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We are a cat hospice.



While I was on my trip to Ottawa, IL, and Wiscon, the OH took our cat Isis in to the Pacifica Oncology Center for radioactive iodine therapy to treat an overactive thyroid.

While she was there, she had a coughing fit, and the vet did an X-ray on her. The X-ray revealed two lung tumors.

She also has a chronic infection - kidney? bladder? urinary tract? - we already treated her with a 3 week course of antibiotics for that, but that only got rid of one kind of beastie in there. The other kind is still hanging on.

The vet at the oncology center said that Isis might live a few months if the lung tumors went untreated. She suggested surgery, but our local vet says that while surgery could be done on the larger tumor, the smaller one is near the heart and it would be very hard to remove. And of course surgery would be expensive and invasive/painful to Isis. And it's likely the cancer has metastasized elsewhere.

So we've decided not treat the lung cancer.

Our local vet also recommended that Isis have more antibiotics for the infection. But she admitted that chronic infections can be very difficult to treat with oral antibiotics and might require treatment for up to six months.

Isis hates being given antibiotics. Although she didn't strike at us, she cried and then hid for several hours afterward each time we did it.

It's hard to tell of course, but the infection doesn't seem to be causing her a lot of pain; she is using her litter box normally.

So although we haven't decided for sure, we're inclined not to treat the infection either.

As long as she seems relatively free of pain, I guess we might have her company for anywhere from a few weeks to a few months.

We'll be sure to be spoiling her rotten.

I'm sad, but I had a feeling all along that she might not be with us for long. We simply did what we could by taking her in off the street.

But this is the last time I name an animal after a goddess. Goddesses don't stay in one place for long, generally speaking.

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ex_serenejo
May. 29th, 2003 12:11 pm (UTC)
*sigh* *hugs* I'm sorry.
jenett
May. 29th, 2003 12:21 pm (UTC)
Oh. *hug*

She's got very good humans around her for her last days. I'm very sorry you have to go through this again so soon, though.
rubylou
May. 29th, 2003 12:25 pm (UTC)
She's so very fortunate to have you!
therealjae
May. 29th, 2003 12:26 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry, Stef.

-J
cha
May. 29th, 2003 12:31 pm (UTC)
I'm very glad that you and Isis found each other
lysana
May. 29th, 2003 12:57 pm (UTC)
But this is the last time I name an animal after a goddess. Goddesses don't stay in one place for long, generally speaking.

Indeed. *hugs* At least she's with people who will make her last weeks as comfy as possible. You two will do that superlatively well.
circumspectly
May. 29th, 2003 01:01 pm (UTC)
it's a good thing that you've done, stef. i'm so sorry that you have to cope again so soon, but i'm awfully glad that you've been able to impart such love to this good kitty that was having such a hard life.

(((hugs))) if you want 'em, and headscritches for isis.
johno
May. 29th, 2003 01:10 pm (UTC)
{{{Big Hugs}}}

We went through something similar with both KitKat and Punkin in 2001.

The vet said he could do stuff, that we would have to do stuff at home, but between the 2 their quality of life would be the pits.

We let them be.

Both of them knew when their time was near.

They came to us and let us know in no uncertain terms that it was time to go.

We were able to give them lots of love in their final months, we were able to say goodbye, we were able to hold them in our arms... when they went.

stonebender
May. 29th, 2003 01:15 pm (UTC)
Oh shoot! I really hope you take comfort knowing you've improved her remaining time. *hugs*
krasota
May. 29th, 2003 01:39 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry Isis is ill, but I'm very glad she has you to keep her comfortable.

Give her some head scritches for me.
femmediva
May. 29th, 2003 01:45 pm (UTC)
oh, no...

I'm so sorry. But for Isis, better to have her last weeks/months be filled with good care, love, and spoiling rather than suffering though cancer *and* being homeless.

*hugs and strong vibes*
lcohen
May. 29th, 2003 02:38 pm (UTC)
oh, stef--i am so sorry to hear this.

*massivehugs*
rmjwell
May. 29th, 2003 03:02 pm (UTC)
Isis has good people to care for her and remember her. Be sure the humans take care of each other, too.

And have a hug or several while you're at it.
kightp
May. 29th, 2003 03:35 pm (UTC)
I'm so very, very sorry.
submarine_bells
May. 29th, 2003 03:46 pm (UTC)
*hugs* I'm very sorry to hear that. At least Isis will have the opportunity to be spoiled rotten for her last few months, hey?

Regarding the antibiotics - one of our cats (Sam) suffers from chronic mouth infections, and he HATESHATESHATES taking pills. We've found it a lot easier to get antibiotics into him when they're in liquid form, coz they can be mixed into a bowl of something mushy and tasty and soft, and consumed without being noticed. Might that help make life a bit easier for Isis?
firecat
May. 29th, 2003 03:53 pm (UTC)
She's kind of a picky eater so I'm not sure that would work. We gave her liquid antibiotics via a syringe last time. The vet suggests injections, which she might actually mind less, and we're considering whether to try them. (Initially we hesitated because we didn't want to risk creating resistant bacteria if she couldn't tolerate injections, but the vet says that isn't a risk.)
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