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Prayers and Vibes for Lizzie

post #1 of 16
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I know TCS magic has worked before, so I'm hoping and Praying that it'll work again.

Lizzie was the product of MUCH inbreeding, as was her Sister Gracie.
It's a long story that I won't get into now.
As a result of that they both have some health problems.

They go once a year for a check-up and at the end of last May all was well.
About a month ago I noticed that Lizzie was drinking TONS of water and then almost over night she was skinny as a rail.
Turns out that her teeth were terrible, I guess it must have something to do with the inbreeding...like I said they were fine less than a year ago.

Turns out she wasn't eating dry food at all..I was giving then a little canned food twice a day and apparently that's all Lizzie was eating.
Vet put her on medication to clear up the infection and Lizzie was then fed only canned food.
She started to gain back her weight and was even eating a little dry food.
As soon as she was back up to a good weight the teeth were going to be taken care of.

Monday morning she ate a little canned food, but didn't wolf it down as usual.
Gave her more Monday night and she threw it back up.
As strange as this sounds when I got up yesterday morning I swear she had lost all the weight she'd gained and then some...she looks like a stray cat that nobody has been taking care of.
I've been using a syringe that holds 3CC's and feeding her warm beef broth about once and hour or so...that's all she'll 'eat".
She's going to the Vet at 7 tonight.

Please keep my baby in your thoughts and Prayers.
I don't won't to lose her, but I'm very afraid that I will.

post #2 of 16
Many prayers for Lizzie, Bless her sweet heart...Good luck at the Vet I hope you get some encouraging news
post #3 of 16
Lizzie is in my thoughts and prayers. Please keep us posted on how she's doing.
post #4 of 16
Lots of good health and hearty appetite vibes for Lizzie!
post #5 of 16
I wonder if she could have KMR for the calories and nutrients? As I am sure you know it is for kittens, but since your poor baby is not getting the nutrition she needs it mught be something to ask your vet about.
post #6 of 16
Mega {{{vibes}}} for Lizzie! My Twitch is rather inbred & as a result, I had all her teeth removed. She is so much happier & healthier now!
post #7 of 16
Many more good vet visit and healing <<vibes>> for Lizzie. Keep us posted on the visit.
post #8 of 16
Many ((VIBES)) to your sweetie!!! Please keep us posted on what happens.
post #9 of 16
Thread Starter 
Thank you all for your vibes and Prayers.
I'm sad to say that this is one time that even the TCS magic couldn't work.

As I've said Gracie and Lizzie are the product of MUCH inbreeding.
Which has caused them both a lot of health problems.
Up to now everything has been minor and gotten over very quickly with medication.

Gracie and Lizzie are not spayed...the Vet...actually three Vets the saw them wouldn't do the operation.
They told me that with the breathing problems they have the risk was just to great to put them under for any reason.
At first I thought about doing it anyway, but then the more I talked to the Vet the more I knew that the risk of one or both of them developing cancer was the least of the two risks...so they were never spayed.

Well, that gamble didn't pay off for Lizzie when we got there last night he told me that he was 99% sure that she had ovarian cancer in the very late stages and even if I spent thousands of dollars on having her kept at the hospital and running test after test after test that those thousands would be spent in vain because he told me he knew he couldn't save her.

The fact that she stopped eating didn't have anything to do with her teeth this time, it was the cancer.
He said she was more than likely sick for some time.
What kills me is she never acted sick....just the thing with her teeth...but apparently she had the cancer even then.
She never changed her behavior in any way to give me a clue that anything was wrong.
You don't know how I've been beating myself up trying to think of some change that would have tipped me off...but there weren't any.

Then second guessing the choice not to have her spayed..they flat out refused to do Gracie...she has more health issues than Lizzie...but they would have spayed Lizzie, only with the understanding that chances were very high that she'd die while she was under.

The Vet assured me he'd have made the same choice that I did to not have her spayed if she were his cat and that it wasn't my fault, but of course even though he said that the "What if's" keep popping into my head.

Then this morning Gracie went into heat and all of a sudden it dawned on me that I couldn't remember the last time Lizzie was in heat...why oh why didn't that dawn on me months ago...if it had, would it have made a differance?

Anyway, he told me that the only real option was to have her put to sleep so that's what we did.
They asked me if I wanted to leave the room, but I couldn't bring myself to leave her.
My Husband said he'd stay with her, but I had to be with her too.
They let me hold her and she just went peacefully to sleep...very peacefull for her, but not so easy on us.

Thank you all for your prayers and just as a side note...if you find out a cat your thinking of taking in is the product of inbreeding PLEASE DO NOT let my story stop you because Gracie and Lizzie are the sweetest most loving cats I've ever had.
Just be aware that they may have health problems..some small problems and some big ones and just watch them like a hawk for ANYTHING that seems out of the ordinary no matter how small you might think it is.
Maybe if it had dawned on me in time that Lizzie hadn't gone into heat for a while we could have saved her.
post #10 of 16
I am so sorry! You know, you cared for Lizzie far better than many others would've even bothered.

Play Happily over the Rainbow Bridge Lizzie!
post #11 of 16
I am so sorry to hear about Lizzie, and I am glad that you stayed with her so she knows how much you loved her.

RIP Lizzie
post #12 of 16
Thread Starter 
Thank you both.
Staying with her was probably the hardest thing for me to do, but I knew I had to stay with her.
I knew I wanted the last thing she saw to be me, so she wouldn't be afraid.
Thinking she was scared in her last seconds of life would have just killed me.
post #13 of 16
I am so very sorry for your loss. Rest in Peace Sweet Baby
post #14 of 16
Thread Starter 
Thank you, Pami.
post #15 of 16
I'm so sorry for your loss. RIP sweet Lizzie. You were loved.
post #16 of 16
Thread Starter 
Thank you, Eileen.
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