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post #31 of 43
Fingers crossed for everybody. Metacam isn't licenced for use in cats, but in small doses can be effective - you do have to watch with large doses though, as there is a potential risk to the kidneys then. I have used it on 2 cats, and had no issues, both have had blood tests after use and no probs - but we use drops in the UK, so the most I have used is 3 drops, I dont know what that would equate to in .ml.
post #32 of 43
I'm sorry to hear about Spot. 10 days is really fast. Peace be with you, Spot.

I really don't know what to say. You must have a heart of gold to care for so many.

As for Bullseye taking Metacam, Anti-inflammatory drugs are supposed to slow down the growth of cancer -- so Bullseye is getting a 2-for-1 deal.
post #33 of 43
Oh my heart goes out to you guys! We had a cat a few years ago, Gizmo, and she was diagnosed with a squamous cell carcinoma in her ear. Unfortunately, she was an outdoor feral (born under our shed) that we took care of, so we didn't know about the problem right away... it wasn't until she stopped eating that we knew there was a problem... and by then... too late... it was so large it was pushing against her brain and causing excruciating pain for her. No time to decide on therapies. We ended up putting her down just to ease the pain.

So I know what you must be going through. I'll keep you and your kitties in my thoughts.
post #34 of 43
I know this thread was started a while back but if anyone is still battling with this our Lilly just was preliminarily diagnosed with Squamous Cell Carcinoma. We knew something was wrong when she started losing weight and was sticking out her tongue and having trouble swallowing. The vet will probably be doing a biopsy next week to confirm. First she is doing bloodwork to see if anything has spread. If it has we probably do not have long at all.

Lilly is only about 6 years old. We've only had her for 2 years.

My heart goes out to all of you who have had to face this. I never in a million years thought we'd be dealing with a case this bad so soon. This is one of my first pets and its going to be a rough couple of months.
post #35 of 43
I am sorry to hear that, I do hope the bloods and biopsy show something positive.
post #36 of 43
well we did get news that the bloods were ok. so its off for a teeth cleaning and biopsy next week.
post #37 of 43
Hi all, sorry to hear your sad news but I just wanted to share with you. I haven't posted for awhile but wanted to give a brief update. My furry best friend Pickles was diagnosed back in Nov of 04 with squamous cell carcinoma, he had a total ear ablation, which left him deaf in that ear. Well I am happy to say that he is still with us. He is truly amazing. The vets are even surprised as this is a rapid moving cancer. He is well running around and causing trouble, but back when they found out he had cancer they told us his prognosis was guarded to poor. We have dubbed him our miracle cat. We feel lumps on his body (which I am sure could be tumors), but we have decided that as long as he is acting happy we will leave him be. He was traumatized from having to go back and forth to the doctor when we first found out, that everytime we took him out he peed on the towel we held him in. We think it caused him too much stress, so we just don't want to do that to him. I did promise him if he started not looking well or losing weight that I would take him, and make the best decision I could for him. Just wanted to share and say my thoughts are with all of you. Keep the hope, you may never know you may have your own miracle.
post #38 of 43
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well we did get news that the bloods were ok. so its off for a teeth cleaning and biopsy next week.
berylayn, I was curious how the biopsy went. If it's posted in another thread, I apologize for missing it.

**ADDED** I'm sorry, I looked for a post about Lilly's treatment, but I didn't check the RB forum. So sorry for your loss.

That's amazing, l.trant. Pickles is a lucky kitty! I hope he continues to do well.

I've never heard from paperclip since her last post in this thread and I fear that Smokey has passed on to the Rainbow Bridge, as did my Bullseye. He lived slightly less than 3 months from the time of his diagnosis. It was a difficult time, but it was special time for us as well. It's unfortunate we don't always set aside extra time for our little friends until something like this happens, but I think Bullseye did enjoy those last three months.
post #39 of 43
Thanks for the comments. It was a hard 3 weeks but like you said, we really set aside time to love on our little girl in those weeks. Turns out it was SCC but Melanoma, another equally bad tumor that spread too rapidly for us to be able to really do anything. We know Lilly is having a great time over the RB.
post #40 of 43
I'm so sorry for all of you who've lost kitties to cancer. I've lost 3, one to SCC (she lived 8 months), one to lymphoma and one to lung tumors that spread to her toe. Cancer is a terrible disease and my heart breaks whenever I hear of another kitty who has it.
post #41 of 43
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I'm so sorry for all of you who've lost kitties to cancer. I've lost 3, one to SCC (she lived 8 months), one to lymphoma and one to lung tumors that spread to her toe. Cancer is a terrible disease and my heart breaks whenever I hear of another kitty who has it.
I've lost four to cancer now, one also to lymphoma. Eight months seems to be a fairly good response based on what I've read. What treatment did you use?
post #42 of 43
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I've lost four to cancer now, one also to lymphoma. Eight months seems to be a fairly good response based on what I've read. What treatment did you use?
From what I've learned since then, 8 months is really good. This was back in 1997 and I was going to an idiot vet . . . he told me there was no treatment available at all! This was before I had a computer and the internet offers us so much more information now. He didn't even refer me on to Iowa State which is a great vet school and is only 30 miles from me! And I was uninformed enough back then that I didn't even question him. He also misdiagnosed my lymphoma kitty, Kirby, in 2001. Finally, his partner referred me to Iowa State where a diagnosis was made and treatment started, but by then it was too late. Obviously, I never stepped foot back in that office and after I lost Kirby, I wrote him a scathing letter. My blood still boils when I think about it!!!

Sorry to go off on a rant. . . I just get so angry when I think about all that!
post #43 of 43
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From what I've learned since then, 8 months is really good. This was back in 1997 and I was going to an idiot vet . . . he told me there was no treatment available at all! This was before I had a computer and the internet offers us so much more information now. He didn't even refer me on to Iowa State which is a great vet school and is only 30 miles from me! And I was uninformed enough back then that I didn't even question him.
Unfortunately, the treatments I was offered were expensive and did not offer a much better prognosis than the 8 months your kitty survived. We live probably an hour from Oregon State University, which also has a veterinary school, and I think the biopsy actually was processed there.

I'd never faced anything like SCC before. Bullseye looked the picture of health with the exception of a the growth on the side of his face. Even with surgery and radiation therapy, the prognosis was poor, so we opted against it. When Scooter was diagnosed with lymphoma we immediately started chemo, but the results were not good, plus from a temperment standpoint, he was not well suited for the treatment. It's hard to know what to do, especially when for the most part there is no cure, only a bit of time to be bought. Hopefully someday...

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Sorry to go off on a rant. . . I just get so angry when I think about all that!
I hear ya.
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