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I took my cat Tigger to the vet today, since she's been having a problem with her jaw since September. Turns out she has a tumour. We think, I haven't gotten a biopsy done to know for sure because it's $800 and if it is a tumour the only possible thing we could do is remove her jaw and I won't do that to her. She still seems happy if a bit disconcerted since her mouth feels weird, she's not really in pain, so we're just going to keep an eye on her and hold on for as long as she comfortably can.


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Nov. 4th, 2008 02:06 am (UTC)
*hugs* I'm here if you need a shoulder.
Nov. 4th, 2008 02:46 am (UTC)
Thanks, I'm ok for now. Tigger is still happy, and as long as she's ok, I will be too, I guess this news is just more of a wake up call that she's running out of time. But she's not out of time yet, so I'm just going to cuddle her a lot in the meant time.
Nov. 4th, 2008 03:31 am (UTC)
Enjoy. :)
Nov. 4th, 2008 02:12 am (UTC)
Awww I'm so sorry. I hope she holds on as long as she can and that you're okay *hugs*
Nov. 4th, 2008 02:44 am (UTC)
Thanks, I'm ok right now, because other than the large growth that makes her drool a lot, she's ok. I'm sure once she starts to lose it, I will too, it was just a shock to hear the news because, well, Tigger's my first real pet (not including fish) and I just can't imagine losing her. :(
Nov. 4th, 2008 02:46 am (UTC)
I lost my cat six years ago and it's probably the most grief I've ever been through so I know how hard it is. He had skin cancer and he died in my arms :( It's just so sad to see them go through that process.
Nov. 4th, 2008 05:14 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I don't know how I'll be able to handle it when she finally does go. If I have to put her down....
Nov. 4th, 2008 02:31 am (UTC)
Oh man, I'm so sorry. :( :(
Nov. 4th, 2008 02:43 am (UTC)
Thanks, she's still happy right now, so I'm not going to let it get to me too much. Plus she's like 17, so she's had a nice long life. It was just a shock to hear since I was sure it was an infection.
Nov. 4th, 2008 03:52 am (UTC)
Oh, I'm so sorry this is happening to you and your family. *hugs*
Nov. 4th, 2008 05:26 pm (UTC)
Thanks, she still has some time left in her, but it was a shock for me, because up until this point, I was sure it was an infection.
Nov. 4th, 2008 04:01 am (UTC)
I'm so sorry to hear about your kitty :( We've been going through hell with our cat, Butterscotch and I kind of think we're probably going to lose him...possibly some time soon, so I know what you're going through and it sucks :(

Nov. 4th, 2008 05:27 pm (UTC)
Aww, I'm sorry to hear about Butterscotch. It really sucks having to deal with these things, but I suppose it comes with being a pet owner. The more you love them, the more it hurts when it's their time to leave.
Nov. 4th, 2008 10:06 am (UTC)
That's awful. My heart goes out to you both.
Nov. 4th, 2008 05:28 pm (UTC)
Thanks :)
Nov. 4th, 2008 10:22 am (UTC)
Oh honey, I'm sorry to hear that. I'll keep her in my thoughts, and hopefully she'll remain happy for a long time.
Nov. 4th, 2008 05:29 pm (UTC)
That's what I'm hoping for. It doesn't seem to be hurting her at the moment, she's confused because she has a giant growth on her jaw, but it doesn't hurt. That gives me hope.
Nov. 4th, 2008 01:10 pm (UTC)
Oh, wow. I went through the same thing about a year ago with my dog. She had a tumor that would've killed her if we didn't get it removed. That's good Tigger isn't in pain, but still... *hugs*
Nov. 4th, 2008 05:10 pm (UTC)
Aww, I'm sorry about your dog. It just sounds so bad, doesn't it? Tumour. I don't know if it's cancerous and spreading elsewhere, but it's getting big and she's losing a lot of weight (in the past year she's lost a kilo, and considering she was only 5kg to begin with...).
I guess it's all about making the most of the time we have left. I cuddled with her in bed for about half an hour this morning and she drooled all over my arm :)
Nov. 5th, 2008 03:57 am (UTC)
I'm so sorry to hear that about your kitty, paraka. It's never easy when things go wrong, even if they are older and we should "expect" it, that's just more years of a bond we have so it doesn't help.
Let me know if you need any advice on the med side of things (it's what I do, you know, in RL). There are a few nice pain meds that are non-drowsy if she gets a bit sore, and tissue that's abnormal can get infected too, so watch for any big changes in color and such. Soft or moistened/ warmed food can help entice her appetite and make it less achey too.
Again, luv, so very sorry to hear the news but just love her all you can and take it a day at a time.

Edited at 2008-11-05 04:02 am (UTC)
Nov. 5th, 2008 05:17 pm (UTC)
Thanks, I may very well take you up on your offer of advise depending on how things go. We currently have her on two different antibiotics on the slight chance that it's an infection instead of a tumour (I didn't actually get the biopsy, and was sure for a while that it was just an infections) and we figured it won't do her any harm since the placement of the tumour can make it easier to get infected.

Luckily she still has her apatite and in fact has been eating more lately. Although she's lot a kilogram since the spring, but she was having digestive problems them, so we attributed the weight loss to that. We switched her over to wet food back then, and have recently found a new flavour that she really loves, she just gets pissed off when we try and put medicine in it (one of the antibiotics she's taking right now is banana flavoured :S) so we've been trying to give her her medicine separately. She wised up to the pills and now fights us when we try and give her anything but at least that way we know she's taking it.
As for pain meds, they did give her one a while back, but it was really strong, also they were in capsules so it was super hard to get her to take them. We'd give them to her though, and about 20 minutes she'd lie down in my room with her pupils dilated as far as they can go. I'd look at her and think that she must be seeing pink elephants dancing across the room or something, because she was totally high. And not actually in that much pain to begin with, so we stopped giving it to her.

Thanks so much for the hugs and offer of help. :)
Nov. 6th, 2008 06:11 am (UTC)
Well, I don't know how available it is in Canada, but there is a non-drowsy NSAID (aspirin-type medicine) called metacam (meloxicam) that is in a liquid that I will use in cats sometimes, and also tramadol can be used in cats and is pretty non-drowsy but would likely need to be mixed specially by a compounding pharmacy to get flavored or in liquid and to dose more precisely. NSAIDS in cats can get touchy, especially if they have any history of liver or kidney trouble, but it can be done with judicious dosing. Tramadol's a bit easier on the system in general, it's just not an anti-inflammatory though, just pain med. Some products etc may not be as widely available there but I would bet those 2 are. Also, if you have a compounding pharmacy your vet can work with (depending on the laws there) they can flavor stuff ("cat flavors" like tuna, chicken, etc), make liquids, and in some cases even do gels that absorb through the skin called transdermals or PLOs.

Hopefully you won't need to worry about pain meds, but if you do, there may be some non-wonkifying and possible easier-to-dose forms of meds available to you....

Much luck, and msg me anytime.
Nov. 21st, 2008 01:02 am (UTC)
Let me know if you need any advice
Hey, I was wondering if that offer was still open. I'm not sure if you'll be able to help without seeing her, but I'm concerned because Tigger has been bleeding a lot. I see her rubbing at the tumour, but I'm not sure if that's the reason of if it's because her teeth are being moved out of place. As it is, she's not gushing blood or anything, more like drooling it. Is there anything we can do for that?
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