I had to have one of my cats put to sleep yesterday. He had been diagnosed on Wednesday with a mass in his chest apparently attached to a lung. They drained 200 ccs of fluid. He was perfectly normal until last Tuesday night when all of a sudden he was clearly not well. That morning he was his typical self with absolutely no signs of illness. I took him home Wednesday and he was OK until the next day. Then he was extremely weak.

I took him back to the vet on Friday but they found no fluid on the chest. But then Saturday morning they had to drain 180CCs more fluid off his chest but he was going downhill so fast he started to have labored breathing again hours later and was clearly starting to suffer. So I made the decision. He was quite loopy when I said goodbye to him, he clearly was not getting enough oxygen.
I am just in a state of shock. How could this happen so fast? He had no symptoms whatsoever and in fact was eating like a horse Monday night. The X-ray did show an enlarged heart. But I never saw even one symptom. Do tumors grow that fast that they can take an animal down like that?

Paul
I had to have one of my cats put to sleep yesterday. He had been diagnosed on Wednesday with a ... never saw even one symptom. Do tumors grow that fast that they can take an animal down like that? Paul

I am sorry Paul
Sometimes it happens so fast that we are stunned. My spirit was fine in the morning. I was gone about 4 hours came home he was fine. a bout an hour later he began to show signs of reparatory distress 30 minutes later the vet had done all he could and he was gone
I had to have one of my cats put to sleep yesterday. He had been diagnosed on Wednesday with a ... never saw even one symptom. Do tumors grow that fast that they can take an animal down like that? Paul

I'm very sorry for your loss; it's terrible to lose a beloved cat so quickly like that. Clearly, you made the right decision.

I wish I could do more than just offer sympathy Emotion: sad

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I had to have one of my cats put to sleep yesterday. He had been diagnosed on Wednesday with a ... never saw even one symptom. Do tumors grow that fast that they can take an animal down like that? Paul

"..Rise up slowly, Angel.."
It's hard to let you go.
I know it is not much comfort, but it was a blessing he didn't have days, weeks or months of suffering. Purrs for those who mourn. MLB
I am just in a state of shock. How could this happen so fast? He had no symptoms whatsoever ... I never saw even one symptom. Do tumors grow that fast that they can take an animal down like that?

You had no time to prepare for his death. My sincerest sympathy. I know the pain all to well.
From a cat..
When humans die, they make a will
To leave their homes, and all they
Have to those they love.
I too would make a will, if I could write.
To some poor, wistful, lonely stray
I'd leave my happy home,
My dish, my cozy bed, my cushioned chair, my toy,
The well-loved lap,
The gently stroking hand,
The loving voice,
The place I made in someone's heart,
The love, that at the last
Could help me to a peaceful, painless end
Held in loving arms.
If I should die,
Oh! Do not say:
"No more a pet I'll have
To grieve me by its loss."
Seek out some lonely, unloved cat
And give my place to him.
This is my legacy,
The love I leave behind,
'Tis all I have to give.
Margaret Trowton