The 5 Best Holistic Cancer Treatments For Cats

Authored byVeronic Fournier - Feb 16, 2021

 

A cancer diagnosis never equates to good news. That said, our cats are fortunate not to understand us humans, so they don't really know what's going on. You have to make the decisions for your cat and it's not always easy, I know that.

 

If you are in this situation, please know that I sympathize with you and am sincerely sorry that you have to go through this ordeal.

 

 

I have put together different holistic medicines for helping your cat who's fighting cancer in this article for you.

 

I will walk you through these cat cancer alternative options : traditional Chinese medicine, nutrition, medicinal plants and mushrooms, as well as homeopathic products.

 

For more information, you can also consult our complete guide to cat cancer. Our natural health experts and I are here to help you find a natural product to promote your cat’s good health.

 

 

Treating cat cancer with traditional Chinese medicine

 

One of the foundations of traditional Chinese medicine is to consider the body and the mind as a whole, as well as their interdependence. It is often used in addition to conventional medicine and many use it for disease prevention.

 

This holistic approach uses different tools, such as acupuncture, nutrition and herbal remedies, to help the body maintain or regain good overall health.

  

This alternative medicine is based on different theories, namely energy balance, the use of meridians and the harmonious relationship between the different elements, and the balance between Yin and Yang.

 

Meridians and acupuncture points 

 

Acupuncture points are distributed throughout the body along meridians, or energy trajectories. The National Library of Medicine has published an article which reports that certain acupuncture points can help relieve the side effects of chemotherapy. They can also stimulate a sick animal's appetite, as well as relieve nausea. 

 

It’s important to consult a vet specialized in acupuncture to find out if acupuncture is appropriate for your cat. 

 

In many cases of cancer, these energetic releases may not be advisable, mainly when there is a risk of spread (i.e. metastasis). 

 

The different elements and nutrition in traditional Chinese medicine

 

To help someone that is sick maintain good health with traditional Chinese medicine, one must take into account the harmony between the five elements, also called the five movements.

 

Each element is associated with one or more organs. For example, fire represents the heart and water represents the kidneys. There is also wood, metal and earth.

 

To promote the health of your cat with cancer using Chinese medicine, you will need to pay attention to its diet. The balance between the two opposing forces of Yin and Yang is essential for achieving good health.

 

A vet specializing in Chinese medicine will be able to guide you in selecting an appropriate diet for your cat, according to its energy balance.

 

Foods are characterized by their nature (hot, neutral, warm or cold) and their flavor (bitter, spicy, salty, sweet, sour). Depending on the organs affected by the disease, the vet will recommend specific foods to try to restore the balance of your cat’s vital energy.

 

 

Nutrition for a cat with cancer

 

Nutrition in itself is a holistic treatment approach for your cat's cancer.

 

Whether it’s mouth cancer, lung cancer or liver cancer, eating a good diet appropriate to your pet’s unique needs will strengthen its immune system and help them maintain good muscle mass.

 

Several diets exist and some are more appropriate than others for a cat suffering from cancer. For example, a diet a little higher in protein could help a sick cat retain its muscle mass.

 

Your vet can guide you in choosing the ideal type of diet for your kitty cat, following a physical examination and according to the results of various diagnostic tests.

 

 

Treat cat cancer with herbal remedies

 

Herbal remedies can be great allies in treating cat cancer. They are the perfect complements to medical treatments offered by your vet.

 

Herbal remedies can be of great help in relieving some symptoms, such as nausea and inflammation.

 

These plants can even be found as an active ingredient in some pharmacy drugs!

 

Curcumin

 

Curcumin is one of the natural remedies that cats can benefit from.

 

Although there are no scientific studies to prove it, this molecule found in turmeric has the ability to slow the growth of certain cancers, in addition to having other incredible virtues.

 

Ginger

 

The well-known ginger is a valuable tool in controlling nausea. As nausea is a frequent side effect of conventional cancer treatments, it can be considered a great asset in the event of illness.

 

Some even attribute anti-cancer qualities to it and recognize its ability to shrink tumors!

 

Care should be taken to check the toxicity of the plants you want to use, as some can be harmful to your cat. It is therefore important to ask your holistic vet if your cat's condition allows the use of the desired herbs and for their dosage and method of administration.

 

 

Homeopathic solutions for cat with cancer

 

Another way to naturally support your sick cat's system is to use homeopathic products.

 

Many use them as a supplement to traditional medicine. They help maintain the proper functioning of the animal's body.

 

At Zumalka, our products are based on the various holistic medicines mentioned above, namely traditional Chinese medicine, medicinal herbs, homeopathy and medicinal mushrooms.

 

Keep reading to learn about the benefits of mushrooms to help support your cat who's fighting cancer.

 

 

Medicinal mushrooms for cat who's fighting cancer

 

Indeed, the world of mushrooms is a vast and varied one. Some are deadly, while others can work miracles. Here is an overview of some interesting mushrooms in the context of diseases such as cancer. 

