My cat, age 13, had a tumor removed from his noose.

My cat, age 13, had a tumor removed from his noose. We don't know if the cancer will spread to the rest of his body or not. Right now I'm trying to get him to eat, but he's refusing to eat. He's on pain medication and steroids. I'm getting him to sit next to a humidifier so he can breath in the moist air. I'm also using hot wet gauze sponges to clean around his noose. He's still bleeding around his noose. I don't know what to do. Please help Wauf. This shit is starting to effect me big time, there is blood all over the house.

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  1. 11 months ago
    The OP

    Update: Thanks for all the support and well wishes to Roy. He's still got stuff coming out of his noose, but it's manageable at the moment. We are giving him a steroid and a steam inhalation for his nose. He's eating alot, I think some of it has to do with the steroid. He's alot getting alot of fight back in him. I also started using a warm toothbrush and grooming him.

    On Thursday, I will meet the vet with numerous questions for him that I'm writing down on a note pad.

  2. 11 months ago
    Anonymous

    Get a styptic pencil from the local grocery or pharmacy. That will stop the bleeding. After about an hour or so, clean the area with water. cats typically don't eat when they're uncomfortable. I don't know why the vet didn't give you any instructions on any of this.

  3. 11 months ago
    Anonymous

    I have 3 cats of my own, they are young and do well, but i am far awy and dont see them often. Eitherway you made me tear up, with your sweet actions. You seem like a caring and loving person. Much love to you and your furry friend, and wish you the best...

  4. 11 months ago
    Anonymous

    you still posting in here? How's the little guy doing?

  5. 11 months ago
    Anonymous

    I feel like it's not so common to see surgeries going this well and the cat showing sings of recovering, especially when the cat is in its senior years.
    You're a good person OP, my best wishes to you and the cat! What is his name? If you p

    • 11 months ago
      Anonymous

      *If you posted it I've missed it.

    • 11 months ago
      Anonymous

      Roy

  6. 11 months ago
    Anonymous

    My cat is around the same age (we're not sure about it since she was picked up from the streets when she was young) and she has breast cancer.
    I left the house to live on my own a year or so ago so I haven't been around her as much to check on it but now I'm back and her behaviors are heart breaking. Last time we were together was around christmas and she looked fine.
    The vet said there is nothing to be done, either we go ahead and perform a brutal breast removal surgery and agressive chemotherapy that might not even work and will make her go through hell, or we put her down when we feel the time is right. They also did some xrays and saw it spread to her lungs, she is now starting to have trouble breathing.
    She has a visible walnut sized tumor on her belly that she tries to clean sometimes and it's now bleeding. She still eats a little bit though.
    I've been looking into a herb used to attack this called artemisia annua and a drug based on it called artemisinin. It's not conventional treatment a vet would recommend but the way it works is it goes after iron rich cells which breast cancer is ripe with, there are people reporting some success with it online and some studies showing mild success in humans when combined with traditional treatments.
    I want to try giving her that but I have no clue where to start I'm thinking to go to the vet when it opens tomorrow.
    Other than that I don't see anything else to do except putting her down. If anyone has any thoughts on how to move forward would love to hear it.
    First time articulating all this sorry if I'm shitting your thread. Good luck with your little guy

    • 11 months ago
      Anonymous

      I'm sorry to hear that bro.

      I wouldn't put much hope in the alternative medicine route. Even if artemisinin does turn out to have some worthwhile effect on cancer cells it's not going to be enough to make a difference when disease has progressed as far as it has for your cat - if artemisinin was able to turn back cancers with multi-organ spread then it'd already be seeing widespread use in humans, not just a handful of studies showing maybe some mild success.

      More important imo is keeping your friend comfortable before they pass away.
      It's hard to decide when is the right time to put an animal down - of course it's hard to say goodbye to a beloved pet but you don't want her to suffer unnecessarily. At the end of the day it comes down to quality of life.

  7. 11 months ago
    The OP

    Current update: he’s starting to go downstairs again and making a lot his his old mannerisms.

