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posted 10-30-2002 11:15 AM           Edit/Delete Message
Hello there. I posted a message a few days ago about my cat that wont eat. The vet pulled some infected teeth from her yesterday and found she has jaw cancer. She still wont eat, it probably hurts too much. Its pretty certain she is going to die. What can I do to make her final days relatively enjoyable? Im sure it will happen soon so any info would really help. Thanks

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posted 10-30-2002 01:39 PM           Edit/Delete Message
I'm so sorry for you and your kitty. I wish I knew something to tell you. All I know is that if I was in your situation, I would cuddle your kitty, pet her, make her as comfortable as possible and give her all the love and attention you can. While you're petting her and pouring all your love on her, don't sit and think about her being sick... instead try to remember all the love and happiness she's brought into your life and all her little cute quirks and silly stories. Again, I am so sorry for you and your kitty.

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posted 10-30-2002 10:53 PM           Edit/Delete Message
I'm so sorry to hear about your cat, we are facing the same problem with oral cancer in our 12 year old kitty. Ours was diagnosed a month ago and has very little time left. She was not even a candidate for radiation, chemo or jaw removal so our goal has been to keep her comfortable and spoil her as much as she will enjoy/tolerate! She seems to especially like it when we stroke her jaw/neck at the site of the tumor. Early on the vet suggested a feeding tube, saying this type of tumor is so aggressive the tube would not extend her life appreciably, but would keep her nourished through the course of her decline. We opted against the feeding tube surgery, not wanting to subject her to additional trauma during her last days.

She's on a liquid formulation of Peroxicam which the pharmacist mixed with tuna oil to increase palatabiliity - this drug seems to make her more comfortable and initially increased her appetite enough to eat in spite of her discomfort. The tumor is now too large for her to eat solids at all, so we blend wet food (Hill's A/D) into a VERY watery consistency - ANY bits of solids seem to be painful and put her off trying so it's important to strain the mixture well. In addition to blending wet food we offer her the water from canned tuna, carefully strained. This is not enough to sustain her but is keeping her from kidney/liver failure until we feel it's time to euthanize...probably in two days. Again, I'm very sorry, I know exactly how you feel and sympathize. Good luck.

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posted 11-13-2002 08:59 PM           Edit/Delete Message
I'm so sorry about your kitty. My mother in law had a suffering cat, and she was told that a raw egg or some milk with a little booze would dull her pain.
I hope it works!

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posted 02-05-2003 03:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for sabrinasmother     Edit/Delete Message
My heart goes out to you. The best thing for you and her is to give her as much love as you possibly can. Also, waiting for her to pass on may not be the best thing for her quality of life. If she is really suffering or is in pain, it's more merciful to put her down and end her discomfort. SO HARD TO DO, I know, and I don't mean to trivialize it all.

Really, love is the best thing right now. You'll want her last days to be filled with warmth and nurturing and you will take comfort in knowing that you gave that to her. I'm so sad for you.

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posted 02-10-2003 01:20 AM           Edit/Delete Message
My cat is dying too. She had an ultrasound, and it looked to be cancer of the bowels, but it was not certain. She was vomiting a lot - at first more a regurgitation, but later much worse.

I've come to accept that she's dying, and she's gone downhill further in the last few days. She's still affectionate and purring and very alert - almost too much. Suddenly tonight, she started exploring parts of the house she didn't want to know about for years. She's either disoriented, or looking for a place to wander off to die. Her legs aren't working as she's trying to jump, it's very hard to watch.

I came to this board seeking advice, but perhaps I can give some. The best thing I found to feed my puss has been shrimp soup. I took a few frozen, shell-on shrimp and boiled them in a bit of water (4 large to about 1/2 cup water). I shelled them, keeping the water, and putting shrimp and water in a blendor. I really pulverized this, then strained out all solids, as the other person had suggested. I did this at first with "cat" tuna, which didn't stay down, and it's quite a nasty smell as well. I've also done this with a bit of whitefish, but she's eaten much more of the shrimp.

I've also tried thinning out babyfood (chicken, lamb and veal flavors) with a bit of hot water. Tonight tried making a gruel of her old crunchies with hot water, and again blending away. I also just bought some kitten formula. She's tried all of these, but she only takes a few laps. The shrimp soup seems to be it for her, she'll have about 1/4 cup a day.

I know it's not going to make her any better, but all the cooking and cleaning off her chin is keeping me busy, on top of all the laundry I've done. From what I understand, dying of dehydration is very painful, so at least for now, she is getting plenty of fluids. She's on prednisone, but I would like to give her some other sort of painkiller, but the vet has not recommended one. It doesn't seem right to me to try alchol, as the other person had suggested, without knowing much more.

I'm ready to take her to the vet when it's time, but as long as she's curling up on the bed and purring a little, I'll keep on with this.

It's such a special love. Many hugs to you and your kitty.


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posted 02-15-2003 10:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for animal_crazy     Edit/Delete Message
i cant say this cant make her happy unless you put her down!

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posted 02-16-2003 05:15 AM           Edit/Delete Message
My kitty isn't doing to well. the vet did a blood test and told me her kidneys were failing and that it was just a matter of time. He gave me 2 large syringes, one to feed her baby food with and one to give her water with. I don't want my kitty to die on some table in a vets office so Monday I will start calling to see if there is a vet that will do a house call. She is almost 10 years old and this came on her very fast. I don't want her to die but I don't want her to suffer either, she deserves better than that.

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posted 03-01-2003 12:50 AM           Edit/Delete Message
Give her lots of love! My almost ten-year old cat, Spike, was just diagnosed with jaw cancer--it is in her lower jaw and when the vet x-rayed her jaw there was no bone left...I have contemplated even having her jaw removed, but the vet said this is rarely done and her quality of life would likely be very poor--that is even if they would be able to do it. We are just trying to make her as comfortable as possible. She eats soft foods like baby food, some chicken broth and still can get down thinnly sliced ham and turkey like Buddig brand. Seeing her like this is very hard, but she has had a good life with us. I just wish it could have been longer. I don't want her to suffer and will take her in to be euthanized when it seems there is no quality of life left.

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