September 3rd, 2005, 03:08 AM
Dear vet. and everyone,
My 12-year-old cat has just been diagnosed with intestinal lymphoma (cancer). I am devastated. Her main symptoms are chronic vomiting and loss of weight. I am a realistic person who nonetheless won't give up until the fight is over and as long as my cat has a good quality of life. According to some scientific researches on humans, there seems to be a possible link between eating fruits and vegetables and fighting cancer. Is there some kind of similar dietary link to fight cancer in cats ? I am not asking for a miracle remedy. I would like to know if there are any vitamins or foods that may help my cat fight the progression of the cancer, help with the symptoms, possible pain or help my cat have a good quality of life as long as possible. Thank you all for your help.
September 3rd, 2005, 07:41 AM
Here are some cancer links for you to look over. They were offered on a list I belong to by a D.V.M, Ph.D in Nutrition. Maybe something in there will help you. I'm sorry that your cat has cancer.
September 3rd, 2005, 09:07 PM
How wide-spread is it? Can the cancerous portion be removed? If you are feeding your cat cat food containing carbohydrates, carbohydrates feed cancer. High fat diets starve cancer.
September 4th, 2005, 12:36 AM
My cat's tumor is diffuse and non-delimitated; it is not a mass, it is like a thin layer so it can't be removed :( . It is a low grade lymphoma ( I hope this is the correct term as I am translating French to English ) and because of that, it is said to be less responsive to chimiotherapy. Unfortunately, I believe many cat foods contain high levels of carbohydrates but I may be mistaken. Any suggestions of cat food brands that make high fat diets or low carbohydrate diets ? Thank you all for your replies; I appreciate so very much... I feel less alone and powerless.
September 4th, 2005, 01:01 AM
Thank you very, very much, BMDLuver, for all the cancer links; I will check each and every one very carefully. :fingerscr
September 4th, 2005, 02:22 AM
Many cats with cancer undergo sucessful surgery and do well post op and live comfortably after. Of coursem, your vet is the only one who can tell you what her specific case is and how she will do. There are several cats with cancer who have web pages and their meomies chart their course of treatment and compare notes. Punkie Louise is one of my favourites:
Cats tolerate chemo much better than humans (also they tolerate strong pain meds better as well) while it sounds as tho you want to try dietary over chemo, dietary can only go so far. Surgery is often indicated in cancer as is chemo -. Kitties tend ti lose theiir whiskers rather than their hair during chemo. Some of my human cancer patients have written to Punkie Louise and offered to create some whiskers for her. :)
Good luck!! There are some great vets who specialize in feline cancer too.
September 5th, 2005, 12:19 AM
Since most pet foods contain carbohydrates some supportive measures for cancer in pets entail implementing a raw food diet . One popular one for cancer uses a combination of raw chicken(chicken breast, remove the bone and skin, pour boiling water over it and let it sit for about two minutes to kill any bacteria and parasites on the raw meat, drain ), pureed with several teaspoons of carrot juice . That combination is alternated with 1/8 cup of low-fat cottage cheese mixed very well with one tablespoon of cold-pressed flaxseed oil( keep the flaxseed oil refrigerated). Two recipes of the cottage cheese/flaxseed oil combination can be made up and given throughout the day . Numerous small meals numerous times a day. Sometimes it will take a 24-hour feeding cycle to accomplish this and you may have to use the " assist-feeding " method.. Supplements added should include shark cartilage shark liver oil( using both in combination, the best quality you can afford) and vitamin C( not the chewable or time release kind) for extra immune system support.
September 5th, 2005, 08:22 AM
CKitten,thank's for that wonderful web-site :thumbs up
Mireille,good luck with your kitty.. :love: