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    Hello all.

    I got the worst news about my cat.

    I brought him to the vet because he wasn't eating and wasn't doing his normal routine. I noticed in his mouth.. the fang.. looked red. I thought it was an abscess in his mouth.

    The vet took xrays and blood work and the results were not good. The vet told me that my cat has 2-5 months left to live.

    He has a Adenocarcinoma tumor. Nothing can be done for him.

    I was told that this sort of tumor is more common in dogs. And to make matters worse... the tumor is located in his face.. where the canine tooth is.
    Meaning... operating on it isn't a possibility as they would have to cut 1/4 of his face off.

    What really sucks... otherwise my cat is in GREAT shape. Blood work came back great. All his organs are working as they should.

    Love your animals... they aren't with us for very long.

    The unconditional love is amazing..

    My heart hurts!
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    Sweetdreams, my heart breaks for you. When my dog started getting sick, all her bloodwork and x-rays came back normal. In fact the vet said her blood levels were on par with a 2 yr. old dog (she was 11). But after nothing was working to clear up her diahrrea I took her to a specialist and found out she had mast cell cancer and nothing could be done because it was too far advanced. She didn't even make it 2 more days after that. It's been 3 months since she's been gone and it still hurts. I'll be thinking of you and your precious kitty during this hard time.

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    Sweetdreams, I'm very sorry about your cat. We lost a Golden Retreiver to cancer 2 1/2 years ago so I do know how much this hurts. Just try to enjoy what time you have left with your kitty, spoil him rotten and take lots of pictures, and feel free to PM any of us animal lovers if you need to talk.

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    sweetdreams , I got tears in my eyes reading your post. You're right, the love our animals give us is unconditional, and as a consequence, the feelings we have for our pets are often much less complicated than the feelings we have for humans. I love my cats to death and get all weepy just thinking about something happening to them, so my heart goes out to you. One of my kitties just walked up next to the computer screen and miaoued - I think it's universal kitty language for "feel better".

    Please keep us posted and remember that here at the FORT, you are surrounded by people who know what you're going through. It is my experience that many people who don't own animals have a hard time understanding that losing a pet can be just as painful as losing a loved one - heck, a pet IS a loved one. If you feel like venting, this is the place. In the meantime, spoil your baby rotten and make sure to spend as much time with him as possible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AJane View Post
    Cat lovers (I'm looking at you, Gabriel) - has anyone heard of Munchkin cats, and/or known anyone who has owned one? I came across them by accident online yesterday and I'm in love with them.

    http://cats.about.com/cs/breedprofiles/p/Munchkin.htm

    http://www.munchkin.net/lance-nathan.jpg
    What?? who me?? Never heard of them I'll have to check this out, they look cute. (but what cat doesn't?)
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    Sweetdreams - I'm so sorry about your kitty. Take lots of pictures of him.

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    Aw, sweetdreams, I'm so sorry for you and your kitty. It's just awful to lose them -- it really is terrible.

    I've had a number of dogs and cats over the years and I've lost them due to various circumstances (health problems, hit by car, stolen. . . .) and I must say that the losses that were the least devastating to me were the ones that didn't take me completely by surprise.

    When I had the chance to prepare for the death of a pet (e.g., when I knew one of them had cancer, and another one -- my avatar, in fact -- went into congestive heart failure) it just seemed to be a little more bearable. It was a tiny bit easier for me 'cause I had time to prepare.

    So even though this is a terrible, awful situation and I'm very sorry you're going through it, I emphatically encourage you to savor these times with your little guy and really make the most of them: take lots and lots of photographs, feed him all his favorite things, and cuddle him as much as possible.

    What's his name? I'll definitely be thinking of you and him.

    Quote Originally Posted by geek the girl View Post
    Please keep us posted and remember that here at the FORT, you are surrounded by people who know what you're going through. It is my experience that many people who don't own animals have a hard time understanding that losing a pet can be just as painful as losing a loved one - heck, a pet IS a loved one. If you feel like venting, this is the place. In the meantime, spoil your baby rotten and make sure to spend as much time with him as possible.
    A BIG TO THAT.

    When I lost my avatar I was on the FORT and the help and support that all these wonderful people gave me was just what I needed. It makes a huge difference and we're all here for you, sweetdreams, so lean on us in whatever way you need to.

    I would love to see some pictures of your baby, so I hope you'll get the chance to post a few in here.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Glitternerfball View Post
    Congrats Marley!

    The only thing to worry about, and it doesn't sound like the previous 'caretakers' cared enough anyway, is if he's chipped. If he's chipped and it's scanned it's the vets legal obligation to return the animal to the person registered on it (as is my understanding) and the original owners still have legal claim to the animal.

    Unfortunately, animals are still legally considered possessions (although I beleive there is legislature in some states changing them from chatel to 'companion animal').

    But Pumpkin is beautiful! congratulations, I hope it all works out for you guys!
    You are right, Glitter, and that was my biggest worry in all this... but no - he is not chipped. My vet scanned him Monday so I consider him to be officially ours. We are leaning more towards the possibility that the people who had just moved out of my son and DIL's rental house left him behind, but I don't think we will ever know.

    My vet thinks he is about 2 years old, he had a great checkup with no problems, no ear mites or anything. I haven't heard anything about the stool sample I took in so no news is good news with that. We have no idea of his health history except for his having been declawed and neutered, so we got him his shots - rabies and feline distemper-parvo or whatever that is, and the worming stuff on the back of his neck. I think it's called Revolution (?) and I'm taking him in for a good bath when I take the dogs to the groomer this week. He's not grossly dirty and he does clean himself, but whenever we handle him and wash our hands you can see the dirt wash off.

    It feels like there's nothing to him when we pick him up so I was surprised that he weighs 10 pounds, but he's a big-framed cat so he will fill out a bit more. He's sooo appreciative every time I feed him it just almost breaks my heart, he has acted like he didn't expect to be fed and it's a special treat when he gets to eat. I've never seen a cat run so fast when I am bringing food!

    He is now pretty much incorporated into the animal family. When I took him to go to the vet I could hear the dogs howling inside the house.. it was pitiful but hilarious! All 3 of them were up laying on the bed yesterday, it has gone almost too well. Too good to be true that we now have this wonderful cat and within a week he has fit right in, and he is really HOME!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marleybone View Post
    We have no idea of his health history except for his having been declawed and neutered,
    I can't believe that I'm even more horrified than I was by the story of Pumpkin, but these nasty people abandoned a declawed cat to fend for itself? On behalf of all the abandoned kitties (including those that live and have lived with us), we thank you for giving that really gorgeous boy a good home.
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    marleybone, it sounds like meeting Pumpkin was a match made in heaven. You were meant to be his caretaker, it just took a while for ya'll to find each other I'm glad everyone has adjusted so well.

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