It is a reality – like people, cats can also have cancer. It also makes sense that methods used for humans could likely heal a cat, too. Thus, chemotherapy could also be used on cats with cancer.
- This type of treatment can be used for many types of cancers, whether they are affecting just one spot or many areas of the body.
- Chemotherapy works by destroying the fast growing cells that often comprise the cancerous tumors. Still, that could also mean destruction of normal body cells.
- Chemotherapy could be administered as a direct injection or through catheter.
Cat Chemotherapy Cost
- The cost of this treatment varies among clinics and animal hospitals.
Cat Chemotherapy Side Effects
- Unlike in humans, chemotherapy does not usually cause hair or fur loss in cats. Still, their whiskers could fall off.
- The treatment could also cause the cat to have no appetite up to a few days after the treatment was administered.
- The cat might also experience vomiting, diarrhea, and other gastrointestinal problems.
- The cat’s bone marrow might also be affected to some extent.
- Although the side effects are not every severe, normal cells do get affected by chemotherapy. This is especially noticeable in the immediate area where the shot is administered.
- One rare side effect is that the cat will develop a life-threatening systemic infection.
Another rare side effect is that the cat may develop ulcerations and some areas in the body could swell.