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What are the symptoms of a brain tumor in cats

Symptoms of a brain tumor in cats may include:

Sudden change in behavior or activity level

Vomiting or other abdominal pain

Fever or other signs of infection

Seizures

Change in sleeping patterns

Head shaking or head bobbing

New or unusual head, neck or ear pain

How is a brain tumor in cats treated?

Treatment for a brain tumor in cats depends on the size of the tumor and the location of the tumor in the brain. Some brain tumors in cats are benign (non-cancerous), while others are malignant (cancerous).

If a tumor is benign, various treatments may be used to decrease the tumor’s size and possibly reduce the tumor’s return. In some cases, the tumor may be removed.

If the tumor is benign, many cats will require surgery to remove the tumor. This surgery is called a craniotomy. In some cases, the tumor may be removed by radiation therapy alone.

If the tumor is malignant, treatment options may include radiation therapy, chemotherapy and even surgery.

Where is a brain tumor in cats found?

A brain tumor in cats is found in the area of the brain called the cerebrum. The cerebrum is part of the brain and is the part of the brain that handles memory and thinking, and also controls movement.

A brain tumor located near the cerebellum will affect a cat’s balance and coordination.

A brain tumor that is located in the portion of the brain called the cerebellum will cause a cat to have difficulty standing and walking.

A brain tumor affecting the area of the brain called the medulla oblongata will cause a cat to vomit or regurgitate, and to act weak and lethargic.

A brain tumor in the area of the brain called the pons may cause a cat to have seizures or to walk on its hind legs.

A brain tumor in the area of the brain called the cerebrum may cause a cat to have difficulty standing, walking and even breathing.

Symptoms of a brain tumor in cats

Signs of a brain tumor in cats may include:

How is a brain tumor in cats diagnosed?

Diagnosing a brain tumor in cats is based on the history of the symptoms, a physical exam and tests to rule out other possible diagnoses. Tests may include x-rays, blood tests to look for cancerous cells and a CT scan.

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