Chemotherapy for Cats

Feebee cat in blue chair

While cancer in cats is not as common as it in dogs, it is still one of the leading causes of death in older cats. According to the Animal Cancer Foundation, 6 million cats will be diagnosed with cancer in the United States along. And because cats are masters at masking illness, it is often harder to detect.

Cancer used to be a death sentence for cats, but recent advances in feline cancer research have made treatment possible in many cases. Just like with human cancers, early detection is key to successful treatment.

Treatment options for cats are almost as varied as treatment options for human cancers, and will depend on the type of cancer. Surgery is the most common treatment for any lumps or growths that need to be removed. In some cases, surgery can be curative. Other cancers may require chemotherapy or radiation.

How chemotherapy works

Chemotherapy uses drugs with the objective to kill cancer cells with the least possible amount of damage to normal, healthy cells. In human medicine, the goal of chemotherapy is to achieve a cure. In cats, chemotherapy is aimed at controlling the disease and achieving a period of remission for the cat. Chemotherapy is typically used for cancers that affect multiple sites. Lymphoma is the most common form of feline cancer that is treated with chemotherapy. The drugs used in veterinary chemotherapy are frequently the same drugs used in human medicine.

Most cats tolerate chemotherapy well

Most cats tolerate chemotherapy well. Some cats may experience side effects such as vomiting, diarrhea or poor appetite, but these side effects are usually mild and can be managed with supportive care. Only a very small number of cats on chemotherapy will require hospitalization due to the side effects of chemotherapy. Unlike humans, cats will not lose all their hair. Most cats will lose their whiskers, and shaved hair will be slow to grow back, but substantial hair loss is uncommon.

Support your cat’s immune system

It is important to support your cat’s immune system while she is undergoing chemotherapy. One of the foundations of a healthy immune system is diet. Typically, veterinarians recommend a high protein, low carb, moderate fat diet for pets with cancer. A high quality grain-free canned diet will probably be your best choice for your feline cancer patient.

Even though I’m a proponent of raw feeding, I’m on the fence as to whether raw diets are appropriate for cats with cancer. On the one hand, there are numerous anecdotal reports of miracle cures when pets with cancer were fed a raw diet, on the other hand, I don’t know whether feeding a raw diet to an immunocompromised pet is necessarily a good idea. Check with a veterinarian who is familiar with raw feeding whether a raw diet is appropriate for your cat while she is undergoing chemotherapy.

Supplements and herbs

Supplements and herbs can provide immune system support during treatment. Probiotics not only help maintain a healthy gut flora, but also boost the immune system. Anti-oxidants and increased amounts of omega-3-fatty acids may also be indicated. Check with your veterinarian to determine which supplements are indicated for your cat.

Supportive therapies such as acupuncture, Reiki or other forms of energy healing can support your cat through her treatment. These therapies will not interfere with conventional medical treatment.

How will you know whether chemotherapy was successful?

A cat in remission doesn’t look any different from a cancer-free cat. Typically, a successful remission means that lymphnodes will go down to normal size, and if there were any signs of illness that were related to the cancer, they will disappear. Remission can last anywhere from weeks to months, and for some lucky cats, even several years.

My personal experience with feline cancer

My first cat, Feebee, was diagnosed with intestinal lymphoma when he was 15 years old. He tolerated his chemotherapy protocol of a combination of Vincristine injections and oral Cytoxan and prednisone well. He would be a little subdued for about 24 hours following treatment. His appetite wasn’t that great during that period, and he slept a lot more than usual, but the rest of the time, his quality of life was good.

After seven months, he stopped responding to the chemotherapy. My vet gave me the option of continuing with more aggressive drugs with the potential for more severe side effects. I elected euthanasia. My little man confirmed that I made the right decision: he died in my arms while my vet was on the way to my house.

Being faced with a cancer diagnosis is a devastating blow for cat parents. Making a decision about treatment is as individual as the affected cat and her human. There are no hard and fast rules. The ultimate goal of any decision is to provide good quality of life for the cat for as long as possible.

Have any of your cats undergone chemotherapy? What was your experience?

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  1. Mike
    October 2, 2017 at 11:01 am (2 weeks ago)

    Hi all, many thanks Ingrid, this is the best open source of information and support out there I’ve found, reading through other’s experiences.

    My mate, Floyd, long haired black & white 9.5 year old has an appointment tomorrow with oncologist. A few months ago he started vomiting (more frequently than the occasional hairball) and lost a bit of weight. I figured this was due to the recent diet change to control his weight. Floyd’s always been a bit large 6.5 kg (14 lbs). Vet checkup at this time he was in good health, I asked for a blood test for peace of mind and results were all good.

    The vomiting abated and returned several weeks later. A visit to a different vet clinic led to an ultrasound, as this vet was concerned about the feel of Floyd’s small intestine. U/S showed inflamed small intestine walls at 4.2mm thickness (normal is around 3mm) and enlarged lymph nodes. The next step, of course, was to determine the cause. IBD or lymphoma? I opted for the quickest and most effective method being exploratory abdominal surgery to gather tissue samples for biopsy. The initial pathology tests gave us a diagnosis of a mast cell tumor. Not common in cats, more so in dogs. This was devastating news for me and in the same phone conversation, my vet suggested euthanasia or specialist cancer clinic. I asked the vet to pursue treatment options and next day he contacted oncologist. While still poor prognosis, the oncologist said they’ve had good results with similar cases. I made the appointment, all the while wrestling with the ethical issues and trying to decide on what’s best for Floyd’s quality of life. He’s had a hard enough time recovering from the gastrointestinal surgery. In the meantime, my vet received further results from pathology, leaning more towards lymphoma. Great news, comparatively, but they can’t tell if it’s small cell or large cell lymphoma. At this stage, Floyd’s been on a daily dose of prednisolone for 6 days and he’s eating well, no vomiting. All the info has been forwarded to the oncologist and we will meet tomorrow.

    At the moment, my vet feels that there’s enough information for the oncologist to make a proper diagnosis without putting Floyd through any more tests. Hopefully it’s a “typical” diagnosis and chemo can begin asap.

    Positive thoughts and prayers appreciated.

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  2. Ilka
    October 1, 2017 at 2:31 pm (2 weeks ago)

    Pepper was diagnosed with cutaneous lymphoma, an unusual cancer for cats in early August. We started him right away on Prednisolone and Loumustine which seemed to be working at first. Alas, that is no longer the case. The tumor on his foot is growing, and he is also throwing up a lot (likely a chemo side effect as his ultrasound was clear). I have an appointment next week to see about radiation. The tumor on his foot is an issue for quality of life as he likes to be outside, and does not do well with the cone. Surgery is not an option due to the location of the tumor, but radiation will probably be very expensive, with additional travel times to the cancer center. We can change the chemo to injectable to avoid his hurling, but that means weekly, all day long visits to the vet. I am considering maybe going a holistic way, alongside the chemo? I am changing his food to grain free, with a bit of omega-3 thrown in, and will start giving him Essiac tea. Has anyone else done well with a holistic regiment?

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  3. Ilka
    October 1, 2017 at 11:50 am (2 weeks ago)

    I just wanted to post a quick note for all those that worry about the stress of transportation. My Pepper was extremely nervous, not just on the ride, but also at the vet office. Our vet prescribed Trazodone which I give to him about an hour before. It works like a charm, he is cool as a cucumber.

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    • Ingrid
      October 1, 2017 at 2:19 pm (2 weeks ago)

      Thanks for sharing this, Ilka. Another drug that works quite well for some cats for vet visit stress is Gabapentin.

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  4. Sharon
    September 25, 2017 at 2:18 pm (3 weeks ago)

    My 9 y.o. Flopsey was diagnosed in October with gastrointestinal lymphoma. He was treated for about 6 weeks for colitis due to the symptoms he was having (mucousy diarrhea). We went through a course of Clavamox, Metronidazole and Tylan before the doctor suggested an U/S and biopsy which would confirm either IBD or Lymphoma. Unfortunately, it was lymphoma. Adding to the mix is the fact that he is diabetic.
    After meeting with the oncologist, we decided to do chemo. He just had his third round on Friday. He seems to be tolerating it well, but he does have better days than others. It gets a little hard because he loved to eat, he was a fatty at 13 lbs; he now weights 10.9. I know he has the desire to eat, but the Dr. likened it to feeling full all the time which is why his appetite isn’t great. She says he’s heading in the right direction, that the tumors and shrinking and that in a few weeks he should be feeling more like his old self. It’s what I’m hoping for.
    What tips can anyone give on making food more appealing? It seems what he likes for one or two days can’t stoke his interest on the third day. I have read that some drugs, like Cytoxan, can alter taste. He really seems to like snacks, I mean who doesn’t, but those aren’t great for him because of his diabetes. That and that fact that he’s on prednisone makes for a difficult time of trying to figure out insulin doses. He’s been getting 3 units twice a day for 4 years. Now it’s half doses when he doesn’t eat, full doses at other times. He’s also on Pepcid 5 mg twice a day to help with the nausea. It’s new territory for all of us.
    Thank you for listening and I appreciate any input anyone can give. Thank you.

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  5. Wendy
    September 20, 2017 at 12:07 pm (4 weeks ago)

    Jeff, I hope you see this. The thread is so long I have lost track of it all. Please feel to contact me somehow. Can you be more specific about the lymphoma? I know it was explained it was the fastest moving.

    The reason I ask is my Lily, who was 12 at the time, was diagnosed with large cell multicentric lymphoma. It is also fast growing. My daughter implored that she couldn’t just watch her die, and that she at least wanted to try. Chemo for cats isn’t the same as human chemo. First round Lily didn’t eat for three days. I panicked that we had made the wrong decision. They adjusted the second round and she ate soon after that dosing. (We chose a slightly less aggressive course. It still had two of the three medicines, and I wish I could tell you which. It’s been awhile.) The only issue we had was having to switch her food every round! She would get so picky. 🙂 The chemo had started in November. She achieved partial remission in December 2013 and full remission in January. The vet hospital was amazed at her progress. She was the miracle kitty. Apparently, most people don’t take this route. Mostly with dogs. So they had no statistics on its effectiveness really. They were thinking it wouldn’t last and she would take a dive again (which can happen, I’m not going to lie to you.) She finished her rounds in March 2014, still in full remission.

    Flash forward. It’s 2017. Lily is still with us and hasn’t shown any signs of the lymphoma returning after four years. She is 16, and spry and frisky. I thank God every day that we tried.

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  6. Tara
    September 20, 2017 at 9:15 am (4 weeks ago)

    My baby siamese kitten, just one year old has just been diagnosed with lymphoma. She has a mass in her chest that is 5cm by 3cm. Her prognosis is very poor. I have been given the option of steroids only, multidrug chemotherapy (once a week) or single agent chemotherapy (once every 3 weeks). I don’t think the multi drug chemotherapy is a good option for her as she gets so stressed about leaving the house, so im thinking of opting for the single agent chemotherapy. Has anyone else opted for this and did it impact your cats quality of life much? As you can imagine I am totally devastated
    :((((((((

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    • Ingrid
      September 20, 2017 at 10:03 am (4 weeks ago)

      Oh Tara, I’m so sorry! She’s so young! I’m sure others will chime in sharing their experience.

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    • Tricia
      September 23, 2017 at 3:02 am (3 weeks ago)

      My sweet boy, Oliver, is 7 years old. He was diagnosed with lymphoma in the tissue surrounding his eyes in June. It was high grade, very aggressive and the cancer cells had completely grown over his eyes. I started him on the Lomustine every three weeks. He responded well at first, but the cells did not shrink enough to be able to take his safety collar off (he would scratch his eyes and the tissue would bleed). The second treatment shrunk the cells even more, but still not enough to take that collar off.. All Icould think was “am I doing the right thing.. he really couldn’t even do much because of the collar and even had to be monitored to eat while it was off.. I felt selfish and doubted his quality of life” … but I decided to give him one more treatment.. it shrunk enough to take the collar off!! My happy cat was back (being able to jump and play). He is now two weeks into his fourth treatment and I can see his beautiful eyes again! The only struggle right now is some weight loss, which I am looking into supplements for. Over, this is truly helping my Oliver.

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  7. Jeff
    September 13, 2017 at 6:14 am (1 month ago)

    Hi everyone – first time posting here. Looking for some advice please. Our cat is 6 years old and over the last week he has been diagnosed with Lymphoma, the worse type out of the two types. Oncologist is saying that with chemo we should be able to give him another 6 months or so (on average), but then the cancer will come back and there will be nothing we can do.

    For this type of cancer the chemo will consist of a weekly injection (not just a normal injection, one via a ‘line’) and blood tests, then eventually might move to two-weekly.

    If we don’t give him chemo he will pass away within 3-4 weeks.

    Money is not an issue as he is fully insured. My worry is that is it fair to take him to the animal hospital (30 mins each way) every week and put him through all these injections and stresses? He is generally OK with being at the vets although he hates being in the car.

    Essentially we have a choice between one month or six months and I just don’t know if taking the six month option is selfish on our part because we don’t want to lose him.

    How do you make this decision?

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    • Carolyn
      September 13, 2017 at 12:21 pm (1 month ago)

      So sorry you and your kitty is having to deal with this. It is never an easy decision.

      One thought is that if there is a mobile vet in your area that could give the injections, that might make things a little less stressful on everyone.

      In March of this year, our 5-year-old kitty, Poppy, was diagnosed with FELV and we tried the T-Cyte treatments. She seemed to respond well at first but then we found out that she also had lymphoma and the docs said with chemo she might have one more year. Her quality of life was going downhill fast so we had to let her go.

