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What is Kidney Cancer?

Older cats are more susceptible to developing cancers of the kidney. The older the cat, the harder it is to recover from treatment. Most tumors that grow in or on the kidneys are malignant (cancerous). All renal cancers are highly invasive to the body, and over 50% of cases spread quickly. The list of organs and body parts that cancer of the kidneys can spread to is long, including blood, lymph nodes, lungs, brain and spinal cord. Because renal cancer is so aggressive, by the time symptoms have manifested the cancer has already taken hold of the patient. This is a good reason to have routine or annual blood work performed on your cat.

Renal (kidney) cancer is generally rare in cats. Of the cancers that do develop in the kidneys, lymphoma is the most common type to appear, followed by renal cell carcinoma. All renal cancer is very dangerous, requiring immediate treatment. Often, cancer found in the kidneys has metastasized (spread) from elsewhere in the body, making the condition even more serious.  

Symptoms of Kidney Cancer in Cats

The symptoms of renal cancer often are shared with other urinary tract problems. If your cat is showing any of these symptoms, it is best to have a vet examine them immediately. Symptoms are as follows:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Abdominal swelling
  • Polyuria (frequent urination)
  • Blood in urine
  • Polydipsia (increased thirst)
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Weight loss
  • Depression
  • Lethargy
  • Behavioral changes
  • Pale gums
  • Dull coat
  • Poor skin condition
  • Bad breath
  • Anemia

Causes of Kidney Cancer in Cats

Not all renal cancers have an understood cause. It seems that many senior cats eventually develop severe kidney problems. Possible causes include:

  • Severe UTI (urinary tract infection) left untreated
  • Ingestion of toxins
  • Environmental exposure to toxins
  • Interaction with a cat who has Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV is present in almost 50% of renal cancer cases)

A cat's kidneys do not have the tendency to repair well, leading to potential allowances of cancerous irregularities to flourish.

Diagnosis of Kidney Cancer in Cats

Upon arrival at a veterinary clinic or animal hospital, the veterinarian will request your cat's complete medical history to look for any relative problems. Then, a physical examination and evaluation will take place. All other kidney and liver problems have to be ruled, out as many express the same symptoms. An X-ray or abdominal ultrasound is generally the first thing required to confirm the presence of tumors or irregularities in the kidneys.

If tumors or growths are found, a needle aspiration or biopsy will be needed to examine the properties of said tumors and determine if cancer is present. Extensive blood work will be needed, including a complete blood count and a biochemical profile looking for enzymes with elevated levels. Blood work will also show if the cat is a good surgical candidate or not. Urinalysis will be performed to look for blood traces, high white blood cell numbers, proteins, and even bacteria that could be exacerbating the renal situation. A kidney function test may also be suggested. After all of these tests, an MRI or CT scan will be requested to see if surgery is viable, and if so what the best course of action will be.

Treatment of Kidney Cancer in Cats

Many treatment options are available to cats facing renal cancer. Determining the right treatment will be based on the cancer's progression, the strength of the cat and the type of cancer that is present.

Surgery 

If only one kidney is affected by the cancer, often removal of the entire kidney is advised. This is a high-risk surgery, but offers the best chance of survival if the cancer has not yet metastasized to other parts of the body. The cat will be put under general anesthetic to undergo the surgery. A strict, at-home care regime will need to be administered if the surgery is successful.

Chemotherapy 

This treatment can be lengthy and expensive. Medications that combat cancerous cells will be given to the cat on a regular basis. If the renal cancer present is not lymphoma, chemotherapy may have no significant effect as a treatment.

Radiation Therapy 

This often includes a vigorous schedule of vet administered treatments that can last for weeks on end. It may be used in addition to surgery.

Antibiotics 

After surgery is complete, and if an infection was present at the time of blood work, antibiotics will be prescribed to remove bacteria.

