Old girl is ill

(63 Posts)
chockbic Sat 14-Jun-14 13:11:46

I knew she wasn't well but thought because she's getting older and the heat.

Turns out she has quite a large tumour in the gut.

We need to find out if its spread.

Dreading the news and frickin gutted.

cozietoesie Sat 14-Jun-14 13:18:51

Oh Dear. When are you due to talk to the vet?

SecretWitch Sat 14-Jun-14 13:23:29

Oh, so sorry to hear about your old girl sad If she is at home with you, I hope you are able to give her gentle snuggles..The waiting to find out news is brutal, isn't it? Sending love and hugs from Secret and her four felines..xx

chockbic Sat 14-Jun-14 13:33:40

Its Monday for the test results.

She keeps mewing and following me around as she knows something is up.

Thank you both xx its totally out of the blue.


cozietoesie Sat 14-Jun-14 13:36:36

Lots of cuddles and treats then - maybe even take her for a snooze this afternoon or tomorrow afternoon if you're not booked for anything else. She might enjoy the closeness.

Let us know how things go on Monday.

chockbic Sat 14-Jun-14 13:41:26

I'm being extra careful if I pick her up in case it hurts.

She's such a lovely cat too, sweet and loving and my cat if you know what I mean.

Will let you know X

SecretWitch Sat 14-Jun-14 13:50:10

Chocbic, my little orange girl is my cat too...I so understand...we will be here to hold your hand whatever the news is..

cozietoesie Mon 16-Jun-14 22:45:58

Any news, chockbic?

timtam23 Mon 16-Jun-14 22:50:33

Very sorry to hear this. How old is she? Did you have any news from the vet?

chockbic Tue 17-Jun-14 08:50:51

She's going in for scans and possible op Friday.

Although seems bright enough really but its the little things you notice.

Thanks for asking xx

chockbic Tue 17-Jun-14 08:51:28

timtam23 she is 15

cozietoesie Tue 17-Jun-14 09:04:59

So more waiting for you both. (Is she on a regimen of treats at the moment?)

All the best for Friday and let us know how things go.

chockbic Tue 17-Jun-14 09:31:41

Yes she has three lots to choose from and extra chin rubs too smile

cozietoesie Tue 17-Jun-14 10:43:34

I know the situation. Since I thought Seniorboy was on his last legs in May, he's been on a regime of daily treats - in fact his previously reasonably healthy diet has pretty well gone to pot. Blighter is playing it for all he's worth as well! ('Ooohh, not too keen on that brand of roast chicken..... Where's the kind I had on Monday?')


chockbic Tue 17-Jun-14 12:04:54

Haha so true they have us well trained, that's for sure.

The old girl decided to go for a walkabout last night. Didn't get back until nearly midnight. There's life in her yet.

timtam23 Tue 17-Jun-14 23:35:33

Good luck for Friday

15 is a very good age

Keep the treats coming! (my old boy, who has just been put to sleep, was pampered beyond belief, I bought all sorts of treats for him and once I had established what cat food was his favourite I would go out of my way to buy it for him. He was worth it though smile)

chockbic Wed 18-Jun-14 13:52:59

Wish it was Friday already.

She has stopped eating sad

cozietoesie Wed 18-Jun-14 14:28:54

In normal circumstances I'd be looking at the temperature with you - if it's hot, they sometimes just lie around and go off their food a little. But with your girl and her problem.....

All the best for Friday and wishing you strength in any hard decisions you may have to make.

chockbic Wed 18-Jun-14 15:27:26

She seems to be going downhill, sleeping in strange places.

Am going to take her to vet tonight for opinion.

I hate this

cozietoesie Wed 18-Jun-14 17:18:35


cozietoesie Wed 18-Jun-14 22:40:15

How did it go, chockbic?

chockbic Thu 19-Jun-14 12:20:07

Hi cozietoesie

Vet gave her a pain jab and some tasty food which she has scoffed down.

Definitely brighter so it looks as if she was in pain.

Big op tomorrow.

cozietoesie Thu 19-Jun-14 12:27:48

Seniorboy stopped eating properly in May but started again when he got his extra pain meds. I suspect that much pain in animals goes unnoticed, especially in cats because they cover up so much. (They just withdraw into themselves a bit.)

Anyway. You already know the situation is difficult so all the best for you all tomorrow. Let us know how things go.

chockbic Thu 19-Jun-14 17:13:14

I shall, hope it hasn't spread.

She has been licking my arm.


chockbic Fri 20-Jun-14 15:35:56

Not great news its in her lymph nodes.

Vet is sending samples off and has suggested possible chemotherapy.

Am picking her up later.

cozietoesie Fri 20-Jun-14 15:43:15

Not great, No, but not impossible to deal with I think. Has the vet given any prognosis? And will she be likely to be in any discomfort?

chockbic Fri 20-Jun-14 15:45:30

Need to discuss those things later but get the impression it will be about making her comfortable.

She will certainly be spoilt that's for sure.

cozietoesie Fri 20-Jun-14 15:46:47

Of course she will. Keep us informed.

chockbic Fri 20-Jun-14 15:47:55

Shall do as soon as I know more x

Hope your boy is doing OK.

cozietoesie Sat 21-Jun-14 10:45:46

Any news?

chockbic Sat 21-Jun-14 12:57:12

Got to see vet on Monday to find out what kind of tumour it is.

All this waiting is horrible.

On the plus side, she doesn't have a cone of shame. Which she's most pleased about smile

cozietoesie Sat 21-Jun-14 13:10:01

Yes, it's horrible.