      Although we didn’t want to stop treatment, in the end we had to make the decision that was best for her. It still hurts.

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      • Jeff
        September 13, 2017 at 1:57 pm (1 month ago)

        Hi Carolyn,

        Thank you so much for your thoughts. I am sorry about your Poppy – terrible thing. I just said to my wife a moment ago, that maybe this happens to us because we are the ones who will give him the best care when he needs it most.

        Since my last post we just found out he has lung cancer as well (previously they only scanned the kidneys – today they scanned the chest just in case).

        Our options are steriods which may last 2-3 months, in some cases 4-5 months. Or Chemo which may give him up to 6 months but could just as easily be 3 months too, all depending on how he reacts to it.

        I am leaning towards no chemo… since the timelines could be very similar in either case, with steroids he will never have to leave the home again, will never be in any pain and we won’t risk breaking our bond. I can’t stand the thought of putting him through all the chemo just to try and get an extra 1-2 months for him, of which there is no guarantee. If we had longer timelines it would be different… i.e. steroids up to 4 months, chemo up to 18 months that would be a no brainer.

        Am I making a good decision, or just selling it to myself?

        About Kitty – we lost our fist cat 6 years ago and it still hurts today, but no-where near as much. I had a good cry about a year later and then just felt happy about his memories since then. March is still very raw for you – it’ll come.

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        • Carolyn
          September 13, 2017 at 3:33 pm (1 month ago)

          I know first hand how hard it was to hear about the lung cancer diagnosis, as if lymphoma alone wasn’t bad enough.

          With Poppy we thought we had a slim chance with the T-Cyte treatment for the FELV, but then along came the lymphoma diagnosis and that was it. She was not able to fight both.

          It sounds like the steroid treatment is be the best solution for your boy, and probably for your family also. Knowing that he isn’t in pain and is able to stay at home with the family should be comforting to all.

          As you already know, no matter what you decide, it will be hard.

          I keep telling myself that I shouldn’t get so attached to my ‘fur babies’ but I guess we all do that.

          Take care

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        • Wendy
          September 21, 2017 at 1:02 am (4 weeks ago)

          Jeff, I replied with my story but think it got lost. Did you see it? It was a positive outcome.

          Wendy

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        • Wendy
          September 21, 2017 at 1:10 am (4 weeks ago)

          I don’t mean to keep posting the same thing over and over again. But I keep ending up in the wrong thread, and I’m not sure Jeff is seeing my response.

          I hope you see this. The thread is so long I have lost track of it all. Please feel to contact me somehow. Can you be more specific about the lymphoma? I know it was explained it was the fastest moving.

          The reason I ask is my Lily, who was 12 at the time, was diagnosed with large cell multicentric lymphoma. It is also fast growing. My daughter implored that she couldn’t just watch her die, and that she at least wanted to try. Chemo for cats isn’t the same as human chemo. First round Lily didn’t eat for three days. I panicked that we had made the wrong decision. They adjusted the second round and she ate soon after that dosing. (We chose a slightly less aggressive course. It still had two of the three medicines, and I wish I could tell you which. It’s been awhile.) The only issue we had was having to switch her food every round! She would get so picky. The chemo had started in November. She achieved partial remission in December 2013 and full remission in January. The vet hospital was amazed at her progress. She was the miracle kitty. Apparently, most people don’t take this route. Mostly with dogs. So they had no statistics on its effectiveness really. They were thinking it wouldn’t last and she would take a dive again (which can happen, I’m not going to lie to you.) She finished her rounds in March 2014, still in full remission.

          Flash forward. It’s 2017. Lily is still with us and hasn’t shown any signs of the lymphoma returning after four years. She is 16, and spry and frisky. I thank God every day that we tried.

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        • Wendy
          September 21, 2017 at 1:12 am (4 weeks ago)

          Jeff, I am so sorry about the additional diagnosis. I did not see that post until after I posted mine. Now I feel insensitive. I know you’ll make the right decision.

          Wendy

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          • Jeff
            September 21, 2017 at 6:47 pm (4 weeks ago)

            Hi Wendy,

            Thank you for your posts. No worries – I know you are just trying to help and coming from a good place.

            After the additional diagnosis and a second opinion with our local vet we decided against Chemo and are going with Steroids. There will always be Ifs and Buts whichever way you go, we just have to hope we made the right call for Axel and make sure he has the best quality of life until the end from now.

            All the best to you and your animals.

            Jeff

    • Dovemck
      September 20, 2017 at 7:20 pm (4 weeks ago)

      Hi Jeff, so sorry to have to make your acquaintance under these circumstances.

      Just a few thoughts –

      Have you sought a second opinion from an oncologist / specialist? Here in Aus there seems to be different drugs and regimes based on the specialist. You may get a different opinion or you may get confirmation. Either way it may help you to make a decision.

      Second – my cat ‘hates’ the car. Hides when she sees the cage, howls and pants…but I’m always forgiven quickly afterwards. Generally cats dislike riding, but is it really hate or just the normal stress like other cats?

      Chemo is generally better tolerated by cats than humans. Be sure in your mind that you know that and aren’t assuming the human experience will happen to your cat. Having said that – the IV chemo can have some diabolical side effects. Know what they are and how they manifest and decide if / when you will discontinue if they happen.

      You can always start chemo and if it doesn’t show benefits, your cat doesn’t tolerate it or the car rides are too much, you can then drop back to just steroids.

      I didn’t take my first vets diagnosis and found a second opinion which included chemo, was closer to home saving on the howling rides and had more modern equipment and labs. My girl Boofy had a different more treatable cancer than yours but the second opinion saved her life.

      No one knows your cat better than you, and it’s a fair question if a possible couple of extra weeks or months are worth it. Just having been here on the boards for nearly 2 years and my personal experience with feline oral chemo, I’ve found that if there are no side effects during treatment, then cats tend to have a period of being their same old self and stay that way until a fairly quick downhill at the end. They don’t linger suffering. This is a generalization and there are counter examples – I wish you the best of luck and enjoy lots of love and purring.

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    • Wendy
      September 21, 2017 at 1:05 am (4 weeks ago)

      She would get so picky. The chemo had started in November. She achieved partial remission in December 2013 and full remission in January. The vet hospital was amazed at her progress. She was the miracle kitty. Apparently, most people don’t take this route. Mostly with dogs. So they had no statistics on its effectiveness really. They were thinking it wouldn’t last and she would take a dive again (which can happen, I’m not going to lie to you.) She finished her rounds in March 2014, still in full remission.

      Flash forward. It’s 2017. Lily is still with us and hasn’t shown any signs of the lymphoma returning after four years. She is 16, and spry and frisky. I thank God every day that we tried.

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  8. Cathy
    July 9, 2017 at 1:09 pm (3 months ago)

    My 11 year old Maine Coon was diagnosed with lymphoma. It was 2cm by the time the vet saw the tumor, but I had him in the vets office 10 days before and he showed no signs. He has had GI issues since birth and always on medication to control loose, smelly stools. We did decide to try chemo, and since I have had sarcoma, I was especially concerned. We do have other pets, but the oncologist indicated they would be safe. I did not let him lick me, and every time I touched him or fed him I would run and wash my hands. I don’t want to treat him differently as I read the key to success is a loving nurturing relationship. Has anyone been through this, and could comment?

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    • Kim Klein
      July 9, 2017 at 4:51 pm (3 months ago)

      I’m so sorry to hear that your baby has lymphoma. On April 20, 2017, I lost my baby Hunter to the same thing. He kept on throwing up, so in January of this year, I took him to the regular vets and had everything looked at, but nothing showed up. My vet suggested I take him to a specialist for an ultrasound, which is where the lymphoma was detected. That was on February 18, 2017. Luckily I had pet insurance (Trupanion-they’re awesome), so I decided to fight it with everything we could. The oncologist tried about 6 or 7 different types of chemo (you have to keep changing the meds because it becomes resistant to the same treatment). Unfortunately, it didn’t work. My baby Hunter was 12 years old when he died. But I say if you can afford it, TRY EVERYTHING YOU CAN because the alternative is death. I will pray for you – best of luck!!

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    • Jo
      July 10, 2017 at 11:27 am (3 months ago)

      Oh, Cathy, I know what you’re going thru, and I’m still at it, almost 1 year since my Eloise’s surgery (tumor/lymphoma). So far, her treatment of chemo (chlorambucile every 48 hours) and prednisolone transdermal (ear tip) have kept her going and acting herself. Good days when she eats a lot and is active, the bad days when she is just moody. Bloodwork every 5-6 weeks to monitor… takes its toll on me, but not Eloise, so we keep going. As for running to wash my hands… I gave that up many months ago. I had family members with cancer and I gave them many, many hugs before, during and after treatments. Ditto my Eloise. Don’t be afraid to touch her. Do wear gloves when giving meds, but don’t be overly concerned unless your own immune systems isn’t strong. All the best. The fight is worth it.

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      • Kathy
        August 9, 2017 at 6:07 pm (2 months ago)

        Hi All, My Cat Mia has suspected Lymphoma, most likely small cell type. A background, Mia is at least 7.5 years old and I have had her for nearly two years. She is a precious part of my household and she belongs here, if you know what I mean. I noticed from the start that she had soft, squishy and smelly stool (November 2015). I went online to read about that and found posts indicating this might be a sensitive stomach and the recommendation was switching to a diet. I did that and it did seem to make things better. Otherwise she was a happy and affectionate cat, very much the one to wake everyone up in the middle of the night to get her share of attention as needed. She always had a healthy appetite and even got a little chubby. In about May of 2017 we noticed she seemed thinner and I brought her to the VET in June. Some bloodwork, ultrasound and aspirates came back showing problems but nothing definitive – suspected IBD or Lymphoma was top of the list. Her local Vet suggested an internist that I met with in late July. He also ran some blood work, aspirate and ultrasound and said he felt it was likely to be intestinal small cell lymphoma but he said the only way to find out was to get a biopsy that would cost about $5,000.00. At that point my cat was painfully thin and not eating much at all, and was starting to vomit daily as well. He said that even though we did not do the biopsy, we could try her on prednisone (once a day for 2 weeks to start) and chlorambucil (three times a week to start). Otherwise because she was no longer able to eat she would be gone with a two weeks or so. I decided try that and got the prednisone first. It seemed by the next day my cat felt better, and for the next three days she got better and better. Started eating a lot, no vomiting, started seeking attention, more purring, etc. On the 4th day I got the chlorambucil and gave it to her. By Sunday I noticed when I found her sleeping she was drooling a bit which I had never seen before. As that day wore on I noticed she was not eating as much and was sleeping more and was sneezing occasionally and that trend continued in to Monday. I gave her the second dose of chlorambucil on Monday. Tuesday was more of the same. Today – Wednesday – she was due for another dose of chlorambucil however she vomited this morning and has not eaten much all day so I called the Internist and he said to hold off on giving her any more until we have our check in tomorrow. She still likes it when I pet her, but there is no purring. She still likes to go outside and sit on the deck to watch birds, but is very lethargic. Not sure if there is a secondary infection going on, a reaction to the chlorambucil or to the prednisone or if she is just too sick. I think I will give her one more dose of prednisone tonight because she seemed to do so well when she was just on that, but then wait and see what the Vet says tomorrow. it is all so complicated and yes distressing and expensive. I would put her before money if I really felt she could be saved and like everyone else I don’t want her to suffer, I want this to be for HER and not for me. When I adopted her from my local Humane society back in 2015 I was told that her previous owners gave her up because she wanted too much attention and that they had found her stray 5 years before that. So I feel like she was just really wanted until she came to this house. Here she is wanted and has her place. She used to push right past my beloved and needy dog to get to me, quite a brave little girl. This is so sad. If anyone has any insights please let me know… Blessings to All.

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        • Nora
          August 10, 2017 at 11:39 am (2 months ago)

          My Ben had the same symptoms. He was diagnosed with Stomach cancer. He was treated with Chemo for 1 year and is still going strong. Its been 11 months since his last chemo and still looks good. If I would you, I would find a new Vet Oncologist. Someone who specializes in cancer in pets. Also, I don’t know where you live, but the 5k fee for biopsy was really high. Prednesone is only a very temporary solution to help with nausea to get kitty eating again.

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          • Wendy
            September 21, 2017 at 1:23 am (4 weeks ago)

            Nora,
            Our experience was positive as well. I find vet schools are great places for care, as well. They enjoy the learning, the research side of it, the positive feedback. Don’t get discouraged, Kathy. (Don’t know exactly where things are right now. These threads are a mess.) My Lily
            is still frisky four years after her diagnosis at 12.

          • Nora
            September 21, 2017 at 7:00 am (4 weeks ago)

            Wow!! Wendy, what a fantastic result. I hope my Ben stays well for a long time. Your story gives me hope.

      • Jennifer
        September 5, 2017 at 7:32 pm (1 month ago)

        Sounds like your kitty might be having some side effects of chlorambucil. My dvm oncologists both seemed to say that the full surgical biopsy was not totally conclusive like the fine needle aspirate for my guy. So I did not do it.
        Also some cats can get congestive heart failure on pred so not s bad idea to observe their breathing and ask your vet if they’ve checked for that. Mine stopped purring on pred and he was one of the rare ones to get congestive heart failure so we tapered the pred right away. That was 6 weeks ago and he’s had terrible reactions to every chemo drug so we decided to let him be and just do all the natural things I can. Curcuvet stopped his vomiting so I’m going to keep him on that, along with a big list of supplements as long as he’s tolerating them in his food. Best wishes!