Supportive Care 

In patients that do not qualify for surgery, often general, life assisting care is recommended. This, in turn, becomes palliative treatment to keep the cat comfortable in its last days.

Recovery of Kidney Cancer in Cats

Kidney cancer usually carries an overall poor prognosis in cats. Survival may only be increased by months even after vigorous treatments have been applied. The earlier the cancer is discovered, the better, as this increases the chance of removal before spreading has occurred. There is a very high rate of relapse in renal cancer.

If the cancer is only present in one kidney and has not developed in any other area of the body, and surgical removal of that kidney has taken place successfully, a full recovery is sometimes possible. Extensive at-home care will be required, including a close monitoring of the incision site for possible infection. Later X-rays will be needed to ensure no other cancer is growing, and that the remaining kidney is functioning at an optimum level. 

Kidney Cancer Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Phoebe
American Shorthair
14 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Frequent Urination

Medication Used

prednisone

My little sweetie Phoebe is 14. With blood tests, symptoms, and x-ray doc thinks it’s kidney cancer. I want her to be comfortable and happy with the time she has left. She is eating a little, not as active, sleeping a lot, lost a lot of weight, drinking a lot of water, and frequently urinating. When will I know she is ready for kitty heaven? She is on steroids to get the appetite going, but she doesn’t seem like herself. I want to avoid a painful or uncomfortable death. What should I do?

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Molly
Hymalaian
15 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Weight loss, not active

I have a beautiful hymalaian cat that is 15 years old. About 3 weeks ago I noticed she had lost lot of weight, weighed 11,5 lbs in June and 7.5 in October. Also not active and seemed to want to hide in strange places, by commode. She also couldn't make the walk from my bedroom to laundry room where good is. I do have bowl of water in bedroom. Took her to Vet. Did blood work, Etc. Xrays. One kidney was larger than other one. Went back next day for ultra sound. Mass in large kidney. Since she is so old, surgery not could option. Gave me something to inject into her once a day and some medicine to stimulate appetite. Said she could live maybe 2 or 3 months and that I wound know when to let her go. She nibbles the juice from wet food and will eat a little chicken, drinks water. I cant stand to see her like this but can't stand to let her go. I don't think she is in any pain. Even her meow is different. My heart is broken. She is my baby, Mollycat.

Mollys owner I know it’s a tough thing we have to go through, just try and make her remaining time as comfortable and loving as you can, that way you know when the time comes you’ve done her and yourself proud as you would have liked, and think of what is in her best interests above all.

Good luck

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Liquorice
moggy
13 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Reduced appetite, thirsty,lethargic

My cat is 13, she’s lost a lot of weight, is lethargic and not really eating. Due to an enlarged kidney the vet suspects a tumour. I refused blood tests and a biopsy as I don’t want to put her through this, I love her too much. Today she vomited a blood clot. How do I know if she’s in pain? I don’t want her to suffer so I’ll put her down when the time comes. How will I know if she’s in pain and the time has come? She still cuddles and purrs when she’s awake.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Unfortunately, without seeing Liquorice, I can't comment on whether she is in pain, but kidney disease is a very unpleasant way to die. If she is still eating, and drinking, and seems comfortable and purrs because she is happy, that seems that she is not suffering. If she is not eating, or starts hiding, crying, or becoming depressed, it may be time to make a kind decision for her. I hope that you have some time left with her.

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Kitsune
tabby
??
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Me and my boyfriend took are cat to a animal hospital when she was acting sick after getting caught in the door when it was being closed. They sis blood work and found nothing they did x-rays and found a mass around the kidney which ended up being the kidney being burst and they did a biopsy of the kidney. We had the kidney removed and she seems back to her normal grumpy but loving self. Later we got an update on her biopsy and they said Kitsune's biopsy showed trace amounts of a rare cancer. My boyfriend didn't tell me the name they gave it but wan'ts to know if I think we should take her in for chemotherapy. I think no based on what little I know but saw this website while looking up info on it. Any advice, opinions or info?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It depends on the specific cancer which was found, you should contact the Veterinarian to ask information about the diagnosis given from the histopathology report and what their interpretation of the next steps are. Without knowing more information I cannot give you much guidance, if the cancer is benign then no further treatment may be needed but if there are signs of malignancy then chemotherapy may be indicated. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sasha
european burmese
11 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

