Spot’s biopsy turned out to be much much worse. He had a tumor. It is gone, and sent for testing, along with a good 2in of his intestine and the nearby lymph nodes. We brought him home last night but that was premature. We took him back to the vet this afternoon and he is in for the night.
He wasn’t drinking, and every time he was awake and I offered him water or anything at all he went for the litter box. He strained as if he felt that he needed to poo, then came out and threw up. Since he also has kidney disease, no fluids and vomiting up what little he had is clearly bad for him.
He’s on an IV now. Antibiotics, painkillers, fluids, a light sedative, and an anti-emetic to stop the nausea. I wish I was there to cuddle him, but I know he is safe and in good hands. The vet who took him in this afternoon rang to let me know how he was doing, and all is going as well as can be expected after such a major surgery.
We won’t know for a week or so if he has cancer or it was benign. I forget how long we have to wait as my brain shut down when I heard ‘tumour’ and I couldn’t stop crying. I took today off to look after him but all I could see is he was in pain and confused. He was just running around playing like a madkitty the day before, no matter that he is 14/15, damn it all.
You never know what might be going on when someone can’t tell you what hurts. He had soft, stinky poop for too long – that’s the only reason I took him to the vet at all. I’m so glad he is an indoor cat and I could see/smell that something wasn’t right – after days in the garden all cat poop is soft.
You know I don’t do prayers, but I’ll take on offer all the best wishes for him to recover fast and it not be cancer.
Oh, I’d cry like crazy too. Have. The IV will perk him up a treat, I suspect, what with his kidneys, but it’s awful waiting to find out what they can actually do for him. What a winsome boy — that’s a fabulous picture with the turkey. Beaming good wishes at him.
Thanks, hon. I can write but not talk about him, except with the hubby. I break down otherwise. I guess I’ll go to work tomorrow but it won’t be fun.
I like how his tail is down, as if he could still hunt it 🙂
How is he today? Poor Lokii, he must be a champion yowler too.
Just back from visiting, he’s a frightful mess. The IV is keeping him off his feet and makes him pee, so he was very wet and smelly. Cleaned and dried him as best as he’d let me. He did respond well to affection and brushing, which is good. But he still doesn’t want to eat.
I spent so long earlier this summer with Torvald not eating. I don’t know how hip your vets are about this problem, I fed Torvald with a turkey baster and he was OK with it, it made his appetite come back slowly. The kidneys are probably the biggest sabotage of the appetite. This whole website is the source of the book that helped me
It was clear from the book that some vets are smarter than others about this and that in the UK/EU there are some who have not caught up with treatments that work and are standard over here.
That is too funny, the U.K. comment about cats loving fish from the chipper! He LOVES nasty old chicken or fish with batter on it. He’s not terribly food-motivated but does love what he loves…so some ham, raw sausage meat (they don’t spice it here), or cheapo frozen chicken patties might tempt him. I need to find out if we can visit tomorrow. It’s not only a Sunday when they are closed, but the day of a huge national GAA football match and Mayo is playing Dublin. I can’t describe how important this game is around here. Skeleton staff on Monday around the county even if we lose (again).
Oh, and he had liquid meds and I swear I’ve never seen a cat gag just seeing a syringe come at his face before. It was a nightmare for all of us. Not sure if that is an option, especially with his belly cut open. I surely don’t want him to struggle with us.
Sometimes with Mr. Ferguson’s prednisone we have to sneak it up from the side into the corner of his mouth… but cats are canny.
Sending hugs and all the wishes possible that Spot feels better tomorrow and it’s not malignant. xxx
Thank you so much. You’ve been around from the beginning of my blog so you know how precious he is to me. 💚
We do indeed.
He is in the best place where they can help him.
I know it won’t be easy for you…. But tomorrow is another day.
Thanks ‘cousin.’ He’s so important to me, I’d do anything to make sure he is okay.
Ok… Caught wrong footed there….
I still can’t believe I found someone with the same name as me.. Still weirded by that. B-)
But…. We do it for the kids. B-)
I am so sorry for spot and for you! I am not sure what to say, I know you are hurting as he is. I do wish him well, I send you all the virtual hugs I can. I clicked like for his recovery, may it be fast and complete. He is lucky to have you. Most humans can care that much. Love to spot, best wishes and hugs for both of you.
It’s okay, you are a soul mate in love for animals and cats especially so I know you understand.
So, so sorry, spideys. Hugs winging your way.
Thank you – you’ve also been around since the start here. We know this pain, wish we didn’t.
I’ll tell some stories one day. But, he is my family, and has been a part of my life for a lot of years and a lot of life changes. Not my child, I’d never say that, but family for sure.
Not your child, no, but a fuzzy cuzzin’ maybe. I’m so sorry he’s feeling bad, and you’re feeling worse because you think to the future. Let’s hope the IV and the meds make him feel better in the short term, and the surgery and pathology say the right thing for the long term. Visualise him perched on your chest and purring into your face rather than the poor kid confused and unwell.
I had Lokii literally on my face this morning. He misses his big brother. Spot is in for another night, too – he’s perked up but not eating.
He is a fur child. Equal. HUGS and all paws crossed with warming healing thoughts softly shooed to ease and comfort the Spot Unequaled Regent of the Realm.
Visualizing purrs is good idea – he’ll hear.
My mom called the cats ‘fur persons.’ Shame they don’t live as long as we do.
The fur persons gather a lot of love into their years – and freely share it, too.
Paws and Hugs – both soft and restorative.
Yep. I miss him so much.
Lokii is screaming his head off, looking for Spot 😦
We’ve had wide intense rainbows for the last two days – very early in the morning between bright white clouds and blue sky. Very unusual. Can’t help to think it’s in Spot’s honor.
Hugs to Loki and you
Sending all the love I can your way.
Thanks hon. I miss him – have to do without him for another night.
So sorry you’re going through this.
Thanks. He’s my good old man.
So sorry to hear about Spot. Hope he has had a good night. It’s amazing how much pets become part of our lives and I can understand you feeling so sad when you watch him suffering. Big virtual hug heading your way and a little cuddle for Spot.
Thank you – he is very special to me. He’s better today but still spending another night at the vet. Tomorrow…
Been there done that. Know exactly how you are feeling.
Sending good thoughts.
I know you do. It sucks.
Thinking of y’all hon ((hugs))
Thank you. We had a little cry together last night.
I hope he recovers 😦
Thank you – he isn’t happy but is better. Looks like Monday now before he can come home.
We’ll keep paws and fingers crossed!
I’m so sorry poor kitty has to go through all this and how heartbreaking for you to have to watch and be able to do so little! Thinking of you over here…hoping for the best !
Thank you – still don’t have him home.
You got it as does sweet kitty. ❤️
Thank you – I miss him so much.
The kitties and I are sending purrs and good vibes your way. ❤