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:-(( our lovely old lady has just been diagnosed with advanced cancer

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NeverKnowinglyUnderstood Fri 15-Feb-13 16:54:07

she has several large masses in her colon and her nodes and her spine :-((

she is home with me here, the vet has been amazing saying that we will do whatever it takes to make her comfortable. However he also wanted me to know that we would never regret making a reasonably early decision to say goodbye, but we may regret leaving it till she is suffering very badly.

she has been my friend for nearly 18 years... I don't know what to do...

Frenchfemme Fri 15-Feb-13 17:33:01

I am so sorry - this a horrible thing to have to face, for all of you. I have had to make a similar decision on several occasions (the last one only a couple of months ago, an old lady of similar age to your precious friend). All I can offer is to agree with your vet that better early than too late. I think you will know in your heart when the time has come to say goodbye, although it will be very difficult to admit it to yourself. Sorry I can't be of more help, except to say you have both been very lucky to have enjoyed a long and loving bond. Thinking of you.

BadgersRetreat Fri 15-Feb-13 17:36:45

so sorry to hear that - enjoy your time left with her. Poor puss.

NeverKnowinglyUnderstood Fri 15-Feb-13 18:12:58

thank you ..
we have been to the supermarket, she has chicken and fish and ham to eat (not all at the same time)
we have been so controlled about her food all her life and so we have now devided she should have her favorites for the next few weeks.

Frenchfemme Fri 15-Feb-13 18:18:51

If she wants them all at the same time ....! Ham was always a favourite of my old lady Cat, and her daughter Kitten (inspiration was in short supply when we collected them from Cat's Protection). Enjoy your purrs and cuddles.

thecatneuterer Fri 15-Feb-13 18:20:33

As I recently mentioned on another thread this is a decision I have to make about four or five times a year (as I have about 20 old/ill cats living with me). It's always difficult to decide exactly when to do it, but I still live with regret for leaving it a bit too long on some occasions. I have never, never regretted doing it sooner rather than later. But you should be guided by your vet and his/her opinion of your cats quality of life/pain. It's a difficult decision and I do feel for you.

NeverKnowinglyUnderstood Fri 15-Feb-13 18:21:48

our lovely vet said in passing when we left this afternoon that for the first time in the 12 years that he has known her he would be delighted if she had put on weight next time he saw her.

NeverKnowinglyUnderstood Fri 15-Feb-13 18:23:55

we are seeing him again on Monday to see how she is.. he has given her steroids to support her for the weekend

NeverKnowinglyUnderstood Sun 24-Feb-13 22:56:03

Oh My,
well I thought I would do you a little update as you were all so kind.

Lucy has perked up, we doubled the initial dose of steroids and she is eating again.
She still has a runny bum and leaving little wee patches around but she seem so much more content.

I really feel like we have bought a little time to get our heads round things.
Apparently the mass is carcenoma in a few rings round her colon, which will obviously close off her colon at some point and that is aside from it being in her lymph glands and spine.

It isn't going to be long I know, but I do know that these last days/weeks we have together she is more comfortable.

Anyway, thanks again

thecatneuterer Sun 24-Feb-13 23:01:00

Thanks for the update and it's great that's she's perked up a bit. But don't leave it too long. You know her the best and you will know when she's not happy, and that will be the right time.

Sunnywithshowers Sun 24-Feb-13 23:05:27

Thanks for the update OP.

My lovely boy had multiple myeloma and had a wonderful 8 months on steroids (tablets cured the runny bum) before he passed.

Wishing you and your kitty many cuddles and nice times. xx

NeverKnowinglyUnderstood Mon 25-Feb-13 08:29:24

thanks lovelies..

NeverKnowinglyUnderstood Fri 01-Mar-13 20:33:42

the vet is coming on Monday evening to put her to sleep.
her bowel is now blocked.
he isn't available this particular weekend

to sad to write anything else

NeverKnowinglyUnderstood Fri 01-Mar-13 21:18:59


Sparklingbrook Fri 01-Mar-13 21:20:32

oh Never I am sorry. [hugs]]

Sparklingbrook Fri 01-Mar-13 21:20:55

Sorry (((((hugs))))

Sunnywithshowers Fri 01-Mar-13 21:27:25

I'm so sorry ((((more hugs))))

Nobhead Fri 01-Mar-13 21:30:49

I'm sorry Knowingly it is so sad when the time has come to let them go, especially one that has been with you for so long. Have you decided if you want her ashes back or not? I only ask this as every time we have had to do this we have had the ashes back and scattered them in their favorite place in the garden and either planted something or bought a little ornament to mark where they have been put to rest and this has always been a great comfort to us.
Cuddle her, sleep next to her whatever makes her feel comfortable until the time comes. sad

Frenchfemme Fri 01-Mar-13 21:41:28

So so sorry to hear your sad news. I do second what Nobhead says. Thinking of you all. xxx

NeverKnowinglyUnderstood Fri 01-Mar-13 22:17:31

Nobhead.. she is going to be planted under the cherry tree in our garden.

She doesn't seem to be in any pain, we are going to double her steroids for the weekend.

Do you think she knows that she is dying?

cozietoesie Fri 01-Mar-13 22:23:00

She won't be feeling that well but that should be the limit of her awareness. Give her lots of love

Thinking of you.

NeverKnowinglyUnderstood Fri 01-Mar-13 22:43:00

thanks everyone..

NeverKnowinglyUnderstood Sat 02-Mar-13 16:19:11

Oh this is horrid....
she has totally perked up now we have doubled the steroids..
she is now totally unable to go for a poo and is incontinent with wee
But chatty and cuddly and begging for food again...

The kids think she is better... sad

Sparklingbrook Sat 02-Mar-13 16:23:06

Never, I think you will just have to remind them of the wee/poo thing and tell them she can't go on if she can't poo and can't hold her wee. sad

Just keep cuddling, and stroking. (((hugs))))

greenhill Sat 02-Mar-13 16:26:37

Sorry to hear this. Hope you get a few more good memories with her and if possible take some photos, while she is still perky x

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