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What is Liver Tumor?

Cancer of the liver most often occurs in older cats who are 10 years of age or older; male cats have a slightly greater risk of developing liver tumors than females. Treatment depends on whether the liver tumor is benign or malignant and what organs are involved.

Liver tumors in cats, also known as hepatic neoplasia, occur when a primary tumor develops in the liver, when cancer develops in the blood cells or lymphoid tissue that involve the liver, or when a different type of cancer metastasizes and spreads to the liver. Primary liver cancer is rare in cats and accounts for less than two percent of all cases. The majority of liver cancer occurs when cancer of the spleen, pancreas or intestinal tract becomes metastatic.

Symptoms of Liver Tumor in Cats

Symptoms may vary depending on if the tumor is benign or malignant and if the tumor has metastasized from another primary cancer in the cat's body. These symptoms include:

  • Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Excessive thirst (polydipsia)
  • Increased urination
  • Abdominal distension
  • Weakness
  • Lethargy
  • Pale gums
  • Jaundice (yellowing of the eyes and mucous membranes)
  • Breathing difficulty
  • Increased respiratory rate
  • Seizures
  • Disorientation
  • Stumbling

Types

There are several different types of primary liver tumors, including:

  • Hepatocellular carcinoma
  • Hepatocellular adenomas
  • Bile duct carcinomas
  • Mesenchymal sarcoma tumors
  • Neuroendocrine or carcinoid tumors
  • Bile duct adenomas
  • Leiomyoma
  • Hemangioma
  • Bile duct cystadenomas
  • Hepatomas

Causes of Liver Tumor in Cats

There is no known cause of liver tumors. Researchers believe that age could be a risk factor. The older a cat is, the more cell divisions that its body has gone through, increasing the risk of a mutation. Other possible risk factors include consumption or inhalation of chemicals or toxins, chronic inflammation, and hepatotoxicity.

Diagnosis of Liver Tumor in Cats

The veterinarian will need to know the cat's complete health history, which will include what symptoms are present and when the symptoms first began. The veterinarian will examine the cat, feeling for any enlarged lymph nodes or abdominal enlargement and listening to its breathing and heart. Because liver tumors are often asymptomatic until they grow and spread to other organ systems, the tumor may be found during a routine exam.

Several labs will be taken, which will include a complete blood count, biochemical profile, an electrolyte panel and a urinalysis. These labs don't test for liver cancer but can show signs of liver damage or bile duct obstruction, which can lead to further testing. An abdominal ultrasound and chest x-ray will be performed to look for evidence of a tumor or metastasis to the lungs and to eliminate other conditions. To make a definitive diagnosis, the veterinarian will need to do a liver biopsy. This will be done via a needle that is inserted into the liver to remove a sample of fluid or during surgery to remove a small portion of the liver tissue. These samples will then be tested for cancer cells. 

Treatment of Liver Tumor in Cats

Surgery

Surgery is the preferred treatment for primary liver tumors. Because the liver is regenerative, up to 75 percent of the liver can be safely removed to eliminate the tumor while still preserving function. The cat will be placed under general anesthesia during the surgery. An incision will be made in the abdomen, the tumor will be removed, along with a portion of the liver. The incision will then be closed with sutures. Surgery is normally successful, even for large tumors, when the tumor hasn't spread beyond the liver.

Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy may be utilized to slow the progression of cancer that has spread to other organs beyond the liver or for the treatment of primary cancers that have metastasized to the liver. Chemotherapy has a variety of side effects, however, and should only be attempted if these side effects can be managed and if regular abdominal ultrasounds indicate that the chemotherapy is effective in shrinking the tumor.

Medications

Medications for pain management may be prescribed in order to keep the cat comfortable and free from the pain of the tumor. Antibiotics will also be prescribed after surgery to ensure that infection doesn't occur.

