What To Do If Your Cat Is Diagnosed With Terminal Cancer

Cancer can occur in cats in the same way that it occurs in humans. If your beloved feline has recently been diagnosed with a terminal form of cancer, you'll have to make some difficult decisions in the coming weeks and months. Specifically, there are a few things you'll want to do when you find out that your cat has been diagnosed with terminal cancer of any kind.

Understand What to Expect

The first step is to have a discussion with your cat's vet about the specific type of cancer your cat has been diagnosed with. You'll want to find out how far the cancer has progressed, along with which parts of your cat's body (and thus function) may be affected. You'll also want to find out more about what to expect as your cat's condition worsens. And of course, if there are any treatment options (such as daily injections or medication) to make your cat more comfortable, be sure to have a veterinarian or vet tech demonstrate how to administer them to your cat.

Make Your Cat as Comfortable as Possible

Speaking of comfort, taking measures to make your feline companion as comfortable and happy as possible after a diagnosis of a terminal illness is a must. For example, if your cat develops mobility issues as a result of the cancer, you may need to switch to a litter box that's lower to the ground and more easily accessible to your cat. Or, if your cat is having trouble jumping up onto furniture, consider placing cozy cat beds and soft blankets on the floor. Keep in mind that, depending on your cat's specific diagnosis, you may also be encouraged to change up your cat's diet to keep him or her comfortable.

Consider Quality of Life

Last but not least, be sure to keep your cat's quality of life in mind when it comes to making decisions after the diagnosis. Of course you want to keep your cat alive and with you for as long as possible, but it's also important to consider the quality of life your cat is living. If he or she is clearly in a lot of pain, then it may be time to at least talk to a vet about the possibility of euthanasia. It's never an easy decision to make, but many vets will even come to your home to perform euthanasia in the most stress-free and peaceful way possible.

For more information and details, talk with a veterinarian about your cat's condition and the options available.