  8. 11 months ago
    Anonymous

    cat looks absolutely haggared. same age as mine when i had to put him down. similar scruffy appearance too.

  9. 11 months ago
    Anonymous

    My cat really appreciated it when I helped him with his grooming when he was in recovery. I used a toothbrush with some water to clean his fur (I've heard that it feels like getting groomed my their mother).

    It might help raise his morale and even speed up his recovery. I think cats have a lot of their dignity in how their fur looks. You're doing amazing and I'm sure he really appreciates what you're doing for him.

    • 11 months ago
      The OP

      Thank you for the suggestion.

  10. 11 months ago
    Anonymous

    🙂 anon you are a good owner, hope little buddy gets well soon

  11. 11 months ago
    Anonymous

    Warm tuna water with only tiny bits in it served on a podest or something so he doesn't have to ben down. Licking rescue paste from your fingers might als be an option.
    Eating comes second, first is to stay hydrated. If it doesn't work get an infusion.

  12. 11 months ago
    The OP

    For those wondering, I was waking up at 4 am before I had to go to work in order to give my cat his pain relief, and than giving him injections of water and baby food along with hand feeding him dry food. We were scared the first day or two after the operation cause he was losing weight and strength, barley even able to get up and down the steps. He’s now seemed to regain a lot of his former luster and the new cat branded milk we got I hope hydrates and fattens him up. Overall things have stabilized and he’s doing better. Thank you all who had the support and believed in us. I don’t abandon my family or friends to die.

    • 11 months ago
      Anonymous

      he looks way better,I’m happy for you anon

    • 11 months ago
      Anonymous

      Glad he's doing well, thanks for not giving up on him.

    • 11 months ago
      Anonymous

      I'm glad people like you exist anon, much love to you and your cat, and hoping for your extra time of life together to keep going longer yet longer!

  13. 11 months ago
    The OP

    His humidifier is on and running right into his nose.

  14. 11 months ago
    The OP

    Cat after I cleaned his nose of dry blood.

  15. 11 months ago
    The OP

    Update pics, eating solids again. Managing to sleep again.

  16. 11 months ago
    Anonymous

    >animal looks like shit immediately after a painful surgery
    >"idk just kill it lmao"

    Poor cat, I hope he's feeling better as you say. He definitely didn't look fit to recover at home by the OP pic. 13 is pretty old for a surgery that expensive, but it's not like that's ancient for a cat. Hopefully he gets a few more good years of life out of this.

  17. 11 months ago
    Anonymous

    Put him down, OP. I know it hurts but if I were in that state I'd want a quick death.

  18. 11 months ago
    Anonymous

    It's admirable how much you care about this cat.

  19. 11 months ago
    Anonymous

    That vet is a goddamn butcher
    Bring him to another vet and make him stitch that poor cat up

  20. 11 months ago
    Anonymous

    Why dont everyone just get pet insurance? Almost all cats will need some kind of expensive vet care at least once in their life.
    It's like 20$ a month and you end up paying like 200$ on a 3000$ bill. I've had the insurance been worth it for all cats I've ever had.

    • 11 months ago
      Anonymous

      Post insurance plan

      • 11 months ago
        Anonymous

        I've only used Swedish companies but from what I've read most seems to be similar in the US.
        You pay like 10-30$ monthly, depending on how much you want it to cover.
        When you visit the vet you pay like 200$ +15% of the actual price. (could be 100-300$ +10-30% of the price depending on your plan).
        Typically you only pay the 200$ on the first visit and only 15% on the follow up visits/surgeries etc within 100 days.
        Some companies won't cover dental problems so it's important to compare them.
        In Sweden they won't even let you adopt from shelters if you don't get pet insurance.

  21. 11 months ago
    Anonymous

    man thats sad hope your cat feels better anon

    • 11 months ago
      Anonymous

      That cat wants to die and is wondering why he has to keep suffering in his flesh prison

    • 11 months ago
      The OP

      >Currently feed him this morning more baby food. Again doing alot of his old habits of marking his territory and going to the bathroom.
      That's good to hear, really wishing you and the kitty catty the best

      That cat wants to die and is wondering why he has to keep suffering in his flesh prison

      Massive update, the cat is eating solid cat foods again out of my hand, meaning he's getting his sense of smell back. It's the first time he's eaten solid foods after the operation.