Recovery of Liver Tumor in Cats

When caught early, primary liver tumors have a high success rate after surgery and have a good prognosis. The cat will need to regularly follow up with the veterinarian to monitor the liver for signs of the cancer returning. Cats who have a liver tumor that has metastasized from another primary cancer or have primary liver cancer that has spread have a poor prognosis. The cat will need to be cared for at home and proper care will need to be taken to keep the cat comfortable.

Liver Tumor Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Pandora
Persian Mutt
17 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Bloody diarrhea

Medication Used

Added today, Prednisone

My Persian female, Pandora, is 17 years old. Three days ago, she began to have foul, bloody diarrhea. Took her to vet and she said colitis. Given antibiotic injection and a packet of water subq. Took her back to the vet today as diarrhea and poor appetite do not seem better. However, bleeding is much better. Asked vet to do abdominal x-ray to clear my mind of "what ifs." Well, she has a 1 /2 to 2 inch lesion on her liver. Belly also full of gas. Now, after a lot of tears, what is best for Pandora. She is precious.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I am sorry that Pandora is having problems. Without knowing more about Pandora's lab work and x-rays, I have a hard time commenting on what might be going on with her. The next step for her may be an abdominal ultrasound to identify more clearly what is going on with her liver, and if she has not had blood work done, that would be a good idea. i hope that she has a treatable condition, and does well.

I would make sure she is comfortable and don't do anymore treatments on her. She is 17 and deserves to enjoy the next year or two in the best way possible. Sometimes you'd be surprised how long lesions can last and nothing happens. I've seen one where the vet said it was cancer and needed removed and the lady did nothing and the cat is still alive 3 years later with no problems other than getting a little thirstier.

Pandora is about 2 weeks past her diagnosis of liver lesion and two weeks into her Prednisone treatments. Bloody diarrhea, diarrhea at all, are gone. Normal stools and, of course, tremendous appetite. The evidence of weight loss/ dehydration is disappearing. But yet, we still have a liver lesion. I have opted to avoid surgery due to her age and somewhat sluggish kidneys. If this were you, what would you do? P.S. Thanks for the advice ( and yes, she was ultrasounded when the abdominal x-ray showed a mass.)

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Slinky
Chartreux
10 Years
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Unknown severity
Blood tests taken, and predicted liver cancer
Not in pain
Seems happy otherwise
Loss of weight rapid

Hi! My cat is about 10 yr old and has recently been Losing weight. The vet says that it may be liver cancer. What are the chances that the cancer is Primary cancer, wifi has I have heard has a high success rate of being able to be cured?
Thank you!
Amelia

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There is a good chance of recovery if there is a solitary liver tumour which can be removed by surgery. Hepatocellular carcinoma has a low speed of spread and can usually be removed easily by your Veterinarian. The type of tumour is important for the overall prognosis; an ultrasound and fine needle aspirate may be useful in determining treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
www.acvs.org/small-animal/liver-tumors

Could you hand feed and give him drinks? It sounds like he's starting to have some distress. Maybe get some meds from vet or online to keep him comfortable. So Sorry.

My cat is an 18 y/o male. I took him to the ER after a fall off the bed, fearing he broke his leg or hip. Nothing was broken. Xrays revealed an enlarged liver with what i was told looks like cancer. At his age, i don't think surgery is an option. I can't afford further testing. What do you suggest I do? He has arthritis and i have been giving him buprenorphine for pain management. His appetite has decreased over the years, but he always will eat treats. He's finicky about his water, and I've found that he will drink more now that i give him purified water. Is there anything i can do to prolong his life?

My cat just went in today for a liver mass. They removed 1 mass and 1 lesion , but they couldn't get to the other mass in his liver cuz it was too deep. I'm hoping for the best for my little man. I'm hoping test results come back as benign. Good luck with u'r kitty! Sayin prayers for ya!

