Cat (4 Years Old) - Lung Cancer or just an infection?
Hi, my cat has been coughing (maybe once a day or less) for the past month or so, and has recently become inactive, and has lost weight along with a decreased appetite. She still eats but not that much. Since noticing this a few days ago I decided it was time to take her to the vet hoping for the best.
The vet gave her an xray, and drew some blood and found that she has elevated calcium levels as well as a mass in her lung and attributed it to lung cancer, but said there was a 25% chance that it was just a lung infection so they gave my cat antibiotics as well as steroids. This has me pretty worried as I really don't want to lose this cat, but there isn't much I can do if it is in fact cancer.
Does anyone know of any type of infection in the lungs that can present itself in such a way that it could appear to be cancer (i.e. mass in lungs, increased calcium, weight loss, etc.)? I am worried about my cat and don't know how much time she has left, and would also like to know, if it is in fact cancer, how long should I expect her to be around for?
Any information regarding what I could do to make my cat feel better would be greatly appreciated as well.
As a side note, I would also like to add that I occasionally give the cat milk to drink, but since she has had a decreased appetite she has had no inclination to drink the milk I give her, could the milk have caused the increased calcium?