If Emily's vet recommends against surgery, I would ask them to prescribe some pain medicine for her, just in case. And then do what you are doing, lots of love and attention.
Our cat Venus (19) has a benign cancerous growth on her jaw. Her vet said that all we could do is keep her comfortable because operating at her age would probably just kill her and that even if she survived the operation, cats don't live well missing part of their jaws. He just gave us pain medication for her. We went to a different vet for a second opinion and got the same diagnosis. They gave us less than month with her and it's been over two months and she's still eating, drinking, and snuggling so we're doing what you are, giving her lots of love and attention while we wait for her to give us the sign.
It's a hard time and I want to offer you support and encouragement.
Thanks, BITTERCAT. I think they wanted to put my cat on steroids too. That's why I didn't want to do it. They said it would stop the cancer growth, but be rough on her heart, which is not in perfect shape (not as bad as they thought, though). I found it weird that my cat got sick AFTER going to the vet for a checkup…very coincidental. She's really not been to the vet in years, then her "brother cat" dies, we take her in for a checkup, and she's diagnosed with a tumor (we couldn't feel) and now it has grown. It's just weird. I guess a second opinion is in order. I'll check out that website, thanks!!
I really feel you should talk to your vet. If her cancer is inoperable and you're just administering palliative care, and the medicine might help her live a little more comfortably, maybe you should give it to her. Also, talk to the vet about maybe removing the tumor for her comfort. (I don't know what your finances are like.)
I'm saying these things, because I lost a kitty to cancer in 2009. She was also on a medicine that was really not good for her. She also suffered seizures and had an undiagnosed heart murmur (meaning they knew she had it, but they did not know why.) The medicine she was on that was bad was prednisolone. When she stopped eating, she also stopped getting the medicine, and I really feel that might be what took her. (She was only 13. :( )
My point is that you want to keep her comfortable and minimize her suffering. Maybe the medicine will give her some relief. :(
I also want to recommend a Yahoo! group that is very, very good. It's called feline-cancer. If you go to Yahoo! groups, you can do a search for it.
My 17 year old girl cat, Emily, has a tumor on her mammary gland…she has breast cancer. We opted out of surgery because of her age (plus, they said they may not be able to get it all and the cancer could have spread anyway), but now the tumor feels like a pingpong ball on her belly. Does anyone have any advice? She is still eating, drinking, walking around (more gingerly now) and using the litter box. Her "brother" of 17 years passed away about a month ago. It's just odd that she is sick now too.
We are giving her vitamins, canned food now (for the fluid), she has free reign of the house and we are loving her a lot. The medicine they said to give her could hurt her heart, so we haven't done that either. Anyone know any helpful natural treatments that are safe? (I know that might be controversial).
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