Im going through the exact same situation. I thought my cat hurt his leg and find out he has liver cancer. He keeps resting his chin in the water bowl even after a sub q. Please let me know if you find a way to help him. I just wish my cat could walk without falling down. I think then he would have a chance of eating and drinking better. Im holding out hope that he can walk in the next few days.

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Coffee
stray
7 Years
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Tremor
Breathing Difficulties
restlessness
Fluid In Abdomen

Hi. I’ve been going through a hard time lately in my life. I had two cats that I originally adopted from a shelter, and I loved them above all. I had a special connection to one of them, the female which I named Coffee. She was a shy cat that must have been traumatized earlier in her life. The shelter expected her age to be 7 years old (born 2011). Because of an accident I wasn’t able to care for them and had no one else. I had to contact the shelter and ask for help. It ended up with them taking them back after 2,5 years together. This happened 2 months ago. Now they told me they had to put Coffee down because she had a liver tumour and she wasn’t gonna survive. She had become very ill very suddenly. Lost a lot of weight. I had her for 2,5 years and took her to the vet two times. The first time because she had diarrhea and because she seemed anxious. Complete blood tests and urine tests were taken. This was autumn 2016. The veterinary examined her abdomen and said it seemed a bit swollen. But then the tests came back great, nothing wrong at all. And se recovered from the illness and was a very happy and healthy acting cat again. But I started noticing that she had small tremors in her legs when she was laying still, not sleeping. Like she had small muscle spasms. This continued for the rest of the years but for some periods of time it got a bit worse and then it got better. She never showed any signs of pain and always seemed calm. I asked a lot of veterinarians and no one knew. It wasnt like epilepsy, it was very small and slow spasms. Now that I know that she had a tumour I start thinking that these symptoms could be because of it? Especially the fluid in her abdomen. She was at the vet a second time 2017 and got most of her fur shaved of because she was a longhair. She looked healthy, in a good shape. The veterinarian didnt mention anything about any fluid this time or anything else being weird. I often reacted to the sound of her breathing which was a little heavy. But she never breathed through her mouth or anything like that. I’ve read that breathing difficulties could be a sign of the liver tumour, why is that? If the cat seems normal, eating well and drinking well, good stools and urine, is happy and playing and jumping around as she was; could that mean she didnt experience a lot of pain until she suddenly got so much worse? Im so sad about my little darling, that she started to get this bad right after she moved back to the shelter. Im blaming myself but there was nothing I could have done. This would have happened eventually anyway.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The problem with some liver tumours is that they don’t really cause an issue until they get past the point of no return and then symptoms may present rapidly, there is no real way to say for certain if the previous issues were related to the liver tumour or not. I wish I could give you some closure on this, but unfortunately I cannot give you a specifics except for this would have occurred eventually either in the shelter or at home with you. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sarah
Mixed Siamese
16 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Rapid chest movement, weak

