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Hey guys, I know this should go in an off-topic or other forum, but I can't seem to find it, so feel free to move it if need be. Anyway, I just got back from the vet with my older cat. I have two, 11 and 9 years old. Since I have no kids and am single, they are pretty much all I got right now. This cat has been pretty healthy most of his life and has'nt been to the vet in over 6 years. Recently he started vomiting a little after eating and the other day he threw up all over during the night and has'nt ate solid food since (about 2 days). He's been real lethargic and hiding behind the sofa which is'nt like him. A nurse at work thought it could be an impacted hairball and that's what I thought after doing some research. He does drink a little bit of water and milk and butter, but thats about it. I took him to the vet today to be safe even though I can't afford it. He did'nt know what was wrong so he suggested we do a lab on him. It came back very high WBC and also something else was off the chart, but don't remember exactly what it was. He said it could be leukemia, some kind of cancerous tumor or a really bad infection. Since I obviously don't have the money to admit him and do surgery, plus the vet was'nt too enthusiastic about it considering his age, we decided to try some antibiotic/steroid injection in the chance it is the infection although the doc doubts it considering how far off his numbers were. He also said he is very dehydrated and told me to try to get him to drink pedilyte even though sub-cue fluids would be better. Not sure what to do now. I hate to put numbers on it, but it cost almost $200 today and I really did'nt find much out although he did get a shot that "may" help. Now he wants to see him in about 3 days and if he's a little better he wants to give him one more shot. I'm kind of down now and will only be able to get a few hours sleep since I have to go back in for another 12 hours tonight after being up doing the appointment. Then tomorrow I won't get enough sleep due to already signing up to pick up 2nd shift at my other job so I won't be home much to take care of him...

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I hate when our pets get old and sick.

Just hugs for you and the kitty.

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Sorry sorry to hear of your troubles. I have 2 kitties too, and love them dearly. Maybe you have a friend or neighbor who would check on your cat while you're at work? A fellow cat lover perhaps? Best wishes for you and your precious creature.

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So sorry to hear that. Sending prayers and hugs to both of you.

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Sorry about your kitty--I lost my Lab last year to Cancer and it cost me well over 2000.00 before I was done and still he didn't make it past 5 months--of course the Vet gave me hope that the treatment would work even though the long term prognosis with CA is not good--I find most Vets out there push expensive treatments and most will not admit that even with TX chances are you will only get a few more good months. Sorry to bum you out but I just wanted to tell you the truth about CA.

Of course it may be something less deadly with your kitty. With my boy we gave him daily Medrol and thyroxine and this allowed him to live a good life for another 5 months after diagnosis. Prednisone will delay the growth of CA and tumors but eventually it will cause its own problems (Diabetes). I got a few more happy months with "The Boy" by using the Medrol--in the end it is your decision.

The night before I put him down he got very ill and that morning the Vet came and ended his suffering. Sometimes there is nothing you can do but try to make them comfortable. When it is time to let them go--they will let you know--My boy gave me the LOOK--like Mom--I'm ready to go now--I'll meet you later at Rainbow Bridge. A few months later an all black cat came to my house and stood looking in the front door glass at me. That cat is still here--living in the woods--and in the morning follows me down my long driveway when I collect my paper--just like my boy did. When I am outside working on my property this cat will always be somewhere within 20 feet of me just watching me work and when I look at him he will run around in circles and "Show Off" just like my boy did. He's a character for sure.

Three days before the 1st anniversary of my boy's passing I got some junk mail from a not-for-profit asking for money which I usually just toss away. I opened this one and inside was a little card that you could send to someone with a little note or message you had written in it. The cover of the card was the picture of a black dog with a white spot on his chest--a dead ringer for my boy--at the bottom of the card it said, "Thinking of You"--I ran outside and up the hill to his grave to tell him I was thinking of him too.

I am telling you this because I know that if you have to let your kitty go it will be really hard but that in the end I believe that our pets never really leave us. Your kitty will let you know when it is time to go--until then do as much as you can to make him comfortable--

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i understand how you feel , my kizzykat was 14 years old when she went to the bridge on dec 17th 2008. i had her all her life since she was 4 weeks old. i miss her so much still, she was my soul mate. how i loved her., she has a sister lydia who is 12 years old maine coon who misses her. lydia knows sleeps under kizzy's ashes alot we have a memorial by the fireplace.. it's so hard loosing a loved one... i haven't adopted a new kitty since kizzy died,( but i will) it just broke my heart , it was like loosing a child... if you want to meet a wonderful group of cat lovers who will support you .. these are the kindest people in the world.. go to the daily kitten.com...... they are good people ... your kitty will not be alone at the bridge my kizzy and many other animals will be there to take care of him. and he will be waiting for you there.... please keep me posted ... lots of hugs and prayers headed your way .. please keep us posted... one more thing.. the people here were wonderful to me when kizzy passed away... we have a good group of people here.. we may not always agree but come together when times get rough... i love you all !!

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I was a vet tech of 13 years before I decided on human nursing. If your kitty is doing better after a shot that "might" help and the vet wants you to come back for another, it may be a dex shot. The second one will usually help a lot too if the first one worked. Seriously stay away from letting your cat drink butter. That alone can make him very ill, even if he likes it. Milk is bad enough but if that is all he will take, let him. You can try walmed up tuna in water also. Leukemia is really bad on these guys. It sounds like he didnt have a vaccination for it in the past few years. In older cats that are showing major symptoms, we usually put them to sleep (I'm hate saying that, but it is true... I am not wanting to sound heartless. People do it out of love). Old kitty's cant take the side effects and it prolongs the suffering. Young cats that have no symptoms usually do just fine. If it is leukemia, you have a long expensive road ahead of you with only one outcome. Good luck with him. (Please remember that if you adopt another kitty, the virus is still in your house. A vaccine will not work immediatly. A new cat could easily contract the same virus.)

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first off *hugs*

i lost my kitty in fall 2008. he was just some little alley cat that showed up on my doorstep. i loved him so much because he was so in tune with me, it was almost creepy. i have no kids, so he was everything to me. he got crystals in his urine and never fully recovered from the treatment. i spent $4,000 on the vet. i don't regret doing it, but i probably would not do it again.

the funny thing is that i took him to the vet on a friday night, and was referred to a specialist later that same night. i took him to the specialist that night, and the whole weekend they called me and told me he wasn't doing any better, he was in really bad shape, he seemed to be acting abnormal, etc. i went everyday during visiting hours and brought him his toys and kibble but he just wasn't there anymore. i wasn't ready to lose him, so the vet tried more expensive tests and treatments. on monday, after exhausting all my options, there were only two left: putting him to sleep or trying some sort of plasma infusion (something like that). they called and told me this at work. i left work (i forgot i brought my car and i had to walk home) and on that walk home i realized that Henry had been there a lot of times for me throughout these last four years. this time, i realized, i had to be there for him. he was sick, and he was not going to get any better (the vet basically told me this). even though i wasn't ready to let go, he was. i held and told him i loved him as he died in my arms. i told him i was sorry that i made him suffer the weekend when he was ready to go.

they never really leave you, because they live on in your heart and memory

i don't know what the situation is with your kitty, but sometimes we have to be the ones that are there for them

i hope your situation is better that mine was and that you both pull through it

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:icon_hug: so sorry about you and your kitty -- love and prayers to you

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I'm so sorry you have to go through this. It's hard enough when a pet is seriously ill; not being at home to care for them makes it harder. You and your boy will be in my prayers.

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