Table of contents:
- How do I know if I should euthanize my cat?
- What kills a cat with lymphoma?
- Does feline lymphoma show up in blood work?
- Can a cat recover from lymphoma?
- What do you feed a cat with lymphoma?
How do I know if I should euthanize my cat?
Persistent and incurable inability to eat, vomiting, signs of pain, distress or discomfort, or difficulty in breathing are all indications that euthanasia should be considered. You and your family know your cat better than anyone else, so try to make a reasoned judgement on quality of life.
What kills a cat with lymphoma?
In lymphoma, steroids kill the cancer cells but are not “traditional” chemotherapy agents. Treatment with a single chemotherapy drug. This is most commonly used in intestinal small cell lymphoma. Steroids and chlorambucil can keep a cat with small cell lymphoma in remission for months.
Does feline lymphoma show up in blood work?
A chemistry panel and complete blood count (CBC) may reveal particular organ involvement. Fine needle aspirates or biopsies are often diagnostic for feline lymphoma. In some cases surgery may be recommended for confirmation of diagnosis and as a possible initial treatment.
Can a cat recover from lymphoma?
Only 25-50% of cats with high-grade lymphoma achieve remission with treatment. Typically, this period of remission lasts only 2-9 months, and then cats become ill again. Mediastinal lymphoma in cats with feline leukemia carries a poor prognosis, with an average survival time of 3 months.
What do you feed a cat with lymphoma?
Your best bet is kitten food. Many meet this nutritional recommendation and can be used for your adult cat with cancer. Making nutrients easily available to the digestive system will improve absorption.
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