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Just for reference: I suspect my kitty has lymphoma in the intestinal tract but I'm not inclined to diagnose it ... trying to put weight on him, and give him as much loving as possible while he's still here with me.

Peewee? Emotion: sad
Just for reference: I suspect my kitty has lymphoma in ... much loving as possible while he's still here with me.

Peewee? Emotion: sad

Yeah. He's just not "right". His *** look really weird and aren't regular - I'm having to poke all kinds of food and lubes down him constantly. He's doing pretty well, though. He seems to have stabilized in weight - I need to take him in again in a month or so for a recheck. He's drinking well, which makes me happy. I'm just really terrified that he's going to take a major down-turn while we are out of town during our adoption. He's pretty much requiring pampering now, and our pet sitter is great, but not much of a cat person. :/
-L.
I'm now concerned for Spot's diet as I've read ... only eats enough, but eats the right kinds of food?

I wouldn't worry about the "right kinds of food". I would feed him whatever he will eat. What you are doing (I think, I hope) is improving quality of life right now. Offer him whatever he will eat.

Oh we are, we do and we will. :-)
I have good luck with Purina diabetic diet (D/M, canned), cooked turkey (thighs roasted with a little garlic) and canned kitten food (IAMS).

At the moment tinned salmon, fresh raw steak/liver/turkey seem to work a treat.
Just for reference: I suspect my kitty has lymphoma in the intestinal tract but I'm not inclined to diagnose it ... trying to put weight on him, and give him as much loving as possible while he's still here with me.

As my sister told me, it's the intent that counts. As long as it's with love, it's the right thing to do.
I hope you can find something your kitty will eat well - keep trying. It took me a while to ... "smelly" foods - braunschweiger (in moderation - it is very fatty), raw or cooked liver, etc. Best of luck! -L.

-) Thank you, see above. I'm happier Spot has an appetite still, although we invariably have to hand feed each small piece.
Regards,
AL.
not). I shall attempt to create a web page or two for him. http://www.freesite.myby.co.uk/spot/photo.htm

By the way, he is very cute! -L.

LOL, thank you. Spot thinks so too. I'll be adding more pix in due course, be sure to pop back from time to time.
Regards,
AL
Peewee? Emotion: sad

Yeah. He's just not "right". His *** look really weird and aren't regular - I'm having to poke all kinds ... pretty much requiring pampering now, and our pet sitter is great, but not much of a cat person. :/ -L.

Aw Lyn, I'm sorry. I'm glad he's hanging in there for now, though. I know how you feel about prolonging things so I hope he stays comfortable. He knows he is loved. I thought that was it with the hair ball, though. Sorry to hear it may be something more. Emotion: sad Congrats and best wishes for your upcoming adoption!
Yeah. He's just not "right". His *** look really weird ... great, but not much of a cat person. :/ -L.

Aw Lyn, I'm sorry. I'm glad he's hanging in there for now, though. I know how you feel about prolonging ... ball, though. Sorry to hear it may be something more. Emotion: sad Congrats and best wishes for your upcoming adoption!

Thanks. In a way, I'm hoping it was just the giant hairball, but in my gut, I know it is something more. KWIM?
-L.
The vet hadn't given us a realistic timescale for euthanasia but passedthe responsibilty to Spot, saying "Spot will let you ... and there (which is not proved to be accountable to his cancer), Spot is showing clear signs of enjoying life.

I too have a cat with cancer and as hard as it is please let your friend let you know when. Quality of life is of paramount importance and as long as they are enjoying whatever their life can give them then this is what you can give.Try to be positive in thought as well as deed as I firmly believe they pick up on our senses and seem to know what we are 'thinking' or 'feeling'. Feel positive about outcomes even if it is bleak. Enjoy the 'rest of your friends life while he is here' that way he too will enjoy being with you and not feel like he should leave.
I'm now concerned for Spot's diet as I've read that this cancer feeds on proteins and a low-protein diet is ... it helps. Leastways I feel he does...its up to us individually what we believe our cats think or not think.

I wish you every minute of joy with Spot and hugs to Spot for he is a very special friend too!
Love, light and joy always
Linda
ps at this present moment Yogi is enjoying a small portion of a tin of pilchards in tomato sauce which he has always loved from a kitten.
The vet hadn't given us a realistic timescale for euthanasia ... his cancer), Spot is showing clear signs of enjoying life.

I too have a cat with cancer and as hard as it is please let your friend let you know ... while he is here' that way he too will enjoy being with you and not feel like he should leave.

Our best wishes and purrs go out to you and Yogi.
I do believe cats have telepathic-type abilities, unfortunately, Spot is not like other cats. He plays fetch like a dog, poops in his own garden, doesn't mind the rain, likes vindaloo, likes going to the vets, likes tea (ad nauseum) and he exhibits evidence of not knowing what I'm thinking at any one time. However, I will concede he may have picked up on our distress and pity. I am learning to correct myself on this.
Then again, we must be doing something right as the vet says his weight remains constant, despite his eating disability and the growing tumour. The good news didn't last long though as the vet told us he can hear increased heart irregularities. I closed my mind at this point so didn't get further details. We know Spot has an enlarged heart but it hasn't escalated for years. I am seriously doubting the benefits of Spot's medication at this point. I think it's detracting from his QoL. The vet has backtracked a few times which doesn't help. I've already shown one drug was having adverse effects, and the vet himself admitted it would have to be "experimental".
I'm now concerned for Spot's diet as I've read that ... Spot whatever he wants, his body knows what he needs.

You could also try him on mycoplex coriolus, which ias a mushroom based substance that has been used on Aids ... enjoying a small portion of a tin of pilchards in tomato sauce which he has always loved from a kitten.

Thanks to you and others I think we've cracked the food issue for now. I doubt I'll investigate alternative therapies - time is against us and the damage is already done. As I said, I'd prefer Spot be drug-free altogether as I simply can't reconcile him being unvoluntarily stoned as him having any sort of QoL. I could be wrong but I think it's worth trying: As of last night, Spot is off his medication although I will re-instate it if he deteriorates. I'm pleased to say he's all but stopped drooling (he was getting really stinky!) and seems to be enjoying our company a little bit more.
Our thoughts are with you and your special friend also. Love & peace
AL & Spot.