I agree it is a growing old thing. She is twelve and you know if you had to have surgery it would be a huge fee. I am Max and I am almost 17 and developed a lump on my side about a year ago. It is like a hard walnut that is slowing growing. Because of my age, I am not going to visit the Vet. I am not in any pain, but I am losing weight. At my peak I was 23 lbs - I am a Maine Coon Cat - now I weigh 9 lbs. I am slowly drifting away - but I purr up a storm with contentment. My Mommy feeds me whenever I want to eat because I forget sometimes that I have already eaten! So, best wishes with your cat...you do what you have to do - and I know it will be the right decision...
I just had my girls to the vet. One has brown spots on her eye, but seems fine otherwise. The vet said it's just a change in the coloring of her iris. She's 13-14 years old and part Himalayan. He said she seems fine and not to worry about her eye because it isn't bothering her. Just part of aging.
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My sister doesn't have money either. Her cat normally would have been taken to the vet, but she couldn't afford it. She found a lot of alternative veterinary info online. I think she kept her cat alive and happy for 4 years when I'm sure a traditional vet would not have helped. Sorry I don't know the links. But I think Earth Clinic or something like that might be the name. Look around.
As to the rubbing, it doesn't sound like she's favoring one side of her face more than the other, so I'd chalk it up to marking territory and affection.
How about a vet that charges the bill. My very lets me charge and pay it off over time. I also have a tortie. She is a sweet kitty. I am sure if you tell your very the money situation that he or she might let you pay out the bill.
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If you have anxiety, you should get her checked out. Don't go in looking for cancer--just get her routine bloodwork done. I understand that money is tight. Can you get Care Credit? Would your vet accept it? If not, can you find a vet who would?
If I have a funny feeling about any of my cats, I take them in. I know it's costly. I hope you can find some help.
Even though Paisley is a Tortoiseshell, with her long hair I would imagine she might have a bit of Persian in her. I did read in that article that the spot is common on Persians. I have a Torti www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_photo_gal le ry_enlarge.asp?id=2622057 and she's short hair which is what I thought most Torti's were. When she rubs the sides of her cheek/face, she's actually marking. Check out CATS 101 on Animal Planet, and maybe you can find more information on Tortis. Cat Channel is also a good resource. As far as pain, I honestly couldn't say. To know for sure, you would need to take her to a vet. Have you checked your town for any vets who charge according to your income? Might be worth calling around.
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Thank you for this .... so is Paisley supposed to be showing signs of pain? Because her eye seems and looks fine otherwise. She's a major face rubber and rubs both sides of her cheek/face on the edges of my tables (and against my hands) equally. She loves being brushed with a wire brush (she's really fluffy with cottonball like hair) and will rub her closed eyes up against it, so .... hmm.
Since your finances are limited, and I can only assume the vet visit would be $50 to $100, my suggestion would to just let it be. I don't say this lightly, as I own two cats and a dog, and would do just about anything for them. BUT, if it meant I couldn't eat, pay my rent, etc., sometimes we, as pet owners, have to make difficult decisions. I hope she simply does fine without a vet visit, and that you find a way to ease your anxiety over this difficult decision.
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I simply don't have the money to take my cat to the vet for a routine check up, let alone surgery. (I do get her shots and annual check ups, but it's financially a huge sacrifice) So I guess all I can do is keep her happy and as comfortable as possible.
My anxiety is through the roof (thanks for telling the truth) so I need to nap or.. something. Kind of a lot for me to process.
Not to make your anxiety worse, but the same thing happened with one of my cats. We had it checked out and it turned out to be a tumor that had to be surgically removed. He's fine now, but it was a costly and scary time.
If her eye is worsening, I really think you need to get it checked out by the vet. I understand you don't have much money, but it sounds like she needs to be looked at by a professional. Keep us posted on how it goes.
Good luck! Andrea
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My anxiety is increasing in my chest by the second, it seems like...
Paisley is a Tortie. She's about 12 and a half (I rescued her, so I don't really know). Lately I've noticed that the brown in her right eye is .. growing. Spreading out. At least I think it is. They're brown marks on her iris. I googled it, and found some results about it being a "precancerous sign". But I also found some people, all who had Torties, say that this is just something Torties can get. My friend who has grown up with cats, says that as cats get older sometimes things like that happen, eyes and skin can change colors a little, etc.
If my cat is otherwise acting 100% normal, eating, going potty normally, etc., should I be worried? I'd really like a relief from this anxiety if possible (but also want to know the truth).
If you guys say I should go to my vet, I will... but I make $20 a day (seriously) at an 8 hour a week job so money is a little low.
Here is a pic of my cat so you can see the brown spot (if you don't feel like copying and pasting, it's also in my Spark photo gallery): https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-s nc6/284735_355449911201162_120253505_n .jpg
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