I wish I came to you with better news today but I do not. My overly dramatic motherly instincts were sadly right on.
Fefi Le’ Purr’s pathology came back.
She has cancer.
A very,very, very rare cancer in felines.
(Though very common and deadly cancer in dogs.)
Either way, rare or common, it is a grave diagnosis.
Our vet said the tumor was large and deep. Unfortunately he was unable to get clean margins on the tumor. Left and right were clear but the depth was not clear. The cancer is still in her and is guaranteed to come back.
I asked him about further treatments and he said that chemotherapy after surgery is a common treatment in dogs, but the rareness of this cancer in cats leaves little to be expected from it. There are very few studies on it’s effectiveness. It is a deadly cancer.
We need to watch her for further tumors and surgery will always be an option for the ones we do find but it will continue to spread and it can not be stopped. Eventually it will take over her organs and those tumors will not be able to be removed.
Though I value his opinion, he has never personally seen this cancer before in cats so I have spent the last few days researching, making calls, asking opinions and deciding what we should do and I am sad to say there is not much that can be done. Yes, chemo is an option, but not one that will give her a lot of time. Even if we do it, we may get maybe two years. She is healthy now, and chemo will make her sick and though I would give anything to save her… I won’t be selfish just to extend the inevitable.
I am destroyed.
Doc said without the cancer she could easily live to 20. And with the way we care for our cats… the cat enclosure removing all outside death risks, raw food giving them optimum health from the inside out, not vaccinating therefor removing the ever increasing risk of deadly vaccination site sarcoma… we can easily add another 5 years to all our cats lifespan.
But the cancer is going to steal that from Miss Le’ Purr.
There is no way to know how long she has. I wish there were. She is 11.5 years young. And I can promise you she has had the best life any cat can ever have. She has lacked nothing in her time here with us and she will continue to lack nothing. I will give her anything and everything she needs.
I am going to look into holisitic supportive options as well to help increase her body's ability to fight this cancer. If anyone has any advice on this I would love to hear.
Let me also be clear that I will not let her suffer and that is all the further that conversation needs to be taken. Please don’t go there. We are prepared to let her go with dignity and anyone who knows me knows that without question. Discussing that, pointing it out, only brings negative energy into a space where we are trying to hold onto the positive. However holding onto the positive doesn't mean we don't know how this will eventually end or that we aren't prepared to help her cross over if that is what must happen.
Though her time with us is limited our love and respect for her is not.
We may get lucky. Who knows. I am praying for that. And I ask that you do the same. Pray for her. Send her good thoughts and positive vibes. Maybe we will get a miracle!
Until next time…
Carmen and the Primcats