(I recently posted here under two alias's ("mug punter" and "animal luva") thanks to OE. I think I have it sorted now.)
I want to thank everyone again for their kind wishes (posted or not). I shall attempt to create a web page or two for him. http://www.freesite.myby.co.uk/spot/photo.htm
Originally diagnosed (30th Sept) with oral squamous cell carcinoma (with a very poor prognosis), Spot has been allowed to eat whatever he wants. His diet has mainly consists of boiled coley and cat milks/water. Occasionally he gets to eat cooked chicken and raw steak. Baby foods were lapped up but he soon went off them. Lately, he's began eating a little whiskas and felix - his usual diet - but whatver he choses, he doesn't eat enough IMO.
A week ago the vet weighed him at 5.2Kg.
The vet hadn't given us a realistic timescale for euthanasia but passed the responsibilty to Spot, saying "Spot will let you know when". Despite having a few odd days here and there (which is not proved to be accountable to his cancer), Spot is showing clear signs of enjoying life.

The vet now thinks Spot may not be in so much pain as initially thought. Spot weighed in at 5.1Kg.
I'm now concerned for Spot's diet as I've read that this cancer feeds on proteins and a low-protein diet is recommended.
How can we now ensure Spot not only eats enough, but eats the right kinds of food?
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The vet now thinks Spot may not be in so much pain as initially thought. Spot weighed in at 5.1Kg.

Glad Spot isn't losing weight! Good! Purrs from my guys for him to feel better. Emotion: smile
The vet now thinks Spot may not be in so much pain as initially thought. Spot weighed in at 5.1Kg.

Glad Spot isn't losing weight! Good! Purrs from my guys for him to feel better. Emotion: smile

Thanks Cheryl. {Spot} purrs, squints 'n' head-butts back to the guys. I neglected to mention Spot recorded an average 6-6.5Kg until October last year.
For whatever reason, the vet ceased recording his weight then, only recently resumed on request.
Regards,
AL + Spot.
I'm now concerned for Spot's diet as I've read that this cancer feeds on proteins and a low-protein diet is recommended. How can we now ensure Spot not only eats enough, but eats the right kinds of food?

I'd check on this. I have read just the opposite that cancer feeds on carbohydrates and not protein. I can't remember where I've read it, but it's more than a few times. If I can dig up the reference I'll post it here.
I'm now concerned for Spot's diet as I've read that ... only eats enough, but eats the right kinds of food?

I'd check on this. I have read just the opposite that cancer feeds on carbohydrates and not protein. I can't remember where I've read it, but it's more than a few times. If I can dig up the reference I'll post it here.

Thank you for your advice Kathryn. I think what I read referenced SCC, other articles relate to other cancers.
At the end of the day, it will make little difference but if the info is available, I'd like to know about it.
I've trawled many a clinical report but most of it goes over my head. If we had more time...
I'm looking for simple-to-follow guidelines on what to avoid and what to promote.
Regards,
AL
I'd check on this. I have read just the opposite ... I can dig up the reference I'll post it here.

Thank you for your advice Kathryn. I think what I read referenced SCC, other articles relate to other cancers. At ... If we had more time... I'm looking for simple-to-follow guidelines on what to avoid and what to promote. Regards, AL

I've been looking to find the original articles, but can't find them yet. My dog, Lily, was dx'd with osteosarcoma in the roof of her mouth last winter and it was then that I came across the recommendations to feed a low carb, high protein diet. As I remember, the authors said that cancer cells thrive on carbs. Other studies talk about baked and fried carbs increasing cancer risk.

In my dog's case it was osteosarcoma and not squamous cell and I don't know if that makes a difference.
Good luck with Spot.
Kathi
(I recently posted here under two alias's ("mug punter" and "animal luva") thanks to OE. I think I have it ... diet is recommended. How can we now ensure Spot not 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. I have good luck with Purina diabetic diet (D/M, canned), cooked turkey (thighs roasted with a little garlic) and canned kitten food (IAMS).
Just for reference: I suspect my kitty has lymphoma in the intestinal tract but I'm not inclined to diagnose it any further or treat it because I don't believe in prolonging the inevitable. My goal is to keep him comfortable, keep trying to put weight on him, and give him as much loving as possible while he's still here with me.

I hope you can find something your kitty will eat well - keep trying. It took me a while to find things my kitty would gobble down. Other things to try are broiled fish, canned fish (low salt type) and other "smelly" foods - braunschweiger (in moderation - it is very fatty), raw or cooked liver, etc.
Best of luck!
-L.
(I recently posted here under two alias's ("mug punter" and "animal luva") thanks to OE. I think I have it ... for their kind wishes (posted or 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.
(I recently posted here under two alias's ("mug punter" and ... 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 ... "smelly" foods - braunschweiger (in moderation - it is very fatty), raw or cooked liver, etc. Best of luck! -L.

Yes, stinky is good, also adding a little fat tends to make food more palatable. (how true, how true...)
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