      • 11 months ago
        Anonymous

        My 11 year old outdoor cat just got over an illness where she was down to like 2lbs and hadn't eaten for at least the 4 days she disappeared. I didn't know I could experience such joy at watching an animal eat. Glad your cat's engine is purring once more!

        • 11 months ago
          Anonymous

          If you kept your cat inside that wouldn't have happened

      • 11 months ago
        Anonymous

        Good, I'm glad recovery is going well

      • 11 months ago
        Anonymous

        Thats great,I hope your cat fully recovers anon and ignore all the homosexuals in the thread telling you to put him down

  22. 11 months ago
    The OP

    In two weeks he's got a vet appointment.

  23. 11 months ago
    Anonymous

    Solid thread, very nice of you for shelling out 3k for the meowser.
    You're a good man and pet it plenty.

    • 11 months ago
      Anonymous

      Found the vet israelite

  24. 11 months ago
    Anonymous

    Awesome, glad that it's recovering

  25. 11 months ago
    Anonymous

    Nose, not noose. Also ask the vet for appetite stimulants if the problem persists. Good on your for taking care of your animal despite the costs. Ignore the naysayers, in their third-world countries people don't get medical care either.

    • 11 months ago
      Anonymous

      >Also ask the vet for appetite stimulants if the problem persists.
      We have been giving him that.

      And steroids.

      And pain relief.

      And that steam stuff up his nose.

  26. 11 months ago
    Anonymous

    For god's sake, anon, euthanize the poor bastard already.
    This is animal cruelty.

  27. 11 months ago
    Anonymous

    They sent you home with a cat with an actively bleeding face wound and no bandaging or anything?
    Did his stitches re-open at some point?
    They didn't give him a collar to stop him from fricking with the wound?
    What kind of back alley vet did this?

    • 11 months ago
      Anonymous

      All vets are grifters.

  28. 11 months ago
    The OP

    Here is a pic of the cat.

    • 11 months ago
      Anonymous

      Jesus, that thing looks fricking finished.

  29. 11 months ago
    The OP

    Progress has been made. Cat showing signs of old self. Waging tail, doing the purry thing with his face, showing signs of wanting a nap.

    Managed to clean up alot of the blood, but some of the blood not near the noose we will leave for now.

    His humidifier is on and he's in his bed by the window.

    If you got any other suggestions let me know.

    • 11 months ago
      Anonymous

      You should call the vet and tell them about the blood and ask for advice. If you really truly love this cat make sure you keep following up with the vet and make sure that you're doing what they're telling you to do. Ignore the psychos and the thread saying that vets are terrible, they have the appropriate training and they are the best people to tell you what to do. Not Wauf

      • 11 months ago
        Anonymous

        I asked about the blood and family just said "it's normal". We have a follow up appointment with the vet in two weeks so I will be going in with a clipboard of questions for them. I managed to clean up most of the blood.

  30. 11 months ago
    The OP

    Update: got him to eat whole can of baby food turkey and a bit of milk. The cat is waging his tail again and looks like he wants to sleep. Acting like himself.

    Yea I think he should be in a hospital, but they charge us up the ass already. 3,000 dollars for the cat’s surgery.

    • 11 months ago
      Anonymous

      Progress has been made. Cat showing signs of old self. Waging tail, doing the purry thing with his face, showing signs of wanting a nap.

      Managed to clean up alot of the blood, but some of the blood not near the noose we will leave for now.

      His humidifier is on and he's in his bed by the window.

      If you got any other suggestions let me know.

      https://i.imgur.com/8LiAAaS.jpg

      Here is a pic of the cat.

      That's great! He needs time, and sleep to recover. Now that you know he will eat and drink by himself, let him sleep in a quiet room. You'll clean the blood later.
      If it takes long to pee or poop it could be the effect of the meds.

