Is it true that cats can have brain cancer? Sadly, yes. While it is rare, older male cats seem to be the most likely felines to develop cancer.
Fortunately, cats are very similar to humans in that they can have either a benign tumor or a malignant tumor. And if the tumor is benign, you’ll be able to keep an eye on your cat and take him or her to the vet if you see any changes.
We put together some information for you to use in the event that you find that your cat is displaying some unusual symptoms.
Things to Look For
A seizure seems to be the most common indication of cat brain cancer. This is more common after the age of five, and other symptoms include abnormal behavior like pressing her head against you, bumping into doorways and other vision problems.
If you find that your cat is circling for no apparent reason – meaning she’s not trying to make a nest on your bed – this may be a sign that she could be suffering from a tumor that’s affecting her optic nerves and, therefore, her vision.
Why Does This Happen?
Veterinarians really don’t have a specific cause to point to when it comes to brain cancer. The reasons could be as widespread as they are for humans: Genetics, the environment or even a break in her immune system.
How to Handle a Malignant Tumor Diagnosis
If your cat is diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor, you’ll have three options: Surgery, radiation or chemotherapy. These are the same options that humans are given with a cancer diagnosis.
Which treatment you decide upon, if any, will be done in consultation with your veterinarian. Some pet parents decide that the treatment will just be too much for their cat or that it’s not affordable for them.
Deciding not to treat your cat for a brain tumor is as acceptable a therapy as any of the others. Keep her comfortable and enjoy her for as long as you can.
After Traditional Treatment
Your vet will want to keep a close eye on your cat following surgery, radiation or chemotherapy. Complications could arise and it’s very possible that this kind of treatment is short term at best.
While no one wants their kitty to have a malignant brain tumor, it’s important to make sure that you’re doing all of the things you need to in order to keep your cat as comfortable as possible.
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