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What is Intestinal Tumor?

Intestinal tumors are most likely to occur in middle-aged to older cats who are over six years of age. Male cats are more likely to develop intestinal tumors than females.

Though uncommon, there are a variety of tumors that can develop in the large and small intestines in cats. These include adenocarcinoma, malignant tumors that affect the gastrointestinal tract; lymphomas, a type of cancer that originates in the lymphocyte cells of the lymph nodes; leiomyosarcomas, a painful type of cancer that occurs in the intestines; mast cell tumors, which originate in the skin; carcinoid tumors, which develop in the mucous lining of the intestines; gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST), which begin in the mesenchymal cells in the intestines, and leiomyomas, benign tumors that develop from the smooth tissue in the intestines.

Symptoms of Intestinal Tumor in Cats

Symptoms vary slightly, depending on the type of intestinal tumor that is affecting the cats and where in the gastrointestinal tract it begins forming. Malignant tumors that have spread to other organs in the body may also present varied symptoms. Common symptoms include:

  • Excessive gas (flatulence)
  • Vomiting, perhaps with blood
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Rumbling noises from abdominal area (borborygmus)
  • Hardened mass felt in abdominal area
  • Straining to defecate (tenesmus)
  • Black colored stools (melena)
  • Distended loops of small bowel that are painful
  • Weakness due to low blood sugar
  • Stools that have bright red, bloody streaks
  • Protrusion of rectal wall through anal cavity (rectal prolapse)

Causes of Intestinal Tumor in Cats

There are no known causes of intestinal tumors. Because they are normally found in older cats, researchers believe that they could form due to a mutation during cell division. The older a cat is, the greater the number of cell divisions that have occurred, increasing the likelihood of a mutation that causes a tumor to form.

Diagnosis of Intestinal Tumor in Cats

The veterinarian will perform a physical exam of the cat, feeling for any masses in the abdomen and placing a gloved finger into the rectum in order to feel for any palpable masses in the rectum and anus. The veterinarian will need to know the cat's health history and a detailed list of symptoms in order to correctly diagnose the leiomyoma. 

More common gastrointestinal conditions, such as pancreatitis, parasitic infections, obstruction from a foreign body or inflammatory bowel disease, must be ruled out in order for the cat to receive a proper diagnosis. Tests to rule these conditions out will include a biochemical profile, complete blood count and a urinalysis. A fecal test to look for the presence of blood in the stool will also be completed. An abdominal ultrasound will also be performed. The abdominal ultrasound will be used to look for any masses or thickening of the tissue in the bowels or stomach, which is indicative of a tumor. The veterinarian may also use the ultrasound to guide a thin needle into the cat's abdomen, taking a sample of the fluid in order to look for cancer cells.

A special test that uses dye, known as gastrointestinal contrast radiography, may also be performed. Prior to the test, the cat will be given an oral dose of a dye solution called barium. The dye illuminates the gastrointestinal tract during X-rays. Multiple X-rays will be taken of the gastric tract as the barium passes through the cat's digestive system. This allows the veterinarian to look for and identify the tumor. Rarely, an endoscopy may be performed. During the endoscopy, a small, flexible tube with an attached camera will be inserted into the stomach and/or the rectal area to help the veterinarian visualize the tumor.

Treatment of Intestinal Tumor in Cats

Surgery

Surgery is the most commonly used treatment for intestinal tumors. The veterinarian will make a small incision into the abdomen in order to remove the tumor. The portion of the intestines that contained the tumor will be removed and the intestines will be resected. The incision will then be closed with sutures.

Dietary Changes

The veterinarian may place the cat on a specific diet that will consist of frequently eaten small meals that are easily digestible and high in nutrition. This diet will allow the food to pass through the digestive tract more easily and help the cat to get the nutrition it needs without food becoming obstructed.

Medication

The cat will be prescribed painkillers in order to control its pain from the tumor. Chemotherapy, a medication used to kill cancer cells, is sometimes recommended but is often not successful.

Recovery of Intestinal Tumor in Cats

Because intestinal tumors often metastasize to other parts of the body and grow quickly, the prognosis is typically poor. If surgery occurred, the cat will need to wear an Elizabethan cone in order to prevent it from biting its sutures. The veterinarian will need to follow up with the cat to ensure that the incision site is healing well and is free from infection. At each follow-up appointment, a physical exam and ultrasounds will be taken to monitor the intestines for any tumor re-growth.

