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post #1 of 34
Thread Starter 
Thank-you Sandie, we appreciate your good wishes. Tango has had his exploritory surgery and has half of his bowel removed. There was a tumor present and there were some swollen lymph nodes that were removed. We are awaiting the results of the biopsy. Realistically, the vet does not hink that it looks good for him right now, but we are hoping and praying for him...
Thank-you for your support
post #2 of 34
Dear Tango,
I pray for your kitty and I pray for you!
May All of God's Love & Blessings Shine On You!
post #3 of 34
Thread Starter 
Thank-you for your words of encouragement. Both Tango and I really appreciate it. We are praying as well. Thanks again
post #4 of 34
I do hope you get good results! Poor little Tango has been through so much.

I'll be thinking about him and you!

BTW - I closed the other Tango thread to prevent double posting.

If anyone reading this missed the other thread, read it here:
post #5 of 34
I am so sorry to hear about your kitty. I am hoping that by the time you read this he is doing better. As I read your original post I though obstructed bowel in dogs it is common and if caught in time can be saved. I am not familiar with the feline version but I am hopeful its the same, surgery and a recovery and then special diet and a long otherwise healthy life!
good luck my thoughts are with you.
post #6 of 34
It was a courageous and sincere gesture you made in the attempt to save your precious Tango. I pray that he pulls through. Some owner's, like myself, don't have the option to keep testing and fighting for their animals. We had a cat, Sassy, who we rescued from the pound who was sick from day one. She had constant diarrhea as well as bad gas. After many attempts at changing her diet and treatment with medicine we had to make the aweful decision to put her down. The vet believed that she had cancer somewhere in her digestive tract. However, we could not afford the extra tests and exploratory surgery to rule this out. I feel bad that we could not. I hope Tango fights a good hard fight for the owner that loves him so. God bless.
post #7 of 34
i want to thank all of you that are supporting me and my husband through this. it is so nice to see that there are great people who truly love animals like i do because i am seeing how some people can be so negative. i have heard stuff like well she may be too old and not pull through this or wow its going to be expensive. and i have all the answers and let them know that i love nettie so much and whatever it takes we will do to have her back to good health.and again, thank you all for your support and it feels so good to see how there are so many people out there who feel like we do.
post #8 of 34
Thread Starter 
Thank-you all so much for taking the time to support Tango and I. Our fever has gone down one degree and we are eating via syringe. We still have no biobsy results,as of yet. We are on double antibiotics and have our fingers and paws crossed. The next few days will be critical to see as the stitches dissolve if the tissue will hold. Thanks again for everything...we'll keep you posted
post #9 of 34
Dear Tango,
My heart stopped as I opened up this posting, since I've been waiting to hear the results. I pray for Tango's most rapid recovery...
God Bless You & Yours
post #10 of 34
Thread Starter 

Well we have some great news to share. Tango doesn't have cancer. He has what appears to be a chronic infection. We are not sure if it is fungal or bacterial, but I am so estatic, that I am not super worried about it. We are not out of the woods by a long shot. He is not producing red blood cells and is a little anemic, if it continues he will require a transfusion. For now we celebrate, until we know for sure. It is a cat's world in this house )). We thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers and, we will keep you all in ours.

Cynthia and Tango
post #11 of 34
Dearest Cynthia,
Oh my goodness!!!!!!!!! What a blessing! Thank YOU LORD!!! I'm shedding tears of joy!!!!!!!! Also, I'll celebrate with a nice big glass of ice water and lemon! Yippee! You've both been such angels through all of this! My prayers will continue for Tango & for you all sweetie......you've been through so much!
God Bless You!

Thank you for your prayers as well
post #12 of 34
WOW I am so happy its going to be okay. I know you have a long road ahead, but knowing you can treat it makes all the difference in the world. Please let us know how its coming along!!
post #13 of 34
Thread Starter 
Well the verdict is in, Tango is suffering from what they think is Histoplasmosis. Anyone have any ideas on this one?
We have to wait until Monday for the lab to confirm, but the Vet is fairly sure, as he has all of the symptoms. We appreciate any help here.

Cynthia and Tango
post #14 of 34
From what I understand about it, it comes from soil infected by bird droppings. It is a fungal thing that invades the lungs, spleen and some symtoms appear in the mouth. It is usally treated with the same drugs they treat severe cases of ringworm with. Such as ketaconizole or maybe sporonox. I beleive this can be treated and cured while kept on the medication for 3 months. You will have to let us know what the vet has to say on Monday!!
post #15 of 34
Thread Starter 
Thanks Sandie,

I was just wondering, he doesn't seem to have any problems with his lungs, he is breathing fine, but he has all of the other symptoms...is this possible? Seeing as we are not 100% sure that this is what he has, any other suggestions as to the cause...all we know right now is that it is fungal.
The biggest problem right now seems to be he is anemic, the vet seems to think whatever it is it is attacking his bone marrow somehow, we have tested for feline leukemia twice, just to be sure and he tested negative

