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Elderly boy with lump in ribs

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TheGonnagle Fri 10-Feb-17 20:54:11

I wonder if anyone has experience with something similar?
My elderly boy cat (19) has developed a lump on his side. It feels as though it is under the ribs or in them(?). He has been up and down recently, has become much more clingy, struggling to get up and down the stairs etc but still retained his ENORMOUS appetite.
Today is different. He doesn't want his dinner (will make an exception for poached chicken), hasn't really moved from the sofa and is clearly in pain. So I've given him a dose of Loxicom which has made him more comfortable but things aren't right.
I was thinking he had maybe hurt himself until today but now.....wondering about some sort of cancer? His breathing is really laboured sad
I'm obviously going to take him to the vets tomorrow (he was only in for a T4 test for his thyroid last week!) but I was wondering if anyone had experienced similar?
Sorry for the ramble, just fretting about my wonderful gorgeous old boy.

DorisDay88 Fri 10-Feb-17 21:11:12

Sorry I don't know what it could be but just wanted to say he's obviously a much loved and cared for cat and how much of a worry it is when our very elderly pets are poorly
I hope the vet can help you tomorrow, I'll be thinking of you

Fluffycloudland77 Fri 10-Feb-17 21:42:00

You've done all you can right now, see what the vet says tomorrow.

Will he sleep on the bed with you?.

TheGonnagle Fri 10-Feb-17 21:46:11

He is indeed a much loved boy. No, he won't sleep on the bed, he's currently lying on the radiator pipes behind the sofa. I'll let him stay there I think. I can't believe how downhill he's gone in 24 hours sad

cozietoesie Fri 10-Feb-17 21:46:42

Nothing you can do right now, I fear. Let us know how the vets goes tomorrow.

Thinking of you both.

TheGonnagle Sat 11-Feb-17 14:56:33

So it was lung cancer. He went peacefully, purring gently, out of his mind on pain relief and with his forehead rested on mine.
My wonderful ginger boy.

Fluffycloudland77 Sat 11-Feb-17 14:57:37

I'm so sorry, you did your best for him.

Vinorosso74 Sat 11-Feb-17 14:59:40

Oh bless, you certainly did the right thing. RIP ginger boy and flowers for you OP.

phoebe2016 Sat 11-Feb-17 15:08:49

Awww im so sorry for your loss flowers** made me tearful as i have a gorgeous ginger boy too and can't bare the thought of losing him. Keep thinking about your special memories and all the wonderful years you had with him x

timtam23 Sat 11-Feb-17 15:40:25

So sorry TheGonnagle, he sounds lovely. I also had a very old ginger boy who had to be PTS because of cancer, it is always hard to let them go flowers

TheGonnagle Sat 11-Feb-17 16:17:02

Thank you all flowers
We're going out for pizza tonight in honour of the day he managed to sneak up on dd, steal ALL the cheese off her pizza and run off carrying it like a big cheese beard!
He was so naughty, and so ace!

GRW Sat 11-Feb-17 16:54:32

I am so sorry for your loss. He sounds wonderful and a real character.

PinkSparklyPussyCat Sat 11-Feb-17 17:55:40

I'm so sorry, he sounds amazing flowers

TheGonnagle Sat 11-Feb-17 20:23:29

He was the best. The house feels empty tonight even though psychoblackgirlcat is trying her hardest to be comforting.
Isn't it crap doing the right thing sometimes?

Fluffycloudland77 Sat 11-Feb-17 20:24:50

There's a design fault in them, they don't live long enough.

cozietoesie Sat 11-Feb-17 21:51:23

Yes. It's very hard.

The only consolation I can give you is that not acting in time is much harder to live with in future years.

Vinorosso74 Sat 11-Feb-17 22:01:55

It is crap I agree. I think it's one of the toughest things about being cat staff. Have a good reminisce (love the pizza cheese story) and a good cry.
We had a panic visit to the vet today and I just dread the day we have to make that decision.

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