Friday, December 19, 2008


Billy, my kitty, who is suppose to turn 18 in February, who joined our family 3 months after we got married, had to go to the vet today. The vet found at least 4 tumors in her chest, additionally she has stomach and/or intestinal cancer. She normally weighs 11-12 pounds and has a pretty big body structure, but she's down to 7.5 pounds and is emaciated. Unfortunately, it's terminal, but the vet said we don't have to put her down immediately. Which is good that it gives us some more time to love her and spoil her even more. We need to pay close attention to her discomfort level and how much she's eating. Which isn't much now - she doesn't even finish 1 small can of cat food a day. But she will eat cooked chicken a couple of times a day and the vet said it's ok to feed her as much chicken she will eat and keep down. But it's hard to tell how uncomfortable she is. She's the most laid back kitty, nothing seems to bother her. She still jumps on the couch and purrs and acts satisfied and happy. But she has been walking more tenderly and slowly than she was just a few weeks ago. I think I have cried more in one day than I have the whole year.


zann said...

Oh I'm so sorry. That is such hard news to take and so heartbreaking. I hope you get plenty of good days of loving and spoiling before she has to go. (hope this doesn't publish twice I seem to be having issues with blogger)

Ragged Around the Edges said...

Oh, Mad, I am so sorry. I can't imagne how sad you are right now. I keep thinking, Billy has the best mom ever, she has been so very, very loved. She couldn't have been more fortunate than to have had you "raise" her. Glad you have some more time with her. You are in my thoughts.

susan d said...

This is such sad news. Much more difficult than I had imagined.
Thanks for the beautiful Christmas card. You are a gem!

Anonymous said...

so sorry ... :(

Ginnie said...

I am so sorry for you, Mad. I can just imagine how painful this is to watch, after all the years you've had her!

Lilli & Nevada said...

Just back at checking in on some of your blog and ran into this. and i can't tell you how sorry i am to hear this. You know our TC which is way past 23 yrs old, I know how your feeling right now, because i also know that she has some major problems, but hubby don't want to take her to the vet either, becuase he knows that they will tell him some bad things and maybe to put her down. That is his cat and he pampers her so. Well anyway we let her have any kind of food she wants no matter what it is. She loves just about everything, specially sweet things. And yes even a touch of chocolate which she has had most of her life.We feed her small bits of food about every 15 to 20 minutes during the day when she is up around us. One thing that we notice about her, and i don't know about your kittie is she loves heat, we have a oil heater that she will snuggle up too, we set it on low and she can't seem to get close enough to it. Oh and the food i think she eats like that because i think a lot of the time she forgets that she just ate. So chicken, turkey is her favorite, i cook up chicken breast for her and cut them into tiny bites. I have also recentely started giving her kitty dry food and mixing them up in canned food. I think that the best nurtients are in kittie food at this point in there life. She doesn't have too many teeth, so she likes it mixed up.
Well i will be saying a little prayer for you all as i know how distraught this is, they become so much of our lives. I don't know what i would do without my fur kids.
And thanks for the nice compliment on our new fur kids, And no i can't keep them i have 11 cats and 1 dog, as much as i would like too i can't do it. The older my husband and i get the more worried i get as who would take my babies if we both die. NO ONE, at least not all of them together and they have been together since babies.
So sorry to have gone on and on.

Anonymous said...

How did I miss this post? Oh ya...the holidays. Oh hon I am so very sorry to hear this. Please know I am here for you if you need it.
All my love,