Feline Bladder Cancer: Signs, Prognosis, and Treatment

Denise Lessard
Authored by Denyse Lessard
Denyse is an in Chinese medicine, homeopathy, and naturopathy, and the formulator behind most of Zumalka's natural health products for pets.


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!


Our complete guide to cat cancer contains all the information you need to know about cancers affecting cats.



What Causes Bladder Cancer in Cats?


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!



We understand that you are facing lots of hard decisions, and you have lots of information to learn and understand. If you need any help, or have any questions, please feel contact us so we can see how we can help!


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About the author

Denise Lessard
Denise Lessard


Denyse Lessard is deemed as the “mother” of Zumalka, which was established more than ten years ago to provide easily accessible natural products for pet wellness worldwide.

Besides being a trained alternative medicine therapist, Denyse also has expertise in homeopathy, naturopathy and iridology, reflexology, as well as Chinese medicine. She is a long-standing member of the Professional Union of Homeopaths of Quebec, as well as the Association of Naturopaths and Naturotherapists of Quebec.

Denyse’s philosophy as regards pet wellness is not just about only dealing with disease and illness when they get in the picture, but keeping animals in ideal health each and every day.

Find out more about Denyse when you click HERE.

1 comment

  • Rebecca Pitts July 12, 2023 at 3:24 pm

    My cat has bladder masses you have anything that will stop her bleeding

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