Medication Used

Vet gave her vetlog 1mg and fluids

My girl almost 16 yrs old has hip dysplasia and arthritis that was diagnosed 2 1/2 years ago and because of a heart murmur the vet took a chest X-ray and I was told her heart was enlarged. I put her on a few supplements and she's been doing really well. I took for for a physical a month ago, with a different vet, as he was feeling her, he thought her liver was enlarged but wasn't concerned about her heart. I had complete blood and urnine done and the vet was surprised everything was perfect! He was expecting the lab work to show liver problems. Since then she's been great! It's been a month of her playing etc then suddenly I could see her chest was rapidly going up and down. I took her to the first vet again since the other vet left town. I told him what the other vet said, he felt her liver and said yes, I feel it enlarged so he did a chest X-ray. He said things were bad.. he seen tumors on her liver and her lungs look suspicious she either had asthma or lung cancer and he suspects there's cancer throughout her body but he couldn't be 100% sure. I asked about her heart and he said with all the mass he couldn't even see her heart! But he didn't think I could afford a lot of additional testing which is probably true but I could try to figure out something as long as it was reasonable and there was hope for recovery. He gave her a cortisone injection and say that should help but I probably only had a month with her. That was yesterday and her breathing is still rapid.. meaning her chest is going up and down fast but she is breathing fine, not out of her mouth. She's been under the dining room table ever since. In clear site not completely hidden like under the bed and I have two other cats around her and she's not completely hiding. I picked her up twice and she's limp but alert and I tried twice to hold her on my lap but she doesn't want to be help and walked back under the table. I called the vet back today and he says its time😢 I asked if she was in pain he said she's probably in distress. Now.. the strange thing is she is eating like a horse! She has not lost her appetite one bit! Now I read on this site that tumors are not necessary fatal so I'm confused if there is something I can do. This vet says no but I don't know if I can trust him because he told me two and a half years ago from her enlarged heart that she didn't have much time like a few months! and she's been fine. The vet makes it sound like nothing more can be done and I should put her down but I'm reading on this site there could be other options. I asked him why she was breathing hard, I was kinda in shock at that point when he told me..something about her lungs working hard to pump oxygen so she can breathe! The verb Says because of the tumors on her liver.. I'm not quite sure though. All I know is she is weak because she went limp into my arms when I picked her up but when she is hunger, she is walking around and eating, drinking water..and using the litter box. What are your thoughts? I was going to put her down tomorrow because I don't want her to suffer but I'm not sure what to do now after reading his site. I have been crying all day!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm sorry that that is happening to Sarah. If she does have masses in her chest, that is probably severely affecting her ability to breathe, or she may be painful and having that breathing pattern because of pain. It is worrisome that she is limp and wants to be by herself. From your description, it does sound like she may be uncomfortable, and not being able to breathe is not a fair way to live. Since you aren't sure of the diagnosis, it may be worth talking to your veterinarian a little more about her quality of life, or seeking another opinion by someone who can see her and can assess whether she is suffering. I am sorry that you are having to make this decision, and I hope that you find peace with whatever needs to be done for her.

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Dinky
DOMESTIC
10 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Weakness, losing weight,

My cat has been diagnosed with liver cancer, with ultrasound, and the vet says its a large mass and too risky for operation, he is weaker and thinner, but still eating his food and water, I heard that large doses of Vitamin C can shrink all cancers, can you please advise if this will help and which type of Vitamin C and dosage ? Your help would be greatly appreciated, Thanking you..

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I'm not aware of anything that shrinks all cancer, sadly, and a large liver mass is probably not a condition that will lend itself to medication. I wish there were a magic pill, but there is not. I hope that Dinky remains comfortable for a while longer!

You might consider a Ketogenic diet, there is a lot of information online about it. Apparently a lot of people have found great success with it curing or putting cancer in remission with their dogs and cats. Most vets aren't that open minded (unless you can find an integrative vet-the best kind out there!) to suggest this but I've seen cases where it was really almost miracle like. Also, stay away from the flea & tick products the vets try to sell you, esp the pill form ones. I've seen so much cancer since these really toxic products have hit the market! Think about it, if a pill you take lasts 3 months what do you think it's doing to the inside of your cat? I've seen customers use natural products with very good results and their animals lived long, health lives.

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Garfield
Dlh
8 Years
Serious condition
2 found helpful
Serious condition

my cat was just diagnosed with liver mass and we are currently waiting for surgery (liver biopsy next week) im terrified as vets told me they probably wont be able to remove it. My cat is 8yo and im really worried im going to loose her. i was told that during the biopsy the mass may get " upset " and inflamation can make her worse. i dont know what do to, what are the chances thigs go wrong ?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There is no real set statistic for things going wrong, but you have to imagine that any potential downside from this is offset by the benefit of biopsy results and more information. Indeed taking a biopsy can be risky but for the most part is it routine and your Veterinarian is informing you (legally) of what may occur in a worse case. I would go through with the biopsy if I was in your position. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I'm so sorry to hear this. You made a wise decision to do nothing at this point because you don't want her to have to suffer. Spoil her rotten and make her comfortable. I hope you get a lot more time with her but I know it's never as much as we really want. Prayers for you!!!

