Saturday, May 10, 2008

When It Rains It Pours...

Sissy is my boyfriends cats. He's had her for approximately 16 years now, and she was one of two original residents that lived here prior to my moving in. Since I first met Sissy, she has always been a fairly large cat, and over the years we have tried every diet food under the sun to help her try and lose the weight. Unfortunately none worked, and the weight has remained.

Yesterday, for the first time ever, Sissy refused to eat. She hid under the bed, and we knew something wasn't quite right, so we made an appointment to take her in today and have her looked at today. The news wasn't good, and explained why all our efforts to help her lose weight failed. Sissy has a large tumor, somewhere between the size of a baseball and a small basketball. (As it turns out, her large size is not do to a weight problem, but is in fact, caused by the tumor, which cannot be operated on...) Blood work was done, and we are awaiting the results which will be back on Monday. The tumor is pushing against Sissy's organs and the doctor believes Sissy may be in the end stages of kidney failure as a result. (The blood tests will confirm the suspected kidney failure for sure.)

Sissy has been trying to tell us that the end is near, her refusing to eat, and hiding are signs that she is well aware. Force feeding would only prolong the pain, so if Sissy is not eating on her own again by Monday, and if the tests result confirm she is in the end stages of kidney failure, we may have no other choice but to help her to the bridge on Monday. My boyfriend is taking it very hard. She has been with him for years. He cried the whole way home from the vet. There is nothing further we can do. We can only make her last days as comfortable as possible and surround her with all the love we have to give. Needless to say, I, we, may not be around the CB much in the next couple of days, for our thoughts and focus need to be on Sissy in her final days...

34 comments:

Babs (Beetle) said...

We are so sad to hear that. We pray that if the news is bad, you will find comfort in knowing Sissy would thank you for helping her to rainbow bridge.

It is always heartbreaking and we will pray for you all.

Grr, Midnight & Cocoa said...

oh no! we're so very sorry. love & purrs to Sissy and to all of you.

Daisy said...

I am so sorry to learn the sad news about Sissy. My thoughts are with you.

Radcliff, Allie, Luna, & Ozzie said...

We're so sorry to hear about Sissy. Sending comforting purrrrsss and {{huggss}} to her and all her beans.

Junior said...

We are so very sorry to hear about Sissy! Our purrayers are with you and we are sending all of you gentle headbutts.

Junior, Orion and Meowm

Kaz's Cats said...

We're so sorry that Sissy is so sick! Our purrs and purrayers and 'pawsitive thawts' are with everybean and cat who loves her, but especially with her 'dad' who has know her for 16 years.

Gentle headbutts

Gypsy & Tasha (& Kaz (Mum))

LadyBanana said...

That's so sad.. she is such a beautiful cat....

jane said...

I'm so sorry to read this sad news. My heart and love goes out to all of you at this fifficult time. It's never easy, but take comfort in the knowledge that beautiful Sissy has had a good life with you and you have done all you can to make her time here full of love and comfort. Take care xx

Cat-a-holic, Lilly and Laila said...

What devastating news! We are praying for all of you. We know you will be doing the right thing for Sissy. God bless!

Laila, Lilly and Peggy

JB's Big World said...

I am so sad to hear about Sissy. You must all be so sad. I will send you purrs and more purrs!
--JB

jenianddean said...

We are so sorry to hear about Sissy. Our prayers are with you.
--Jasper

ML said...

So very sorry to hear about Sissy. We are all praying and purring for her, and her family. Especially your boyfriend, who will take this really hard.
As many of the other pet mommies and daddies know, letting them go peacefully is the hardest thing to do.
KC will post this on the Pet Purr and Purrayers blog.
ML and the Sherwood Bunc

Camie's Kitties said...

We are sorry to hear about Sissy. We know that she has been surrounded by love all of her life with you, and that she can feel it as a physical entity surrounding her. We are purring for her and you.

Tiki, Tavi, Cody and Camie

Tara said...

Our eyes are leaking big time here. Although nothing can make it easier, your boyfriend had 16 wonderful years that cannot be taken away.

Purrs and thoughts
Tara

The Cat Realm said...

We just heard... we are so sorry, so very sorry. Our thoughts are with you humans, and our purrs are with Moki and the other cats. You sure have a very severe downpour on you... we focus hard on things to get better. We will keep Sissy in our hearts and thoughts and hope that whatever happens she will not suffer too much - we know she will feel your love as a real energy as we cats do have that ability!
Please keep us updated,
Karl and the rest of The Cat Realm

The Furry Fighter said...

oh sissy darling...tumours, i hate the *&K/%$ things! if you do not have kidney failure is chemo an option? or is the tumour just too big?

i wish i could come on over and fix you and make things all ok for you and your family. we are really feeling for you all right now and will send purrs until our throats are sore

hugs for you and your beans
xxxxx

Mo said...

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and Sissy and your family.
♥ ♥ ♥
the purries from
Purrchance To Dream
and Not The Mama

Parker said...

You are in our thoughts and in our prayers. I am so sorry...
Purrs to Sissy...

Ana said...

I am so sorry to hear that. I can imagine how hard it must be to loose your cat being with you for all those years.

I wish you all the power you need to comfort Sissy in her last days!

MoMo said...

I am sooooo sorry to hear the news about Sissy. Do what is needed for the comfort of Sissy. I shall purr and light a candle for her. My thoughts are with the family in this difficult time.

HotMBC said...

Oh we's so sorry to hear about Sissy having such a bad thing. We will purr lots for her and for yoo all. Extra purrs for yore boyfriend too. Mommy's eyes are leakin cuz she knows how hard a time it is cuz she hadta help Chloe to tha Bridge after 18 yeers. LOTS of purrrrrs,
Alla Us Hotties

TT said...

Oh no I am so sorry to hear that Sissy isn'ts well!

Lots of purrs and headbutts to you all.

Lisa said...

Oh we are so sorry to hear about Sissy. :( Our prayers and kitty purrs are with her.

*hugs*

catsynth said...

We are so sorry to hear the news about Sissy :(. She is a beautiful cat. Our thoughts and purrs are with her and her family.

Astrid, Kashim & Othello said...

we are purring and purrayíng for Sissy.
It's hard to have to make such a decission to help a beloved feline.
our thoughts and purrayers are with you all!

DEBRA said...

We are sending you our love and purrs....purring hard for Sissy...

Purr Purr purrrr
Abby
Boo
Ping
Jinx
and Gracie

Willow said...

China Cat and I were so sorry to hear about Sissy. We are sending over love and purrs to Sissy and your whole family.

Purrrrrs, Willow

George Steppa & Shmoo,Mus,JR Man, and TT said...

O NO will u give your honey man a hug from us our bean and so many beans on her blogs know your pain but she will love him for taking her pain way GOOD BLESS

PB & J said...

We're so sorry to hear about Sissy. We'll be purring for her to have a peaceful journey over the bridge, knowing that she is loved and will be missed.

Purrs,
Pearl, Bert and Jake

Jan's Funny Farm said...

Oh, how sad for you both. We know you will do whatever is best for Sissy. We also know this is painful.

Megan said...

This makes me so sad. :( My eyes are all tearing up. Give her lots of love and keep her comfortable.

Artsy Catsy said...

Oh my, we're so sad to hear about Sissy. Our hearts go out to you both.

Sharolyn & Rocky
& everybody at Artsy Catsy

Samantha & Tigger said...

We are purrring and purraying for your family! Are eyes are leaking about Sissy! (((((BIG warm hugs to you all))))))
Your FL furiends,

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