I'm just getting ready to go to my vet with my little Sunny. She had a very malignant tumor removed from from one of her mammary glands in early May. I've checked them every day ever since. Last night I found an unbelievably huge lump in her left arm pit. I don't know how I've missed it. I spent all night crying. She's not in any pain, she's actually gained weight, so this has been a nightmarish shock. Please wish us luck.
Praying Sunny will be okay. Keep us informed.
Oh Janet, I am sorry that you found another lump. I will keep you and Sunny in my thoughts and prayers that it's nothing bad. Please let us know how everything goes.
I am so sorry to hear about your precious Sunny. My heart goes out to you. My sweet Tiffany had mammary gland cancer. (This was many years ago.) She had surgery. The vet removed the malignant tumor. That did add about 6 months to Tiffany's life. Then another tumor developed. This time it wasn't mammary gland. This time it was inoperable. And, sadly, I lost my Tiffany.
You and Sunny will be in my thoughts and prayers, Janet. Please keep us posted. We care!
Janet, I an SO sorry. You and Sunny are in my prayers.
Hi everyone. Thank you for all the kind words. Tiffany, that is exactly what is going on with Sunny. Her first tumor was a nasty mammary gland tumor. I've been checking all her nipples, tummy, and chest several times a day ever since. This huge tumor was on the back side of her arm pit on the side she always lies on me with. If I did feel it before last night I probably thought it was her elbow or shoulder bone since it's pretty hard. My vet said that it's the cancer and that it has spread, fast, and depending on how fast it continues to spread she thinks Sunny will be lucky to make it 6 months. I knew it was coming, but my heart is still broken. Poor Comet will be too. Sunny is his sister/girlfriend. They were dumped together, and I trapped them both. They've never been separated except for vet visits for over 10 years, and Comet is a very caring cat to his housemates. All I can do now is heap lots of love and goodies on Sunny while I can. The vet said she's not in any pain yet, she had no reaction at all to it being poked and squeezed. That's one good thing anyways. Thank you for all the support. I'll keep you guys posted.
I'm sitting here fighting back tears; understanding how you're feeling and knowing what you're going through, Janet. I do hope and pray that Sunny can make it through the next six months -- and remain free of pain. You're right -- heap lots of love and goodies on Sunny. Make each and every day happy and memorable.
spoil her rotten. sorry to hear I'm also trying not to cry, like Betty I also know how your feeling
Sorry Betty, My mind wasn't working right I guess, I meant your name, not Tiffany.
Janet I also am sending healing prayers to your sunny. I am so sorry to hear of her new tumor. As many here I also know what you are going through, so prayers will be sent to you from all of us having experienced similar illnesses. God Bless you and Sunny and God please hold Sunny in your healing hands and keep her safe and pain free as long as possible.
Sorry to hear the sad news Janet.You & Sunny are in my thoughts & prayers.
Sorry to hear. Get well soon Sunny, I wish you the best of luck.
I know how you feel Janet. I've lost 2 cats in 5 months, and right now 1 of my kittens isn't feeling well. Please send a nice healing thought to him too.
So sorry to hear you've had such a bad run with your cats Valentina. That's so awful. I can't imagine the loss of two cats so close together. I'm sending healing thoughts to your kitten and you too. Take care.
I am very sorry to read this Janet, I pray that the vet can do something for her. I also pray that she is in no pain with her lump. It sounds like a lymph node.
We are all praying for you and sunny, janet, love sunny all you can, and remember sunny is so lucky and happy to have you, sunny knows you will be there alqays, and some pets just are not so lucky, wishing sunny well love and hugs xwendy k xx
Thanks Donna. I thought it probably was the lymph node, we really didn't talk about what the tumor was on, just how fast it grew, and the ramifications. Unfortunately, the vet said she can't do much for Sunny it's a very aggressive malignant cancer. She's thankfully not in any pain now, the Dr. prodded, poked, and squeezed the tumor to make sure and Sunny didn't react at all. When she starts to hurt, the usual pain medication won't work because Sunny has kidney disease already and it would ruin her kidneys. There's another that's liquid and morphine based that might help, but I'd hate to see her sick and constipated too. The vet said we'll have to wait and see how it progresses. I'm finally forgiven for the trip to the vet and Sunny is lying on me watching me type. I opened a can of salmon a little while ago, and everyone had a treat. Everyone's back to normal, and I'm trying to act normal with them, though it's kinda hard not to worry. Thanks again.