With my dear Pandora, she wants ham all the time. Quality over quantity. Give her anything she wants.

Very sorry to hear it. I went through this with a very beloved cat many years ago and I don't think I've ever really gotten over it. You may only have a couple of months with her. Spend all the time you can with her. Give her lots of love. She'll tell you when it's time.

she had a surgery today, planned biopsy, but after opening her it was obvious we are dealing with cancer that overtook the liver. the biopsy was cancelled , she wont be going throught the chemo.. i dont know how much time we got left.

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Rocko
Domestic shorthair
16 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Weight Loss
Lethargy
Loss of Appetite

According to his ultrasound report, my 16 year old cat has “multiple large hypoechoic nodules (up to 1.5 cm in diameter) that give his liver an almost Swiss cheese like appearance.” Does this mean he definitely has cancer? Do you think surgery is possible? If not, would chemotherapy be effective?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A hypoechoic nodule or mass is an area or structure which is less dense than the surrounding tissue which doesn’t bounce back as many ultrasound waves giving a darker appearance than a solid mass which would bounce more waves back making a solid white appearance. Without seeing the ultrasound and examining Rocko I cannot comment fully; you should consult with an Oncologist to assist with the diagnosis. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

If your cat isn't in any obvious distress I would leave him alone unless he's very young and you can tell he's suffering. A aging cat could have complications from surgery or get worse. Let him enjoy what time he has left. Hope he has many years left with your family.

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Max
Persian
11 Years
Moderate condition
-1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Sleeping all the time
Sleeping all the time stopped walki
Sleepy

My cat is having trouble walking, doesn’t go up the stairs and seems to not want to be touched. He is a 10 year old male Persian. Took him to the ER where they took a ultra sound and x ray and found he has mass in the liver and his lungs. They want to operate and biopsy his liver but I do not want to put him through the pain and torture. Advice?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I would be on the side of surgery and biopsy so the mass may identified with histopathology and Max would then be able to receive more specific care (chemotherapy, radiotherapy etc…). Obviously I haven’t examined Max but based on the information in the question I think it would be worthwhile to have a specific diagnosis; however you need to decide based on the information you have and what you believe is best for Max. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

It's your choice of course but if it was me I would opt to leave the cat alone and not have anymore tests or surgery. There are a lot of tumors in cats (even malignant ones) that will sit and not grow or do anything for many years, some not at all. Surgery can often make things worse and is painful and can cause complications. Vets don't tell you this though cause they want to make as much money as they can.

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Lily
Devon Rex
12 Years
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting

My cat had an ultrasound where a small tumor was found on her liver. My vet said that we need to wait 60 days and recheck that no surgery may be needed. I thought that we should remove the tumor and check for cancer what do you suggest

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Your Veterinarian is being cautious and may not want to operate if there are no changes in size and shape over the next two months; some masses just sit there whist others may grow in size. If you have concerns or just elect to have surgery, talk to your Veterinarian that you would prefer surgery and to send the mass for histopathology. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

You should just leave her be and let her enjoy the rest of her life without more surgeries or chemo. Cats can often get tumors that are non cancerous so try not to think the worst. I'd consider leaving her alone whatever they say it is. Some of these doctors are just trying to make more money and will tell you anything so make sure you view the results and scans, etc. and ask questions. Sorry but I worked for a vet and you'd be shocked what I saw.

We just had new ultrasound and original mass grew with 2 new tumors. Biopsy was done (aspirated) and now told we may or may not get answers. This is $1300 later. I am very concerned this is likely cancer? Any chance it is nothing? She seems healhty, is on Pred for the weight loss she had 12 months ago that we thought was due to IBD and she responded so well. She does have a lot of urine in the box and foul smelling stool, though firm and normal

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atticus
orange tiger
7 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

large mass in belly.

