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post #1 of 11 Old 04-02-2012, 03:29 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Sick Kitty ......NEED ADVICE

Hello my name is Lisa. I have a 13 yr old cat I thought had a bad tooth, and to make a long story short he has a cancerous tunor under his tongue. The disease is SCC (squasmous sometging, I can't remember)......anyway was wondering if any of you ever dealt w/ this??He started a shot treatment that he's going to be getting every 3 weeks, but I'm not conviced its working! He goes back thursday, Im scared I may have to make a hard decsion.
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post #2 of 11 Old 04-02-2012, 03:33 PM
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Squamous Cell Carcinoma? Yes, that's pretty serious.

I'm sorry your old boy isn't feeling well. Unfortunately, as animal owners we know 99 times out of 100 that we're going to have to make end of life decisions for them.

At 13 y/o your kitty has lived a good, long life, so you should be able to take some comfort in knowing you've provided that for him. Cats who live that long are obviously well loved and cared for.

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post #3 of 11 Old 04-02-2012, 07:34 PM
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Sorry your going through this, wish you luck with whatever decison you make.

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post #4 of 11 Old 04-02-2012, 10:42 PM
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I had an old kitty that had a scc, we kept her happy and when she began to not eat and seem unhappy made that hard decision.
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post #5 of 11 Old 04-03-2012, 01:26 PM
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I'm so sorry that you're old guy is sick. It's hard, but it's what is best for them that matter.
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post #6 of 11 Old 04-03-2012, 02:48 PM
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I haven't dealt with this, but there have been several people on the feline assisted feeding Yahoo group with this. Apparently it tends to be a fairly aggressive cancer, so though some people elect operations to remove or reduce the tumor, it almost always grows back quickly. I'm so sorry - I lost a 7 year old cat to pancreatic cancer 2 years ago, and it really is hard to see such a healthy cat fail. (I cried for a week, and even a year later teared up when I thought about him.)

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post #7 of 11 Old 04-03-2012, 11:30 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone! He goes Thursday and I told my vet to do what she would do if it was her cat! Just sooo hard he's been my buddy for 13 yrs! I get confused w/ him cause 1 minute he looks miserable and the next he's chasing pennies I throw him! I guess I will find out thursday! Again Thanks to all of you!!
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post #8 of 11 Old 04-03-2012, 11:36 PM
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I lost my one cat to kidney disease. When he started having more bad days than good I knew it was time. I'm sure you're doing as much as anyone can. So sorry you have to go through this.

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post #9 of 11 Old 04-04-2012, 09:56 AM
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I get confused w/ him cause 1 minute he looks miserable and the next he's chasing pennies I throw him!
I'm sort of going through this with one of my 20-year-olds right now - obviously he really has had a long, mostly happy life! (My sister has said she wants to be reincarnated as one of my cats because of the care they get.) But he's had chronic kidney problems and chronic pancreatitis for 7 years now, and last year developed severe dental disease because I didn't want to anesthetize him for cleanings (and didn't think he'd last long enough for it to become a problem - BIG mistake on my part).

If I'd decided to put him to sleep when he was having one of his acute pancreatitis attacks (Aug 2008 or Dec 2010) it would have felt right because he was just curled up in a ball with that faraway look of pain in his eyes. (I'd be much more aggressive with painkillers now after a couple years on the assisted feeding & pancreatitis Yahoo groups.) But I syringe fed him to keep him nourished & alive and the attacks passed, he resumed eating, and he's had more good years.

But now the dental disease - which I've kept at bay for a year with antibiotics - is no longer responding, and most of his body is fine, but he stopped eating again and when I syringe feed him, if the food goes to the wrong part of his mouth, it obviously hurts. I switched antibiotics and it seemed to help, then regressed. I'm picking up another today, probably my last try. If this doesn't work, I have much the same case as an oral SCC cat - a cat who, most of the time, is happy, but not when he's fed. He runs from me now when he sees me coming with the oral syringe. When do you say, this is enough?

Unfortunately, this is all part of loving little furry animals . . . We can only give them the best lives we can while they're with us, and use our best judgment (and that of those we trust) at the end.

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post #10 of 11 Old 04-05-2012, 10:54 PM Thread Starter
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Well sad to say with a VERY heavy heart...........my baby lost his fight today!!! The saddest most heartbreaking decison I have ever made! My lil buddy SIMON ...........mommy loves you!!! Thanks everyone!!
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