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        • Jennifer
          September 5, 2017 at 7:35 pm (1 month ago)

          (Apparently all that happened to my sweet big guy is incredibly rare but I like to ask questions at the vet. Not trying to scare anyone. )

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          • Jeanette
            September 5, 2017 at 8:16 pm (1 month ago)

            My girl Boofy (small cell lymphoma) is now 1 year after treatment with Chlorambucill ended and blood test was all clear. Treatment was 10 months so she’s nearly two years post-diagnosis. She did have a bad reaction to prednisolone at high doses and her belly muscles separated and wound up with a hernia less than two weeks after the exploratory surgery. We weaned off as quickly as possible and she’s now on half a tab a day. I was so worried about the effects of the chemo drug I was taken by surprise by the steroid reaction. Best of luck everyone and keep fighting the good fight.

    • Lacey mason
      August 14, 2017 at 5:52 pm (2 months ago)

      I am new to this site but my boy Eddie is not even 4 years old yet and is having chemotherapy. I worry every day that he is in pain. His kidneys were very swollen but have gone down since starting treatment as has the tumor. My main worry is he has lost his purrs! He used to purr very loudly and all the time and now it is minimal and quiet. I miss my fussy purr boy and just hope we are doing the right thing by him.

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      • Denise Brown
        August 16, 2017 at 8:45 pm (2 months ago)

        My lil’ Eddie Vedder is 6 yrs old and was diagnosed with gastric lymphosaroma on 4/4/17. The tumor was in his stomach lining and was the size of a grapefruit. He’s had 10 rounds of chemo and since his last. He had full ultrasound Saturday and it revealed the tumor is completely gone but the cancer spread to his lymph nodes. He too doesn’t purr like he used to and has been pretty quiet. I too wonder if I am doing the right thing for him. It’s so heartbreaking and stressful. Hugs

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        • Sharon
          September 5, 2017 at 3:24 pm (1 month ago)

          I have just found this site and while it gave me a good cry it also warmed my heart to hear about all the love that is there for those lucky cats. My sweet companion Caley, 13 years old, had an ultrasound on Friday and she has an enlarged spleen and thickened bowel. I am waiting to hear the results from her needle aspirate. I am fortunate to live near some of the best feline oncologists but I am wanting to find that balance between keeping her alive and giving her a good quality of life. Thanks to all of you for sharing your experience. It has made me hopeful that she will be eith me for a while yet.

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      • Jennifer
        September 5, 2017 at 7:36 pm (1 month ago)

        Best wishes, Denise! What chemo did your guy get?

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  9. Carolyn
    March 25, 2017 at 8:15 pm (7 months ago)

    Has anyone had the experience of having a kitty be diagnosed first with feline leukemia and then lymphoma?

    On March 1, I had started my 5-year-old kitty, Poppy, on the t-Cyte treatment for the FELV, only to have the lymphoma diagnosis this week. She was actually starting to show some slight improvement and then everything turned. That’s when we got the second diagnosis. That was the second punch in the stomach.

    I just don’t see how she can tolerate having both issues handled. One vet says that with chemo for the lymphoma, she might have a year. At the same time, what it going on with the FELV?

    Right now she is alert and loves to sit in the sun on the back patio. The down side is that I cannot get her to eat anything, even her favorite treats. i have not yet come to terms with having to put her down, although I am seeing that getting closer and closer.

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    • Kim Klein
      March 26, 2017 at 4:31 pm (7 months ago)

      Fist, I am SO sorry to hear about your baby. I know just what you are going through. My baby (12 yr. old cat) was diagnosed with Lymphoma. He’s been on a multi-drug treatment since February and is doing better. He’s not eating like he used to, but still eating. And yes, I tried to feed him everything and anything he will eat. In addition to cat food, he’s liked turkey breast, steamed shrimp (I tried without the spice, but he likes it cooked with the old bay and then I rinsed off), chicken breast, tuna fish, etc. Just keep trying different things. Also, in addition to several other drugs, he takes Mitazapine here and there (they say only give it to him no more than every 3 days and only if he’s not eating). This is an appetite stimulant that was prescribed by the Oncologist. Thank God I got pet insurance from Trupanion because I would never been able to afford this. The chemotherapy is a 26 week protocol and costs about $16k. Good luck to you and keep us all posted!

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      • Carolyn
        April 3, 2017 at 1:18 pm (7 months ago)

        Hi Kim,

        Thanks for your reply.

        Sadly for us, we finally had to make the decision to let Poppy go. She stopped eating completely and it was decided that a feeding tube would make no difference. Treating a kitty that has feline leukemia AND lymphoma had no upside. We were, and still are, very sad to lose her.

        Carolyn

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        • Ingrid
          April 4, 2017 at 5:12 am (7 months ago)

          I’m so sorry, Carolyn.

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          • Carolyn
            April 4, 2017 at 12:48 pm (7 months ago)

            Thank you, Ingrid. It’s never easy to lose one of our fur babies.

        • Jo
          April 4, 2017 at 8:34 am (7 months ago)

          bless little poppy.. she’s free now…

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          • Carolyn
            April 4, 2017 at 12:50 pm (7 months ago)

            Thank you, Jo. It’s been a week now and I’m teary-eyed just typing this.

          • Jo
            April 4, 2017 at 2:10 pm (7 months ago)

            the day will come when you only remember poppy with smiles instead of tears. (so I tell myself.) take care.

        • CocooY
          April 4, 2017 at 1:10 pm (7 months ago)

          **hugs** I’m so sorry!

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          • Carolyn
            April 4, 2017 at 4:56 pm (7 months ago)

            Thank you. I guess we shouldn’t get so attached, but we do. 🙁

    • Amy
      April 19, 2017 at 7:58 pm (6 months ago)

      Christopher, I am also blaming myself for not noticing anything in my sweet Maxine until she started vomiting every day. She was hungry and ate, but would lose some of it. Upped her scheduled checkup sooner for diagnosis, and they found cancer after many tests. Why didn’t I know it sooner? Now working with an oncologist to decide chemo therapy. 2 options given. Which do I choose? Can anyone help with decision between COP Feline therapy and Modified Wisconsin? Her regular vet has her on Prednisone, Mirtazapine, and Leukeran for now until another therapy is started. I have been reading all I can, but just don’t know which will be best. Just wanting to make her comfy, not prolong life. Thanks for any advice.

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      • Kim Klein
        April 24, 2017 at 10:07 pm (6 months ago)

        Hi Amy, I’m so sorry to hear about Maxine’s diagnosis. My baby Hunter was diagnosed with Lymphoma in January. I wrote on this blog before (I’m Kim Klein). Anyway, I decided to do whatever the oncologists suggested. My baby went through chemo, along with Cerenia (totally stopped the vomiting), prednisone and pepcid. We tried some appetite stimulants, but he acted real weird on Mitazapine, so he only had it once. He had his good days and his bad days, but ultimately kept going downhill. Unfortunately, we lost our battle this past Thursday, April 20th. I’m not sorry I did all of those things because it gave us hope with a possibility of remission. There is no replacing our little sweet Hunter. Do as much as you can to save her. Listen to the specialist and see how she reacts. Good luck to you, Mazine is in our prayers.

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        • Ingrid
          April 25, 2017 at 5:08 am (6 months ago)

          I’m so sorry about Hunter, Kim.

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        • Jo
          April 25, 2017 at 9:17 am (6 months ago)

          So sorry you lost your sweet Hunter. You did all you could for your kitty. 🙁

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          • Kim Klein
            April 25, 2017 at 2:45 pm (6 months ago)

            Thanks Jo and Ingrid. Only you all know what we’re going through.

        • Carolyn
          April 25, 2017 at 10:34 am (6 months ago)

          Hi Kim,

          So sorry about Hunter. I can completely identify with how you feel. Sunday, Apr 23 was the one month date of the loss of my Poppy. She was diagnosed with feline leukemia and we were trying out a new vaccine that had worked for others. Then along came the lymphoma diagnosis. That was too much for her to fight so we had to let her go. Not a single day has gone by since that I have not thought about her and I get teary-eyed every time.

          I know it will get easier but I have a feeling it’s going to take a long time.

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          • Kim Klein
            April 25, 2017 at 2:55 pm (6 months ago)

            Thanks for your condolences. Poor little Poppy, had FIV, then Lymphoma. She was so young! Know that you did the best you could have and that you were able to let her go peacefully and not suffer. Yeah, it hurts like hell! Do you have any other babies? We are down to 8 (we had rescued a whole colony 14 years ago).

          • Carolyn
            April 25, 2017 at 5:03 pm (6 months ago)

            Thank you, Kim. Wow, you have quite a handful. Funny how even when there are others in the house, the loss of one can hurt so much.

            We have two other kitties, both older than Poppy. Now, every time one of them sneezes, I want to run to the vet.

            Poppy’s vet has called me to see if we want to foster one or two kittens. I Don’t know if I’m ‘foster mom’ material. I’m afraid I would not want to give them up once I had them with me. We’ll see.

        • Christopher
          May 2, 2017 at 3:07 pm (6 months ago)

          Sorry for the loss of your sweet babies!! I too lost my beautiful Sundance on April 21. I tried all that I could. He fought valiantly with lymphoma, kidney issues and a heart problems!! I miss him everyday!! I know that they are all our beautiful kitties are playing in animal heaven!! l

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    • Cici
      April 25, 2017 at 5:21 pm (6 months ago)

      Anyone have advice on treating your cat with oral chemo while trying to conceive or pregnant? They’re telling me it’s low risk if we’re using gloves and mask to clean up her litter, but I can’t get good advice from my on/gyn.

      Poor M the kitty is 12 and has lymphoma in the small intestine. It’s advanced but slow growing. She’s responding well to the prednisone and cerenia. I want to treat her-not ready to say goodbye yet–but am obviously concerned about having a cancer drug around while we’re trying to get pregnant. I don’t know what to do.

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      • Ingrid
        April 26, 2017 at 4:57 am (6 months ago)

        Your veterinary oncologist is the expert on this and if he/she is telling you that it’s low risk, I’d trust that advice. Unfortunately, ob/gyn’s tend to be ill-informed when it comes to advising patients with pets. Sme are still telling their patients they should get rid of their cats when they’re pregnant! You may want to have someone else in your household administer the pills and do litter box duties if you’re worried.

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      • dovemck
        April 28, 2017 at 2:39 am (6 months ago)

        We did oral chemo for my cat Boofy and my first career was Health Physicist / Radiation Protection which if you think about it is all about contamination control. If you use protection it IS low risk.

        I have no idea what protocol they’re recommending for you. Here in Australia it tends to be 2 Leukeran pills for a period of 4/5 days and three weeks off. That means the chemical is in her system from about a day after she starts to nearly a week after the last pill is administered. This is called the biological half-life – you can ask your vet for the timing for the drug and dosage being used. During that time I used gloves and a ‘special’ litterbox that was thoroughly washed with LOTS of running water (dilution is the solution).

        Many of the posters here are in another country to me where the protocol is very different and their pets are probably ‘shedding’ the chemical all the time they’re being treated because of the aforementioned biological half life. Talk to your vet oncologist, they may be comfortable with the same sort of dosing regime which gives you more time without the chemical being around the house.

        Use good gloves when handling M’s bodily fluids. This includes opening her mouth to administer the pills as well as cleaning up any messes, vomiting and litter boxes. I used a pilling plunger and kept that in a tall glass jar so it didn’t contaminate any surfaces.

        I’ve not heard of using a mask for changing litter but more is better and that’s more protective then I would have suggested or recommended. Go with it.

        We didn’t let Boofy sleep with us whilst she was taking and shedding the drug. We set up a nice bed for her in a spare room. I used old sheets for her to sleep on and changed them out regularly and washed them on the long cycle. I keep these sheets segregated from family sheets.

        Avoid petting and cuddling especially when M’s just finished grooming and no licking or biting! Might be time to purchase one of those rubber grooming gloves so M still gets the personal interaction and affection from you during this difficult time.

        An OB/GYN is probably not going to give you advice other than avoid anything to do with drugs or radiation that effect rapidly dividing cells. It’s a question of risk. Nothing in life is without risk and using protection during this time reduces the risk. The more thorough you are, the lower the risk. As Ingrid has also advised – might be time to recruit family members to do some of the exposure work for you.

        I wish you and M the very best. Chemo has been a god-send for us and we’re more than a year out and Boofy is still in remission. There were almost NO side effects whilst she was on Leukeran and no changes in personality. I would always always from now on try chemo before making ‘other’ decisions.

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  10. Jo
    March 21, 2017 at 1:45 pm (7 months ago)

    Need comments / insight on what to expect please! My Eloise – almost 8 month mark since surgery/small cell lymphoma diagnosis – showed symptom this morning I haven’t seen since before diagnosis. She vomited immediately after eating her dry food and then strained/growled to poop outside the litter box… produced a hard twisted ‘nugget’, maybe some hair in it, maybe tinged with a spot of ‘pink’ (blood?)… I inspected manually with white tissues. Like I said, haven’t seen this last year before diagnosis. Could this be she’s coming OUTof remission (been on chlorambucile and prednisolone all this time)? Has anyone experienced what the symptoms look like in their kitties when the disease is ‘back’? Going to vet in 4 days for monthly blood work. Bracing myself… 🙁

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    • Christopher
      March 22, 2017 at 2:23 am (7 months ago)

      Hi, My beautiful cat Sundance has been diagnosed with Lymphoma. He is also receiving under the skin fluids for poor kidneys (probably do to lymphoma) every day. He is only 6. I’m waiting for the results of a PARR test to confirm. I am so torn on what to do. Do I try chemo or just continue with the prednisolone and give him best quality of life. Right now he is eating well. Scared the chemo, will ruin his appetite. Also, effects of whisker loss.Will it effect his kidneys worse? I love him soooo much and want to do what’s best. Part of me wants to try low dose chemo and see how it goes.
      Already blame myself for not noticing something wrong sooner.
      Please help with advice

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      • Jo
        March 22, 2017 at 9:24 am (7 months ago)

        Don’t blame yourself. Cats are very discreet when it comes to ailments. As for the chemo, I did it for my Eloise and she has so far survived 8 months since surgery and you would have never known she was ill… until just this week. Not sure if she’s coming out of remission. Feeling anxious now because she had been doing so well. Best of luck to you. You’ll make the right decision for your kitty.

