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cougi has cancer *updated*

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roomie and i just got back from the vet with cougi. she had calmed down enough for us to safely get in her carrier (from the fight a couple weeks ago) and walked her over. she was being so sweet, not hissing and attacking like she has been. anyways, she has a tumor in her mammary region and it doesn't look really good. they tried to do xrays to see where she was at but she put up a big fight (like how she has been at home) and they were like, well, that isn't gonna happen. right now we don't want to put her through surgery because they said that wouldn't help much and we think it would cause her more stress than she needs. she has a good life going and isn't showing discomfort, so we think we're gonna just keep an eye out and let her live as well as she can.

however, we did talk about putting her on a natural diet. i know there are threads about what to feed pets, but can anyone point me to books/websites/info specifically on cats and cancer or cats with illness? i'm really upset and don't feel like digging around here. thanks

UPDATE: o cougi has been doing pretty well. she's been calm and happy (unkenneled, nonviolent) for about a month solid now. she's got a lot of energy, purrs loudly. she's enjoying all the cuddle time with her mommy and auntie. she's still sassy and enjoying her kibbles.

however..... yesterday one of her chest things started bleeding a little. her tumors have been getting bigger over the last several months. she won't let us "look" around that area (we get to see if she is relaxing on her side or playing on her back!) but one nipple is swollen and red... not sure if it is from licking... but that area is really "puffy" from the tumors. i'm just sad.... her body is getting worse but her mood/appearance/behavior otherwise is very good (i.e. not loosing weight, doesn't seem to be in pain, happy and friendly/not scared like she was). we're starting to talk about pain management... i don't think there is a lot we can do now.... or that the vet can do that would be in her best interest. i don't think she's in pain yet but she is paying more attention to her tumors, which the vet said would happen at some point. i have to read up a little more online about that stuff. i'm just worried because i'm going to seattle in a couple weeks for two months.... and i feel bad for leaving cougi if it is the case that her condition might be on the decline. its just a another stress in my life because i worry about her... she's one of DR and me's babies. DR will be heartbroken when cougi passes. i just don't know. i'll stop rambling now.

Update #2 (jan 24): we found out this morning that cougi's body is not making enough red blood cells at this point. she has 18% of what she should have and is very, very anemic. i was suposed to fly back to NY next week, but will be leaving tomorrow morning to go back. i'm really sad. i just hope she holds out long enough so i can say goodbye.  :'(

:'( I'm sorry about your cat. *hug*

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I don't have any links, I just wanted to say how sorry I am for Cougi.  I wonder if she's been more worked up because her body is angry at being sick.  That's a good sign, if she's indignant about mortality.  I've liked her since your first post about her.  She's fiesty, that one.  I'm glad she's calming down a bit.

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hugs for Cougi!

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I'm so sorry, Baypuppy.

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I'm sorry Baypuppy; for you and your roommate.  Perhaps when she calms down a bit and the vet can take a closer look, you may be able to determine other options.

I'm a big fan of Dr. Pitcarn's book of Natural Health for Dogs and Cats (I know others on this site use this book, too).  There's a lot of homeopathic info, as well as recipes and other good general knowledge.
Here's a link to the B&N site, but it can probably be found in many local book stores:
http://search.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/isbnInquiry.asp?z=y&EAN=9781579549732&itm=1

Good luck and take care of each other.  I've not had to deal with this sort of news for a cat, but I have for a golden retriever and she came through it remarkable well (no chemo, just lumps removed).

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Oh! Poor Cougi! I don't know a lot about kitty cancer but I did find this page and I'll look for more. I can not vouch for any of the produts being sold but I figured that at this point you would be willing to look into anything that might help. I hope Cougi is at least having a good day today.

http://www.petwellbeing.com/cat-cancer-p28.cfm

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:'( awwww very sorry to hear it. But she may still have a LOT of time. Make sure to treat her extra special now. Sorry I don't have any help with the natural diet thing. I think Dave Drums can help with that

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I'm so sorry to hear about Cougi.

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Aww poor cougi....  :'( I'm sorry baypuppy.
I think HH is right though, she's not going anywhere without a fight. 

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I am so sorry to hear your sad news.  :'(  I second Nutdragon's recommendation though, that is an excellet book. Dr. Marty Goldstein's book also has a whole entire section on taking on cancer in pets too. 

(((((baypuppy)))))

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Sorry about your kitty.

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Baypuppy, I am so sorry!  You, your roommate, and Cougi have my thoughts!

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:'( poor kitty  :'(

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So sorry to hear this news...  I'm sending lots of positive healing vibes to your dear Cougi!!  Bigs hugs to you and your roomie as well  ((((((hugs)))))

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SQ690 - That was a nice memorial.  

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i'm so sorry. i hope she's okay.  :)

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So sorry to hear about  Cougi!
Please do get Dr. Goldstein's book (The Nature of Animal Healing). If possible, take Cougi to see him. He's just a few hours down the NY Thruway from you in South Salem, NY (The upper part of Westchester County...I used to live right near there in Pound Ridge...actually i lived TOO many places in NY...though it's an easy ride to/from Albany). Over the past few years he really has dedicated the majority of his practice to dealing with cancer and finding alternative cures. He is known for his great work with cancer patients. He's been working with me in dealing with Kara. Both he and my old vet (who lives in Florida) were the only ones to have a clue as to what was wrong with Kara and how to treat her. I'm on tour right now and I had a long conference call with him today. He calls all the time to check on her. His approach to cancer in not only diet based...but he does get the dog/cat to try and "heal from within"....it's very specific depending upon the type of cancer and how far along it is.

You can find out everything about him (including a link to his book) at: www.drmarty.com

I do hope she makes it through this ordeal.....my positive thoughts are with both you and your Cougi!
-dave

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(((cougi)))
(((baypuppy)))

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thanks everyone. it's starting to sink in and we've been crying a lot. roomie keeps talking about cougi dying and i'm like, you know, she's fine now, she has a lot of time. plus she's is a pain in the ass, so she isn't going without a fight!! (you should have heard her fight when they tried to do xrays... they couldn't do it!!). she seems more okay now that she's home. i think she enjoys the walks outdoors (we walked her to the vet since we don't have a car--luckily only about 4-5 blocks from the house).

nutdragon and deuce0-- thanks for the book rec. i will see if the library has them and, if not, hit the bookstore. i saw something about pet health at the store a couple weeks ago. dave, thanks for the link on dr goldstein. i will def check out that book and let my roomie know.

here are a couple pics. as you can see, she is a very pretty and spoiled cat (RM will feed her wet food from a spoon)

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aww, she is beautiful!

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