Dear patient readers,
To those of you who expressed your kind wishes yesterday about my cat’s health, I wanted to thank you and provide an update. Unfortunately, I was likely to get bad news and that’s what happened.
In yesterday’s Brexit post, I told readers my 14 year old Abyssinian Gabriel had just had two episodes of incontinence. When I brought him into the vet on Monday, they found a large mass on his bladder, so large that the bladder could barely hold any urine.
Yesterday, an ultrasound showed the mass looks like cancer and is too extensive to be operated on. Because Gabriel’s kidney readings are also now poor, at least in part due to urine backing up into his kidneys, he can’t be put on cancer medications. It might be possible to use a balloon stentto improve the flow out of his kidneys, but even if that helped, it would likely not buy that much time.
Right now, he seems fine. Aside from leaking urine if he stays in one place for a while, you’d never know anything was wrong with him. Thanks to some anti-nausea meds and antibiotics, he’s eating well and behaving normally. But this isn’t going to last long. The vet gives him days to weeks.
I know many of you have had to deal with aging and ailing pets. But I’ve never had to put one down. I am not only devastated to learn so unexpectedly that my cat is dying but even though I know I will have to do it, I am distraught at the thought of being the one who will kill him.
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Antidote du jour. From Paul O, who said in comments yesterday that he’d just lost his cat Dougal the preceding night:
In response to Yves comments on her lovely cat, Gabriel, I mentioned that our old boy Dougal passed away last night. Here he is working on his memoirs
We had him for 17 good years and he had very few health issues – he just kind of slowed down to a halt. We got him for our daughter when she was very young, she cannot remember a life without him. It was his time but we will miss him.
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.