Atticus has a biliary cystadenoma that is very large and it is pushing his stomach to the side. He had an ultrasound today $650 and they say that it is benign but want to do a CT-scan to find if there is an obvious place where the growth originates for removal - $1400. Then the surgery is $4000. I don't know what to do. I can't afford that but I could make payments if it made sense to. Are there other treatments?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Biliary cystadenoma are rare tumours and are benign; surgery is the treatment of choice and a CT scan would be useful for the Veterinarian performing the surgery to have a better idea and detail at what to expect during surgery (we don’t like surprises mid surgery). There are other types of management or treatment which have been tried in the past but are usually unsuccessful; surgical excision with a good margin of healthy tissue is the treatment of choice. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

You didn't provide what would've been very helpful information--does your cat seem to be suffering at all? Also, is your cat young or old? It sounds like your vet is really trying to make as much as he can from you because an ultrasound can reveal where the growth originated from and might already know this from the ultrasound. Those pieces of equipment cost a lot and he wants you to help pay for it. People forget too that surgery is not without risk and whose to say it couldn't make the situation worse. If it was me and my cat was over 15 I would do nothing but make sure I make Atticus's life as comfortable as possible, maybe even have pain meds on hand in case he starts to be in any pain or distress. Best of luck to your sweetie.

I'm in the same boat myself, I just put the cost on my credit card. There's a good amount of charities that assist with cancer in pets if you are low income but you'll have a hard time finding a vet that'll put you on a payment plan.

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Coco
DOMESTIC
17 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Straining To Urinate
Straining To Defecate

Medication Used

Actilax .5ml

I have a cat who I think is constipated, my vet told me to use Actilax .5mls twice a day and pumpkin in addition to changing to a wet diet. She pooed Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, but Friday and Saturday she hasn't, and now has blood with her urine (in small blobs of fences too). She is straining to toilet but has a good appetite. She may not be drinking as much water as she normally does. There is a mass near her liver that couldn't be examined properly in the xray because she had too much poo built up. Would she need to be seen by a vet immediately or within the next day?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Coco is eating and acting generally normal, I would think that she could be seen within the next day. If she is lethargic, or not eating, or crying in pain, then I would have her seen as soon as possible. You can also add some water to her wet food to try and get more water into her.

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Leo
tabby
19 Years
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

none

Hi, Our vet felt a mass on my 19 year old cat's liver and so we got an ultrasound done about a month ago. It revealed a 7cm mass on the liver. They believe it to be benign and do not believe it spread from anywhere else. We just got a second ultrasound after waiting a month and they found it grew by 10%. Our option is to get surgery to remove it but considering his age, we're torn on whether this is a good idea. He does not yet show signs the mass is affecting his well being and his living a happy cat life at the moment. He has kydney issues and high blood pressure, but it appears we have that under control for now. He also gets appetite pills to regulate his eating and IV fluids weekly for his kyndeys and hydration. Aside from that, he's healthy and the vet commented that he looks very good for his age. If this was your cat, would you pursue surgery? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Leo is doing well otherwise and his kidney and blood pressure are controlled, I'm not sure that I would pursue surgery to remove what your veterinarian thinks may be a benign mass on his liver, no. That is my personal opinion, however, and it would be best to discuss risks and benefits for him if he does or does not have surgery with your veterinarian, as they know more about his health status and your personal situation. I hope that he continues to do well.

I agree, if you animal isn't showing signs of suffering leave him alone. It's a known fact that right now a lot of vets are struggling to stay open with so many people buying medications online and treating their animals themselves. Just like human doctors, this leads some of them to exaggerate conditions and tests and surgery are where they make their big money. Think about it, if you were perfectly healthy and feeling good would you want someone to cut you open for something that could still be there in 5-10 years not causing you any trouble? Of course not. Good luck!

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