We recently had a cat that died from a brain tumour. It was very upsetting and although the vets did their best the proccess of diagnosing the porblem was prolonged and expensive.
Max is the cat at the top right of my profile photo. His brother is called Bags and although obviously misses Max he is doing well.
Here is our advise:-
Your cat may start to show signs of changes in behaviour, becoming quieter and less playful.
Later on you may notice that your cat has developed hearing and sight problems.
He may start to be more vocal and walk in circles as if not knowing where he is.
This is often when you first notice things.
Take your cat to the vet and say exactly what is happening. Give as much detail as possible even if you don`t think it important. This will help the vet understand your cats normal behaviour as well as what is happening now.
Research the internet as there are many other possible problems ranging from dementia, yes cats get that to, strokes and a vitimin deficiency caused by feeding cats raw fish. Especialy tinned tuna.
Your cat may start to have fits which although destressing to watch are not life threatening.
Your vet will take blood tests but my advise is to ask for a full blood work up right at the start, otherwise 2-3 tests may be needed and that can be expensive.
In the end the only true diagnostic tool is an MRI scan which is hugely expensive and your pet insurance may not cover the cost.
If diagnosed surgery is usualy the only option and again this is hugely expensive with no real prospect of a full recovery.
After much research we established that our cat had a tumour and after some expensive blood tests the vet agreed. He also talked about the costs of a scan and treatment and suggested it would not be worth the cost as the prognosis was poor.
Max, the cat died in his sleep 2 weeks later and did not seem to sufer in the end.
I hope this little guide helps those of you who think something has changed with your cat.
Remember there are lots of other possible problems but be prepared for the worst as tumours are not uncommon.
As cats are kept in doors more these days research is helping to establish illnesses such as dementia in cats.
Do your research on the web and be prepared.
Most of all love your cat and even though he may not show it, giving him cuddles and human contact will help comfort him.