Lots of extra-special TLC for her this weekend?

chockbic Sat 21-Jun-14 13:25:16

Considering the op was only yesterday, she is doing remarkably well. I think she secretly or not so likes attention from the vet and nurses smile

Lots of head and chin rubs this weekend plus some fresh chicken.

cozietoesie Sat 21-Jun-14 13:30:34

Seniorboy positively flirts with his vet and nurses. He's completely won over She Who Must Be Obeyed the chief vet nurse, whose especial favourite he is. I count as nowt but a hanger on!

All the best to her over the weekend.

chockbic Sat 21-Jun-14 14:20:19

So cute, little charmers they are.

Thanks and oldgirl says miaow to you and yours.

cozietoesie Sun 22-Jun-14 15:24:28

How is she doing today? (I gave Seniorboy some pain meds at lunchtime so he's flat out - in bed despite the raised temperature - and having a luxurious sleep.)

chockbic Sun 22-Jun-14 15:29:15

She is more lethargic today. Of course the heat isn't helping.

Needs to have pain med on food but is not eating again.

How does your boy have his pain relief?

cozietoesie Sun 22-Jun-14 15:34:03

He gets stuff which I have to put on his gums/under his tongue. (The vet said under his tongue but that proved more than a tad unpopular so I checked the product data sheets etc etc and it's absorbed through the mouth soft tissues so on the gums seems to work. You just can't squirt it down the gullet.) He's doing very well on on a very small dose although it's not something he gets every day.

chockbic Sun 22-Jun-14 15:44:36

Have you got the name please?

cozietoesie Sun 22-Jun-14 15:47:42

I'll PM you.

chockbic Sun 22-Jun-14 15:49:35

OK thanks x

chockbic Mon 23-Jun-14 12:40:42

She is back to not eating and looking thoroughly miserable.

Let's hope things improve soon.

Happy days!

cozietoesie Mon 23-Jun-14 21:02:37

I'm sorry to hear that. Did you manage to speak to the vet today?

chockbic Tue 24-Jun-14 13:25:25

Waiting for the results still.

Vet has suggested chemo but doubt will go for that.

cozietoesie Tue 24-Jun-14 13:31:00

Achh. That's such a long wait for you.

chockbic Tue 24-Jun-14 13:54:56

Old girl has managed to force down a few bits of chicken, so that's good.

Just need to find out where we are so a decision can be made.


timtam23 Tue 24-Jun-14 17:32:25

I'm so sorry to hear she is not eating so well, it must be worrying for you.

When my old cat was very ill recently (he had cancer but in his tongue not his gut) he was given steroids which did perk him up temporarily and gave us a bit of breathing space. He was 18 & in poor health so we were not considering any major interventions at all but it was lovely to have a little while of him being perky, pottering about happily & eating well. Sadly the effect was only temporary but it gave us a bit of time to step back & think things through without constantly worrying about him. Maybe you could mention to your vet to see if it would be appropriate to consider for your cat?

chockbic Wed 25-Jun-14 11:47:01

She is on steroids, sorry ought to have mentioned.

Definitely not herself though. Her little personality has changed.

cozietoesie Wed 25-Jun-14 11:50:24

No news yet?

chockbic Wed 25-Jun-14 11:53:13

Said it should be later today, although said that for last two days as well!

cozietoesie Wed 25-Jun-14 11:55:39

They'll be at the mercy of the lab they've sent the sample(s) to. Rough on you all though.

chockbic Wed 25-Jun-14 11:59:02

This is true, vet said as much.

She has eaten a little more but ignoring me sad

chockbic Wed 25-Jun-14 16:15:03

Severe lymphoma

cozietoesie Wed 25-Jun-14 16:36:02

It's what you feared then.

What were the vet's thoughts on prognosis and possible treatment given her age? (I'm guessing he would be thinking palliative care.)

chockbic Wed 25-Jun-14 16:55:17

Well you know, hope for best, prepare for worst.

Back on Friday for oncologists view. Doubt that chemo is an option though. She's a delicate, sensitive puss. So probably discuss pain options, until the time is right to let her go sad

cozietoesie Wed 25-Jun-14 17:08:36

Much for you to think about.

All the best and let us know how things go.

Oh dear, just read the whole thread.
Sending you lots of love from another cat lover.

We said goodbye to my old lady about a year ago as her tumours finally blocked her insides. She was 18 and my best friend in the world.

You will know what the right thing to do is whatever information they give you.
So very sad for you and your family sad

chockbic Thu 26-Jun-14 18:09:09

Thanks xx

Should know more tomorrow.

timtam23 Thu 26-Jun-14 22:50:28

Sorry to hear the diagnosis chockbic
I'm sure the vet will give good advice tomorrow

chockbic Fri 27-Jun-14 17:49:39

We've decided to go for steroid treatment, as chemo wouldn't give her much longer, once the course is finished.

Vet says she could have anywhere from a couple of weeks to a month. Perhaps slightly longer.

Poor baby girl. Have been stroking her whiskers and she's had a good old purr.

Appreciate the interest and support xx.

cozietoesie Sun 29-Jun-14 21:57:05

How has she done over the weekend?

timtam23 Sun 29-Jun-14 22:07:16

How are things going chockbic? My old boy managed to carry on for just over 4 weeks on steroids, the response at first was wonderful but it became less effective as time went on

I was very grateful for the extra few weeks and for the fact that the steroids kept him comfortable & eating

I was also able to have a good think about when we would say enough was enough (and when that time did come it was obvious and we were quite a bit more prepared for it - I felt better in myself for having given the cat lots of love, attention & everything he wanted to eat in his last few days & weeks with us)

chockbic Mon 30-Jun-14 12:42:32

She is doing OK. Definitely not herself but OK.

Look at her little face and wonder if we are doing the right thing not getting the chemo.

Is such a hard decision to make.

Can't imagine not having her around sad

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