Sick Cat

Jun. 8th, 2017 07:36 pm
stickmaker: (Bust image of Runner)
[personal profile] stickmaker

My 12 year old cat, Michael, has been having some health problems the past few months. Most recently, his abdomen has swollen to the point that he looks pregnant. My vet had me take him to a specialist in Lexington (Kentucky) who had better ultrasound equipment. The good news is that his organs seem fine. However, the membrane lining the abdomen had several clusters of unusual cell growth. 

The vet said he thought it was cancer. He recommended against a laparoscopy to confirm this, because whatever type of cancer it is the medicine he prescribed would be about equally effective. 

The medicine is a mild chemotherapy agent which was mailed from a compounding pharmacy in Texas: Roadrunner Pharmacy. The box arrived this (Thursday) afternoon. I got Michael's first dose of chlorambucil in him just about half an hour ago. I'm supposed to give one capsule to him Monday and Thursday. 

It helps that the capsules are *tiny* because that makes them easier for him to swallow. It hurts that the capsules are *tiny* because I can barely handle them!
The vet said this wasn't likely to make him sick, and even if it's not cancer it's a general anti-inflammatory and should still help. However, there were multiple warnings on the package about handling the medication, which is a cytotoxic material. I am supposed to wash my hands after handling the capsules. 

The vet said that on this medicine, if what Michael has is actually cancer, he should have between a month and six months. 

I lost a 15 year old cat to mast cell cancer three years ago. I'm not looking forward to this. However, it might, indeed, not be cancer. I'll just have to see. 


Date: 2017-06-09 02:45 am (UTC)
oona: (La Tristesse)
From: [personal profile] oona
I was reading DW's Latest Things and ran across your entries on Michael. I am a cat person also. First of all, you can get a pet piller from the vet or a pet supply store that looks like this:

The rubber part is really soft and holds the pill. You can kneel over the cat and put one hand over his head on his jaw hinge and put the piller into his opened mouth by the back of his throat. The plastic push part only moves an inch or less. Makes pill giving a lot easier

Secondy, if Michael is taking thyroid medicine, has the vet considered that THAT might be causing his issues? My cat was given the pill form of it, and it almost killed him. Then he was switched to the cream which is rubbed into the tips of the ears. I don't think it was very effective, though. The quality of his life was not great, and he went downhill anyway.

I hope that Michael will respond to the medicine the vet gave him. Guessing at whether he has cancer doesn't seem like something a specialist should do, though, but I am not a big fan of vets to begin with.

I will keep Michael in my thoughts and prayers.

Re: Michael

Date: 2017-06-09 03:05 am (UTC)
oona: (kitty)
From: [personal profile] oona
That's great he's docile -- I did mean that you would have to open his mouth with your hand first though since you wouldn't want to contact his teeth with the piller. I have a cat or two who would just as soon rip my arm off. Lol

One more thing

Date: 2017-06-09 03:14 am (UTC)
oona: (La Tristesse)
From: [personal profile] oona
I didn't mean to imply that I thought the thyroid medicine could absolutely be the problem, but I just remembered how sick the pills made my kitty. I think from what I've read that a lot of cats have trouble with it. I suppose the prescribing dr also knows whether his medicine will interact okay with the thyroid pills. Worse thing in the world to have a sick pet. :/

Date: 2017-06-10 05:47 am (UTC)
solarbird: (zoe)
From: [personal profile] solarbird
Fingers crossed that it's not cancer!

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