Cat Kidney Tumor
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Cat Kidney Tumor
Thankfully there are some types of tumors which do not affect your cats that much and kidney tumors are one form. This type of Cat Cancer is very uncommon in cats and very few do suffer from it, if they do then they can continue to live with one kidney. Thankfully if their remaining kidney is working well then they will survive. They can continue to have a perfectly healthy lifestyle and live for a long time.
Kidney function and tumors
Your cat has two kidneys and they are the essential functioning organs to filter waste through their body. The kidneys maintain the correct levels of minerals, salts and water in the body and are very important. Although they are very important to your cat, surprisingly they can survive with just three quarters of one kidney. If your cat does get a kidney tumor it will be one of two different types; it may be a tumor which has grown in the kidney or one that has spread there.
Signs of a kidney tumor
Some cat breeds are more prone to Cat Kidney Disease and kidney cancer than other breeds, and male cats are more likely to have this form of cancer than female cats. If your cat is displaying blood in their urine and a Cat Loss of Appetite, then they may have a tumor. They will also have a Cat Increased Thirst and will subsequently want to drink all of the time and hence they will also have a Cat Increased Urination and will urinate more than before. You will also notice that their temperament has changed and that they are exhibiting Cat Aggression and do not want to be touched and petted. You know your cat better than anyone else and will know if they are under the weather and unwell.
Diagnosis of kidney tumors
Your vet will want to do blood tests and take x-rays to determine if your cat does in fact have a tumor. An x-ray will clearly show what is wrong with your cat and the blood works will determine if the blood and urine are normal. These tests will show if your cat's kidneys are functioning as they should be. While your vet is doing the x-ray they can also check that all of your cats other organs are in good condition. Having your cat regularly checked out by your vet is essential as they will be able to detect problems early. Often the vet can tell if there is something wrong with your cat before you do and often the quicker they are diagnosed then the outcome is better.
Treatment and surgery
If your cat has a kidney tumor there are different treatments that they can have, however surgery is the best. If your cat is young and healthy then the kidney with the tumor will simply be removed and your cat can begin aftercare. Once at home they will need to be monitored to ensure that the remaining kidney is coping well. In nearly all cases the infected animal will continue a normal life with one kidney. Very rarely the tumor will return and infect the other kidney but this is very rare and will need another form of treatment. . Cat Cancer Dietary Supplements and other herbal supplements should be administered to the cat in order to help keep their health up.
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