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Hemmy has tumors

post #1 of 8
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I posted a question last week about some lumps I found on my cat's (Hemmy) stomach. This is follow up. The meds we tried weren't working like we'd hoped so we saw the vet again on Monday rather than waiting till Wednesday as planned. She determined that it's most likely cancerous and wanted to do surgery ASAP. He goes tomorrow to have the lumps removed. She feels fairly positive that the places are benign and were triggered due to some medication he had taken earlier in the year for an unrelated issue. Like most people might, I wish he had never had the meds but no one was psychic and could have predicted this and for that matter there's no guarantee that they even caused this but as a cat mommy I worry about these things. Nevertheless, I'm much encouraged by what she had to say about it on Monday and understand that tomorrow's surgery will be far less invasive than another surgery he had in the distant past for a totally different reason. He should get to come home tomorrow and the surgery is considered relatively non-invasive.

I don't know what it is with Hemmy. He seems to have more medical problems than any other cat (or dog or horse or gerbil, etc.) I've ever had, some, like swallowing a needle, were of his own making. I could have killed him on that occasion except I was busy saving his life and before anyone fusses about needles being left out it wasn't. I was actually sewing with it when it happened. Anyway, my point is that Hemmy can find disaster in a hurry but he's a tough cat and a fighter. Besides, he acts like he feels great. He's eating, playing and teasing us all normally so I feel very positive about tomorrow and my sincere thanks to everyone who's asked about him and how it's all going. I'll post an update after the surgery and let you all know how it goes.

Saying many, many prayers of thanks that he's our cat and asking that the tumors are benign. I feel truly blessed that God sent such an amazing animal into our lives and I'm looking forward to many more years of averting the disasters he rushes headlong into!
post #2 of 8
Huge for Hemmy tomorrow.

I will keep him in my heart and thoughts that surgery goes well, and the tumors are indeed benign

Calming for you
post #3 of 8
Prayers and vibes for Hemmy and those that love her!
post #4 of 8
I hope for the best for your kitty....
I feel I have to point out that a benign tumor/growth is by definition cancer free. Maybe you misunderstood your, or most likely your vet was misleading with diagnosis...... It is impossible for them to diagnose a tumor/growth as malignant with out a biopsy. I am shocked that medication would be prescribed as an immediate fix for a mass/growth/tumor. If your vet doesn't know the difference between an abscess and tumor, then I would seriously look for another vet!
post #5 of 8
Adding my to the others.

I am so sorry that these turned out to be tumors. fingers crossed for all being benign!

I loved your story about Hemmy the trouble finder. It made me cry and smile at the same time.
post #6 of 8
many many vibes and prayers
post #7 of 8
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Originally Posted by cheylink View Post
I hope for the best for your kitty....
I feel I have to point out that a benign tumor/growth is by definition cancer free. Maybe you misunderstood your, or most likely your vet was misleading with diagnosis...... It is impossible for them to diagnose a tumor/growth as malignant with out a biopsy. I am shocked that medication would be prescribed as an immediate fix for a mass/growth/tumor. If your vet doesn't know the difference between an abscess and tumor, then I would seriously look for another vet!
That's not the case at all. Maybe you missed my other post. I won't go into it all again but my vet is an excellent vet and knows what she's doing. There was never any question of the places being an abscess and there's a lot of details I've left out.

Thank you everyone for your well wishes!
post #8 of 8
I really hope Hemmy's tumours are benign
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