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Semi-good news... [Oct. 19th, 2010|01:24 pm]
John
The hard part about Skitty was deciding whether to take her home from the vet's on Saturday. The vet seemed pretty sure it was cancer; we don't have confirmation, but Skitty's had a hard enough life that I just don't want her to suffer more.

But since then, well... she might be sick, and very sick - she's not eating much (recently, she hasn't eaten anything) but I've been able to dribble a few teaspoons of kitten formula into her twice a day. I figure *any* food is better than none.

She's still able to play - and I even shot some video of her battling the evil water-bubble monster. (Her auto-waterer fascinates her when its first filling the dish and air bubbles come up.)

She still loves laser pointers, and I now have actual space for her to run around and chase one. But she seems to get tired pretty quickly.

She doesn't have her old agility, but she's still able to leap up into bed and sleep next to me. She doesn't risk sleeping on my hip - she can't keep her balance well enough - but she can get up on the bed, at least.

And although it makes me awfully sad sometimes, I am glad I have had at least a few more days with her.

Still no word from the vet, but she's not showing any real improvement from the antibiotic, and I think she's been getting worse. And I'm okay with this, whatever comes next. Well, not "okay" - but at peace, as best as I can be.

ETA: Lab results are in; it's malignant.

I brought her home some baby food, and we'll see if that will help her appetite any.
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[User Picture]From: glinda_w
2010-10-19 09:21 pm (UTC)
Oh, no.

And although it makes me awfully sad sometimes, I am glad I have had at least a few more days with her.

Yeah, that. You'll know, when it's time, but I'm so very sorry that you - and she - are going through this.

Quick suggestion, though - try feeding her baby food, the chicken or turkey or beef?

*somewhat incoherent rambling follows*

Annie's gone, in about five months, from a somewhat plumpalicious puttytat to "oh, this is what you *should* weigh", to thin, to emaciated, and just hasn't been able to keep food down. She's all bone and no flesh under that fur, and it's breaking my heart. I keep saying "She's only 14, dammit, that's not nearly old enough," but, well, older rescue kitty with who knows what in her past...

For some reason, this last weekend, I thought "hmmmm. Beef or chicken minced really fine have worked better than any cat food, but she's still not keeping it down - wonder if I pureed it... oh hey! Baby food!" this weekend - and she's been absolutely polishing her bowl, which hasn't happened for anything else. I'm only giving her about a tablespoon at a time, but will increase quantities. And she's clamoring for it. So...

She's still very much present, and is making that known. Last month, she somehow managed to knock over, from the top of the kitchen cart, the canister with 5# of kibble. About 12 hours after I'd scrubbed the kitchen floor for the Section 8 inspection, so I just scooped it up and put it back into the canister, but sheesh. She *never* gets up on counters or tables, and there was no convenient "staircase" up to it; I have no idea how she even got up there. And the last time Liz was over and I fed her lamb stakes from farmleaf, all of a sudden Annie snagged a bite of it directly from my plate and moved to just out of reach, crunching away on the bone.
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[User Picture]From: bkwrrm_tx
2010-10-19 10:21 pm (UTC)
*hugs* to you and Annie.
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[User Picture]From: johnpalmer
2010-10-22 10:43 pm (UTC)
My deepest sympathies - what you're facing is awfully hard; I think it's what I faced with Chibi. I didn't know what was going on, I just knew he'd never get healthier without getting more food, and that was what made things feel worse for me.

Now, well... now I knew that it was the underlying illness that kept him from eating, but that's with over a year's perspective.

At least with Skitty, I have an illness I can see, and I know that if she's not eating, it's not malnourishment that's hurting her.
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[User Picture]From: janetmiles
2010-10-19 09:23 pm (UTC)
Keeping you and Skitty in my thoughts.
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[User Picture]From: laura_alive
2010-10-19 09:32 pm (UTC)
Ah John..... my heart goes out to you both. And I am most happy that you do have some time together...
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[User Picture]From: bkwrrm_tx
2010-10-19 10:22 pm (UTC)
Skitty is a lucky cat to have you for a Daddy. Love her as much as possible, and I hope things work out in the best possible way.

*hugs* to you both, from me and 15 year old Kali
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[User Picture]From: tsjafo
2010-10-19 10:48 pm (UTC)
*hugs*
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[User Picture]From: barbarakitten_t
2010-10-19 11:33 pm (UTC)
I don't know what to say, John...you are a good person and Skitty is a lucky cat. Hopefully she will pass easily across the rainbow bridge...
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[User Picture]From: ladysprite
2010-10-20 02:53 am (UTC)
Oh, hon - my thoughts are with you. If there's anything at all I can do, please let me know?
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[User Picture]From: sfw_dc
2010-10-21 02:40 am (UTC)
While Banshee will be much more USEFUL than I am, she says what I think.
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[User Picture]From: teddywolf
2010-10-20 03:16 pm (UTC)
*sigh*

Sorry John. My condolences.
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From: montemplar
2010-10-20 03:19 pm (UTC)
Sorry to hear about Skitty. :( We went through a similar time with our Miciha at the end. Enjoy your last days together.
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[User Picture]From: grey_lady
2010-10-20 07:03 pm (UTC)
*hugs*
I'm sorry to hear the news; I hope you have a bit of quality time together.
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[User Picture]From: droops
2010-10-21 03:24 am (UTC)
That sucks about the malignancy. I'm so sorry. :(
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[User Picture]From: kightp
2010-10-21 11:53 am (UTC)
*hug* Love you both, and hate that I'm so far away right now.
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[User Picture]From: erin_c_1978
2010-10-21 11:57 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry. It's so hard when they leave us. I hope you have some more time together yet.
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