Unfortunately he rapidly deteriorated. He was already on chlorambucil and prednisolone for his diagnosis of possible small cell lymphoma (been on it for the last year). I took him in for an ultrasound 3 months ago and everything was normal. Then took him in on Monday for bloodwork and found the tumor on the kidneys. By Thursday he was having respiratory distress (pleural effusion). The vet speculated it was in his chest as well.
I feel so guilty. If I had more money, i could have attempted further treatment. If I had taken him back to the vet in November maybe we would have found the cancer earlier… I emailed someone online who had a cat with renal lymphoma - treatment was $1000 per week and her cat only survived 2 additional months. A full course of treatment was $16,000… Her cat went blind during the treatment process. Prognosis is typically 5 months, although rare cases can go into prolonged remission. The cancer typically jumps from the kidneys to the brain. That is what happened with her cat. And if they don’t eat, they need a feeding tube…
Logically it didn’t make sense to put him through that, but my heart is so very broken. Why did it have to be him? He was my best, most beloved cat. He always slept cuddled up next to my chest, even if I turned the other way in my sleep, he would always get up and cuddle up against me. He would follow me around the house and cry at the window when I left. Feeding time was the most exciting time of the day. The house just feels so empty. Quiet without him talking back to me. He always came when called. Always talked back when you spoke to him.
I picked up 2 kittens from separate litters this weekend at a free adoption event. Not sure they will work out as they don’t like each other at all. Lots of hissing. Both are separated but in the same room. The girl kitten is very shy. The boy kitten is bouncing off the walls with energy and very bold. Both are about the same age. Up to date on everything but still in quarantine until I am certain they have nothing contagious. I have not named them yet.