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What a (Bad) Day!

February 20th, 2013 at 03:14 pm

We ended taking up my kitty back into the vet for an ultrasound yesterday. Though we were told she might have intestinal cancer, I suppose I was in denial. I read it was rare, and figured it was just as likely they she ate something she shouldn't have (the kids are always lying rubberbands around no matter how much we nag them). & she is always coughing up strange things - no idea where she finds these things. Lots of kid stuff laying around I suppose. She is 100% indoors.

Anyway, I appreciate the ultrasound technology as it was easy and less costly. The vet told us usually (historically) they'd just operate. & our cat is older and not sure she is really up to that. I mean, who wants to be operated on if you don't have to?

She was diagnosed with non-treatable lymphoma and given weeks to live. Frown

So, I had a very heavy heart yesterday. I am surprised how hard it hit me. She is 15 and I know very logically her health has gone downhill over the years, and that her time is nearing. But, it is still tough when it comes down to it.

I haven't talked to the kids about it at all. They were there for the news, and dh took them to San Jose to spend the week with Grandma. I think the older one is taking it hard. I don't think either is overly attached to the cat, but he is just more sensitive. We will talk about it when they return.

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On the plus side, I think this is as easy as it gets. We were gearing up for some tough choices. Being told, "There is nothing you can do" doesn't leave much in the tough choice department. Not that we won't have some tough decisions - will see how she progresses. She is old enough that we won't pursue other opinions or anything, is all. I thought it was very likely she'd be going in for surgery, so dodged that bullet as well.

As the writing has been on the wall, we have been gearing up for this a bit. This is the only pet we have ever had as adults. I told my spouse that since we always had outdoor cats, they usually just disappeared. Don't remember putting any pets down. But if we did, the parents dealt with all that stuff, know what I mean? So this feels very much an induction into adulthood, that is for sure. & I have been kind of wary as I didn't really know what to expect. But, on the flip side, I think we've had enough medical crap lately that we probably know all the questions to ask. When I had my thyroid surgery the surgeon was overly impressed with my questions. Well, dh had *just* had brain surgery. I told him, "You have no idea." I suppose we are up for asking all the right questions. We have some experience to pull from that we wouldn't as younger pet owners.

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I suppose that alone would make for a rough day, but cancer always has to appear in 3s or 4s or 5s, it seems.

I met with an elderly tax client yesterday and he matter of factly told me he had liver cancer and would not be here next year. Shook my hand and left. Frown

So, that was my day.

F___ Cancer!

17 Responses to “What a (Bad) Day!”

  1. PNW Mom Says:

    What a sad day! So sorry about your kitty...mine is 14 and he is like my 3rd child...hugs Frown

  2. laura Says:


    Heavy day. We found out a 4th grade boy at our school has stage 4 leukemia. We've all been a little nicer to one another. So sorry about your kitty; no doubt a wonderful friend to you all.

  3. ceejay74 Says:

    Ugh, so sorry. Frown I've had two co-workers and a friend from college go through cancer and chemo in the past year. I hate that feeling that it's coming at you from all directions. And ((hugs)) enjoy your time with your kitty. That's not a bad age for a cat, so at least she's had a good long life.

  4. JulieA Says:

    So sorry to hear that. It is always a difficult time to lose a pet.

  5. North Georgia Gal Says:

    So Sorry about your cat. I know that you have given this kitty the best life possible but it must be difficult to lose her.

  6. rachel021406 Says:

    Sounds like your kitty has had 15 years of unconditional love. What a great life you have given her. So sorry for this hard time.

  7. Ima saver Says:

    I lost my baby lst year at age 11, so I know how you feel. You have given her a good life.

  8. twest Says:

    Sorry about your baby!

  9. snafu Says:

    Taking another point of view, you've enjoyed kitty for 15 years and kitty has been loved and cared for beyond average lifespan. I know you will make her as comfortable as possible as long as possible so long as you aren't seeing suffering.. If it is the 1st loss for your children, they will take time to adjust and sadly learn about loss.

  10. LuckyRobin Says:

    I hope the rest of her life is peaceful and easy.

  11. mjrube94 Says:

    I'm so sorry for you! Enjoy every minute with your cat!

  12. Looking Forward Says:

    I am so sorry for you, your family and your kitty. ((hugs))
    Feel free to email me if you have any questions or whatever. Frown

  13. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Frown So sorry to hear about your kitty. She was lucky to have such a good home and life with your family.

  14. Thrifty Ray Says:

    I agree....F...Cancer. I am so sorry for the double bad news. I love my cat and my dog, and have lost several dear to my heart pets over the years- so I understand the heartache involved. {{{hugs}}} to you these next few weeks. Frown

  15. MonkeyMama Says:

    @Looking Forward - I might do that.

  16. MissAngel Says:

    So sorry to hear about your fuzz-baby! My two have just turned 10 and I know it will be difficult when I have to make a decision about them.

  17. scfr Says:

    Yup - cancer really sucks. So very sorry to hear about your kitty, and about your client too.

    It will be very hard. And you will do fine. She is lucky to have someone as caring and responsible as you making the big decisions for her.

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