 

Agaricus Blazei

 

The US National Library Of Medicine has published an article reporting on the beneficial effects of Agaricus Blazei against allergies, infections and certain types of cancer.

 

In this study, the anti-tumor properties of this mushroom were demonstrated in mice in cases of fibrosarcoma, lung cancer, ovarian cancer and prostate cancer. Scientists also report its impact in cases of gynecological cancer in humans.

 

The use of Agaricus Blazei is common for breast cancer, prostate cancer, uterine cancer, and for benign skin tumors.

 

Click here to purchase this type of mushroom for your pets. 

 

Chaga

 

You've probably already heard of the famous chaga, which is popular with humans for its antioxidant properties.

 

It’s a mushroom that grows on trees, has the appearance of charcoal and is able to adapt to extreme weather conditions.

 

This mushroom has been the subject of several scientific studies, which have demonstrated its many virtues.

 

Medical News Today reports that Chaga may slow the effects of aging and help lower cholesterol levels, in addition to preventing certain cancers and slowing their progression.

 

It is also reported to slow the growth of tumors, in addition to supporting the immune system. It is used, among other things, in the treatment of breast and lung cancer.

 

They note that Chaga can help fight the side effects of chemotherapy and help relieve inflammation.

 

To try Chaga for your pets, take a look at our product.

 

Chaga is commonly used for Hodgkin lymphoma, lung cancer, stomach cancer, or for pain control. 

 

Hericium

 

The US National Library Of Medicine notes that the anti-diabetic, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and anti-cancer properties of this mushroom have been demonstrated.

 

Also called Lion's Mane, this mushroom that is rich in antioxidants, is noted as being used in the treatment of cognitive disorders such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's and is still being studied for its possible anti-depressive properties.

 

To use this mushroom for your sick cat, visit our Hericium product page.

 

The use of Hericium is common in cases of brain cancer, colon cancer, esophageal cancer, intestinal cancer, rectal cancer, stomach cancer, leukemia and some generalized cancers.

 

Maitake

 

This mushroom is an adaptogen, that is, it adapts to conditions in the body to help restore balance. The Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center claims that this mushroom helps prevent and fight cancer.

 

It also reports that this mushroom is helpful in managing diabetes, blood pressure, and weight loss.

 

Maitake is also noted as being an immune system stimulant.

 

A natural product for animals with a base of Maitake is available here.

 

Maitake is commonly used in cases of bone cancer, generalized cancer or to provide support during chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

 

Shiitake

 

You read that correctly! This is the same shiitake that you use in your delicious recipes!

 

The US National Library Of Medicine notes in one of their published articles, that Shiitake has tremendous anti-cancer and antioxidant potential.

 

They also report that this mushroom has shown promise in slowing the growth of and preventing certain cancers. Its use can increase life expectancy and quality of life.

 

It also has antiviral qualities and helps fight gingivitis.

 

The use of Shiitake is common in cases of pancreatic and liver cancers.

 

To buy Shiitake for your cat with cancer, visit this page.

 

Coriolus Versicolor

 

Coriolus Versicolor is a fairly common disc-shaped mushroom of various colors. It grows on tree trunks and fallen trees in the forest.

 

Medical News Today reports that several studies have shown its benefits for the immune system.

 

In addition to being an ally in the fight against colon cancer and breast cancer, the extract of this mushroom is said to increase the number of cells in the body that fight cancer.

 

You can find this mushroom in our natural product Coriolus Versicolor.

 

The use of this medicinal mushroom is common for hemangiosarcoma, as well as bladder, lung, sinus and skin cancers.

 

Cordyceps

 

This parasitic mushroom of caterpillars is reported by Medical News Today as being a mushroom that can provide multiple health benefits. They note, among other things, that it has anti-inflammatory attributes and is an asset in the treatment of arthritis.

 

This medicinal mushroom is commonly known for its protective action on certain organs, such as the kidneys, liver and lungs. It is also used by many for its effect of slowing the progression of certain cancers and for its potential to decrease the side effects of conventional cat cancer treatments.

 

Cordyceps use is common for bladder, kidney, bronchial, lung, sinus, and spleen cancers, as well as lymphoma and leukemia.

 

This natural Cordyceps-based product is specially designed for your feline companions.

 

Reishi

 

Has your cat had surgery for its cancer?

 

This mushroom could help it during recovery. The National Center for Biotechnology Information has published an article highlighting the anti-cancer properties of this medicinal mushroom. They also note its power in terms of preventing cancer and inhibiting the development of metastases.

 

This text also reports that Reishi has antiviral and antibacterial properties, helps regulate glucose, and protects the liver and stomach.

 

It is reported that the use of Reishi is common in cases of cancer of the anal glands, intestinal cancer, rectal cancer and for some benign skin tumors.

 

A natural product for animals made from Reishi is available here.

 

 

How to optimize the natural treatment of your cat's cancer?

