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I have a sweet 12-year-old kitty, Zoie, that my family adopted when I was twelve, who now lives with me.  She follows me from room to room and makes cute little chirping noises when I talk to her.

A month ago, she started throwing up a lot, so I took her to the vet and found out that she has a tumor on her liver.  The tumor has spread to other organs and is on the blood vessels, so it can't be removed.  She's on steroids to help slow the tumor growth, but the vet thinks she'll die soon.

Zoie has already beaten her first prognosis--when she was diagnosed a month ago, the vet gave her "days to weeks" to live, but kitty has made it a full month now.

She still seems chipper and engaged in her environment, can walk around just fine, has a healthy appetite, and doesn't seem to be in pain, but she's losing weight and seems tired and frail more often, and she doesn't jump very high anymore.

I'm glad I have more time to spend with her than I thought I would, but it's still really difficult for me knowing that she doesn't have long to live, and seeing her gradual decline.  I also hate the uncertainty of the situation.  I love her to pieces and feel constantly sad and worried, and I hate to leave the house since I want to spend as much time with her as possible, since it seems like she doesn't have much time left.  I know I'll miss her a lot when she's gone.

Thank you for reading.  I'm so glad I found this community of nice people who understand the grief of pet loss.

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Miss B - I'm so sorry to hear about your sweet baby, Zoie.

Do cherish the moments you can spend with your baby, which it seems like you are doing.

My 16-year old baby passed away from renal failure on 4/13/08.  I wished I could have her back for just a second to kiss her.

So please...cherish your angel while she's here on earth.

I'll keep you and Zoie in my prayers.

Big Hug,

Piggy's Mom

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MissB I am very sorry about Zoie.  You truly grew up together so that is a very special bond. Again I am so sorry, I am glad she is still doing fairly well also.


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Dear Miss B,

I am so sorry your sweet kitty, Zoie, is so ill.  It is so very, very difficult to watch a beloved companion decline.   I know how badly that hurts.   I watched my beloved little terrier, Betsy, develop dementia and grow so very frail.   I lost her just four months ago.   All I can tell you is to try to spend as much time as possible with Zoie.   Take photos, cuddle her, feed her her favorite foods.   She knows your heart.   She knows you love her and will be with her until it is time for her to pass.  My thoughts and prayers will be with you.   Please come here for support.   The wonderful people here helped me SO MUCH before and after I had my little girl put to sleep. 

Sending hugs,
Betsy's forever mom

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I am so very sorry about your baby Zoie's illness. I am sure it is terribly hard for you but Zoie knows how much you love her. Enjoy your time with her and treat her like a queen. I am sure you are already doing this. She sounds like a very strong little girl and I hope she pulls through to spend lots more time with you. Peace and comfort to you. Donna, Mr. Meowgy's mom


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Thank you all so much for your support: it makes it a lot easier to cope with Zoie's situation.  I'm sure I'll be posting more as her condition declines.


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(((((((((((MissB)))))))))))  Keep on loving your sweet kitty.  You will know when the time has come to let her go.  Sending many hugs to you both.


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Dear MissB,

I am keeping your kitty girl, Zoie in my prayers.  My heart goes out to you as I know how hard it is for you tending to your sick baby - the worry and the sadness can be overwhelming.  Enjoy all the good moments, it sounds like she is still feeling OK.  Every day, every minute counts when you know you don't have much time.  Cherish every bit of it.

Sending hugs to you and your sweet Zoie,

Katharine, Grunt's Mom Forever 

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Dear MissB,
I'm glad you have some more time to sped with your sweet Zoie. I'll be praying for you two. I hope you can pamper her a lot and enjoy together.
Diana, Jessie''s mom.

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I don't know what you're situation is or where you are located, but have you taken her to a specialist? You may want to consider that. Have they donelab work to find out if it is cancer? If so, sat kind? I ask this because there are chemotherapy drugs available that can give a ktty a good quality of life, for a year or more depending on the type of cancer and the cat. So if you can you might want to lok into it.

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Thank you all again for your support.  Loudpurring, that's a good idea.  My vet did not do lab tests or biopsy the tumor--he just did an exploratory surgery and looked at it, so he's not sure if it's cancer or not, but the tumor appeared quite fast and is quite large (fist-sized) and seems to be growing and to have spread to nearby organs.  Both my primary vet and the vet I took Zoie to for a 2nd opinion seem stunned that she's still alive and doing as well as she's doing.  The tumor appears to be primarily on the liver.  I live in the DC Metro Area.  How would I find out about veterinary cancer/tumor specialists in the area, other than just asking my vet?


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Sorry it took me so long to reply. 14 hour day at work today and it ended with me driving around looking for the address of a cat that left her collar at work. Never could find her house.
Okay, you can google ACVIM Specialist Search, or you can contact and browse through a list of specialist in your area. I tried to find one for you, but I am not real bright about most normal things and didn't know what state you were in.
You want a veterinarian who is an animal internal medicine specialist. There name would look like
 "Some Veterinarian DVM,ACVIM"
That means they have done additional schooling besides there regular vet school. So, they are Board Certified. the Board you want is ACVIM.
I hope this helps. Because we had a 1 1/2 year old cat with a huge tumor in his abdomin and another in his leg. They were diagnosed through a fine needle aspirit as lymphoma. The kitty has been getting chemotherapy for a few months now and looks and feels great. Eating again, acting like his old self. I don't want to give you any false hopes because every cat is different. But I know if it was my kitty I would take him to a specialist.
Good luck and keep me posted.
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