depression

Medication Used

corpet,

Hello! My cat is 11 and a half, has been diagnosed with kidney cancer, BUN 124, creatinine 5.5. She eats and drinks, moves around the house, yet having urinary incontinence. The vet gave her one month. My question: what should I expect in the next days and how would I know her final hours? Thank you.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Having an estimated time for your loved ones death can be an upsetting experience and may lead you to try to spend as much more time as possible before the inevitable occurs. I would highly recommend not waiting until the end as cats dying of kidney failure may start to have seizures (although some do pass away peacefully) as the accumulated toxins in the body start to affect the nervous system. Her final hours would probably result in disorientation and as I mentioned possibly seizures; we cannot know for sure if Sasha is in pain, but we can assume that discomfort and nausea (due to toxin build up) will present. Euthanasia would ultimately be in Sasha’s and your best interest, as natural passing may not be pleasant for either of you. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Gwen
Maine Coon
15 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Starving
Weight Loss
Depression
uncomfortable

My cat has kidney cancer.She has lost a lot of weight,and always has her head down. She is 15 years old and too old to be put through chemo. My question is, when do we euthanize her? What are some signs?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I'm sorry that Gwen is having this happen to her. I can't comment on her quality of life without seeing her, but there does usually come a point with kidney disease where their quality of life just isn't there anymore. It would be best to have your veterinarian examine her and give you an opinion on whether she is suffering. They'll be able to see her, assess her health status, and give you an honest opinion on whether she is enjoying life. I hope that you have her for a while longer.

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Cheeko
Bobcat
6 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Sitting most of the day
Weight Loss
moaning

My cat has Cancer and failing kidneys. I don't think it's kidney cancer. He always looked fine but wasn't I guess. I just want him to live. He lost a lot of weight in June. I haven't taken him to a vet until September. Then I took him in December. The doctor says it's serious. I don't know how long he will live. I just love him and his cat brother needs him.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I'm sorry that Cheeko is having problems. Without examining him, I am not sure what treatments he might benefit from, but your veterinarian will be able to give him any supportive care that he may need, such as fluids, appetite stimulants, or anti nausea medications. I hope that you are able to keep him comfortable for a while longer.

He had a blood test. Also a poop test.

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Misha female
DSH
13 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Right hind limb parylisis

Hello, my 13yr old cat, Misha has not had any health issues until a month ago. She was sensitive to the touch on her right flank. Vet gave her metacam for pain and sent us home. Yesterday I brought her in with: large area swelling RF, pain to touch, bad breath, thirst, frequent urination. Basic blood test BUN 146, the other 36. Films show the entire intestinals are pushed to the right obstructing the right kidney. Ultrasound recommended. Sent home w/tramadol, Prilosec, antibiotic, (by syringe)and pedialyte for hydration in water dish. What can this be? Why are her intestines pushed completely over to the right? Should I euthanize and spare trauma? Pls advise. Thank you.🐾🐾

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Was an ultrasound performed? If the x-ray didn’t give any clarity to the underlying condition, ultrasound would be the next step and it would also allow your Veterinarian to see the internal structure of the kidney. Usually when abdominal contents are displaced, it is caused by a tumour or severe peritonitis; more investigation is required, I cannot recommend euthanasia without examining Misha but if there is pain and it cannot be treated, it would need to be considered.  Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Sorry Leslie to hear that! My 14 year old cat Pashis has developed a tumour on his kidney. He was diagnosed with acute kidney failure. He has been on drip for 3 days and his urea and creatinine has dropped significantly. It seems that both kidneys are damaged but the vet told us the cat is not in pain and if he is able to eat and walk around we should not operate on him or euthanize and allow him to be on a special diet and be alive as long as he can. With the medicine and drip my vet is hoping that in a few days y cat will not be in acute kidney failure and will drop to chronic kidney failure. My question is, is my cat in pain or is vet just trying to soothe my pain?