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        • Christopher
          March 22, 2017 at 2:46 pm (7 months ago)

          Thanks Jo, Best of luck to Eloise!!

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          • Jo
            March 22, 2017 at 4:56 pm (7 months ago)

            thank you…

      • Kim Klein
        March 22, 2017 at 4:47 pm (7 months ago)

        My baby Hunter also has Lymphoma and thanks to my pet insurance (Trupanion), I am able to get him the best of care. He is going through a multi-drug chemotherapy protocol. It’s only been about 4 weeks, but it seems to be working. The best thing to do is get an Oncologists opinion. He’s the expert, see what he/she thinks. Good luck to you!

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    • Dovemck
      March 23, 2017 at 7:20 am (7 months ago)

      Good luck Eloise and Jo. This is our first time dealing with cancer and we’re about as far along as you both so can’t give you the insight you’re craving. Please keep us posted, hoping it’s not the big C again.

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      • Jo
        March 23, 2017 at 9:22 am (7 months ago)

        Thanks so much, Dovemck. Good luck to you, too. Blood work in 2 days for us, should get results 3 days later. Hope the dreaded disease isn’t “back” again… will update once I know. (P.S. Eloise made normal poops yesterday and ate well… little things mean so much.)

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    • Kim Klein
      April 24, 2017 at 10:09 pm (6 months ago)

      How is Eloise?

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      • Jo
        April 25, 2017 at 9:20 am (6 months ago)

        Thank you for asking. Eloise is back to her usual/un-usual self… no more growling outside the litter box, but yesterday she pooped behind the basement door… sign she may not be feeling well (?)… but then she acted normal and ate her dinner. Roller coaster ride. Again, so sorry about Hunter. Such a beautiful name.

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        • Kim Klein
          April 25, 2017 at 2:49 pm (6 months ago)

          Yes, DEFINITELY a roller coaster ride of emotions! So, what did the blood work say? Although, the blood work may not show any abnormalities. Are you going back to the Oncologist?

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          • Jo
            April 25, 2017 at 3:09 pm (6 months ago)

            Eloise goes for bloodwork every 4-6 weeks, just to monitor. Not doing anything drastic, and I don’t want to change her protocol. She sees our regular vet now, and his theory is to let her enjoy life as much as she can w/o stressing her. For now, we continue with chlorambucil every 48 hrs and prednisolone once a day… buying time.

          • Kim Klein
            April 25, 2017 at 3:18 pm (6 months ago)

            I just experienced that the blood tests for my Hunter didn’t show any problems. My regular vet recommended an ultrasound, so I had to take him to an Oncologist. The ultrasound showed the lymphoma. Do what you think is the best. Hoping for the best for Ms. Eloise 🙂

          • Jo
            April 25, 2017 at 3:44 pm (6 months ago)

            Yes, Eloise had surgery for removal of tumor last summer… lymphoma. I don’t want to put her thru another surgery. Once was enough for my 12 year old girl. I’ll keep her on meds and in my bed every nite for as long as I can.

          • Kim Klein
            April 25, 2017 at 4:05 pm (6 months ago)

            I understand. Cherish EVERY moment!

          • Jo
            April 25, 2017 at 5:31 pm (6 months ago)

            thank you…

        • Kim Klein
          April 25, 2017 at 2:50 pm (6 months ago)

          By the way, I named him Hunter because he was a great hunter. As a matter of fact, on April 18th, he caught and ate a mole (without any teeth-had to get them all removed in 2009 because he had stomotitis). He died 2 days later.

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          • Jo
            April 25, 2017 at 3:10 pm (6 months ago)

            WOW! He’s probably chasing rabbits now all over the Rainbow Bridge. 🙂

          • Kim Klein
            April 25, 2017 at 3:21 pm (6 months ago)

            Hahaha, you’re funny. It’s not that I don’t feel for bunnies and mice, which if given a chance, we would always rescue from our cats and take to the vets that would treat them and send them to a sanctuary, it was just his last hurrah and I wasn’t going to intervene. Thanks goodness I have it on video.

          • Jo
            April 25, 2017 at 3:45 pm (6 months ago)

            Play the video and smile. He’s ok now.

          • Kim Klein
            April 25, 2017 at 4:01 pm (6 months ago)

            My mind says that you’re right, but my heart breaks because I wonder where his soul is. He’s never been away from his mommy and I just wonder if he’s scared or lonely. I know these are earthly feelings, but I can’t help it. This totally sucks! I hate feeling this way 🙁 🙁 🙁 🙁 🙁 🙁 🙁 🙁 🙁 🙁 🙁 🙁 🙁 🙁 🙁 🙁 🙁 🙁

          • Jo
            April 25, 2017 at 5:30 pm (6 months ago)

            There is no fear or loneliness there… your kitty is happy… just waiting until he sees you again. Rest easy on that part.

  11. Jennifer
    March 13, 2017 at 1:09 am (7 months ago)

    Great website! I wish everyone on here the best with their felines. Does anyone have advice or experience with either:
    1)malignant bladder cancer
    2)Vinblastine infusions
    3) if you start chemo and stop it after 1-2 injections, does it leave them worse off than if you’d never tried it?

    I’m not seeking life extension alone; my dude is 18.5 and looks/acts amazingly but one day last week he had gross hematuria but then back to normal. I’m nervous to start chemo when he looks so good and I don’t understand the probable outcomes well enough. The tumor is inoperable and seems to have spread mildly to the regional lymphs. The risk of the tumor passing a clot that would block his tiny boy cat urethra is my biggest fear. If the chemo will give him a great remainder of his life and stop the risk of tumor bleeding, cool, but if he’s just going to be miserable and still possibly
    get a blockage, no thanks.
    They also avoid cystocentisis in TCC cats bc the tumor can seed easily, but he will not pee in an empty box no matter what or how long he’s got to go. That poses a barrier for UA monitoring which is required for bladder cancer as they often get secondary bladder infections – so much fun! :/

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    • Jennifer
      April 4, 2017 at 5:05 pm (7 months ago)

      No one has any input here?

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      • Ingrid
        April 5, 2017 at 5:08 am (6 months ago)

        It sounds like you need to have a more extensive conversation with your cat’s oncologist so you can understand the prognosis better – I don’t see how you can make a decision without having all the facts. Give your cat’s age, weighing quality of life vs. quantity is so challenging, and a prognosis is only a best guess. You may also want to discuss hospice care as an option. I wish I could give you a better answer – maybe someone else can offer some additional perspectives. All my best to you and your cat.

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        • Jennifer
          July 10, 2017 at 2:03 pm (3 months ago)

          Thanks, Ingrid. He’s been on bimonthly vinblastine infusions which had some nasty side effects mainly at the beginning but has had no hematuria again and is in some ways doing better. He started to play more and groom more in the middle months, but now is doing less playing but is very strong. Who knows how he would’ve done with no treatment. He looks great and the tumors have not grown.

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  12. sarah
    March 2, 2017 at 9:29 am (8 months ago)

    My Kitty bailey has been on oral Chlorambucil (compounded at 2.2 mg tablets) every other day, and oral prednisolone 5 mg tablets daily, with Vit B-12 injections that I give him once a week. He has been on this since Oct and had actually gained from the miserable 7 lbs that he weighed to almost 10 here a month ago. His dose of the medicine was smaller and less frequent when he was smaller of course. He had been acting great like his normal self even noticed his lymph nodes in his intestines had gone down at his last visit. He had been eating Royal Canin HE and Hills Intestinal canned (which I dispise both but hey he gained his 3 lbs eating this). He started to get picky with the food, so I would put freeze dried chicken, or turkey treats on top to get him to eat more. Just recently we did get a cat from the humane society showing sum URI symptoms and now bailey is not doing well. He shows no sign of an URI per his specialist, he just has a high fever, was 105.5 on Tues when at the vet, down to 104.7 that night, it was 104.9 yest am, 103 at the vet yest and before bed, and back t0 105 this am. He has limited appetite despite cerenia and mertazepam to stimulate his appetite. His WBC was 44, much higher than the 26 it was a month ago 🙁 Nothing showing up on urinalysis or other bloodwork. Vet has him on veraflux I fear that the cancer just went from “remission” to no longer responding. Can it happen this quick?? :'(

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    • michelle
      March 2, 2017 at 12:28 pm (8 months ago)

      Hi. sorry for whats going on with bailey. It sounds like he has an infection somewhere. is he urinating ok? maybe he has a urinary tract infection. fever and high wbc indicate infection. did the vet collect his urine for a test? Please suggest this to him. I would get a second opinion as well. please keep us updated. make sure u take ur bailey to the vet for a persistent fever. thats dangerous. check his temp frequently.

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    • christine
      June 6, 2017 at 10:37 am (4 months ago)

      Hi How did Bailey make out.. My boy is on same Protocol
      Hope it all turned out ok

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  13. michelle
    February 28, 2017 at 12:12 am (8 months ago)

    Hey everyone. Update on my cat who’s got metastatic cancer. She was doing so well all of last week, eating, being more active, even playing with her stuffed toy! I thought things were coming around. Since Sunday, she has not been eating (Its Monday night right now). I took her to the Emergency room Sunday night to get the fluid removed from her abdomen which I thought was the reason why she was not eating. Well fluid is gone and her appetite has not improved today. She has been drinking water, and defecating and urinating today. She is even awake and alert, not lethargic as I would expect a cat who is not eating would be. I noticed her urine is orange (she has been peeing in the tub these past few days, which is color white and that is how I am able to see) but it may be related to the oral chemo medication thats also orange. I’m not sure if this is a new occurrence or has been happening. point is, I’m afraid something else is up. Is she reaching her end of life? She just seems so alert and awake. I’m overwhelmed with emotions and I don’t know what to think. Has any one experienced this with their cat? These symptoms? I have an appointment with the oncologist tomorrow and will get his opinion. I’m afraid this is the end 🙁

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    • Kim Klein
      February 28, 2017 at 11:27 am (8 months ago)

      My baby (cat) stopped eating cat food, so he loves turkey breast. Have you tried that? He also will eat steamed shrimp, crab meat and I will also cook him chicken livers ( he likes that better than beef liver). See if your baby will eat any of that and let me know. I am praying for you. My kitty just started his first round of chemo today.

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    • Olive
      February 28, 2017 at 7:50 pm (8 months ago)

      So sorry to hear that. Big *hugs*

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  14. Lisa
    February 20, 2017 at 11:23 pm (8 months ago)

    This past Friday we learned the devastating news that Kitty (that’s his name) has advanced Lymphoma. It is in his intestines and his lungs. He only started showing signs a week ago when he was still eating – but just not eating as much. As his mother I knew something was wrong. Two ultrasounds and blood work later gave us this horrible result. We are now trying to figure out what to do for therapy. We have decided against doing aggressive chemo – Kitty hates the car, the carrier and the vet – it upsets him horribly. So we have two options and we need to make a decision quickly. Option one is to just do the Prednisone and he will have about four weeks to live. Option two is to do the Prednisone AND Lomustine (which is a lighter form of chemo). The Lumostine is a pill so that would be easier on him than the regular pill. The downside is he would still have to make a vet visit and they need to draw blood. The upside of this vs. regular chemo is that it is only once every four weeks. I am wondering if anyone has any thoughts on this.
    I told the Vet and the Oncologist that Money and our time is NOT an issue – we just want him to be comfortable and pain free. This has been a difficult decision because there are some people who say DO NOT do Chemo (any type of it) and some who say absolutely do it?

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    • Kelly
      February 21, 2017 at 9:21 am (8 months ago)

      Hi Lisa,
      Sorry to hear about your fur baby. My Duke had hemangiosarcoma and showed zero signs when I found out. I chose to do an aggressive form of chemo, which he went in for about every 3 weeks. I reached out to a couple of ladies online whose aninals were going through the same thing, and one suggested we see a holistic vet. Maybe supplements could be an option for your baby as well. Sending lots of hugs your way!

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      • Lisa
        February 21, 2017 at 5:04 pm (8 months ago)

        Thank you! appreciate it!!!

