Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Our oldest kitty, who just turned 10 this month, is probably not going to be with us much longer. She had surgery last October to remove her right side mammary chain, after we found a couple of lumps. It turned out to be mammary cancer, which doesn't have a good prognosis in cats. (We later learned that because she'd had a litter of kittens, then had been spayed, that this dramatically increases the likelihood of mammary cancer - just something to note for those of you with girl-kitties.) Well, she not only has several tumors close to the surface of her skin, but a chest x-ray has revealed that the cancer has spread to her lungs. Countless tiny white dots pepper the x-ray, and the vet couldn't give us any estimate of how much longer she might live. Currently, her behavior is unaffected, as is her relationship with the other members of our cat-family: Comet & Serendipity. We will just enjoy her company for as long as she's not in significant pain, but it's sad to know that the end is probably measured in months.