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Why is this happening to us??!? Sad news

post #1 of 16
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We took Smudge to the vet this morning. He has terminal cancer. He has a growth in his mouth and his stomach. The vet says the prognosis is bad. He's only 3 1/2.

I have already had 2 cats die this year of other causes. We're just devastated.

The irony about Smudge is that he's from a litter of 4; 3 are FeLv+, but very healthy--in fact, they're the healthiest (and best-looking) of our 7 cats. Smudge was the only one without FeLV.
post #2 of 16
Oh no I am so sorry about Smudge (and your other losses) Sometimes it seems to happen that way. How terrible for you.
post #3 of 16
Oh no I am so sorry. Its so hard to understand when they are young and seem so healthy.

Hang in there. I can't imagine your position.

post #4 of 16
I am so sorry. I know how you feel. We had to put 3 down in a row years ago (before our current cats). It's tough. Hang in there. *hugs*
post #5 of 16
Your news certainly is sad. Are you 100% sure of the diagnosis? Any need for a second opinion? Do you have any prognosis as far as time he has left.

I am so sorry.

post #6 of 16
That's so sad Poor kitty.
post #7 of 16
Oh no I am so sorry to hear this..prayers for Smudge
post #8 of 16
I am so very very sorry
post #9 of 16
I am so sorry. Are you seeing a cat specialialist and/or cat oncologist? Second opinions are recommended. Hang in there.:vib es:
post #10 of 16
I am so sorry - but Smudge is blessed with the love he's found with you.
post #11 of 16
I'm so sorry.
post #12 of 16
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Thanks, everyone, for your best wishes. It does help.

I don't think I'll get a 2nd opinion for a couple of reasons: the vet said the mass was so obvious that it would be a waste for us to pay for x-rays & blood-work. I did some research, and they normally don't do surgery, chemo or radiation on stomach tumors in cats, so I guess the only option is what she told us: extra nutrition to build his weight, and keep him as healthy as can be. We are to feed him a pate-type, extra calorie wet food. She said that he has a lot of spunk, and was in great health until the tumors came, and is young--all of which may keep him alive a bit longer, but the cancer WILL kill him eventually. She also gave him an antibiotic shot and an IV to rehydrate him. He seemed himself when he got home; he ate a lot, drank a lot, and has been sleeping all day. He jumped up to the top shelf on his fave bookcase, so he could sleep.

He's a GORGEOUS cat--a solid black, shiny, Maine-Coon-type cat. I've posted pics of him here in the past ("Smudgeoween" is one). He's a particular favorite of mine--he sleeps in the crook of my arm most nights. . . after rubbing his butt in my face first, of course!
post #13 of 16
Sorry to hear that, prayers for Smudge
post #14 of 16
Well, we'll just send lots and lots of that the measures that are available to you will be sufficient to give him more time than you could possibly imagine.
post #15 of 16
I am so sorry. I know exactly what you are going through and it is so unfair. I had to put down my 1 and 1/2 year old this morning. He had a growth in his stomach and it turned out that he had cancer of the lymph nodes. He was in extreme pain and it was so hard to say goodbye. I am crying right now...again.
post #16 of 16
I'm so sorry to hear about Smudge. I hope that despite the cancer that he will have a long time with you yet.
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