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    • Jo
      February 21, 2017 at 10:22 am (8 months ago)

      Lisa, definitely do the prednisone plus the chemo pill. The prednisone can also be compounded as a cream (applied to tip of inner ear) if doing multiple pills is rough on Kitty. The prednisone may also help perk up Kitty’s appetite; he needs to eat (good food) to keep up his strength. Anything is possible. As long as Kitty is willing and not in pain, do this therapy. Taking Kitty for blood work once a month won’t be so bad and it’s very quick. My cat, Eloise, was diagnosed with lymphoma after surgery to remove a tumor in the intestine. That was 6.5 months ago. She, too, is on prednisone 2 x day (cream) and Chlorambucil (pill) every other day. As long as she’s willing, I’ll keep it up. There is no cure but you can buy extra time with Kitty. As long as not in pain, do all you can. Best of luck…

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      • Lisa
        February 21, 2017 at 5:03 pm (8 months ago)

        Thank you! I appreciate your advice

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    • Olive
      February 21, 2017 at 5:15 pm (8 months ago)

      HI Liza,

      My cat Beanie is diagnosed with multiple myeloma which has spreaded to her spleeen on Dec 29th, 2016.
      We started her on Pred. + chemo pill on Jan 9th this year.
      She does not react to the chemo pill at all.
      Now her cancer is in remission (oncologist said total remission) for 4 weeks.
      She gained a pound, eats and plays around.
      Before the chemo pills I was just like you, SO worried, read a lot on line of what people said. My heart almost dropped on the day we started her chemo.
      Turns out it’s really worth it. I don’t know how long this will last, vet said that maybe 4 – 9 months. But everyday is precious and I’m relived that she’s symptoms free and happy. Taking this daily at a time.
      Hope this help.

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      • lisa
        February 21, 2017 at 6:25 pm (8 months ago)

        Olive – Thank you. I am actually leaning against the pill and have been thinking/talking about this all day. The biggest problem for Kitty is the carrier, the car ride etc. He gets so stressed? I feel like it is a gamble – doctor said its 50/50. I would love to have an outcome like yours but I just don’t know if we want to take that chance? I know this may sound horrible but I strongly feel like Kitty has had the best 13 years ever – so I am not sure I wanna take the chance and maybe just let him chill at home his last weeks/days. He is a total homebody and on the scale of 1 – 10, I would give him a 10 +++. I am meeting with another oncologist tomorrow morning (without kitty – just bringing his records) just to get even another opinion. Thank you so so so much for your response – it is making me rethink things

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        • olive
          February 21, 2017 at 6:44 pm (8 months ago)

          Hi Liza,

          it’s so hard to make decision, I totally understand!
          Beanie also is a 13 yr old super homebound cat. But she sort of gets it that the vet tech is there to make her feel better? She used to peed on the way to the vet (every time while we were in the car), but she stops now because of the frequencies to the vet (check ups + blood tests).
          She learns quickly that we’d bring her home after that and it does not feel like a long hospital stays…but it’s just my situation. Hope this help a bit. *hugs*

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        • Ingrid
          February 22, 2017 at 6:04 am (8 months ago)

          I’m glad you’re factoring in Kitty’s personality, Lisa – it’s an important factor as you go through this difficult decision process. All my best to both of you, and please keep us posted.

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    • michelle
      February 21, 2017 at 11:55 pm (8 months ago)

      I am so sorry about the sad news Lisa. When my cat was diagnosed with metastaic ovarian cancer my heart tore apart into a million pieces. I honestly didnt think twice about doing chemotherapy. At first she was scared and anxious making those vet visits. But after about 3 visits, she stopped being so afraid. She no longer fights to get into the carrier. The last time she didn’t even meow! It is as if she knows she will be okay, that I won’t do anything to hurt her and that she will return home soon. She is now on Carboplatin injections every 3-4 weeks as well as a chemo pill called palladia, and also prednisione for appetite and reduction of inflammation. If you have the money to pay for it, do it. As long as Kitty has quality of life then there is nothing to be afraid of. I do not regret for a second doing everything I have done to make my girl comfortable and possibly extend her life. Good luck.

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    • jonathan
      March 4, 2017 at 7:32 pm (8 months ago)

      Hi Lisa,
      My princess is 17 and also diagnosed with intestinal lymphoma (large cell unfortunately) last month. Multiple masses in the small and large bowel (non-obstructive) with enlarged lymph nodes. She had no appetite and went from 7.5 to 6 lbs in the course of a year. Like you, i decided that CHOP chemo was too aggressive, mostly due to the frequency of the vet visits. I opted for the Lomustine (CCNU or Ceenu) with 5mg of prednisolone. Its only been 2 weeks, but she is doing great! Put on 0.4lbs, eats ravenously, and is her young old self! Her recent bloodwork showed anemia and leukopenia (meaning her bone marrow is suppressed). This is actually a good sign as it means the drugs are likely also affecting the cancer. She has a follow up in 2 weeks for her second dose and ultrasound…fingers crossed…I’ll let you know how it goes. But, i would urge you to try the treatment for one dose to see how it goes, my veterinary oncologist says she’s only treated 7 others in a similar situation, but all have made it to 6 months and a few in remission.

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      • Louise
        April 3, 2017 at 12:47 pm (7 months ago)

        Hi Lisa, my cat Jack 8 yrs young has large cell gastric lymph and having a hard time deciding treatment he hates the visits so think about the oral pill if I can get him to take it. I want to do the best he does not seem so sick eating but has lost a lot weight in the last month.

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    • Carolyn
      April 5, 2017 at 11:06 am (6 months ago)

      Hi Lisa,

      Do you know of a mobile vet in your area that could do the blood draw and any other necessary checkups? That’s a big help for sick kitties who don’t like the trip to the vet. We made use of a great mobile vet in our area when our Poppy was sick.

      Carolyn

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  15. Michelle
    January 30, 2017 at 10:26 am (9 months ago)

    My cat of 6 years was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in September of 2016. We had the ovaries, uterus and everything surgically removed. I hoped that the cancer would be gone for good. 2 days after the new year i noticed a lump on her tummy. I automatically new the cancer had spread. The vet confirmed systemic metastatic cancer. She had her first chemotherapy session last week(carboplatin injection) and today I am taking her to get blood work which her vet recommended to see her white count. all of this has been emotionally draining. I feel guilty for never getting her spayed as a kitten. It breaks my heart to think we will be separated one day. We have a connection like no other and I have grown to love her like a family member. Since chemo, her appetite has changed, she also seems more sluggish. IMy biggest fear is to see her suffering. Some days I feel so sad and depressed and other days I try not to think about it and have a good day. I can’t find comfort anywhere. I know I should enjoy my time with her and cherish it but I cannot help thinking about the ill possibilities that will present itself in the future. Can some one give me advice or tell me something that will help me see things in a more positive life.

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    • Ingrid
      January 30, 2017 at 11:42 am (9 months ago)

      I know a cancer diagnosis is devastating, Michelle. Unfortunately, just about the only thing you can do, in addition to working with your vet to give her the best care possible, is to try to focus on each moment you have with her, rather than on what may happen in the future. All my best to both of you.

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      • michelle
        February 1, 2017 at 10:00 pm (9 months ago)

        I’m trying to focus on the present moment but every time i see her, I see a distended belly and its an ill reminder of whats going on. Thanks for the good wishes.

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        • Kelly
          February 1, 2017 at 10:14 pm (9 months ago)

          I lost my fur baby to Hemangiosarcoma last September. He was the love of my life and I miss him every day. I did learn some lessons along the way: Dukes appetite changed with chemo but he loved the BFF packets. Also, I found a lady on etsy who makes silver necklaces of animal noses. I had a print made before Duke passed away. Love my nose print.

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        • dovemck
          February 1, 2017 at 11:09 pm (9 months ago)

          I can’t get away from the dread, we all know it’s going to happen one day – sooner or later, from cancer or just old age. That will never go away or change. I just try to keep my girl as happy and loved up as I can. I don’t want her last memories of life to be me crying. Seriously – very seriously, if you can’t pull it together – if it’s just TOO overwhelming, see your doctor or get a referral for help. Sometimes local vets, RSPCA’s or shelters can give you a contact or hotline. Do it for yourself and your kitteh.

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    • Jo
      January 30, 2017 at 1:49 pm (9 months ago)

      Michelle, there is no guarantee as to what would have or could have prevented cancer. The only advice I can give is to do what your trusted vet tells you, and to love your fur baby every day. No matter if she is up some days or down others, it’s your job to love her and care for her until the only kind thing to do is to let her go. Hopefully, she’ll make that decision for you.

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      • michelle
        February 1, 2017 at 10:02 pm (9 months ago)

        I am loving her and caring for her the most I can. I do have a full time job and I go to school part time . I wish I had more time to spend with her though.

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        • Jo
          February 2, 2017 at 10:45 am (9 months ago)

          Michelle, I understand. I work full time but, knowing my cat is on borrowed time, I try to spend as much time with her as I can. I’ve turned down invitations to go away if for more than a couple of hours, including weekend trips or weddings. On my day off tomorrow, I plan to stay with my fur baby all day, even if she just spends the day sleeping. Just do the best you can, as much as you can, and know that your kitty is happy with you.

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    • Cocoo Yau
      January 30, 2017 at 2:13 pm (9 months ago)

      HI Michelle,

      YOU ARE NOT ALONE. My Beanie is diagnosed with Multiple Myleoma 1 month ago. I was so scared of starting chemo.
      But I went for it like you., yes it’s tuff for the first two weeks. Luckily she didnt have reaction to the drug. Last Monday we went in for blood work and she’s in total remission. Oncologist suggests continue chemo therapy and we’d have a plan next week.

      I know, I’m devastated to think about one day we’d separate. But I got a bit wiser, braver and stronger (hopefully this time although I’m so weak at times inside). Pet people are brave people because we know we’d outlive them. But then we still choose to cherish and love them.

      I was so sad about my previous cat who passed away 11 yrs ago (he’s only 7 yrs old) and I felt no one understand my bond with the cat also. I felt so helpless, like nothing I could do to save his life. I cried for days.
      But then I promise you things will get better. I finally got myself up to journal down all the good time and things we enjoyed doing. And the 9 months which I supported him thru medicine turned out really worth it. Every dime I spent was worth it.

      Treasure the time with her. Treat the days like normal. You have a big heart. **big hugs to you**

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      • michelle
        February 1, 2017 at 10:09 pm (9 months ago)

        Thanks for sharing your experience and the good advice. Makes me feel a little better that someone understands and can relate to my situation. I am trying to treasure every moment with my cat but every time I see her, I see a distended belly that has grown over the last 10 days. It is an ill reminder of what is going on. Vet is aware of the distended abdomen, he says we will try adding a chemo pill in addition to the injection the next visit . I hope the chemo is working. I wish none of this was happening. People say that with every bad situation, something good comes out of it or a life lesson is learned. I cannot seem to understand what good can come from this and what lesson I will take away from this. I am hoping I can become stronger not only for my well being but for her 🙁

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    • Kim Klein
      February 23, 2017 at 10:53 pm (8 months ago)

      Hi Michelle,

      I am so sorry to hear about your baby. I just found out that my son Hunter has large cell lymphoma. I will start him on chemo next week. I too am devistated. Like you, I am going through an emotional nightmare. I love life and hate to be depressed. You just have to enjoy every second of every day. None of us are guaranteed that we’ll be alive the next minute; we’re all going to die. The next thing you have to be thankful for is that you have this amazing modern medicine available to your baby. There are many people that have that. Lastly, have you lost other close pets? I have and it hurts like hell. But eventually, you’ll be able to accept it and know that you gave her the best life and love possible. God bless you and I believe that one day, we will see all of babies again in heaven.

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      • michelle
        February 28, 2017 at 12:15 am (8 months ago)

        thank you for the comforting message. I too believe we will reunite with our fur babies one day. And when that happens nothing will ever separate us again. This is so tough, I have been living miserably for the past 2 months…

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  16. Cynthia Dobbins
    January 14, 2017 at 1:26 am (9 months ago)

    My Judah was recently diagnosed with lymphoma. It is at the base of his tongue which was cutting off his breathing, so they had to do an emergency tracheotomy and put him in an oxygen chamber. He is now doing chemo and is responding well. My only problem (I don’t care about the cost, they can have my body when I die!), is “Am I doing the right thing?” One vet suggested that it might be better to put him to sleep, but I couldn’t!!! This kitty is the one who showed me that I had a breast tumor, so I owe him. But are the treatments worth the extra years of life as far as what Judah has to go through?

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    • Ingrid
      January 14, 2017 at 6:22 am (9 months ago)

      There is no simple answer to your question, Cynthia. Ultimately, you know your cat best, and only you can make this decision. Things I’d look for: is he responding well to the chemo? Do vet visits stress him out to the point where they affects his quality of life, or his bond with you? Is he eating well? Has his personality remained the same? Perhaps this article will offer some more help: http://consciouscat.net/2011/08/22/euthanasia-the-loneliest-decision/ All my best to you and Judah!

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  17. Cocoo
    January 4, 2017 at 12:27 pm (10 months ago)

    My cat just diatwith Multiple Myeloma and has spreaded to spleen.
    She didn’t eat for 1 1/2 days and had fever. Vet told us to bring her to Emergency because of Anemic. After many tests and ultrasound we got the results. I was shocked and cried for few days.

    Now she’s on Prednisolone for 5 days and little by little starting to eat/ drink/ interact / and exploring.

    I hesitate to start her at Melphalan since she’s behaving this much better. But I know that things will go downhill pretty fast. Starting chemo means I’m doing things which could not be undone.

    And there’s only 50-60% of cats which will react to chemo. It seems that here the effectiveness of chemo is much higher here reading all your comments than what the oncologist told us.
    The decision is so hard.