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Dolce
Domestic long hair
3 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Fever

My 3 year old indoor cat develop a fever about 6 weeks ago. It was notice that her bottom of her paws were hot. I just took it that it was hot because of the summer heat.
About 1 month ago her stopped eating her dry cat food. since then, she acts hungry but becomes uninterested with her wet food after a few bits.
My Vet referred me to a Speciality Vet. Nothing shows up abnormal on my cat's blood test.In fact the Vet said it was quite good. No blood in her urine or stools. The Vet found a 2 1/2 mm mass near her left kidney. They did a fine needle aspiration and submitted for culture & cytology. The culture showed no infection. She has been on 3 antibiotics and with no results.
The cytology showed "concerning cells". They said it could be cancer. The Vet commented that it's very rare for a 3 year old cat to have kidney cancer. But, the only way to be certain it to remove her kidney.....$4000!!! (She said nothing about surgically removing the mass, only.)
The Speciality Vet didn't think the mass was attached to the kidney at the time of the sonogram. But, now she thinks it probably is attached.
My question, if it was kidney cancer, wouldn't ANY of the tests (blood & urine) have some indication? I'm thinking about going back to her regular vet, and see if they would surgically
remover the mass.

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Chip
Tortoiseshell
5 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Unable to hold urine and bowels

Medication Used

none

Chip starting pooping in the bed almost twice a week. It seemed he was constipated at first. Today Chip started to urinate on the couches and poop anywhere he wanted to. My family and I think it maybe behavioral but we aren’t sure if it’s something worse.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Chip I cannot say whether or not this is behavioural or due to a medical issue; what is important for you to note is whether he is consciously urinating and defecating or it is coming out without his knowledge. You should visit your Veterinarian for an examination and to rule out medical causes, once they have been ruled out you can work on behaviour. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tamtam
Persian
14 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Vomitting

The results of my cat fine needle aspiration is as follows
The cytologies observed show different lesion patterns. An inflamatory population of neutrophils and macrophages, indicative of a chronic and purulent inflammatory/ infectious process, is observed, and there is another population of epithelial cells, organized in nests, with marked cytonuclear atypia. The overall images suggests a pulmonary adenocarcinoma with associated inflammation. What should i do. Is chemo therapy helping

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Whilst you have copied in your cytology report, there is no frame of reference for me to know whether chemotherapy is helping or not and you didn’t mention where the fine needle aspirate was taken from; however pulmonary adenocarcinoma generally has a poor response to chemotherapy. Your Veterinarian would be able to advise you better as Tamtam is under their care. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sophia
Persian
6 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Growls when carried. Blood in urine

Medication Used

none

My cat has a mass in/on her kidney. The doctor needs to run more tests. She has always been a healthy cat but has had urinary tract infection a few times. I’m hoping that it can be removed. She’s still active and showing no symptoms. I am not sure if she’s in pain. The mass is big and she’s a skinny cat. Please advise.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Sophia and possibly doing an ultrasound, it is difficult to say whether the kidney can be removed or not; blood tests will be taken to check kidney and liver function prior to any surgery and Sophia will need to be on a special renal diet for the rest of her life to not stress the remaining kidney. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Dolce
long hair
3 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Fever

