Cat With Lymphoma and When To Euthanize?
Feline lymphoma is one of the cat diseases that most cat owners dread. Cat lymphoma is a scary one. It tends to get through the back door – you can really never know. It isn’t uncommon but when it strikes, it’s deadly.
But when the inevitable comes, there is that lingering question; when worse comes to worst with cat lymphoma, when to euthanize? Don’t worry, we’ll accompany you through the process, alright? You got a friend in us
What is Feline Lymphoma?
Feline lymphoma isn’t a rare disease, in fact, it is actually the most commonly diagnosed form of cancer in cats. It is the cancer of the white blood cells, wherein the liver, the spleen, and the lymph nodes could be gravely affected. There are other forms of lymphoma: gastric, intestinal, renal, thymic, and spinal. The kidneys, eyes, central nervous system, nose, and skin could also be affected.
Lymphoma isn't a fan of cherry-picking on age, gender or breed. But usually, cats in ages 10-12 get more prone to contracting the disease. Here are the signs you should watch out for that indicate a looming lymphoma.
- Be careful with drastic body temperature changes – there could be fever
- Evident breathing problems
- The sudden appearance of redness and flakiness in your cat's skin
- Watch out for nausea, diarrhea, refusal to eat and drink
- Your cat may experience lethargy or sudden changes in behavior
- If your cat has abrupt changes in weight and in appetite
- Presence of growths and masses
Knowing which battles to fight
It may be difficult to tell if your cat is in pain, but here are some pointers that may help you decide.
When your cat can no longer take care of himself/herself
Cats give high regard to their hygiene. When they intentionally refuse to take care of themselves, no longer eating or drinking, no longer making an effort to groom themselves, then maybe they can also feel that something is going on with their tiny bodies.
Before you finally decide, make sure you ask for a lot of opinions. It’s good to have several perspectives on this matter. You can ask your vet, ask other vets and doctors, and your family and friends.
If it has been a recurring illness, and it only causes your cat to suffer every time, then maybe it’s time to let them go on.
You also have to assess your financial situation, if you can still sustain your cat’s expenses. You will have to weigh in things and consider other factors.
I think we’ve covered most of it? When it comes to cat lymphoma, and when to euthanize. There are things that are out of our control; no matter how much we take care of our loved ones, what will happen, will happen. But one thing remains sure, right? We will not go down without a fight. Hold on tight, buddy!