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It doesn't look like Buddy is going to be with us much longer. I came home from work tonight and he has another mass, this one on his right hind leg running the length of the leg. He's scheduled for x-rays tomorrow. I talked to the vet and she told me to still bring him in to be examined. If they think x-rays are beneficial then they will be done. If not I will be told my options. Unfortunately I have to go to work tomorrow but if I get everything done I will leave early and either pick him up or make the arrangements I need to.

I cried in front of my other cats tonight. My Siamese mix girl Fera actually came over and comforted me. She got behind me and put her paws on my shoulder. Buddy is in my bedroom with his brother Smokey, and the other 4 cats are in the basement (due to a living arrangement I have when I moved back home). I was thinking this morning it may be a month or more but now I'm not sure. I don't want him in pain but I don't want him to leave too soon.



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I'm so sorry your dear Buddy isn't doing well.  Just give him lots of hugs and love, and cherish all the time you do have left.  That's really sweet that Fera came over and comforted you.

Thinking of you.

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So sorry to hear about Buddy. I hope that all went well at the vet today.  I hope that you have more time with him than you think and that the two of you enjoy each other, give lots of love & live in the moment.  Drink in every drop of it.  I know it doesn't feel like much to be grateful for but we would all trade places with you right now if we could.  To be back in that moment when we could still hug our little ones.  Not that I would want to be back in the moment when the choices are being made.  But please know that whatever you do,  you're doing what's best for Buddy.  That's all you would ever do because you love him so.


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The good news is that there are no tumors in his lungs. The bad news is that he developed a mass on his rear leg and it was all blood when the vet tried to pull a sample. The tumor on his chest is very close to the thorax and could result in a collapsed lung if operated on. I have made the decision not to take him to surgery. The most optimistic the vet could get was 6 months with surgery. He would be recovering the whole time, so his quality of life wouldn't be good. He's still alert, eating and interacting with his brother.

I'm struggling about what to tell my 2-1/2 year old nephew who is attached to Buddy. All I told him so far is that Buddy isn't feeling well and to be very nice to him. He came over today while I was at work. He told my brother that he wanted to see Buddy and check if he was feeling better. My nieces are older (10, 7 and 5) so I can explain it a little more. This hurts as much as losing Buddy.


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