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dgk
October 5th 17, 04:12 AM
He's been scratching his right ear a lot. It's happened before and
he's had some infection so I figured that this seemed to be a repeat
performance. But the vet said that his heart murrmur has gotten worse,
and there is a large growth in his ear that is causing the infection.

He's 16, so maybe the end is near. Naturally I went for some of the
tests (over $600) to find out what's up with these conditions, and
I'll know more in a day or two.

Heart murmurs can be cardiomyopathy or hyperthyroidism, and if either
show up, then maybe it's treatable. But that growth in the ear is bad.
Well, I suspect he's just received a death sentence because I vowed
never to subject another of my cats to chemo. Nor, at age 16, will I
go for surgery. I probably won't even go for an electrocardiogram. I
don't think I should have spent the money I just spent.

Well, that's the news. Nipsy was never exactly the happiest cat in the
world. He whines all the time, and just never seems to enjoy himself.
Well, at the moment he's getting all the Temptations that he wants,
and we'll just have to wait for the results.

Joy[_3_]
October 5th 17, 06:12 AM
On 10/4/2017 8:12 PM, dgk wrote:
> He's been scratching his right ear a lot. It's happened before and
> he's had some infection so I figured that this seemed to be a repeat
> performance. But the vet said that his heart murrmur has gotten worse,
> and there is a large growth in his ear that is causing the infection.
>
> He's 16, so maybe the end is near. Naturally I went for some of the
> tests (over $600) to find out what's up with these conditions, and
> I'll know more in a day or two.
>
> Heart murmurs can be cardiomyopathy or hyperthyroidism, and if either
> show up, then maybe it's treatable. But that growth in the ear is bad.
> Well, I suspect he's just received a death sentence because I vowed
> never to subject another of my cats to chemo. Nor, at age 16, will I
> go for surgery. I probably won't even go for an electrocardiogram. I
> don't think I should have spent the money I just spent.
>
> Well, that's the news. Nipsy was never exactly the happiest cat in the
> world. He whines all the time, and just never seems to enjoy himself.
> Well, at the moment he's getting all the Temptations that he wants,
> and we'll just have to wait for the results.
>

I'm sorry to hear this. I'll be hoping for the best. I would feel the
same about chemo, and about surgery for an older cat.

dgk
October 7th 17, 04:01 PM
On Wed, 4 Oct 2017 22:12:16 -0700, Joy >
wrote:

>On 10/4/2017 8:12 PM, dgk wrote:
>> He's been scratching his right ear a lot. It's happened before and
>> he's had some infection so I figured that this seemed to be a repeat
>> performance. But the vet said that his heart murrmur has gotten worse,
>> and there is a large growth in his ear that is causing the infection.
>>
>> He's 16, so maybe the end is near. Naturally I went for some of the
>> tests (over $600) to find out what's up with these conditions, and
>> I'll know more in a day or two.
>>
>> Heart murmurs can be cardiomyopathy or hyperthyroidism, and if either
>> show up, then maybe it's treatable. But that growth in the ear is bad.
>> Well, I suspect he's just received a death sentence because I vowed
>> never to subject another of my cats to chemo. Nor, at age 16, will I
>> go for surgery. I probably won't even go for an electrocardiogram. I
>> don't think I should have spent the money I just spent.
>>
>> Well, that's the news. Nipsy was never exactly the happiest cat in the
>> world. He whines all the time, and just never seems to enjoy himself.
>> Well, at the moment he's getting all the Temptations that he wants,
>> and we'll just have to wait for the results.
>>
>
>I'm sorry to hear this. I'll be hoping for the best. I would feel the
>same about chemo, and about surgery for an older cat.

All of the results were normal for a 16 yo cat, except for the xray
which showed something one of his lungs. Could be an infection, could
be something else. So he's on steroids and antibiotics, and we'll see
what happens when we go back in two weeks.

He's whining a lot now, but I can't tell if it's any more than usual.
He is simply the whinest cat in the world. I told him years ago that
one day something would really be wrong and I wouldn't be able to tell
if was serious or not.

We've reached that day. I hate the thought that he's in pain, but it's
almost impossible to tell.

All I knnow is that I'm not bringing him to a specialist in order to
have his lungs aspirated, nor to have surgery on his ear. We'll see
what the current treatment does and go from there.

I often walk into the house, and Sccoter and Baby are somewhere, but
Nipsy comes up to me and whines. And whines some more. I never know
what he wants. I give him food, treats, a petting, a brushing. I just
don't know.