Intestinal Tumor Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Moofie
domestic medium hair
12 Months
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Straining To Defecate

Need some advice. My cat is almost 13 and has a tumor in his colon area. We did ultrasound and colonoscopy and we think it has metastasized. I do have the pathology reports from the biopsies. If there's anyway I can send you a copy of the report that might help.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for contacting us about Moofie. Unfortunately I don't have any way to receive the pathology reports. It does sound like you have a great veterinary team that has been helping you through this. If he is straining to defecate because of a tumor in his colon, he may need to be on stool softeners and a low residue diet to help him pass stool more comfortably. If he isn't already on those things, you can ask your veterinarian if they might be appropriate for his stage of disease, to help him be more comfortable.

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Mickey
Russian Blue
5 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Runny Stool
Large kidneys
Loss of Appetite

Medication Used

Painkiller
Ear treatment for appetite

An x-ray has shown a fairly big mass in or around my 5 year old cat's intestines but it is unclear what kind of mass it is or if it's attached or grown into the intestine. With pain killers and an appetite boosting ointment, Mickey is eating nearly normally and still drinking.

Our vet has declared it cancerous, but is it possible that a biopsy or less invasive test could prove otherwise? I'm wary to proceed with treatment for such a vague diagnosis.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If a biopsy was to be made of the mass, general anaesthesia and laparotomy would most likely be the method of choice; in a Veterinarian’s mind, if you are going to do all that for a biopsy you may as well remove the mass and send it for histopathology to reduce other surgeries etc… An ultrasound may give some better detail of the mass, but will still leave many questions afterwards. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Pookie
Tuxedo
13 Years
Serious condition
2 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Sleepiness,

My cat had a large expansive, nodular, mass in left abdominal wall extending to midline. At time of examination, he was acting like a normal cat. The day after examination, he went downhill, sleeping in a box,...etc. My question is could the physical exam caused pain in the area, or broken the mass a bit or is this all just a coincidence. How much pressure is put on a mass during the examination. Just trying to deal with the loss, and understand, as it went downhill so fast, and I put my baby to sleep.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email, and I am truly sorry for your loss. Without knowing what kind of mass Pookie had, I'm not sure whether the exam could have caused trauma. I would think, however, that if the gentle pressure that is used to do an abdominal palpation caused the tumor to rupture or otherwise caused trauma, that it was sadly probably only a matter of time before that happened on its own. You may never know whether that happened during the exam, or if it was a coincidence. Again, I am sorry for your loss of Pookie.

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Morgan
tabby
13 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea
Weight Loss
tumor
colon mass
Blood In Stool

Medication Used

medicated food
prednisone

My 13 yr old indoor cat xray shows a large mass in her colon area with a large blockage of feces unable to pass through. The xray​ may also indicate that she has tumors in other parts of her body. She has been behaving normally otherwise. She has weight loss, diareeha​ ​ and more recnetly​ been pooping clots of blood rather than feces. We visted​ the vet this morning and gave options including surgery, chemo, and humanely putting her at rest. Surgery seems like an expensive and not too promising option. He gave her a sterio​d shot to help lessen inflammation and she is on a medicated diet for gastro-intestin​al issues. Can she survive this, even for a short amount of time? Should I have the surgery?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If the mass is causing luminal blockage of the intestine, many issues may occur especially if you’re not going to go through with surgery; surgery may be a good option depending on the specific location of the mass and other factors. See how Morgan goes for now but continue checking in with your Veterinarian and see each day as it goes. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Diamond
Calico
16 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

My cousins cat Diamond is 16 years old. They found a 2 centimeter tumor on her small intestine which was found from a sonogram.She was not feeling well and had thrown up and I had seen blood spots on the floor. I took her to the emergency vet hospital. They found the tumor. They gave her a steroid shot and a shot for nausea. Her kidney levels had been a little on her blood work. She is feeling a lot better from the steroid. They also found a heart murmur. They also said the heart murmur is a risk with anesthesia She eats and drinks. They suggest surgery. We are afraid due to age and anesthesia if she will make it through the surgery, but they do not know if it is cancerous or not but they feel it needs to be removed if they can remove it because of where it is. We don't want her to suffer. I am so worried. Is it worth the surgery?? Is this a difficult surgery??