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  18. Sarah
    December 31, 2016 at 5:55 pm (10 months ago)

    Hey everyone, I need some advice! So my kitty bailey started oral chemo using Chlorambucil and Prednisalone at the end of October. He was down to about 7 pounds then so did the medication every three days, with the prednisolone daily and Vit B injections once a week. He was not absorbing his food so we switched him (much to my cringing about the food) to the canned Hills I/D and Royal Canin HE, well he def gained up to almost 9 lbs! a few weeks ago I noticed for the first time that he didnt always want to eat or was slow to eat. This cat even before cancer always was starving, he would steal any food no matter what, scarf it down, you name it. So it breaks my heart to see him like this. but then a day later he eats.. I have been giving him 1/4 16 mg cerenia a few hours before the chemo meds (which are now three times a week with his increased weight) but i did see occasional vomiting. My question is have others experienced this after some time on the medication as he actually was literally starving because of the cancer when he was really sick 🙁 it was so sad… but again ever since a kitten (he is 8 now) he has always scarffed down food. Also the vet recommended 1/8 of a mertazapane every other day and I see that is common with cats with lymphoma? I know he has limited time but I want to be sure to do what is best for him in the time he does have.

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    • Nora
      January 1, 2017 at 8:34 am (10 months ago)

      My ben would still get nausious during chemo. Every 6 weeks he would get a steroid shot and that would keep up his appetite. The shot was good for 4-6 weeks.

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    • Lisa
      January 3, 2017 at 1:49 pm (10 months ago)

      Sarah,

      Have you tried Advita Probiotic Nutritional Supplement? You can buy it from Amazon for $20 for 30 packets. Junior was being a little finicky about eating and I started sprinkling this on their food and he loves it!

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    • Lisa
      January 3, 2017 at 1:52 pm (10 months ago)

      Sarah,

      I tried to tell you about the probiotic supplements we are using and it detected a “duplicate comment’ [I commented in my post below] so please read what I said and maybe that will help your Bailey.

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  19. Karen Milstein
    December 29, 2016 at 2:47 pm (10 months ago)

    I just found this site and so glad to see others going through what we have been experiencing. Our 14 year old Calico, Imzadi, was diagnosed with lymphosarcoma in October. She had a tumor under her jaw. We went to a specialist veterinary practice inFt. Lauderdale, Fl. Her tumor was removed early November and she is now in infusion chemo, just had her fourth dose out of the recommended six. She also takes Prednisolone. She’ll go on Chlorambucil then. She is in remission and we hope to keep her that way. Our vet is super nice, always positive, always smiling, and her staff of nurses treat us the way you want.
    And it is expensive, but Imzadi is family and when I adopted her, I made a promise to do for her as I would my human kids. Here’s hoping, for all of you struggling with this, that the New Year finds you and your furbabies doing well and continue to do so. I will be keeping this site in my favorites tab.

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  20. Lisa E
    December 15, 2016 at 3:43 am (10 months ago)

    I would like to share the story of my cats:

    Tommy is 15 and Junior is 16. I adopted them both when they were kittens and they are still our babies.

    Tommy started losing weight and having a bout of diarrhea a day and Junior just lost weight with no other symptoms. Tommy was diagnosed with IBD three years ago and has been on Prednisolone ever since.

    All blood work was normal and so was the radiograph on Tommy but the vet suggested doing ultrasounds on both boys and the diagnoses was intestinal lymphoma for Tommy and either severe IBD or intestinal lymphoma for Junior.

    Tommy had already been taking Prednisolone so now Junior is taking it as well and I just started both boys on Chlorambucil every 48 hours.

    So far so good although Tommy hasn’t pooped in over 24 hours; I don’t know what’s worse…the bout of diarrhea a day or the constipation. Months ago he decided he would not poop in the litter box [which he had been doing for 15 years] but instead on the dining room floor.

    My question for anyone out there is: have you had a cat who was diagnosed with intestinal lymphoma and is on the same protocol as our boys are: Prednisolone and Chlorambucil?

    Did it work? Did it affect their quality of life? Has anyone had a cat go into remission?

    I don’t want to lose our boys….I am hoping these medications work and would love to have input from all you wonderful cat lovers.

    Thanks so much,

    Lisa

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    • Dovemck
      December 15, 2016 at 7:41 am (10 months ago)

      Hi Lisa, so sorry you’re having to go through this. My girl Boofy was diagnosed with small cell Lymphoma nearly a year ago and confirmed by biopsy during exploratory surgery. The protocol here in Aus is different. We do two Chlorambucil aday for 4 days running, prednisolone everyday and then have a blood test 3 weeks later and start again. We did this for 8 months and are now in remission, bloodtests evey 2 months. She has gained weight and is happy and loving as ever. She did NOT suffer on Chlorambucil, it was abit of a non-event. I realize that remission may not be long, but the extra time the treatment has bought has been magical.

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      • Lisa
        December 15, 2016 at 1:35 pm (10 months ago)

        Dovemck,

        Thanks for your reply!
        I am so glad that your Boofy is doing well. Our vet would be very happy to see the boys having a good quality of life in eight months….the prognosis would be that much better.

        Plus Tommy went to the bathroom last night and no diarrhea so very happy about that. Thanks again!

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    • Jo
      December 15, 2016 at 10:33 am (10 months ago)

      Lisa, hi. Yes, my cat, Eloise, was diagnosed with small cell lymphoma in August. Her symptoms were vague at first – pooping outside the litter box, low appetite, bouts of vomiting bile. After vet did ultrasound, found a tumor in small intestine – biopsy revealed cancerous and I rushed Eloise to a specialist animal hospital 40 miles away. 3 inches of intestine removed… but lymphoma was detected in lymph nodes. I opted for chlorambucil every other day, as you’re doing, plus prednisolone 2 x a day. The pred, I finally had compounded into a cream – so much easier to apply to inner tip of ear (have to wear gloves, as I do with handling the chlorambucile). Eloise has gained weight and seems fine, although I know I’m just buying time. Was told she could last anywhere from 6 months to 2 years on this regiment. As long as she’s willing to keep going, so am I. I also try to give Eloise diff types of high quality foods, canned and dry (she can be finicky). Hope this info helps you and that you and your boys see better, happier days. We owe them that much.

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      • Lisa
        December 15, 2016 at 1:46 pm (10 months ago)

        Hi, Jo. Interesting that your Eloise pooped outside the litter box as well because Tommy shared one with Junior for 15 years…no problem…and then started going on the dining room floor. Sounds like our boys are on the same regimen although Junior only gets pred [liquid] once a day. Thanks so much for your reply. You have no idea how helpful it is to hear from other cat owners in the same boat.

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        • Jo
          December 15, 2016 at 2:53 pm (10 months ago)

          I now think pooping outside the box is how a cat tries to tell us something isn’t right. Whatever, our job is to take care of them and love them. Hope we can do both for a while longer yet. Hope you and everyone on this site has a happy holiday – whatever is celebrated – with yourfur babies, past and present.

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          • Lisa
            January 3, 2017 at 1:28 pm (10 months ago)

            Hi —

            I have a new problem that has arisen with my cats …Junior and Tommy and their diagnosis of Intestinal Lymphoma.

            The boys appetite’s have been very healthy and Tommy’s diarrhea has really decreased since we started him on the Chlorambucil and Junior has had only one bout of diarrhea in the last three weeks.

            So I was really surprised when I brought them to the vet yesterday to find out that they had both lost a pound and are around 9 pounds now. One pound in three weeks for both…

            Their appetites are very good, they’re not having much diarrhea so why are they losing weight and what can I do to help them gain weight?

            Caveat: they will not eat Prescription diets; they either don’t like the taste [Hill’s] or it gave them massive diarrhea. They are eating Fancy Feast Classic Turkey with giblets which they love and I mix some kibbles in with [for Tommy]. Fancy Feast is moderately high in both protein and fat which is what I read cats with cancer should be eating and low in carbs.

            I have also started giving them Advita Probiotic Nutritional Supplement for Cats and sprinkle it on their food. They both love it!

            Any suggestions on how I can get my cats to gain weight. I’m so puzzled why they are losing. Even with the cancer, they are eating and pooping well [almost]. They are happy and seemingly healthy; the proverbial bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.

            Thanks so much for taking the time to read this and I look forward to HELP!!

            Lisa

          • Cathryn
            April 15, 2017 at 1:51 am (6 months ago)

            Hi Lisa,

            My second oldest fur baby, Daisy, who is 11 years old was just diagnosed with lymphoma 3 days ago. We are hoping to get her started on chemo next week. I cried my eyes out when the vet told me but after reading all of the comments on here, I am beginning to believe that she may have a chance at a few more months at least for a good quality of life. So sad 🙁

            Anyway…. about the weight loss. When I brought 2 of my other fur babies in for a check up a week ago, the tech weighed them and said they had both lost exactly half a pound. The one cat needs to loose weight but we have been trying to get the other cat to gain. I asked the tech if we could use the same scale that was used for the original weight check and it turns out that neither cat had gained or lost an ounce. Could this be the same issue with your babies? Were they weighed each time on the same scale? Other than that, I can’t think of anything to do to help that you aren’t already doing. Best of luck to your babies.
            Cathryn

  21. Tina stocks
    November 29, 2016 at 6:44 am (11 months ago)

    I am just about to start chemo with my fur baby boy lil one he is 8 yrs old and I have been told fairly avanced intestinal lymphoma I hoping it will give him a few more months of quality life to maybe enjoy his last summer but I’m terrified that it will make him worse as he is already only eating tiny amounts and sleeps alot am I making the right decision to try chemo or is this cruel I don’t know if this is the right choice but it’s our only chance to extend his life I just hope he doesn’t suffer scared out of my wits I’m hurting him rather than helping

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    • Jamie S
      November 29, 2016 at 7:11 am (11 months ago)

      From our experience, cats handle chemo so much better than people do. We often wondered if we were doing the right thing for our Munch. We ended up deciding to try and as long as there was improvement, we would fight As Long as she did. Just listen to what they are telling you. As far as the eating, we had prednisolone which did increase her appetite. I would recommend trying different foods to fine one your baby really likes. We ended up with Earthborn holistic wet food. Munch loved it and actually gained weight. Best of luck to you and your baby.

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    • Dovemck
      November 29, 2016 at 8:26 am (11 months ago)

      Tina – if you’re out there – have faith. chemo in cats is not like it is for humans, they tolerate it far better. My girl was on two Leukeran a day for four days and would sometimes sleep a bit more on the fifth. NO fur loss, no vomiting, diarrhea, no mood swings. First vet said she’d be gone by Chrissy, but with a new vet and chemo, we just had our 8week blood test and are in remission. From what I’ve seen/read, it’s pretty rare for a cat to do poorly (suffer) on oral chemo.

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      • Nora
        November 29, 2016 at 10:49 am (11 months ago)

        My Ben received Chemo every 3 weeks for a little over a year. We are currently taking a break. Ben was a little sluggish the first few days after the treatment, but he too never lost hair, vomited or seemed to suffer from the treatments.

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    • Ingrid
      November 29, 2016 at 2:20 pm (11 months ago)

      I hope some of the comments from others who are also going through this have helped you, Tina. Please let us know how your kitty is doing.

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  22. Sarah
    November 24, 2016 at 4:32 pm (11 months ago)

    My 8 year old snuggle buddy just recently was diagnosed with small cell Lymphoma. 🙁 Bailey started to show some just weird and random symptoms back in May and nothing seemed to fit one diagnosis.
    He first stopped eating some of his food, when he is always starving, no matter how much of good high quality food I feed him haha. He then would throw up everything including just bile, 5 times a day or more, lost weight, I could see his spine. Was scratching, and lymph nodes HUGE!

    He was tested multiple ways for thyroid issues, had multiple lymph node cytologies all coming back as reactive but not cancerous, went to a specialist who did an ultrasound and saw hundreds of lymph nodes enlarged all over him, sent out another cytology, more bloodwork and nothing…..

    Tried a month course of doxy and veraflux because he tested slight positive for bartonella around the time that i did as well. He gained over a lb, BUT his lymph nodes were the size of golf balls. so we finally did the lymph node biopsy. So about 5,000 dollars later after al this I get the call that the lab in Colorado had determined he had cancer, the biopsy was an accurate result. I felt my world crashing to an end.

    He is 8, thats it, just 8.. he is my little trouble maker and bully kitty but he is also my little snuggle bug. he is always there in my lap spending time with me purring. I start crying just writing this not knowing how long I have with him. He started oral chemo with prednisalone as well and since his stool was soooo horrible smelling and he was not absorbing anything she wanted him to be on hills ID. While I was VERY VERY hesitant of that as I am one that would never feed this food, he has gained some and stool is better… he goes back for his first white blood cell count since the diagnosis on Monday, i just can’t come to terms that I might wake up one day and he will be sick again… it’s not fair. I have four cats and they have all been with me through so much and have been the only things out there to not leave me or hurt me… :'(

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    • Ingrid
      November 25, 2016 at 6:21 am (11 months ago)

      I’m so sorry, Sarah, I know it’s hard. All my best to you and Bailey.

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      • sarah whidden
        November 25, 2016 at 11:52 am (11 months ago)

        I have always followed what you have recommended with cat food and finally switched my babies to all canned, only diets on your list or dr Jean Hofve. So the fact that he was not gaining weight when I was feeding him about twice the amount that my 10 lb male all muscle basically is eating and that his poo was so smelly made me realize that he is not absorbing nutrients as well. The speciliast wanted to try him on Hills ID and Royal Canine GI HE canned and while I refused at first, I figured I would try, about a week on it and he seems to be gaining and poo is not smelly! So now what.. continue that “crappy food?” I want him to do well and live as long as possible but worry that the bad food wont help that, but then again not gaining nutrients eating high quality food does not help as well..

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        • Ingrid
          November 25, 2016 at 2:55 pm (11 months ago)

          If he wasn’t absorbing nutrients, there was probably something else going on. I understand that it’s going to be tough to stop feeding the prescription diet since it seems to be working for him, but I would have a hard time feeding those diets long term.

