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I haven't been around much lately but I need your help again, please. My 17 yr old female cat Little Girl was recently diagnosed with cancer - probably carcinoma. A couple of my friends have recommended just making her comfortable for however long she has left with Prednisone - and not putting her through chemo therapy. I would just like any opinions and advice anyone can give me on the best way to treat her or what would you do? One friend suggested seeing a holistic vet. I think there might be some of you all who can tell me the things a holistic vet would recommend?
Please give me any suggestions you might have - big or small.
Thank you so much,
Sorry it took so long to reply but I have written several times and keep losing the message due to internet connection problems, I think.
Anyway my cat, Little Girl had a large lump under her jaw on her neck which the Dr said was a swollen lymph node. She took a sample from it by needle and sent it to the lab. The cytology results came back "probable carcinoma". At first I thought I wanted to take her to an Oncologist to discuss chemo, but a cat friend of mine said if it was her she wouldn't do that as she is old for a cat and it would be hard on her poor old frail body. She said she would do one thing the Vet had said was an option which is to keep her comfortable on steroids for however much longer she has. So that is what we're doing right now. She has been on liquid Prednisolone since then which has been about 10 days. I also don't have the money for chemo really. But I would like everyone's opinions, advice or suggestions on how to care for her at this point. Another friend suggested a Holistic Vet - but I think there are people here who can probably recommend the kind of things someone like that would say.
Thank you all,
I wanted to share for Karen the story of Little Girl that she sent to me. she truly was the mother of Little Girl Kitty and her sisters. Her love and care gave them long and loved filled lives. They are all together at the Bridge now.
Christine... and Bailey, playing at the Bridge
?/1999 - 10/25/08
Thank you Christine. She was truly my baby. I am so glad that I had her - and that I kept all 3 for their whole lives. They were so special. It feels very odd not to have them anymore...
Little Girl Kitty
I am so sorry for your loss. I have been reading your posts.
I never replied because I didn't want my feelings about chemotherapy to influence your decision. I did chemotherapy on my Australian shepherd and she totally crashed. I have vowed to never do that again to an older pet. Like a friend of mine said there are a lot worse things than death.
Until this summer I had never bottled a litter of kittens. My bond with them is so great.
My heart goes out to you and I am so very sorry for your loss. / Jean
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