I agree Janet, it is hard not to worry, and worry never helped a thing. I think at this point, giving her a comfortable quality of life, as best as you can, would be the thing to do. Treats, comfort and lots of attention, and a pain pill when needed. That is all you can do, and just love her right now. I am happy that she forgave you.
I am glad that she doesn't have to go through any radiation or chemo. This way, whatever time she has left, she can enjoy. It is not the length of time a cat lives that counts, it is the quality of time, and how happy and loved they feel.
Janet I'm so sorry to hear that your Sunny has this and nothing else can be done. Give her the love and attention she needs as I know you will. Gosh this is so hard, I can relate to how you feel as I lost two dogs to cancer with tumors like this near the armpit. Even if one lump has been removed a second appeared. Nothing much else to do but give them the love and attention they need, make them comfortable. We are here for you as well as we've all been through losing a loving pet. Very heartbreaking indeed.
Hi Wendy. Sunny had a hard life before we met. She and Comet were strays and I trapped them in January 2003 when it was 19 below zero F. Sunny only weighed 6 lbs., and was pregnant with 6 kittens. The tips of her ears and tail were all frostbitten. She's been a pampered, spoiled little sweetheart ever since. She's always been a help to me with my pain. When I have to ice my back and neck, she's always on top of me trying to make me feel better. I'll really miss that. Now we'll have to make each other feel better.
Janet, I am so sorry to hear that it is another tumor. I hope that the time she has left is pain free and it is comforting to know that she will be very loved with the little time that is left. She did have a rough start in life but she has been so loved ever since and I will be thinking about the both of you. Please let us know how she is doing .
Sending my most positive energies to Sunny and you !! best wishes
Hi all. Thank you so much for all your thoughts and prayers. Sunny has recovered from her vet visit. She's been spending her time curled up on me, sitting in her window, and gobbling all the treats she wants. I wish I didn't have to give her her fluids for her kidney disease, but I have to keep her kidneys flushed, especially now with the poisons in her system. She absolutely HATES fluids. I'm doing better, very sad, but not crying as much. When I do have to cry, I go out to the garage so I don't upset her. I guess being disabled has a silver lining in this case. I only have one Dr. appointment this week, and the rest of my time I'll be here with my baby. Comet and Binky are loving the whole treats all the time thing. Sunny always leaves crumbs, and they're being little vacuum cleaners. Comet is a bit pudgy, so I usually don't hand out goodies this often, at least a few crumbs crumbs aren't going to make him too fat. Binky is a huge cat, he's 22 lbs., and the vet has told me he's not fat, just tall and long with huge muscles. He had a claw that was ingrown, and it took me and a vet tech to hold him, and another to clip the claw, and he still kept getting his arms loose. I don't want him getting much bigger. He sometimes comes flying out of nowhere at me at night with no warning (he's black too). Scares the heck out of me if I'm dozing, and hurts too. He just doesn't realize how big he is, he thinks he's still a kitten. At least he means well. Thanks again for all the support. It's really helped. I'll keep you posted. Take care.
Sending good wishes & thoughts your way Janet & Sunny.God bless you & all your fur babies..
I send a purr to your Sunny.
I know exactly how sad it is when our fur babies don't feel well. Personally, I'd prefer to be sick myself, instead of seeing them suffering.
I wish your Sunny all the best, and hope my kitten recovers soon.
This post was modified from its original form on 12 Aug, 16:10
I am so sorry Janet. I lost my kitty Scribbbles to cancer and I understand how hard it is and what you are feeling. It is so hard...you are absolutely right, spoil her and do all you can. She is lucky to have you as her wonderful furmom!
Many prayers and hugs,