A Long December

So we went back to the vet yesterday.

The week of antibiotics and anti-inflammatories didn’t help, and in fact the eye got worse. Here’s what Commie looks like as of a few minutes ago:

Not pretty. The eye itself still looks clear … in there. It’s the swelling around the eye that’s making everything so horrible. Look at this top view, and you can see how much his little brow is protruding:

They weighed Commie first, and he’s lost three pounds in the last two weeks. That, combined with the speed and untouchability of the swelling, led the vet to tell us that he’s 90% sure it’s cancer.

He could do a biopsy, but they’d have to knock Commie out, and he’d then have a wound we’d have to take care of. But even if the vet could bump his 90% up to 100%, the thing is that with cancers in the eye/nose region, whichever it is, there’s really no effective treatment. Especially with this growth rate.

So we’re not doing the biopsy. I worry about losing him under anaesthesia, and that a wound would hurt him more than anything he’s already feeling. It’s pretty clear already what we’re dealing with. We’ve got some steroids, which should hopefully slow the growth a little bit, and also ease any pain that Commie’s feeling. The vet’s prognosis was “maybe a few weeks.”

For right now, he’s still active, still eating (despite that three pounds), still playing, and still purring. He just seems more irritated with the sniffling and mono-vision than in any pain. So we’re going to smother him with love, and keep watch, and he’ll let us know when he’s ready.

He’s also still a butt about sitting still for a picture. And as usual, you-know-who had to get in on the action.

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9 Comments

  1. Thanks for keeping us informed, Missy. I’m here pre-grieving your expected loss. I’m so sorry.

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  2. So very sorry, Missy and Scott, that was a beautifully written post. Keep us in the loop, thinking of you.

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  3. So sorry to hear the news about your sweet kitty. I lost my dog to cancer 2 years ago and I still grieve for him. Hopefully the medicines and your love will keep him comfortable and happy until the end. I’ll keep your family in my prayers.

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  4. We lost our beloved kitty on St. Patricks day, and the grief is still fresh. I got a misty eyed reading this post. I’m very sorry.

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  5. Oh no! I was hoping for better news. I am very sorry to hear this.

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  6. My heart breaks for you. I lost my cat to cancer in July…he had been with me for 15 years, and I think about him every day..
    The speed with which it attacked and took him down was frightening, but I was with him to the end, whispering “I love you” over and over in his ear.
    Stay strong and give the little guy as much love as you possibly can.

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  7. I am sorry to hear this news. Words are not enough. I have never lost a pet in this manner. They are part of the family. Never be ashamed or embarassed of the emotions you feel for your cats. They are pets/animals not people, yes, but that does not mean you should not be deeply affected when they leave this world.

    Celebrate the time you have and cry freely.

    Adam

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