We have just got back from the vets with our dear little 4 year old black cat. He is one of our 6 cats, and like them all was a rescue. He has not been right for a few weeks, just off his food, a bit lethargic, not much we could really say except we knew something wasn't right.
We have 2 local vets close, but chose to take him to a better more experienced vet half hour away. The vet examined him, and immediately knew what was wrong. He has a large lump in his tummy, cancer. I forget what type he said. My husband felt it too, size of a peach. An operation is a possible option but the vet only gave a 10% chance of complete recovery.
I thought he was going to say best to say goodbye now, but he said he doesn't seem to be in pain. He suggested a steroid injection which will last about 1 month. Then we can see how he is. Some cats go 6 months like this apparently.
We are so upset, but I was not altogether surprised somehow. I am glad we went to that vet, and haven't had to put him through painful blood tests etc. We can make a huge fuss of him and give him treats, and gradually say goodbye. We lost another little cat 18 months ago, run over just over a year old.
We do not want him to linger and suffer, the vet assured us he'd have said if he felt he was in pain now. It's going to be hard to decide when, and it will be there in our minds, So sad.
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