The most important thing you should know about liver cancer in cats is that it is possible to treat it if you diagnose it at early stage. Most importantly, it is possible to possibly prevent it as well. Experts say that a combination of healthy food, clean water, physical exercise, and health supplements can reduce the risks of cancer in cats significantly. So, there is no need to lose hope at all. Cancer is usually due to a variety of factors including breed, diet (although link isn’t clear if at all), genetics and environment. Positively impacting some of these areas, could be of help.
Your cat’s liver can get affected by two types of tumors – tumors that start in the liver itself and tumors which start in some other part of the body and spread to the liver. The former is called primary feline liver cancer and is very rare. The latter, however, is not as rare as the former and is far more dangerous. When tumors metastasize to the liver, it means that the disease has spread to almost all the vital organs of the body. In other words, the chances of your cat’s survival are quite less. Tumors are difficult to detect since the liver can function for a long time when partially diseased without noticeable side effects.
The most common signs of liver cancer in cats include loss of appetite, weight loss, diarrhea, vomiting, fatigue, and jaundice. Since these symptoms are common for other types of cancer as well, you should be really careful and take your cat to a vet immediately if you think your cat shows any of these symptoms. The vet, after evaluating your cat’s health condition, will be able to tell you various things like the size of the tumor, whether it is malignant or benign, and the extent of the disease.
If your cat suffers from primary feline liver cancer, the vet might suggest surgery to remove the tumor. If the tumor is not very big, it can be surgically removed very easily. If your cat suffers from some other type of cancer that has spread to its liver, the chances are not good. However, it does not mean that you should not try at all. You can start giving your cat the right kind of diet formulated by your vet and plenty of natural health supplements to improve its health and increase its lifespan as much as possible.
Preventing liver cancer in cats, like I already said, is may be possible with the right combination of diet, exercise, and health supplements. Nothing is certain, but the goal is to increase the odds of success.
Diet: You should avoid low quality processed pet food as it contains preservatives, additives, and chemicals that are harmful to your cat’s health. Make sure that the food you are feeding your cat is AAFCO certified. It is not a good idea to give a cat home cooked food unless it is done in consultation with a veterinary nutritionist. There are 40 components that are required in food in the right balance in order to support a cat’s health. Home cooked foods may miss some of these essential components.
Water: Make sure your cat only drinks filtered water. Tap water contains a large number of carcinogenic substances that are extremely harmful to your cat’s health. So, make sure you give your cat plenty of clean water to drink.
Exercise: The importance of physical exercise for domesticated animals cannot be stressed enough. Regular physical exercise improves your cat’s health, strengthens its limbs, improves its metabolism, and makes it happy as well.
Health supplements: Giving your cat natural herbal supplements can be a helpful way to reduce the risks of liver cancer in cats. These supplements contain herbs that can potentially strengthen your cat’s vital organs, improve its metabolism, and increase its disease resistance capacity considerably. By making these supplements a part of your cat’s regular diet, you can reduce the risks of cancer, or any other disease for that matter, to a great extent. The research behind these elements is still evolving. They are not a sure bet, but may be helpful as part of a cat’s total care plan.
Keep these tips in mind and take good care of your cat.
About the Author:
By: Jeff Grill
Jeff Grill is an editor of the Cat Health Guide. The Guide contains more information on feline liver cancer. For more information on natural treatment See this site for more information on See this site for more information on natural treatment options for liver cancer in cats.