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    • Jo
      November 26, 2016 at 12:40 pm (11 months ago)

      Don’t despair just yet. My 11 year old Eloise was diagnosed w/small cell lymphoma in early August. She, too, is doing the oral chemo every other day and prednisolone 2x day. As long as she is not suffering, we will continue. When she was hospitalized for 3 nights, she was also put on a ‘bland’ diet of I/D. It’s supposed to go easy on the digestive system. When she came home, Eloise had diarrhea, smelly poos, too, for quite a while. I slowly introduced ‘regular’ cat food, whatever she likes, as long as she was eating, I didn’t care. We’re just buying time, there’s no cure, so don’t fret too much – as long as Bailey is eating and pooping and not in distress, he doesn’t know anything’s wrong. All the best.

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      • Jamie S
        November 26, 2016 at 2:43 pm (11 months ago)

        The waiting is the worst thing you can do when you have a fur-baby doing chemo. As long as she’s not in pain, that’s all that matters. There are always good weeks and bad. Good luck!

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  23. Sharon
    September 14, 2016 at 8:36 am (1 year ago)

    I posted on this comment section months ago regarding my cat Mork who had an inoperable cancerous tumor in his stomach. I am finally to a point where I can write about what happened.

    I had to make the most difficult care decision for my friend of fourteen years on May 12, 2016. He stopped eating for several days beforehand, right after I had decided to stop putting him through the intravenous chemotherapy sessions. He came home from the last session frothing at the mouth, crazy in the eyes, and miserable. I decided then and there that I had taken it too far, and that the best thing to do for Mork at that point was palliative care. Mork had tolerated six months of intravenous chemotherapy at that point, and it did not appear that the cancer was in remission. I felt like I was doing it for me because I did not want to let him go. I had to come to grips that what was best for Mork was to let him live the remaining days of his life at home with his family. It was not a decision I made lightly, and it broke my heart. A few days after my decision, Mork refused to eat and started hiding behind the couch which he never did prior in the fourteen years I’d lived with him.

    I was fortunate to find a vet who does home visits. It was some comfort to me that Mork’s final moments were spent on his blanket at our house in my arms. Right up until his final moments, I was not sure I was making the right decision. Deciding to end his life remains one of the hardest decisions I’ve had to make.

    My heart and sympathy goes to all who are battling cancer with their beloved cats. I know exactly how it feels to ride the roller coaster that is living life with a pet with a cancer diagnosis. My best advice would be to cherish every moment you have with your pet. Make a conscious effort to spend extra time with your pet while you can. Up until about two weeks before May 12, I thought I had much more time with Mork. If I had known the end was so close, I would have spent much more time snuggling with him.

    Something I read that helped me when the time came to send Mork to the rainbow bridge went something like this: Take heart that you are sparing your pet more suffering by transferring that suffering onto you. I know that Mork was suffering in the last week of his life, and now he is at peace. His biological sister Mindy and I miss him every day.

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    • Jo
      September 14, 2016 at 9:30 am (1 year ago)

      What you did for your kitty was the final act of love and kindness. Quality of life, not quantity, is what counts. I read somewhere something that goes like “do not measure life in the number of breaths you take, but in the moments that take your breath away”. You did absolutely the right thing. I am just starting this cancer journey with my kitty. I pray every day that I am doing the right thing. Take care.

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      • Sharon
        September 14, 2016 at 11:56 am (1 year ago)

        Thank you for your kind words, Jo. I appreciate it.

        You and your kitty are in my thoughts. I know how tough it is to know if you are making the right choices. All you can do is what you think is best at the moment with the information you have. It is hard. Your cat is lucky to have someone as thoughtful as you to provide care.

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        • Jo
          September 14, 2016 at 12:13 pm (1 year ago)

          Thank you, Sharon. 🙁

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    • Ingrid
      September 14, 2016 at 4:44 pm (1 year ago)

      I’m so sorry about Mork, Sharon. I’m glad his final moments were peaceful. Be gentle with yourself as you mourn your beautiful boy.

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    • Jennifer
      March 13, 2017 at 12:44 am (7 months ago)

      What kind of IV chemo was he on?

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  24. Anthony D'Agostino
    September 13, 2016 at 3:59 pm (1 year ago)

    First time viewing, and a new adoptive parent of a beautiful cat, which was rescued last month. We adopted her, knowing that she had cancer. The original owner failed to even have the cat examined, so desperate times called for desperate measures. We helped coordinate the rescue late at night, with our vet not standby to treat/examine the obvious and growing head wound that had been there festering for more than six months.

    Even though she is not our cat, and we are in no way responsible for her care, we choose to adopt her anyway, and we will undertake the financial burden, which we can’t really afford right now, and the emotional burden as well. She has been with us at home for just over two weeks, we fell in love with her instantly. She is still in quarantine, since we have no idea if she has been vaccinated and we can’t risk her spreading anything to the other 30+ rescues we have under our care. Even in her new surroundings, which aren’t perfect, yet, she is so loving and sweet, craving for affection. We give her all we can, while trying to maintain her from spreading anything, either from her or too her. Since we have so many other cats/kittens around, some new and still in their early days following their vaccinations, it’s still a dangerous time for all. She can’t be vaccinated yet, as her health and upcoming chemo would wipe out any vaccinations she gets today, we have to wait until she rebounds from the final round of chemo before she gets vaccinated. We don’t even know how old she is, which makes it that much more difficult. From age 2 through age 15, they all look the same, so it is anybody guess at her actual and.

    Anyway, I hope that we can handle the stress and pain of chemo for kitties, it’s a new experience for us, and we have had so many other cats pass away recently from other problems, it scares us a lot. We have no ability to refuse to help, and we wouldn’t change our decision to get involved, it just is very scary for anyone to face cancer, but even more so since we have already had more heartache these past 6 months, than a normal heart could ever endure.

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    • Ingrid
      September 14, 2016 at 5:40 am (1 year ago)

      You are a very special person for adopting this kitty and being committed to do whatever it takes to help her. All my best to you!

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    • dovemck
      September 14, 2016 at 6:24 am (1 year ago)

      okay – it’s important to say – you’re wonderful for doing this. Now, let’s get to the kitty. I don’t know what kind of cancer and I don’t know what regime you’re using – but generally – chemo is pain free except for a needle prick. Again, depending on the regime, there will be days where she will have to be isolated and you’ll need gloves to empty litter boxes etc. Most people here seem to be in the US which has a number of days or alternate days on without break. This might make it a bit tougher for you. See if they will try the method employed here in Australia where we do some chemo for a few days running and then take a few days to weeks in between. Again, it will depend on whether you’re doing oral or IV. (IV is the more intense, more powerful type and used for more difficult or advanced cancers).

      Perhaps the real thing you want to start getting your head around – the goal in cats is to get cancer into remission – not cure it. If you’re VERY lucky, you’ll add a couple years to their lives.

      At the very least, prednisolone for palliative care.

      for us, Leukeran (Chlorambucil) had been a top notch drug. Our cat has gained weight on it and is happy and attentive. I would never hesitate to give chemo to cats after this experience.

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    • Jamie S
      September 14, 2016 at 7:25 am (1 year ago)

      Just reading this brings in so many emotions! Thank you so much for helping this little one. They all deserve a chance. I found that chemo in animals is not nearly as stressful as it is with people. They tend to tolerate it much better. With Munch, we had a little bit of vomiting 3-4 days after chemo, but that was once and she was done. She would get a little tired right after coming home from chemo, bit was back to her antics in no time. I think the hardest thing to get used to was her increased appetite. It didn’t matter what it was, she needed to always be eating. Sometimes up to 3 cans of food a day. Good quality food is so important as most carbs fuel cancer cells. I wish you all the best with the little Angel. Thank you again for helping her. The rewards so outweigh the stresses of it.

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    • Jo
      September 14, 2016 at 9:12 am (1 year ago)

      You are a kind, generous soul… best of luck to you. Cats need people like you. I find it hard enough caring for one cancer kitty plus my other two; I hope you have good help and resources along the way.

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    • Kelly
      September 14, 2016 at 11:21 am (1 year ago)

      I posted back in June about my fur baby Duke who had been diagnosed with Hemangiosarcoma, a blood cell cancer. Unfortunately, he died on Monday. I rescued him when he was a couple of months old, and he lived an amazing spoiled life with me. When he was diagnosed, I promised him we would fight this disease together. He did an IV chemotherapy every 3 weeks, vitamin B12 shots, I’m Yunity supplement, omega 3 oils, tumeric, ozone therapy, and a new carb free diet. We gave it our best shot, and on Monday, he finally seemed to give me the okay that it was time to let go. Remember, you’re giving this baby all the love and care you can. The results are not determined by you, and you’ve already changed this kitty’s life. Best of luck to you guys. Sending lots of hugs and prayers your way.

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      • Ingrid
        September 14, 2016 at 4:45 pm (1 year ago)

        I’m so sorry about Duke, Kelly.

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  25. Jo
    September 7, 2016 at 5:24 pm (1 year ago)

    News flash 30 minutes later… Eloise passed stool, but it was 75% diarrhea / 25% formed. She didn’t go to litter box, but behind door of little sewing room in basement. Earlier this summer, she started having ‘mishaps’ in that same spot. We thought she was annoyed by the other cats in house. Then she was diagnosed w/small cell lymphoma. Her mishap today makes me think she wasn’t feeling well and associated the litter box… so she went for behind the door. I’m just glad she passed stool, but will contact vet tomorrow with this update. This is wearing on me. Anyone remember when all you needed for your cat was a flea collar and a pack of Tender Vittles? (tired sarcasm) oy…

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    • Ingrid
      September 8, 2016 at 5:37 am (1 year ago)

      I’m glad she passed stool, too, even if it wasn’t quite what you had hoped for, Jo. I know it’s exhausting caring for a cat with cancer!

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      • Jo
        September 8, 2016 at 9:03 am (1 year ago)

        Thanks, Ingrid. Yes, very exhausting. I’s been 6 weeks since she was diagnosed but I feel like it’s been forever.
        🙁
        I’ll keep it up as long as Eloise is willing … and I appreciate having this site to check for input and advice from others going thru same.

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  26. Jo
    September 7, 2016 at 4:12 pm (1 year ago)

    It’s me again, about a week since I last commented. My cat, Eloise, on flagyl and prednisone 2xday and chlorambucil every other day for small cell lymphoma… hasn’t had a bowel movement in about 48 hours! Today is Wednesday and my vet’s office is closed. Not sure if I should call this in as an ’emergency’ and see what he has to say or wait until the morning and get an appointment. Other than being quiet, Eloise seems not to be in distress. She ate and nibbled and I gave her some pumpkin and home made chicken broth. No trip to the litter box yet. I’m stressing… comments?

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    • Kelly
      September 7, 2016 at 5:11 pm (1 year ago)

      The vet told me to use Miralax. I dissolve a 1/4 tsp, and syringe it. Maybe ask the ER vet what they think?

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      • Jo
        September 8, 2016 at 8:58 am (1 year ago)

        Thanks, Kelly. I have another cat (Maxine) who has obstipation (a few degrees higher than constipation) and she’s on Miralax twice a day mixed in food. My cancer cat, Eloise, is on several meds so I was hoping not to have to throw in another. ugh. She did pass stool later on, so I’ll see what the next 24 hours bring. All my cats hate going to the vet, so hope I don’t have to stress Eloise with an unnecessary trip. 🙁 Thanks for your advice, though. Glad I joined this site.

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  27. Jo
    August 30, 2016 at 4:35 pm (1 year ago)

    My 11 year old cat, Eloise, has small cell lymphoma and starts her 6th chemo pill, Chlorambucil, tonite. So far, she’s on flagyl – to calm any tummy inflammation – and prednisone 2x day…chemo pill every other day. Blood work done yesterday, 1 month post surgery, so don’t know how long the pill regimen will remain the same. I’m reading conflicting reports on how long I can expect my kitty to be with me… was hoping she’ll see spring flowers one more time, at least. Anyone have similar situation, experience? P.S. I’ve found that putting pills in ‘pill pockets’ and then covering w/canned food seems to work well so far (except for chemo pill; have to give manually, wearing latex gloves).

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    • dovemck
      August 31, 2016 at 7:38 am (1 year ago)

      Boofy is on a very different chemo regime – It’s a three week cycle, prednisone 5mg every day. Days 1 – 4 she gets two chlorambucil and on day 19 she gets her blood test. We’re going into round 8 this weekend – blood test tomorrow so we’ve been doing this for 6 months now and she is happy, gained weight and looks great. It’s believed that most of the cancer is in remission except the liver.

      Her liver enzymes are still high but we’re trying denocyl – a liver tonic this round, hoping to see some change. After the next three weeks we’ll have to make a decision which will likely include a sedated ultrasound guided liver biopsy to see if there’s cancer there or if the liver is still healing and without cancer. We will then choose whether to continue chlorambucil (probably not), try a different drug (probably) or continue with prednisone and wait for a recurrence (I don’t like the sound of that).

      My original vet told me back in March that Boofy would probably be gone by now and she couldn’t have been more wrong. I have little doubt we will hit the ‘average’ two years survival mark (knock wood) and my current vet is impressed with her rude good health (other than the liver enzymes!)

      So yes, I think you should remain hopeful for spring flowers. My girl is 13 and I’m mentally preparing myself for the fact she’s not likely to reach 17.

      I hope and pray you beat the odds. All the best to you and Eloise.

