Cat Intestinal, Abdominal Cancer
Intestinal cancer in cats mimics the symptoms of an inflammation in the intestinal passage which could be the result of an obstruction in the region. A lot of the symptoms of cat intestinal cancer and abdominal tumors in cats are similar to those of stomach cancer. The cat is likely to suffer from a loss of weight, continues and chronic vomiting, a difficulty in defecation and spasms in the sphincter. Although it may want to defecate, it may not succeed in producing sufficient fecal matter. Diarrhea is a possibility with feces looking tarry and bloody. Abdominal tumors in cats are more often than not, also accompanied by rectal tumors. Surgery is the only possible remedy followed by severe radiation. However, post operative survival rates are low as the cancer may recur or spread to the other areas. While the causes of intestinal cancer in cats in unknown, the only preventive measures involve growing them in an environment with minimal pollution, protect it from consuming carcinogenic food and feeding it a healthy balanced diet. Close contact with the pet and observing its movements every day may help spot the disease or its symptoms at an earlier date. This may improve its chances of survival although it is extremely difficult to identify them at an early stage. Keep a look out for any difficulty in breathing, a stiffness of the joints while walking, limping about, minor injuries and sores that refuse to heal over time, foul odour emanating from it and lumps that seem to be growing in size.
Cat stomach cancer is a difficult disease to spot for pet owners as the symptoms are not very noticeable and it is only in advanced stages that the sickness begins to show. Cat cancer symptoms include frequent vomiting that is tinged with blood, increased sleep, lethargy, diminished reflexes and movement, stool that is black from the blood ingested, anemia that is caused by the loss of all this blood, loss of weight and appetite, and a refusal to let its owner touch its stomach due to tenderness and pain. The masses can easily be felt through the skin. At the hospital, radiographs, abdominal ultrasounds, blood panels and gastroscopy may be prescribed to find out the extent of the cancer. Surgery can be performed to remove malignant cells although radiation is not usually prescribed as it may damage the surrounding organs. Cat cancer causes are difficult to determine just as it is for humans, but it could in some cases be hereditary.