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My heart is broken....

post #1 of 18
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Hello all...I have been frantically searching for answers the last 2 weeks as my most precious baby, my 15 year old grey persian, Dillon, was diagnosed with cancer. My vet feels that because of his age and condition, aggressive therapy probably wouldn't do much good and may stress him further.
I am sitting here now as he lays in front of the fireplace, wrapped in his "blanky", his body is wasting away and he is now practically skin and bones. He is growing weaker by the hour, but still continues to eat!?!?. I have never cried so much in my life as I have these last two weeks. My heart is shattered , I feel helpless and I can't seem to find comfort anywhere..I know my baby is nearing the end and I can't seem to let go. He is the sweetest, cutest, most loveable creature I have ever known.
I found this site today and I just want to say "Thank You" for having a forum like this...It seems my friends and family know how much I'm hurting, but they aren't cat owners and can never fully understand the bond we have with our little angels. I just needed a place to put my feelings in writing and feel that those on the other end can understand....Please pray for him....I love him soooo much. thank you
post #2 of 18
Second opnion?? research the cancer on the web...Hope you get some help soon...

not sure if i should suggest this .. nutri cal for calories
post #3 of 18
I am sorry to hear of your and Dillon's plight.

My hopes and prayers go out to the two of you in this time of need.
post #4 of 18
I am sooo sorry you are having to go through this. I have had to endure two painful deaths, one was my cat when I was 17 and it still hurts, and the other was my best friend and cousin, today...I feel your pain...enjoy the time you have......I am so sorry
post #5 of 18
It is always hard to say goodbye, but deep in your heart you know you have to. I hope you find the courage to do it soon, so your cat will not suffer.It is clear that with his long life, you truly do care for him in a wonderful way. Now you need to take the final step and let him go-

Perhaps www.endingpain.info might help you find the courage, that you know you do possess.
post #6 of 18
I am so very sorry. I do understand some of what you are going through, I lost my sweet Joshua to a tumor in his lungs recently. He went to sleep, in my arms, purring as he always did when I held him. It was the last thing I could do for him, since I could not fix this, and it was progressing rapidly.
post #7 of 18
Many of us have had aging pets in poor health -- the search for solutions, wondering what is humane, etc. This is a difficult situation and you are the only one who can know what should be done. Don't blame your friends who aren't pet owners because they don't understand all you are going through. Unlike humans, pets can't state their wishes or be informed of their situation. So we as their primary caretakers have to act on the pet's behalf with love and how we have known this specific animal over the years. I've looked into a pet's eyes and seen they had been through enough. I've also seen a pet very clearly want to continue and be very determined, but I knew there were too many problems for me to pretend he would ever recover -- that was the hardest. I just give you my unconditional support to make whatever decision is best.
post #8 of 18
I can't add anything to what the others have said, but I really do understand your anguish at this time. You know what is best for Dillon and he is lucky to have you.
post #9 of 18
I am sorry to hear about Dillon. Sending many good vibes to you and Dillon
post #10 of 18
sending hugs and love to you & Dillion at this time

we are always here for you should you wish to talk or a shoulder to lean on
post #11 of 18
I am so sorry . I know exactly what you're going through as I had to have Melichus put down due to inoperable bone cancer (the tumor was in the point of his shoulder,) at the age of 12 and a half. (Oh, and in addition to that, 2 months later my sister was diagnosed with colon cancer so we got to deal with that all year as well. After watching her go through the radiation and the chemo, even if I could afford it for my pets, I don't think I would want them to go through it.)

I don't know what else I can say, truly. I've written and erased a half a dozen paragraphs as inadequate. It's just very, very hard, painfully hard, to acknowledge that it may be time to say good-bye.
post #12 of 18
I am so sorry x.x

4 years ago we had to make the toughest descion of our lifes. Our 10 year old cat developed a severe case of diabetes.. he was alarge cat.. about 18 lbs.. he was down to 8lbs within a month and a half.. you could feel all the bones in his body... medications were doing nothing.. so on September 18th our boy, Manny, was put to sleep to end his suffering.. I still think about him and cry because he isn't here. Its something I will never get over.

again.. I am sorry
post #13 of 18
My heart aches for you & your beloved Dillion.
You are in my thoughts & prayers.
post #14 of 18
I am so sorry you are going through this with your beloved Dillon. It is hard to watch them just waste away. You are the only one who knows what is best for him and we all share your pain at this dreadful time. He has been with you a long time and he has led an active, full life. These decisions are never easy and all of here have or will have those decisions to make. I hope you make the right one for Dillon.
My thoughts are with you
post #15 of 18
My heart aches for you. Your heart will tell you what you must do. Give Dillon love from all of us here and love to you too.
post #16 of 18
The fact that your cat continues to eat is a good sign. Cancer lives off carbs and protein and starves on high fat diets.Dillon may receive not be receiving the nutrition his body needs because the cancer takes it all in order to spread but if you can give him a high fat diet his body would be able to use the nutrition from it to fight the cancer. Also, I know it's hard, but cats are highly intuitive and if your thought is full of fear and lost hope- Dillon is picking up on this. Pets have recovered from cancer even when the vet has given up hope. I am holding good thoughts for you and Dillon.
post #17 of 18
Thread Starter 
Thank you so much for the kind words and thoughts...and I am very sorry for your loss as well. I often wonder why these horrible things happen to such beautiful, innocent creatures...our little fur babies who would never hurt anyone! I guess we just have to be strong and know that we will see our little angels again some day...
post #18 of 18

I am so very sorry for what you are going through. All I can say is that if you cherish all the wonderfull memories you have had with him he will never really be gone and will always live inside your heart.
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