Any help/advice would be greatly appreciated. I have an approximately
18 yr old female, domestic, short haired cat. She has been spayed manyyears ago. She has lost a lot of weight recently and her appetite has slowly been reduced. Lately she eats very little and i've been assist feeding her a little bit for the past couple of days. She has been very lethargic, and looks somewhat depressed.
I found a growth on her front left arm and it has grown in the past few months.The growth is in the muscle and at her age, i figured it would'nt be advisable to have it operated on nor could i afford it. I went into the vet, i was worried, sad, and confused and not thinking straight. The vet advised bloodwork and x-rays. Being short on money, i asked what i should do and the vet recommended the bloodwork. I ended up getting the bloodwork done. Later after i got home and started thinking more clearly, i realized it would have been better to get x-rays first to see if she has cancer and to find out if it spread to some vital organs.

I believe the vet took advantage of my being confused and not giving it wise thought at the time. Anyways, i got the bloodwork back and according to the vet, it looks like her liver, and kidneys are good. The thing that sticks out the most on the bloodwork is the ALKALINE PHOSPHATASE which is at 6107. I was told that normally this might point to the liver but he pointed out something that i cannot recall (i think he may have said something about my other cats not having liver problems) and said he was ruling out liver problems.

He is saying that the Alkaline Phosphatase is more than likely high due to the lump in her arm being cancer. My question is...is there something the vet might be wrong about? Could there be some kind of mis-diagnosis here? Could he be trying to bilk me out of more money? Should i get an x-ray? or not? I am very short on money due to loss of hours at my job. It will be extremely hard for me to take my girl in and have her put down but once she starts going downhill even more, i know i'll have to do that instead of watching her suffer.

Can anyone help and give me any suggestions on what i should do before putting her down? I am devestated. She is like my little girl and its killing me. Please help. Thank You
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Any help/advice would be greatly appreciated. I have an approximately 18 yr old female, domestic, short haired cat. She has ... putting her down? I am devestated. She is like my little girl and its killing me. Please help. Thank You

Hi Sheryl,
Email me if you would like. I know exactly what you are going through. We all do. I lost my beloved Zipper as you know in 2001 and later Buddy - a truly amazing cat. And just 3 weeks ago my nutbag cat M'Tazz who I miss very much.
There is no misdiagnosis. She has cancer. I wish I could offer help, but the only advice I have is for you to not make the huge mistake I made when Zipper was diagnosed with cancer. I tried the heroics and in the end I just made him endure his disease so I could selfishly cling to false hope and to have him with me just a little longer. His passing was not pleasant shall we say. The guilt I feel is permanent and will never leave me. I wish only to spare you of this. You do not want to live that hell.

The mercy you show your beloved friend is hard to accept as an act of love, I know. But it is truly and without doubt, the most loving and humane thing you can do for her. Embrace her long, long life of love and friendship and know that she will never really leave you. She truly could not have had a better life. And for that you deserve the blessings of peace, as does she.

Paul
Any help/advice would be greatly appreciated. I have an approximately ... little girl and its killing me. Please help. Thank You

Hi Sheryl, Email me if you would like. I know exactly what you are going through. We all do. I ... could not have had a better life. And for that you deserve the blessings of peace, as does she. Paul

I was thinking the same thing. A 19 year old cat has had a good long life, longer than any of my cats made it. My one big mistake was tying to extend the life of one of my favorites, Nico, by giving him chemotherapy and all sorts of stuff. I just ended up torturing him because I couldn't bear to lose him.
Sheryl, I've written this before and I'm sure I'll write it again. You can't win on this. Either you're going to feel like you didn't do enough or you're going to regret doing too much. It's just human nature.
The vet isn't trying to rip you off; they face a very difficult decision as well. Maybe they can do something that will extend the life of the cat, but if the quality of life is poor, that isn't really a good thing even if the owner/slave want's it that way.

We're all going to die. The only question is when and how.
Hi Sheryl, Email me if you would like. I know ... you deserve the blessings of peace, as does she. Paul

I was thinking the same thing. A 19 year old cat has had a good long life, longer than any ... even if the owner/slave want's it that way. We're all going to die. The only question is when and how.

