Finding out your cat has a compromised immune system is a scary and a devastating diagnosis, especially if it’s cat cancer. Thankfully, there are holistic treatments available to your cat to help minimize the effects of chemotherapy and toxic medications. Many people have had success and believe that incorporating them into your cat’s cancer therapies is a necessary part of any treatment.
What is cat cancer?
At it’s most basic level, cancer is caused by a failure of the immune system to regulate cell growth. Cancer can occur in any body organ (liver, spleen, lungs etc), body area (bones, skin, mouth) or even just a general vicinity of the body (chest cavity). Under normal circumstances, cells grow and divide, and damaged or irregular cells (cancer cells) are routinely eradicated by the immune system. However, if a cat’s immune system is weakened or not functioning properly, damaged cells go undetected and continue to grow and replicate. Eventually, the cat will have tumors which are the result of the growth of damaged cells.
Aggressive and Rapidly Growing Disease
Cancer in cats can occur in virtually every body part and system, it can often go undetected for weeks or even months. As cancer is an aggressive and rapidly growing disease, the lag time between occurrence and diagnosis often has a direct influence on cure and survival rates. The most common types of cat cancer are Feline Lymphoma, Feline Leukemia Virus, Feline Mammary Cancer, and Feline Skin Cancer.
Once Cancer Has Been Diagnosed
Close consultation with your holistic veterinarian can help you to select which cancer treatment is right for your cat and cancer therapies are appropriate for your situation. Depending on the type of cancer, the age and condition of your cat and other important factors, treatments for cat cancers can range from surgically removing tumors or abnormal growth, chemotherapy and radiation therapy to isolate and destroy cancer cells, and medications to help slow down tumor development, treat inflammation, and control pain.
Mainstream Western-Medicine Therapies for Cat Cancer
Unfortunately, while many of these mainstream western-medicine therapies can be successful in removing or shrinking tumors, at least temporarily, none of these feline cancer treatments address the underlying cause of cancer- a faulty or weakened immune system. In fact, some of the treatments, such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy, can significantly damage or even destroy an already fragile immune system.
Since cancer results from the inability of a cat’s immune system to recognize and destroy cancer cells, than it seems only natural the helping to build up and support the immune system of a cat with cancer, along with conventional therapies, may be the key to successful cancer treatment.
Building the Cat’s Immune System
Building the immune system of a sick cat requires a multi-faceted approach. Reduce the everyday toxins in your cats’ environment, such as contact with pesticides, cleaning products, and highly processed cat foods. If you don’t have one already, seek out a holistic veterinarian for a more holistic approach to cancer treatment. They will discuss diet and other alternative solutions wuith you. While your cat is sick and fighting cancer, stop vaccinating. Vaccines can be very disruptive and even damaging to the immune system.
Commercial Cat Food
Most commercially prepared cat foods are highly processed, and in that processing, much of the nutritional value is lost. All cats, but especially those with cancer, can benefit by changing to naturally prepared and/or organic cat food, rich in nutrients and without chemical preservatives. Cats with cancer often have a poor appetite, so it is essential to continually offer your cat a variety of healthful foods to encourage him or her to eat.
We Can Help…
In addition to providing essential nutrients through diet, supplementation of essential vitamins and minerals along with time tested herbs can help to ensure that your cat has the strongest immune system possible to help fight his way back to health.