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The Right Diet For Cats With Cancer

While cancer in cats is not as common as it in dogs, it is still one of the leading causes of death in older cats. According to the Animal Cancer Foundation, 6 million cats will be diagnosed with cancer in the United States along. And because cats are masters at masking illness, it is often harder to detect. Cancer used to be a death sentence for cats, but recent advances in feline cancer research have made treatment possible in many cases. Just like with human cancers, early detection is key to successful treatment. Depending on the type of cancer, treatment options may include surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. Cancer changes the body’s metabolism Cancer changes how the body metabolizes nutrients. Cancer cells metabolize glucose (from carbohydrates) and make lactate that the body then tries to convert back into glucose. This process diverts energy from the cat, feeding the cancer instead. Cancers also convert amino acids, the building blocks of protein, into energy, which causes muscle wasting, poor immune function, and slow healing. Additionally, tumor cells have difficulty utilizing fat as a source of energy. All of this results in what’s known as “cancer cachexia,” Continue reading >>

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  1. TheBowHuntress

    Short of a urine test, what are some of the symptoms of ketosis? Thanks!

  2. Priss

    Hi,
    This article on the main website lists some signs. Personally my cat started drinking more first both times.
    http://felinediabetes.com/ketones.htm
    Elizabeth

  3. BJM

    Some cats will have breath which smells like nail polish remover, especially if it is severe.
    If you think that is a possibility, please take your cat to the vet.

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