Does your cat have a lump on his stomach? If you’ve found an unusual growth in your cat’s abdomen, you’re most likely worried and your first thought might be cancer. In this article we’re going to look at stomach cancer in cats, and learn more about causes, symptoms, and treatments available.
First of all, it’s reassuring to know that stomach cancer is rare in cats, and it only makes up less than 1% of diagnosed cases. Any tumor is classified as either malignant (cancerous and can spread) or benign (not cancerous and does not spread). Unfortunately, while stomach cancer is rare, the majority of stomach tumors in cats are malignant and often spread to other areas of the body.
There are different types of malignant tumors that can be found on or around the stomach. In cats, the most common abdominal cancers are lymphomas, leiomyosarcomas, and adenocarcinomas.
What Causes Stomach Cancer in Cats?
The causes of stomach cancer in cats aren’t specific, but are often related to gender, age, and breed. For example, cats that are more often diagnosed with stomach cancer are older cats, male cats, and siamese cats.
What Are The Symptoms of Stomach Cancer in Cats?
The most common symptoms of stomach cancer in cats is a change in eating habits and appetite, and weight loss. You might also notice chronic vomiting or diarrhea that might be bloody too. Often these symptoms don’t happen all at once, but are chronic problems that tend to get worse over time.
So, if your cat has a lump on the side of their stomach, is it stomach cancer? Often, stomach cancer isn’t visible or able to be felt, as it is a cancer that affects the actual organ in the abdomen. But if you’ve noticed an abnormal growth, it could be a different type of abdominal cancer - whether you notice other symptoms or not, be sure to get it checked out by your vet!
Stomach Cancer in Cats: Life Expectancy and Treatment
The life expectancy or outlook of a cat with stomach cancer depends on a lot of factors, such as the type, size, and progression of the tumor. Generally, surgery is often recommended by vets rather than chemotherapy and radiation.
Many pet parents look for natural products to help their pet fight against cancer. The PIPTOPET is a special natural product made from a medicinal mushroom to help boost your pet’s immune system and help them during their fight against the disease!
Whether you are looking to use it on its own or with another more conventional treatment option, PIPTOPET can be used both to before or after receiving acancer diagnostic.
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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.