My 3 year old indoor cat develop a fever around mid July. It was notice that her bottom of her paws were hot. I just took it that it was hot because of the summer heat. About 1 month later she stopped eating her dry cat food. since then, she acts hungry but becomes uninterested with her wet food after a few bits. My Vet referred me to a Speciality Vet. Nothing shows up abnormal on my cat's blood test.In fact the Vet said it was quite good. No blood in her urine or stools. The Vet found a 2 1/2 mm mass near her left kidney. They did a fine needle aspiration and submitted for culture & cytology. The culture showed no infection. She has been on 3 antibiotics and with no results. The cytology showed "concerning cells". They said it could be cancer. The Vet commented that it's very rare for a 3 year old cat to have kidney cancer. But, the only way to be certain it to remove her kidney.....$4000!!! (She said nothing about surgically removing the mass, only.) The Speciality Vet didn't think the mass was attached to the kidney at the time of the sonogram. But, now she thinks it probably is attached. My question, if it was kidney cancer,
wouldn't ANY of the tests (blood & urine) have some indication?

UPDATE-9/19/18. Just came back from the Speciality Vet. The mass grew about 1mm since last visit(8/22/19). An ultrasound was done & now the vet sees,it is attached to the kidney. The culture taken on the last visit showed carcinoma cells. My cat has gained a few ounces. Still doesn't show any sign of pain when I put on her stomach. No blood in her urine. And still very active. My question...If I let them remove her kidney, what are her chances of living a fairly normal long life. She is still very young. Is this form of cancer treatable?
Is this form of cancer treatable?

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Loki
Tabby Cat
2 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

lymphoma, lethargy, not eating

My cat Loki (2,5) is unfortunately felv positive. Underwent a full mouth extraction and after being healed from that slowly started to stop eating, with an increase of drinking. After a ultrasound we saw that his spleen was covered in holes cause by the felv. Both his kidneys had fluid around them and were swollen. The vet did a biopsy in both kidneys and found leucemia cells in both of them. He is on Ceremia, dexoral daily and eating and drinking again. But without medication he really becomes sick. I wanted to do Chemo on him but the vet said kidneys invested with leucemia cells are a bad sign and prognosis isnt looking too great. I just hope i am not making a bad decision to put him down after days of quality time. Would anyone be so kind to explain why the prognosis is so bad with2 kidneys with leucemia cells and no chemo was suggested ?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The decision to go through with chemotherapy is down to your Veterinarian, in severe cases of renal lymphoma it may not be beneficial to put a cat through chemotherapy since the prognosis is poor to grave even with chemotherapy; you need to remember that chemotherapy isn’t a ‘cure-all’ and is not always suitable for every case. If you’re not happy with the decision of your Veterinarian, you may submit the medical records to a telemedicine company like PetRays for a board certified Oncologist to review. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM http://petrays.com/services/oncology/

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Minnu
dsh
13.5
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Lost weight, loss of appetite

Surgery or not, is the decision we have to make soon. My cat is 13.5 yrs old .she has been diagnosed with diabetes mellitus about 4 months ago. Since then she has been on insulin shots twice a day. We went back for a follow up check last week. The doctor found a mass in her abdomen that she said was not there 4 months ago. She thought it is cancer , most probably lymphoma and that we need to see oncologist. yesterday we took her to the oncologist, she had a ultrasound and he said it looks more likely to be kidney cancer, but could be lymphoma.either way he said if we decide to treat her it has to be surgically removed as it is very large. After that we still may need chemotherapy, and it can come back in other organs.Also she has diabetes to deal with.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is very difficult to determine whether you should have the surgery, the benefits and the risks need to be weighed up first; we don’t know specifically what is affecting Minnu apart from a large mass which has grown quickly in her abdomen. I would recommend following your Oncologist’s recommendation of surgery followed by chemotherapy, as required determined by the histopathology results of the mass; otherwise if you choose not to have surgery, you need to be prepared for the unknown as the mass get larger in the abdomen. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Hi Minnu’s owner,

This exact same thing is happening to my car right now. Exact. Abu is 12, was diagnosed with diabetes in May, had all kinds of blood work, urine tests ultrasounds. The last testing was done this summer. Just yesterday my Vet found a mass on his kidney during an ultrasound associated with a urine draw. This mass was not there a few months ago. The blood tests have not come back since they found the mass yesterday, but I’m not dumb haha. I’m wondering what is going on with Minnu now?

