We’ve been anxiously waiting to hear back from the vet about what to do about Lucy. He’s not been eating great, which is unusual for him (he usually scarfs down his food). He’s also been vomiting and having diarrhea. A couple of weeks ago the vet did an ultrasound and found what could be the return of his intestinal lymphoma (cancer). So, she wants to do a diagnostic surgery and get some biopsies.
She called yesterday though and told us that because of his heart condition, that putting him under anesthesia would come with a moderate risk of complications. He has to be cleared by cardiology now to even do the surgery. He’s seeing them next week. All of this, of course, has made me anxious. It’s kind of a no-win situation, because if he goes in for surgery, there are risks to it, but if he doesn’t then we won’t know what’s going on or how to treat him.
I lost sleep last night over this, of course, and am really tired today. I think that I’m still going to work on my new book for awhile though and possibly exercise. I need to do things to keep my mind off of what’s going on with Lucy. It’s so sad for me to think about losing him, because I love him so much. He’s like a son to me, a best friend, and a guard cat all roled up in one. He’s probably my favorite, but don’t tell the other cats that! I love them quite a bit too.
Patrick’s still struggling to eat as well at home. The weird thing is that whenever he goes to the vet he eats everything that they give him, so this might be some sort of environmental/behavioral issue. Still, we’re probably going to have to turn more tests on him too just to rule out things. We may also switch the type of chemo that he’s on.
Tempest also just started medication for arthritis. He’s been having problems jumping up on things and sort of sliding his back legs around. So we started him on Dasiquin. So far, I haven’t seen any huge improvements. If Dasiquin doesn’t start to really work, we’re going to switch him to another medication.
It is stressful to deal with elderly cats and all of their health problems. When I first got Patrick and Lucy I had no idea what I was in store for. Still, it’s worth it. I have to remind myself of that though during our 30-45 minute medication giving session every night.
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