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Barbaro Tue 29-Aug-17 22:25:31

So our youngest cat is dying basically. She either has lymphoma or an immune problem where her body is destroying her red blood cells.

Either way she is dying. There's no full treatment. We could put her to a hospital with more treatment options, but she is part feral and there's no way she would handle that well.

She is on steroids and is living out her final days for as long as she is comfortable. That may be a week or a day, we aren't sure. She's only 4..

Shes always been a lively cat, always wants to play, she liked being chased. She liked things bring thrown for her and she'd bring them back. Not a cuddly cat due to being part feral but she would still play.

Can't believe this is happening to her. We had an older cat that got lymphoma but he was 16 ish, it's not as surprising then. This is just unbelievable.

thecatneuterer Wed 30-Aug-17 01:42:59

I'm very sorry. I lost one of my 4 year old, semi feral girls to lymphoma earlier this year. She sounds very similar.

The hospital would do more harm than good in the circs.

It will eventually be a comfort to know that you gave her a nice life, even if it was a relatively short one, which is much more than most part feral cats have.

OliviaStabler Wed 30-Aug-17 07:51:19

I am so sorry this is happening to you and your lovely cat.

My last cat died of cancer and I had them do all the treatments but now in hindsight I wish I hadn't. All you can do is make her comfortable and keep her happy with lots of love flowers

9GreenBottles Wed 30-Aug-17 07:58:55

How desperately sad. Staying in her own home, where she feels safest, is probably best in the circumstances flowers

Barbaro Wed 30-Aug-17 11:32:35

Thanks everyone. It's really hard, but she's had a good life no matter how short.

hellswelshy Wed 30-Aug-17 13:46:42

So sorry to hear this. I've just today had a similar diagnosis on my old girl cat, but she is 14 so a bit more expected I suppose. We intend to shower her with love now and be comforted that she has been loved hugely for all of her life. flowers for you.

cozietoesie Wed 30-Aug-17 13:54:02

I'm so sorry.

Barbaro Sun 08-Oct-17 19:40:17

Update on this.

She's shockingly still alive. Still on steroids though and likely to be for the rest of her life, but she has put weight back on, her red blood cell count is higher, anaemia is going away, basically everything that was wrong is getting right again.

But the vets dont really know what caused this or if she'll ever be properly right again. She's on a very high dosage of steroids for a cat (5mg a day), but this will be lowered in a month if the blood test comes back looking better.

So positive news, just wanted to update on it. smile

Weedsnseeds1 Sun 08-Oct-17 19:48:08

Good to hear things may be looking up smile

Allergictoironing Sun 08-Oct-17 20:03:26

Great news. Sounds like she's got a decent quality of life, which is all that really matters.

QOD Sun 08-Oct-17 20:14:28

Awwww that’s soooo good!!

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