Megan

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princess
Siamese
6 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Weight Loss
Loss of Appetite

my mom just told me my cat who is 6years old has kidney cancer in both kidneys. how long do you think she has?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I"m sorry that Princess is sick. There are a number of factors that might decide how long she will live, and without examining her, I'm afraid I can't give you an answer to that question. Princess's veterinarian will have a better idea how she is doing, what exactly is wrong with her, and whether any treatment will help. It would be best to ask that question of them, as they know more about her situation. I hope that you have some time left with her.

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Pebbles
dsh
15 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Weight Loss
Mass In Abdomen

My cat has had a x-ray today, but she has lost a lot of weight so they couldn't get a clear image. She has had a scan and they found a mass where one kidney should be. The scan looks like the mass is hard, due to how the scan is not penetrating it. Bloods show anaemia, decreased kidney function and not replenishing blood.
She did not cope well with anaesthetic, so I have reservations about putting her asleep.
My vet has said they are unable to say what it is. They have not seen anything like this in 35 years.
I don't know what to do

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Unfortunately, without seeing Pebbles, or the x-ray, or the ultrasound, I cannot give you an answer as to what it might be. It might be a good idea to have a second opinion, or have your veterinarian refer you to a specialist if they are not able to give you answers on what might be happening. Most veterinarians have trusted specialists for times when they do not have the answers.

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Oreo
Dsh
4 Years
Critical
Has Symptoms
Weight Loss
Incontinence
Oreo was a healthy cat a month ago. One of my other cats had worms so I had to treat them all. Soon after that I noticed he was losing weight. A few days later I noticed he couldn't jump up onto the bed and when he jumped onto the side of the tub he fell. I immediately brought him to the vet. He was incontinent of stool that was very mucusy and bloody. During the exam 2 large masses were found in his abdomen. An xray was done and many small masses were also found. At that point the vet said treatment would be extensice, painful, and pricy. I've seen and had many animals that suffered before they passed. I opted to put Oreo down even though I didn't want to. The vet found that the masses were his kidneys. No normal kidney tissue was found. No other symptoms were noticeable until the very end. I have 3 other cats that I don't want to end up the same way. What can I do to prevent this?
Winnie
Domestic Short Hair
16 Years
Fair
Has Symptoms
Vomiting Bile
Not Eating Food
My cat Winnie (16 years old) is always playful, healthy eater. About 1 month ago, She began to skip meals or not eat as much. Vomiting Bile once or twice a day or every few days. Vet did blood work, X-rays, Ultrasound, saw a mass in her right kidney and referred her to Oncologist. Oncologist repeated the tests less than a week later and also performed Aspiration, urinalysis and culture, which was Inconclusive. Gave her antibiotics and pain meds and performed tests including Aspiration this week. This time the results were positive for Carcina sarcoma. her Creatinine levels fell from 2.7 to 2.3. I want to do what's best for Winnie and gives her quality of life. If aggressive (which will be determined after surgery) I'm told her life expectancy could be a month. If not and the cancerous kidney is removed, she could have another 6 months to a year. No guarantee that the cancer won't return, or return soon. I'm told that at the moment it looks to be malignant (until tested post surgery). Surgery on the low end is $5000 to $7000. I would be required to pay the estimate before surgery and the balance before she's discharged. Like most of us our pets mean the world to us. I would like to give her more time because she's still active and playful. It's hard to come up with that amount in a matter of days. I wish I could pay a part and then pay the balance in installments. I've been looking around online to find any financial assistance to help with the surgery, unsuccessfully. I also don't want to traumatize her further, if, based on what I just read above her chances of recovery are slim, and has to go through end of life care in 6 months or less. Just lost about how to move forward. Appreciate any opinions or thoughts