diet is essential for their good health. You should ensure that your cat eats a balanced and nutritional diet including meats, vegetables, carbohydrates and fiber. You should also give your cat bottled water to drink as this is far healthier for them. Tap water contains a lot of chemicals which can be harmful for your cat when ingested over a prolonged time. You also need to ensure that your cat has plenty of exercise and playtime to ensure that she does not become overweight. With the right care it is more likely that your cat will avoid getting this form of cancer.
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