Anyone who hears the word cancer shudders at the thought of it. To hear a diagnosis of that terrible disease for one of our beloved pets is a painful experience, and we hate to see them suffering and in pain.
In this article, we are going to look at bone cancer in cats, learning about the causes, life expectancy, and treatment options available. We here at Zumalka are here to help you navigate your furry friend’s health issues by using our years of knowledge and experience in the industry.
I hope this article helps answer all the questions you have, and make sure to check out our comprehensive guide to find out everything you need to know about cancer in cats.
What is Bone Cancer in Cats?
In general, bone cancer in cats is a rare cancer. But over 95% of all primary bone cancers found in cats are Osteosarcomas, a type of cancer that affects the cells that create and break down the bones.
Osteosarcoma is most commonly found in the legs, especially the hind legs. Other bones can be affected as well, such as the skull, pelvis, and jaw, but they are less common.
What Causes Feline Osteosarcoma?
While we can’t point to a specific cause, it’s common to find cancer in spots where the bone had been fractured before, and there is some evidence that bone cancer in cats can be virus related.
When facing a cancer diagnosis, we often ask ourselves: why? What caused it? Even though we would love to identify a singular cause, often we don’t know the exact reason for a cat developing cancer.
Osteosarcoma in Cats: Symptoms
How can you know if your cat has osteosarcoma? Often, the symptoms will depend on the area of the body the cancer is affecting.
Bone Cancer in Cats: Jaw
If the cancer is affecting the jaw, you might notice they are having trouble opening their mouth and eating, or lots of saliva in their mouth.
Bone Cancer in Cats: Legs
If the cancer is affecting their legs, you will most likely notice lameness, or pain and swelling in the leg.
Bone Cancer in Cats: Life Expectancy
How long can cats live with bone cancer? This is a difficult question to answer, because each case is different. Cats with this cancer can live on average anywhere from 1 year to 4 years, depending on the location, severity, and how early treatment was started.
Treatment Options For Osteosarcoma in Cats
In most cases of osteosarcoma in the legs, the primary treatment recommended by your vet is amputation. All malignant (cancerous) tumors have the ability to spread to other areas of the body, so there is always the chance that the cancer can move to other places, like the lungs.
Thankfully, bone cancer in cats tends to be much less aggressive than in other animals, so the chances of it spreading is lower. Still, reducing chances of recurrences and spread is a major part of treating the cancer.
Many concerned pet parents look for natural products for cancer and other illnesses to help keep their pets healthy. That is why we are happy to tell you about PIPTOPET, an amazing product made from a medicinal mushroom, specifically designed to maintain the body healthy in case of cancer and tumors, even for long-term use!
We always love helping pet parents understand their pet’s health and find the best treatment options. Please reach out to us through email, chat, or phone call to see how we can help and answer any questions you might have! You can always fill out our Free Consultation form too.
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ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE THERAPIST
Denyse Lessard is a therapist in alternative medicine.
She has an extensive educational background and has earned multiple degrees, including diplomas in Chinese medicine, Reflexology, Naturopathy & Iridology, and Homeopathy. She is also a member of the Association of Naturopaths and Naturotherapists of Quebec, and the Professional Union of Homeopaths of Quebec.
When working with her patients, Denyse believes in not only helping pets achieve optimum health, but keeping them in tip-top shape for their entire lives.