 

 

This is one of our favorite natural products to support the health of cats that are fighting cancer. It’s made from another particularly amazing type of medicinal mushroom called Piptoporus Betulinus.

The PIPTOPET product optimizes the effect of all the mushrooms presented above. Using them in combination is therefore strongly recommended.

This mushroom is commonly used for its anti-tumor properties, since it would help prevent cancer recurrence.

 

 

Finally, as you can see, there are many solutions to help your cat in its fight against cancer.

 

Tell us, how long has your cat been fighting this disease? Have you ever tried natural treatments to help it?

 

Let us know in the comments section below.

 


About the author

Veronic Fournier
Veronic Fournier

ANIMAL HEALTH TECHNICIAN

Véronique Fournier shares her extensive pet health know-how on Zumalka through her articles.

Véronique’s background as an animal wellness advocate began in Cégep La Pocatière in Quebec, which led to comprehensive internships and training with respect to the breeding, rehabilitation, and monitoring of various types of animals. The institutions she has worked with include the Quebec Aquarium and the SOS Miss Dolittle shelter, just to name a few.

Her immersion with various veterinary clinics in British Columbia and other places has made Veronique not just knowledgeable, but also quite perceptive in zeroing in on the right strategy to help keep pets in the best of health.

And can we get you in on a secret? Veronique shares that she has already made a lot of canine pals due to her stint as a foster mom in several shelters. Isn’t that cool?


40 comments


  • Zumalka May 22, 2024 at 3:22 pm

    Hi Mandy, I’m so sorry to hear about your cat’s cancer! That’s so sweet of you to take in a rescue cat and do all you can to help her. I have sent a message to your email to get you some help from our Homeopath.


  • Mandy May 22, 2024 at 3:18 pm

    I have a rescue cat who is at least 8 years old. In January the vet and I discovered tumors in her stomach which the vets said was breast cancer. I wasn’t able to catch her since then to take her for an operation. She is living on the ledge below a window that I can’t reach. Now she has started to bleed. The bleeding isn’t continuous. I am very worried, but I can’t catch her no matter how much I try. I am trying to feed her well. She eats chicken and aging cat food. I leave her enough water. Is there anything I can do?


  • Zumalka March 20, 2024 at 11:49 am

    Hi Jacqueline, Thank you for your message, and we’re so sorry to hear about your cat’s mouth tumor! I’ve reached out to your email to give you some personalized help from our homeopath. We hope to hear good news from you and your pet soon!


  • Cat Exotica March 20, 2024 at 11:52 am

    Nice insights! It is easy to follow your writing because it is clear and concise. Thank you for sharing!


  • Jacqueline Dallal March 20, 2024 at 11:15 am

    Hello, my 15 year old Female Cat was confirmed to have a malignant mouth cancer lady week. I am devastated, I found a lump in her mouth suddenly the day after her 15th Birthday.

    If i hadn’t felt it while petting her I wouldn’t otherwise know she is unwell as she is still her gold old self – Active, playful, eating, grooming etc.

    The lump in her mouth is quite big & I have been warned that mouth cancers are aggressive with poor prognosis. She went under anaesthetic on Thursday to undergo a biopsy and I am awaiting those results to understand the exact type and stage of cancer – but i already underatand that mouth cancers are aggresive and the outcome usualyl poor even after treatment :(

    She still eating and I’ve been taking her outside to enjoy nature a few hours a day which she loves (She is usually 100% indoors).

    I’ve been told that if we were to try for a cure that it would involve radical surgery that would include the partial removal of her jaw bone in order to get enough parameters & it is a big operation for a senior cat to go through.

    Then there may be the option of less aggressive surgery to remove the mass without necessarily aiming for a cure.

    I’m still waiting for biopsy results but as much as I would love to save my cat I understand that it will likely be a recurrence even after surgery and I’m not willing to make my old girl suffer.

    My vet tried to do a test via lymphbodes to try to determine how far the cancer has spread & could not feel her lymph nodes (which she said is a good thing).

    Although given the size of the mass on her mouth I’m not in a state of denial regarding how quickly thinga will turn for her and how quickly it may spread/grow.

    I am fortunate she is still her regular old self & eating, grooming, playful etc but I know this can quickly change. I may look to do the job aggressive surgery if it is worth it for her and if removing the lump will be of benefit.

    But right now I’m looking for a natural therapy that can help to slow the growth / spread and also makes her feel as well as she can for as long as she can. I understand once the tumor in the mouth gets bigger she will stop eating.

    Appreciate your recommendations for anything I can do to offer my cat nutritional support and cancer support to help her be her best as she battles this month cancer.

    My cat is already on probiopet and immunopet. She had a blood test and my Vet was very impressed with how good her results came back. I’ve been managing her CKD for years and last week’s bloods even showed more improvement and stability of her CKD which my Vet is so pleased with.

    I’m devasted and want to help my baby and offer her anyrhing I can to be able to slow growth & spread and keep her feeling her best for as long as possible.

    Regards,
    Jacqui


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