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If the lesion is singular and localized, which it sounds like it is, the surgery should not be complicated. As far as whether the surgery is worth the risk of anesthesia for her, I can't comment on that without being able to see Diamond's lab work or examining her. That would be a good conversation to have with your veterinarian, as they can assess her health and know what the risks for her might be. I hope that all goes well for her.

Thank you very much, you made me feel better about it all. One vet seems to think it is isolated but they will not know until they go in for the surgery. Her blood work is good except for the elevation in the kidneys. Most of Diamonds life was spent outside of My cousins house in a court yard with her mother cat. She died several years ago. My cousin moved into another house and then let Diamond live under her carport
where she was free to roam. Then a few years ago she moved again near me and she had her under her carport again and I told her she should not roam due to the feral cats around. I finally talked my cousin into letting her live inside. I also took her to the vet for shots because she had never been to a vet, except for when she was a kitten to have her spaded. For never had been to a vet they said she was healthy.This year is the first time she has been really sick. I do think the steroid shot has helped her. She has only thrown up once, but she is eating, drinking and having good bowel movements. Please Pray for Diamond. Her surgery is tomorrow morning at 10:30. Thank you again for your help, God Bless, Tami!

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Chakra
dsh
13 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting

Medication Used

Some compulsive swallowing

Hi, my 13 yr old female cat has had sudden onset vomiting, lethargy, not eating, bloods normal except for slight rise liver function, ultrasound shows slight thickening small intestinal wall,fna shows occasional spindle cells, fine chromatin, large nucleoli. Should we go further with laparoscopy? Could this be toxicity only? Thanks, want to make best decision for her

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It may be that there is a gastrointestinal stromal tumour, but this would need to be confirmed by the Pathologist; I would try to get confirmation before going in for a exploratory laparotomy. Your Veterinarian should guide you to the best course of action taking into account the symptoms and the severity of the thickened small intestine. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Fifi
Ragdoll
13 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Anorexia, lost weight and muscle

Medication Used

Steroids, pain killers
Failure to groom

My cat has had an ultra sound scan and one of the stomachs lymph nodes has a pitted mass on it, measuring 3x normal size. The instestines are also thickened. Full blood count showed no raised levels of white cells but low cholesterol. All other tests normal.
Vet has prescribed steroids and pain killers as suspects cancer/ lymphoma
But why no raised white blood cell count?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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WBC counts can wax and wane, depending on the body's response to infection or inflammation. If Fifi has an infection but is immune compromised, for instance, her counts may appear normal on lab work. We always look at the entire clinical picture when diagnosing and treating disease, not individual numbers. I hope that she is okay.

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Iris
Cat
15 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Loose Bowel Movements, gas, wt.loss
Loose Bowel Movements

Iris is 15 years old house cat, rescued as a feral kitten. 6 months ago she had her teeth cleaned and labwork done(unremarkable). She has lost weight, poor grooming,loose stools, some bright red blood, gas and tummy rumbling. Always ready to eat and often plays for a bit. She is social with me and the other cats. I am afraid that if I start testing her I will stress her and also have a bad outcome. How can I help her?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without taking Iris to your Veterinarian for a thorough examination we cannot be sure what the specific cause of the symptoms are; a quick examination by your Veterinarian will feel if there is anything in the abdominal cavity and blood work is always good in a cat Iris’s age. Whether you don’t want to stress her or your scared of the outcome, you should have her checked regardless. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you. I will take her to our vet.

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Gee Gee
Mog
15 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Loss Of Consciousness
Weight Loss
Lump in intestines
Loss of Appetite

My vet has just found a lump in my cat’s intestines. She has lost a lot of weight, more so in the last couple of weeks. She has been given antibiotics and steroids to take down any inflammation. She is about 15 years old so don’t want to put her through invasive surgery but I don’t know what to do. I had to put another of my cats to sleep for exactly the same reason 2weeks ago but the lump they found in her intestines was much bigger. I am still grieving for her and can’t believe we are going through the same.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations
It can be distressing when two cats are affected by similar conditions so close to each other, whilst surgery may not be the favoured option you should still speak with your Veterinarian to determine whether Gee Gee is a suitable candidate for surgery or not based on physical examination and blood tests (just a suggestion). You need to monitor Gee Gee for signs of discomfort as cats are stoic and hide pain well; ensure that Gee Gee is fed a highly digestible diet and ensure that she is comfortable. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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