Beautifully put. I am sorry when anyone has to go through this, but it is inevitable. A year ago we elected to euthanize our Boo, then just 14 years old, because her oral cancer had eaten into her jaw and the only treatment was to remove her lower jaw. Horrible, but at least we saved her pain and fear.
Any help/advice would be greatly appreciated. I have an approximately ... reduced. Lately she eats very little and i've been assist

Email me if you would like. I know exactly what you are going through. We all do. I lost my ... Buddy - a truly amazing cat. And just 3 weeks ago my nutbag cat M'Tazz who I miss very much.

We've all felt this one if we are older and on our first furry friend.
There is no misdiagnosis. She has cancer. I wish I could offer help, but

I think so too.
the only advice I have is for you to not make the huge mistake I made when Zipper was diagnosed ... will never leave me. I wish only to spare you of this. You do not want to live that hell.

I have been lucky on the cancer aspects but have lost many. Most due frankly to 'old age issues' but some to other things.
The mercy you show your beloved friend is hard to accept as an act of love, I know. But it ... truly could not have had a better life. And for that you deserve the blessings of peace, as does she.

I agree. Here's a horrific one. A cat getting very elderly (vet checks showed that was all it was) knocked a glass salt shaker off a counter then ate catfood with glass shards. She'd been acting like 'kitty alzheimers' for a bit (no kidney issues). We found her almost right away and rushed her to the vet at 4am. Surgery was unlikely to help and at close to 19 YO, she wasn't likely to survive it.
She got the pain meds she needed as the glass did it's damage though her disgestive system and purred her way to heaven in our arms.

I'm sorry. I'm crying now even 10 years later recalling this. She 'crawled off to die' and it took us 1 hour to find her. It's a hard story to tell.

Moral, do not let a pet suffer. 30 mins after we found our loved one, she was at the vet purring in our arms on her way to await us at the rainbow bridge.
She got the pain meds she needed as the glass did it's damage though her disgestive system and purred her ... one, she was at the vet purring in our arms on her way to await us at the rainbow bridge.

oh God, I am so sorry. Unimaginably sad. You did us all a service by simply bringing up the fact that this could happen. I will be more careful where I put the cat food.
She got the pain meds she needed as the glass ... on her way to await us at the rainbow bridge.

oh God, I am so sorry. Unimaginably sad. You did us all a service by simply bringing up the fact that this could happen. I will be more careful where I put the cat food.

That is why I tell that tail of a kitty. It may save another. God bless the vet who was standing out there shivering in his PJ's and coat to let us in and see what was up.
She was senile but not due to any issues they could identify then with tests (this was 1994). She was already past the age most cats make.

If you have an aging cat who seems a bit 'drifty headed' ensure nothing breakable can be knocked off the counter and reach the food bowl or water bowl with shards. This is mostly a free-feeding issue for the food. I assume water can be a problem too. I guess if there is a moral here, it's to know when it's time and assist your loved one along the way. Cats can't judge. They can just look you in the eyes and ask you to make it stop hurting.

Meantime, she's with our heart always.
Any help/advice would be greatly appreciated. I have an approximately 18 yr old female, domestic, short haired cat. She has ... feeding her a little bit for the past couple of days. She has been very lethargic, and looks somewhat depressed.

You might want to have her T4 levels checked to check for hyperthyroidism. Anorexia, depression, and weakness are also a clinical signs of hyperthyroidism in cats (apathetic hyperthyroidism).
I found a growth on her front left arm and it has grown in the past few months. The growth ... cancer. My question is...is there something the vet might be wrong about? Could there be some kind of mis-diagnosis here?

Elevated alkaline phosphatase is more likely a result of your cat not eating.
Could he be trying to bilk
me out of more money? Should i get an x-ray? or not?

Absolutely. If the x-rays don't show any evidence of metastasis, I would have the lump removed entirely (excisional biopsy) and then examined.
I am very short
on money due to loss of hours at my job. It will be extremely hard for me to take my ... putting her down? I am devestated. She is like my little girl and its killing me. Please help. Thank You

I think your vet was right suggesting bloodwork first to rule out organ damage or failure.
If you're short on cash, explain it to your vet and ask him if you can pay off the bill in weekly or monthly payments.
Best of luck,
Phil