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Boogie

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Lovely Keir has earned his jacket already and he's only 17 weeks old!

Clever boy!

You can see a photo of him looking like a teddy-in-a-jacket on my 'room' blog.

[Big Grin]

I've still got Mollie (12 month old Guide Dog puppy) and my own Lab Tatze (four years old). My friend's dog, Zaba, is visiting this week so that makes four - dog heaven! Keir loves them all.

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Well done Keir - clever dog! [Overused]

[ 30. September 2017, 21:10: Message edited by: Piglet ]

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Nicolemr
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On the referral of my vet, I took Bjorn to a specialist today, and after spending a lot of money for hospitalization and test and a sonogram the verdict is that it;s probably lymphoma.

Has anyone here had to deal with their cat being treated for that? I have to decide to treat aggessively, or treat they symptoms. I don't know what to do.

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Rossweisse

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Years ago, when I had a favorite cat suffering from cancer, I asked the vet what she would do if it were her cat. She said that the treatment for this particular cancer (a brain tumor) was difficult and painful, and that she would make her own cat comfortable and see that she didn't suffer. (She also gently let me know that it was very expensive and not likely to work for long.)

I don't know much about lymphoma and its treatments, but I would try to make sure that the treatment didn't cause more feline suffering than the lack thereof.

And having said that, I hope the lymphoma can be cured.

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Nicole, I lost a cat to lymphoma a few years ago. It was treatable, but the treatment itself brought on diabetes. He went downhill very fast in the end. I often wonder if I prolonged his life in a not-very-good way for him, but he seemed happy at first.

I'm very sorry to hear about Bjorn. Strength to you to make the best decision for you both.

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Nicole, an unbearable decision and no easy answers. You might, as suggested, talk it over again with the specialist vet and your own vet about what the options would involve for the cat. When my little cat fell ill years ago, I found out all I could about the cancerous tumours and rates of growth, treated symptomatically with the help of a caring vet and then made a decision to end my cat's life when she was visibly weak and had no appetite left.

I'm so sorry to read this.

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Nicolemr
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I made the decision to go with the option of pallative treatment for Bjorn rather than aggressive diagnostics and chemotherapy. At his age it didn't seem the right thing to do to subject him to a treatment that would make him uncomfortable and probably gain him very little extra time. So he'll be on prednisone which should bring up his appetite and make him feel better, until it's time for him to leave me. [Tear]

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That sounds like a very brave decision, Nicole.

[Votive] for you and Bjorn. [Tear]

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Rossweisse

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I know it's hard Nicole, but I think you're doing the right thing for both Bjorn and you.

[Votive]

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Boogie

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Bless you and him Nicolemr [Votive]

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Nicole and Bjorn [Votive]

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My thoughts are with you and Bjorn Nicole.

Huia

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Oh Nicole I am so sorry.

My first cat, Circe, developed diabetes at the age of 11. About nineteen months later, she began to look seedy, lost weight (she'd always been a rotund kitty), and started having bouts of violent diarrhea. The vet tried different insulin formulations and other medications--nothing seemed to make much difference. Then I noticed that one pupil seemed to be fixed--a trip to an eye specialist followed, then the removal of the eye, and the resulting biopsy showed lymphosarcoma. The specialist left the diagnosis on the answering machine, and I sat on the sofa and cried while Circe got very concerned and tried to comfort me. The treatment choices I was given were prednisone, an intermediate home chemo program, and aggressive chemotherapy (not affordable). Given her age and the fact that the disease had already spread through her body (so aggressive treatment probably wouldn't have given her much time), I chose the second option. It gave her about five weeks of reasonable comfort before the disease really took hold again. I spent as much time with her as I could. That's all I could do. And I wish I hadn't kept her at home for one last night together--she was really suffering by that time. [Votive]

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Rossweisse

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Iris the Orange Menace is to be collected in the morning. I'm not sure how I'm going to get through this.

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Nicolemr
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Bjorn is home, very weak, and didn't eat. I don't think he has very long to go.

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Prayers that Bjorn may find comfort with you in his last days.
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quote:
Originally posted by Nicolemr:
Bjorn is home, very weak, and didn't eat. I don't think he has very long to go.

Prayers for both of you.
[Votive]

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Bjorn, Iris and Circe...beloved feline companions. [Votive]

Our hearts are so wrapped inside of their hearts, aren't they? <3

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Rossweisse

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Iris was collected early this morning. She has been with me through every stage of the cancer, for almost seven years now. I had thought she would be with me to the end.

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((Ross)) So sorry.

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Got a text from my sister to say their 4 month old kitten, Kismet, had been run over and killed by a delivery driver. This, two weeks after their eldest cat, Morpheus, had succumbed to pancreatic cancer.

Rough time on that side of the family. [Tear]

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Rossweisse

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((Nicole)) I'm praying for you and Bjorn.

[Votive] for the family of Kismet and Morpheus.

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So sorry to be reading about everyone's feline friends.

[Votive] for all, especially Ross and Sipech's sister and her family.

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Rossweisse

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Thank you, Piglet. It's been really tough losing Iris this way, but at least I understand what's going on. I can't help thinking that she's distressed, yanked out of her home and not knowing why.

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Nicolemr
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Bjorn died during the night last night. Thanks for everyone's thoughts and prayers. [Tear]

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(((Nicolemr))) [Waterworks] [Votive]

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(((Nicolemr))) [Votive]

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[Tear] [Votive]

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Piglet
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{{{Nicole}}} [Tear]

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So sorry Nicole, a big hug [Votive]

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