    • 11 months ago
      Anonymous

      Good, if he's eating then you should be fine. Keep it up until his sense of smell returns and he starts eating on his own again

    • 11 months ago
      Anonymous

      >3,000 dollars for the cat’s surgery.
      At that point I would just do the needful. Especially since the cat is already 13.

      • 11 months ago
        The OP

        The family was split 50/50 to put down or not, but since our (mine and other) votes in favor of the operation matter more, we went though with the operation. The fact he survived even with a heart murmur shows he wants to survive.

        Awesome, glad that it's recovering

        Solid thread, very nice of you for shelling out 3k for the meowser.
        You're a good man and pet it plenty.

        Currently feed him this morning more baby food. Again doing alot of his old habits of marking his territory and going to the bathroom.

        • 11 months ago
          Anonymous

          >Currently feed him this morning more baby food. Again doing alot of his old habits of marking his territory and going to the bathroom.
          That's good to hear, really wishing you and the kitty catty the best

        • 11 months ago
          Anonymous

          I'm glad to hear that he's improving.

          Please ignore the idiots in this thread saying you should've put him down. Of course a cat is going to look miserable after a major surgery. A few days feeling like shit is nothing in the long term, assuming he recovers well.

          If he's purring, eating and going to the bathroom appropriately (as opposed to just pissing himself in the corner because he's in too much pain to get up) then that's good evidence that he's improving.

          Let him rest. Little guy needs it.

      • 11 months ago
        Anonymous

        >Especially since the cat is already 13.
        All cats I now made it to 16-21 beore cancer or idney issues killed them. And I only know outdoor cats so indoor onlys without injuries and trash in their diet might even get some additional years.

        • 11 months ago
          Anonymous

          Got my great grandfather's Siamese cat and it lived to 21. Used to feed it meats from our own food.

      • 11 months ago
        Anonymous

        My cat is 18 now and still going strong.

    • 11 months ago
      Anonymous

      >Yea I think he should be in a hospital, but they charge us up the ass already. 3,000 dollars for the cat’s surgery.
      perhaps don't have animals if you can't take care of them

  31. 11 months ago
    The OP

    Update: we got a syringe and we are giving him hot water and hot baby food.

  32. 11 months ago
    Anonymous

    I'd try some raw beef (not ground) or fish maybe. Slice some thin strips. If he don't eat it right away don't leave it out just try again later.

  33. 11 months ago
    Anonymous

    Poor kitty cat, I wish all the best for you

  34. 11 months ago
    Anonymous

    This poor cat needs to recover in a clinic, he's not in the condition to stay at home. Hear a more competent vet. Good luck.

  35. 11 months ago
    Anonymous

    He doesn't look so good

  36. 11 months ago
    Anonymous

    >Can't smell through the blood so no appetite
    Why is this cat at home and not in recovery at a hospital with a feeding tube
    Put out the stinkiest wet food you can find but if he can't smell he won't eat, and if he doesn't eat for about 72 hours his kidneys will fail. If it reaches 48 hours without eating he needs a feeding tube.

    • 11 months ago
      Anonymous

      They said try baby food so we are gonna try that today.

      • 11 months ago
        Anonymous

        >They said try baby food
        I don't believe you, OP. Either you are baiting or you're a 3rd worlder and your 'vet' is your cousin.

  37. 11 months ago
    Anonymous

    Imagine the smell of that filthy catgay carpet

    • 11 months ago
      Anonymous

      This, if youre going to have a cat its hardwood or tile only.

  38. 11 months ago
    Anonymous

    Jesus Christ that cat looks miserable.
    Vets truly are the scum of the universe.

    I think it's time to take him out back and do the needful.

    • 11 months ago
      Anonymous

      I agree. Poor kitty has lost the will to live.

    • 11 months ago
      Anonymous

      >seething about vets out of nowhere
      kys homosexual

      • 11 months ago
        Anonymous

        >Out of nowhere
        Are you a moron or just a disingenuous yid?

        • 11 months ago
          Anonymous

          wet water?
          hot fire?
          cold ice?
          gay OP?
          obese shartmerican??

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