It can be devastating to watch your loved pet deal with an illness, especially cancer. If you’re concerned your cat is suffering from intestinal cancer, or you’ve recently received a diagnosis, my heart goes out to you during this stressful time!
Here at HomeoAnimal, we care about you and your pet, and we are committed to using our extensive knowledge and experience in the pet health industry to help pet parents like yourself handle their pet’s health challenges, even cancer.
In this article, we will look at some commonly asked questions about intestinal cancer in cats, such as what causes intestinal cancer in cats and what are the symptoms. We will also discuss treatment options that are available. I hope you find this article informative, and if you have any other questions, you can always get in touch!
If you still have questions about this or any other cancer affecting cats, take a look at our complete guide to cat cancer to find out more.
What Is Intestinal Cancer In Cats?
There are different cancers that can affect a cat’s digestive tract, or intestines. We’ve already looked at stomach cancer in cats, but some cancers affect the small and large intestines as well (it can also be referred to as gastrointestinal cancer in cats, bowel cancer in cats, or colon cancer in cats).
As with any tumor, they can be either benign (non cancerous and do not spread), or malignant (cancerous and often spread to other areas). Unfortunately, most intestinal tumors in cats are malignant.
The majority of intestinal tumors in cats are in the small intestine and are lymphomas. Some other types of tumors that affect the intestine are adenocarcinomas, mast cell tumors, and leiomyosarcomas.
What Causes Intestinal Cancer In Cats?
While we can’t determine one singular cause for developing cancer, we do know that age, gender, and breed can be risk factors for certain cancers. Intestinal cancer tends to be diagnosed more frequently in older cats between 10-12 years old.
Male cats often develop intestinal cancer more often than female cats do. As well, Siamese cats are a breed that are more likely to be diagnosed with this cancer - they can be up to 8 times more likely to develop adenocarcinomas than other breeds.
Symptoms of Intestinal Cancer In Cats
So, how do you know if your cat has intestinal cancer? Some signs of intestinal cancer in cats to look out for are:
Vomiting (could be bloody)
Reduced appetite and weight loss
Diarrhea (could be bloody)
Of course, if your cat has these symptoms, it doesn’t always mean intestinal cancer! There are other illnesses that might be affecting your cat, like parasites, or eating bad food. But if you notice any of these or other unusual symptoms, make sure to get him or her checked out!
Feline Intestinal Cancer: Life Expectancy
The life expectancy of a cat diagnosed with intestinal cancer can be from a few weeks to 2 years, depending on the location, type, and size of tumor, as well as if it has already spread. If the tumor has already metastasized (spread), generally the average survival time is a few months after surgical treatment. The biggest concern is the cancer spreading to other areas or returning again after treatment.
Intestinal Cancer In Cats: Treatment
Of course, you want the best for your feline friend! If your cat has been diagnosed with gastrointestinal cancer (also known as bowel cancer, or colon cancer), your vet may recommend surgery, chemotherapy, or both, depending on your pet’s unique circumstances.
No matter what treatment options you’re given though, many pet parents look for additional options of treatment too. Here at HomeoAnimal, we want to make sure your pet has the best natural product available, too! That’s why we want to introduce you to the natural product PIPTOPET.
PIPTOPET has been specially created for pets who are fighting cancer. It help boost your pet’s immune system. A good immune system can help your cat in his fight against the disease. You will also be relieved to know that it can be used on its own or with other conventional treatments too!
We are always here to answer your questions, offer advice, and listen to your concerns! Don’t hesitate to reach out by phone, email, or instant message.
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.