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      • Jamie S
        August 31, 2016 at 7:48 am (1 year ago)

        When we were having troubles with Munch and her liver values, our vet asked if we could try something that works well in dogs, it is safe for cats, but only has a 40% (or so) success rate. The injection was L-asparaginase. We also did 4 weeks of vitamin B. Best of luck to you and you baby!

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        • dovemck
          August 31, 2016 at 8:01 am (1 year ago)

          We’re seeing the vet in the morning so I’ll suggest the L-asparaginase. We’re at the point where a 40% chance of getting something going in that liver of hers sounds pretty darn good. We also did the B-12 for the first few weeks and were able to discontinue. She’s gained 1.4 kg in 6 months – about three pounds. She’s absorbing food alright.

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    • Jo
      August 31, 2016 at 9:46 am (1 year ago)

      Thank you for your input and insight, dovemck. Eloise’s blood results came back good (white cell count perfect / red cell perfect) so vet said to continue this regime, come back in 3 weeks. I like my vet, he’s not very aggressive, very patient… but he’s not an oncologist vet… ye he did consult with oncology vet where Eloise had her surgery (3 inches of small intestine removed). I always 2nd guess myself – and I have very little patience. ugh…

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    • Jo
      August 31, 2016 at 9:49 am (1 year ago)

      P.S. all the best to you and Boofy! such a sweet name. 🙂

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      • Kelly waters
        August 31, 2016 at 9:59 am (1 year ago)

        Don’t give up hope! The surgical team bumped into Duke last week while we were at the vet, and couldn’t believe he was the same cat. (They didn’t expect him to survive surgery). At first, I lived every day like it was his last, and only left the house to go to work. I realized that was no way for either of us to live. The best advice I got was from a fur mom on Instagram who told me, “the best thing you can do for your cat is to take care of yourself.”
        Prayers for your kitty!

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        • Jo
          August 31, 2016 at 11:17 am (1 year ago)

          Kelly, you are so right…I am taking care of myself, although Eloise comes first (but thank goodness for wine at nite, for me!). I’ve cancelled little trips away because I only trust myself with caring for Eloise, and the vet bills have bloomed. At best, I can enjoy the aforementioned wine, while curled up in front of the TV. Often, Eloise curls up with me, so it’s worth the sacrifice. Thanks for your encouraging words.

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          • Kelly
            August 31, 2016 at 11:49 am (1 year ago)

            Wine and weekends in with good girlfriends has definitely helped. I’ve cancelled some trips as well, and can completely understand the vet bills. (I call him my million dollar baby) My Mom did have to come babysit while I went on a work trip, and I’m not sure who was more traumatized, my Mom or Duke. (He was being naughty and wouldn’t take his meds). I would encourage you to look into a holistic vet as well. Dukes oncologist wouldn’t recommend any supplements, but recommended a holistic vet. He’s taking I’m Yunity, omega 3’s, and tumeric. I mix it into the BFF gravy pouch.

          • Jo
            August 31, 2016 at 12:21 pm (1 year ago)

            Nearest holistic vet is 40 min. away (own vet is less than 5 min., thankfully). May look into it, tho… thanks for the insight! Hope we can all enjoy a cozy, stress free holiday weekend with our fur babies. (You should invite your mom over for wine, too; she was brave to kitty sit for Duke.) 🙂

  28. Angie
    August 19, 2016 at 9:54 pm (1 year ago)

    Wow great website. Our cat Monet just had surgery for radical mastectomy last Tuesday. We just started our first round of chemo today with Adriamycin and Cytoxan. This is our 2nd round of surgery since May 2015. Out vet felt surgery went well however the BB size pellets located further in the upper armpit were in muscle and could not be all removed. She’s such a sweet and affectionate cat (aren’t they all!), but seems to be getting back to her self. I’m open to any advice for feeding, supplements and advice anyone has. Has anybody used and of the Wellbeing Cancer care supplements?
    Looking forward to hearing from others and prayers to those on the board with cats that are ill. Thank you!

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    • Dovemck
      August 20, 2016 at 8:09 am (1 year ago)

      All the best to sweet Monet and to you too. Our journey is so different from yours that I can’t offer much more than sympathy and best wishes. My Boofy has small cell lymphoma (GI) and on round 7 Leukeran, doing well but liver enzymes still stupid high. She may have liver cancer but it’s acting atypical. We’re using Denosyl atm which is prescription liver tonic. I too would love to hear how others have done with supplements to support prescribed treatment.

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    • Kelly Waters
      August 20, 2016 at 2:48 pm (1 year ago)

      My Duke was diagnosed with Hemangioscarcome at the end of June. Hes taking I’m Yunity (turkey tail mushrooms), tumeric (natural inflammation reducer), and omega 3 fish oil. We’ve changed him over to a clean diet, trying to be grain free. (Carbs feed cancer) Hes also doing ozone therapy once a week, except on weeks he does chemo. (Every 3 weeks). I asked his oncologist about trying eastern medicine and she was so hesitant. She sent us to a vet she’s knows who practices eastern medicine. Between the 2 doctors, I feel like there’s no stone we haven’t turned.

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    • Kelly Waters
      August 20, 2016 at 2:50 pm (1 year ago)

      Also, don’t be surprised if your fur baby starts losing whiskers. My oncologist prepared me for it, but said it’s pretty rare. Duke only has about 5 long ones left, but everyone has reassured me they’ll grown back.

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    • Angie
      September 22, 2016 at 11:11 pm (1 year ago)

      Wanted to provide a quick update on Monet. 2nd treatment of chemo last week went well. Vet however was concerned she had lost a pound in the last 30 days. Seems cancer can not help when trying to absorb nutrients in food quickly enough. Oncologist prescribed food enhancing meds which we add to food each day. We’ve switched to a higher quality wet food with Pro Plan that she likes. Feeding her up to 2 cans some days and 1 the others depending on her appetite. Also trying fresh chicken and fish and pretty much anything we healthy we can feed her. Back on the internet tonight reviewing other supplements and anyone used Ark Naturals NuPet Cat Antioxidant? I’m interested if anyone is using a combination of supplements that are working. I can relate with many of you. 2nd cat we’d had with cancer and the last one was too late and area untreatable. Between stressed for our kitty, we’re trying to be both optimistic and realistic..some days hard to choose. Overall she’s acting normal other than sleeping a bit more, but still the most affectionate cat I’ve ever had than owned my heart.

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  29. Jamie S
    July 15, 2016 at 6:40 pm (1 year ago)

    Hi! So glad I found this. Our Munch has been diagnosed with large granular lymphoma. We haven’t been able to find a lot of information on it, and apparently it is rare in cats and is relatively aggressive. We are fortunate to have an animal oncologist about an hour away so we can try to help her beat this. We are fighting so hard for her, and she has been a real trooper through it all. She has been poked and prodded more than anything or anyone should. My husband and I are mentally exhausted waiting for phone calls/lab work and vet appointments. Recently Munch has started losing her fur. Everything I read says she shouldn’t. Is that something to be concerned with? Just wait until her next appointment? These are the things we worry about all day. The good news is, she is relatively young. Only 9 yrs old. She eats so much. I’ve been told that is a good thing. She is rating almost 2 full cans of food a day. We have been giving her earthborn holistic food. And basically anything else she wants. Has anyone else had experience with this form of cancer in cats? We are open to any suggestion to help her through this. We love her so much and can’t imagine life without her.

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    • Ingrid
      July 16, 2016 at 5:34 am (1 year ago)

      It’s rare that cats lose their fur during chemo, so definitely mention this to your oncologist. My experience with my own cat was that while he didn’t lose his fur, the hair in the areas that were shaved for ultrasounds never grew back (he had intestinal lymphoma and lived for seven months post diagnosis with a chemotherapy protocol of Vincristine and Leukeran.) All my best to you and Munch.

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    • Wendy K
      August 30, 2016 at 1:53 am (1 year ago)

      Don’t give up! Please feel free to email me. My cat Lily was diagnosed with large grade multicentric lymphoma, also aggressive and rare. She did five months of chemo and was in full remission three months in. Diagnosed in October of 2013, and still cancer free today. She is currently dealing with some kidney issues unrelated to the lymphoma (she is 15 1/2) but we were blessed with three more years when it could have been a guarantee death sentence.

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      • Jamie S
        August 31, 2016 at 7:57 am (1 year ago)

        I tried to reply to this yesterday, but it never showed up. Thank you for your encouragement. We would have never given up on our Munch. She unfortunately was too smart for her own good. On 8/21 she opened the back door and let herself and one of her fur-sisters out. While it looked like Munch was on her way back to the house, I seen one of the smaller cats. I tried to get her, but munch wandered to our neighbors yard. Their dog was out and it attacked and killed her. There is not a moment that we don’t miss her. She was supposed to have an ultra sound to see if she was in remission. Now we will never know. We love and miss her and can only hope she enjoyed her life with us as much as we enjoyed it with her.

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        • Wendy Kruger
          August 31, 2016 at 1:18 pm (1 year ago)

          How awful! I am so sorry for your loss. 🙁 I can’t imagine how much you miss her–so sad.

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        • Ingrid
          August 31, 2016 at 1:22 pm (1 year ago)

          Oh Jamie, I’m so sorry! What a traumatic way to lose her after everything you went through with her. My heart goes out to you.

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        • Angie
          September 22, 2016 at 11:15 pm (1 year ago)

          My condolences in losing your sweet kitty. I would be heartbroken but she must know truly how much you loved and adored her!

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        • Louise
          April 3, 2017 at 1:50 pm (7 months ago)

          My thoughts are with you our jack has large cell gastric too. We are starting on prednisone today and hoping for the best he is 8 yrs young and want him in our lives a long time. Any other suggestions?

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      • Jo
        August 31, 2016 at 1:51 pm (1 year ago)

        Jamie, my condolences. How traumatic. poor baby. Please know kitty is safe and happy now and feeling wonderful, even those left behind are devastated. 🙁

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  30. dovemck
    July 7, 2016 at 8:13 am (1 year ago)

    I haven’t tried any supplements and Boofy is still leaking liver enzymes. We’re on a strong course of clav /antibiotics until the next round of pill chemo. I’m interested to hear what a holistic vet recommends. Please keep us posted on your journey.

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  31. Adrienne
    July 6, 2016 at 12:48 pm (1 year ago)

    My situation is similar to Kristy’s. Midge had a tumor removed from his lower intestine in May, rebounded fantastically, and had his first four chemo treatments without incident. Took a week off, had a session last week with Vinscristine and totally crashed. He is right now in the hospital on IV fluids. I don’t know whether he has sores in his mouth/ throat but he won’t eat or drink. Lost all the weight he put on in the last month. The vet doesn’t know whether it’s a really bad reaction or whether the lymphoma has returned. So upsetting. I have returned to this board a number of times over the past month, and thank everyone here for the info sharing and support.

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    • Ingrid
      July 6, 2016 at 4:16 pm (1 year ago)

      I’m so sorry to hear this, Adrienne. All my best to you and Midge!

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    • dovemck
      July 7, 2016 at 8:09 am (1 year ago)

      Kepping both of you in my thoughts.

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      • Adrienne
        July 7, 2016 at 1:56 pm (1 year ago)

        Thank you Ingrid & “dove”. Sadly, the vet did bloodwork and Midge’s kidneys have failed. I don’t know whether this was due to the chemo or not. A couple of months ago he had the beginnings of CRF but nothing alarming. We don’t believe he will pull out of this crash, as his body temp is falling. We are on our way shortly to see him over the bridge and out of pain. Again, thanks to all who make this a wonderful resource for us cat lovers. x/ A

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        • Dovemck
          July 7, 2016 at 8:59 pm (1 year ago)

          Run free Midge, still young and beautiful. Give my love to Nessa who will undoubtedly show you the best sunny spots to nap in shadow of the rainbow bridge.

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        • Ingrid
          July 8, 2016 at 5:43 am (1 year ago)

          Oh Adrienne, I’m so sorry.

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  32. Kelly
    July 6, 2016 at 12:40 pm (1 year ago)

    My sweet 11 year old tabby, Duke, was diagnosed with Hemangiosarcoma last Wednesday. He was fine, and then one day started hiding and couldn’t walk. After 2 consecutive days at the pet ER, the doctors found a mass in his colon. We had it removed on the 24th, which is when the doctors found out the mass had been bleeding. Duke had a blood transfusion the next night. (This was super scary, because he’s a rare blood type and no one in Sacramento had his blood. Thank God for blood banks.) He has been recovering at home ever since. He was a little tired at first, but he has his appetite back, and is using the bathroom just fine. Tomorrow, we start chemotherapy, and I’m very torn about the decision I’ve made. There’s not a lot of research or information on felines with Hemangiosarcoma, so Duke’s oncologist is reluctant to try out any type of supplements. I’ve gone ahead and made an appointment with a holistic vet, which was recommended to me by a fellow cat Mom, I found on instagram, going through the same thing. The more information I can get on this cancer would be greatly appreciated.

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    • Ingrid
      July 6, 2016 at 4:16 pm (1 year ago)

      I’m sorry about Duke, Kelly. All my best to both of you, and please keep us posted.

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      • Kelly
        July 9, 2016 at 1:30 pm (1 year ago)

        Duke had his first round of doxorubicin chemotherapy last week, and he handled it like a champ. The new ultrasound showed thickening of intestines, which could be inflammatory bowel disease or swelling from his surgery. The Oncologist has recommended a different Integrative Medicine specialist. I have a consultation with the doctor on Wednesday. I believe they’re going to try acupuncture and ozone therapy. I will keep everyone posted.

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