Cynthia and Tango

[Edited by Tango on 03-24-2001 at 09:47 AM]
post #16 of 34
Dearest Cynthia,
Oh my goodness....I've never heard of such a thing myself and I'm so happy that Sandie is so knowledgable of cats! Thank God for you Sandie. I just want to keep posting and let you know of another person that loves all your good works for these babes and you're such a wonderful Mom, Cynthia...God Bless You!...
Hugs, Prayers, Hugs and More Prayers!
post #17 of 34
From what I understand, it can affect 2 primary organs..the lungs and gastrointestinal tract. From what you describe, it's probably just affecting the intestines. It sounds like your vet is doing a good job and is looking at all the options. If you have tested for the FELV twice and both were neg than its a pretty good bet that its definatly ruled out. Do you know where Tango may have picked this up?
post #18 of 34
Thread Starter 
Thanks again Sandie, I can't seem to find out much about it on-line and my vet hasn't seen very many cases of it. We are not sure where he picked it up since he doesn't go outside, maybe from the car to where ever, but not without us and not to look around on his own...he's a pretty big scaredy cat. My vet is fantastic and she just thought that maybe someone else ould help us out here. We appreciate it. You have been so very helpful from the start. Thank-you
post #19 of 34
Dear Cynthia,
I haven't been online for a while due to circumstances. I have thought of you both (Tango) and I was hoping to hear good news. How is he doing? I hope you're both doing well...just wondering, he seemed to have captured my heart that little brave guy.
God Bless You Always,
post #20 of 34
Thread Starter 

Thank-you for your continued support, your encouragement and caring words have been an anchor for Tango and I. After all of the fuss and guessing of diagnosis', it turns out that he has a bacterial infection. He was doing pretty good up until a few days ago, he has stopped eating and drinking. We are now feeding him baby food and pedolyte via syringe.
The clincher is we are getting ready to be transferred, because of my fiancee's company, and I am worried what travelling will do to my baby. We will keep you updated, and give you a holler when we land. Thank-you again for everything.

Love Cynthia and Tango
post #21 of 34
Dear Cynthia,
My prayers are sent your way... Thanks for letting me know, I do pray for his recovery and your peace.
God Bless Always
post #22 of 34
Thread Starter 
We just wanted to let you know, Tango passed away today, Thursday April 12th, 2001 at 6:30 am. We aren't really sure what happenend, he seemed to be doing really well. We would like to thank everyone for their support throughout the entire time he was sick.
post #23 of 34
My heart just sank as I read your post. I am sorry for your loss especially after fighting so hard to save Tango. God's little creatures touch our lives in mysterious ways. You will be in my thoughts today.
post #24 of 34
Dearest Cynthia,
We've all witnessed the strength you and Tango possessed to fight all the way for his life, and I sit here and cry becasue he's been taken from you so early. I really don't know what else to say Cynthia, my heart is so broken for you ...even I was so attached to him (I'm sure I'm not alone when I say that). Peace be with you and Tango...My prayers are with you all.
post #25 of 34
Dear Cynthia,

I'm so sorry about Tango. He was a real fighter that kitty. My heart sank too when I read your recent post. You did what you could for him and he was very lucky to have you in his life. You and Tango will be in my thoughts and prayers.
post #26 of 34
I am so sorry to hear that Tango passed away. I share your sorrow and have warm wishes for your future. You were very thoughtful for him.
post #27 of 34
I am so sorry to hear you lost him. I am going to light some candles in his honor tonight.
post #28 of 34
I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. He was a brave little guy and has touched our hearts!
post #29 of 34
Thread Starter 
Actually I messed up, it was Friday the 13th that Tango passed away. We had an autopsy done and the vet said that although Tango had fully recovered from surgery, and was doing very well, (he had gained weight and his fever was gone), there were other problems they we were not aware of, and he just had no fight left. The vet said that his organs just shut down, his liver and kidneys were discolored, and there was something around the edge of his lungs.
Tango was four years old. He was the light of our lives and we will miss him everyday. We thank-you so very much for all of your support. It has meant the world to us. I am sure he hung in there for so long because all of you were pulling for him. He was special to us.
He came into my life as a stray, three months old, and captured my heart. he was as anti-social as a cat could be and liked nothing better then to hide under my bed. His first official act was to spray inside my cupboards while I was at work. He loved to wake me up nose to nose to let me know he was hungry. He had a hernia fixed at 6 months old...that is when I realized he had a voice, he didn't use it often, just when I didn't get the food out fast enough.
He loved to run wild in the middle of the night using me as a crash pad. He always knew when I was sad, that is the only time he would get close to me, he would sit next to me.
Once when I had hurt myself, I was sitting on the couch crying and he was rubbing against my legs...just as I was thinking how sweet he was being he bit my big toe.
He was well travelled,living in two countries and three states, and I can't help but think that this is what started him to be more affectionate.

Tango was loved so very much by Bruce and I, and although I can't stop thinking that he was taken from us well before his time...we will continue to love him and remember him everyday. He was very unique, my little guy. He was the cat I always wanted and I even got him to be affectionate after his surgery...maybe he knew, maybe not. But I like to think that he did and wanted to show us how much he loved us before he went. Thursday night he cuddled up, with his head on Bruce's pillow, between the two of us and laid with us until we were asleep, at which point he got up and walked on my head. I am sorry for rambling on I just needed you to know what a special guy he was to us. He fought a good fight and he will be remembered forever.Thanks again for everything.
Cynthia, Bruce and Tango
post #30 of 34
I am sure I speak for everyone when I say that you are more than welcome to talk about happy memories of Tango anytime. Unfortunately, we probably can all relate to the sad fact that sometimes our loved ones are taken away too soon. It always makes me feel better to talk about how wonderful they were. Feel free to share happy feelings with us.
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