Any pet parent understands how difficult it is to deal with a sick pet, and hearing the word “cancer” is especially challenging! If you’re dealing with a cancer diagnosis for your cat, I can only imagine how hard this time is for you.
In this article, we are going to find the answers to some common questions about bladder cancer in cats, and look at information about causes, symptoms, prognosis, and treatment options available.
We understand your feelings, because here at Zumalka, we are pet parents and animal lovers too! Because of this, we’re committed to using our decades of knowledge and experience in the animal health industry to help you and thousands of other pet parents around the world navigate their pet’s health concerns.
I hope you find this article helpful and informative during this stressful time!
While we don’t know the exact causes of bladder cancer in cats, we do know that bladder cancer is more likely to affect male cats, and obesity is also a risk factor in developing bladder cancer.
Of all bladder cancers diagnosed in cats, between 50-70% of bladder tumors in cats are called transitional cell carcinoma (TCC). These tumors affect the “transitional cells”, or cells that make up the inside lining of the bladder.
Symptoms of Bladder Cancer in Cats
It’s good to know early signs of bladder cancer in cats so you can be alert to any warnings and get them checked out as soon as you can. Some of the symptoms to look out for are: difficulty urinating, frequent and painful urination, and bloody urine.
One of the things that makes diagnosing bladder cancer in cats so difficult is that most of the signs are very similar to the symptoms of a urinary tract infection. So, if your cat is showing the symptoms listed above, you should take him/her into the vet, but it doesn’t mean cancer! Your vet will do lots of tests to determine whether it’s a UTI or something more serious.
Bladder Cancer in Cats: Prognosis and Life Expectancy
Of course, when our loved pet is diagnosed with this disease, we naturally ask ourselves: “how long can cats live with bladder cancer?” While a lot depends on their specific circumstances, most cats diagnosed with bladder cancer live for an average of 4-9 months.
Bladder Cancer in Cats: Treatment
In most cases of bladder cancer, surgery is not possible. Your vet might recommend NSAIDs (Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), chemotherapy, or radiation for treatment.
It’s important to know, though, that there are affordable natural products for bladder cancer in cats!
We are excited to share an amazing product made from a medicinal mushroom: PIPTOPET. This mother tincture works at boosting your pet’s immune system to help them in their fight against the disease. It can be used to before of ater a cancer diagnostic and can be used for long-term!
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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.