Joy[_3_]
October 7th 17, 06:46 PM
On 10/7/2017 8:01 AM, dgk wrote:
> On Wed, 4 Oct 2017 22:12:16 -0700, Joy >
> wrote:
>
>> On 10/4/2017 8:12 PM, dgk wrote:
>>> He's been scratching his right ear a lot. It's happened before and
>>> he's had some infection so I figured that this seemed to be a repeat
>>> performance. But the vet said that his heart murrmur has gotten worse,
>>> and there is a large growth in his ear that is causing the infection.
>>>
>>> He's 16, so maybe the end is near. Naturally I went for some of the
>>> tests (over $600) to find out what's up with these conditions, and
>>> I'll know more in a day or two.
>>>
>>> Heart murmurs can be cardiomyopathy or hyperthyroidism, and if either
>>> show up, then maybe it's treatable. But that growth in the ear is bad.
>>> Well, I suspect he's just received a death sentence because I vowed
>>> never to subject another of my cats to chemo. Nor, at age 16, will I
>>> go for surgery. I probably won't even go for an electrocardiogram. I
>>> don't think I should have spent the money I just spent.
>>>
>>> Well, that's the news. Nipsy was never exactly the happiest cat in the
>>> world. He whines all the time, and just never seems to enjoy himself.
>>> Well, at the moment he's getting all the Temptations that he wants,
>>> and we'll just have to wait for the results.
>>>
>>
>> I'm sorry to hear this. I'll be hoping for the best. I would feel the
>> same about chemo, and about surgery for an older cat.
>
> All of the results were normal for a 16 yo cat, except for the xray
> which showed something one of his lungs. Could be an infection, could
> be something else. So he's on steroids and antibiotics, and we'll see
> what happens when we go back in two weeks.
>
> He's whining a lot now, but I can't tell if it's any more than usual.
> He is simply the whinest cat in the world. I told him years ago that
> one day something would really be wrong and I wouldn't be able to tell
> if was serious or not.
>
> We've reached that day. I hate the thought that he's in pain, but it's
> almost impossible to tell.
>
> All I knnow is that I'm not bringing him to a specialist in order to
> have his lungs aspirated, nor to have surgery on his ear. We'll see
> what the current treatment does and go from there.
>
> I often walk into the house, and Sccoter and Baby are somewhere, but
> Nipsy comes up to me and whines. And whines some more. I never know
> what he wants. I give him food, treats, a petting, a brushing. I just
> don't know.
>

That is obviously very frustrating. Best wishes for him not to be in pain.

dgk
October 9th 17, 05:01 PM
On Sat, 7 Oct 2017 10:46:50 -0700, Joy >
wrote:

>On 10/7/2017 8:01 AM, dgk wrote:
>> On Wed, 4 Oct 2017 22:12:16 -0700, Joy >
>> wrote:

>>
>> I often walk into the house, and Sccoter and Baby are somewhere, but
>> Nipsy comes up to me and whines. And whines some more. I never know
>> what he wants. I give him food, treats, a petting, a brushing. I just
>> don't know.
>>
>
>That is obviously very frustrating. Best wishes for him not to be in pain.

I remembered something else. Maybe a month ago, I came in and found
that the whole den was covered in blood. Not a big pool or anything
like that, but spots of blood that really covered a good part of the
floor. Luckily it's tile so cleans up easily but I couldn't figure out
where it came from.

None of the cats had anything noticeable, so I figured that maybe they
had really taken apart a lizard, but I never saw a lizard body. The
cats do eat them sometimes.

So I guess that was Nipsy trying to scratch that ear. I once had a cat
named Jackie that was ripping her ear apart because there was a tumor
growing in it, so perhaps this is the same thing.

I hope it isn't bothering him all the time. We'll see how the steroid
and antibiotic do.

Judith Latham
October 15th 17, 07:16 PM
In article >, dgk
> wrote:
> On Sat, 7 Oct 2017 10:46:50 -0700, Joy > wrote:

> >On 10/7/2017 8:01 AM, dgk wrote:
> >> On Wed, 4 Oct 2017 22:12:16 -0700, Joy >
> >> wrote:

> >>
> >> I often walk into the house, and Sccoter and Baby are somewhere, but
> >> Nipsy comes up to me and whines. And whines some more. I never know
> >> what he wants. I give him food, treats, a petting, a brushing. I just
> >> don't know.
> >>
> >
> >That is obviously very frustrating. Best wishes for him not to be in
> >pain.

> I remembered something else. Maybe a month ago, I came in and found that
> the whole den was covered in blood. Not a big pool or anything like
> that, but spots of blood that really covered a good part of the floor.
> Luckily it's tile so cleans up easily but I couldn't figure out where it
> came from.

> None of the cats had anything noticeable, so I figured that maybe they
> had really taken apart a lizard, but I never saw a lizard body. The cats
> do eat them sometimes.

> So I guess that was Nipsy trying to scratch that ear. I once had a cat
> named Jackie that was ripping her ear apart because there was a tumor
> growing in it, so perhaps this is the same thing.

> I hope it isn't bothering him all the time. We'll see how the steroid
> and antibiotic do.


Purrs and prayers for the treatment to help.

Judith

--
Judith Latham
Stourbridge, West Midlands. UK.

dgk
October 19th 17, 04:30 PM
On Sun, 15 Oct 2017 19:16:44 +0100, Judith Latham
> wrote:

>In article >, dgk
> wrote:
>> On Sat, 7 Oct 2017 10:46:50 -0700, Joy > wrote:
>
>> >On 10/7/2017 8:01 AM, dgk wrote:
>> >> On Wed, 4 Oct 2017 22:12:16 -0700, Joy >
>> >> wrote:
>
>> >>
>> >> I often walk into the house, and Sccoter and Baby are somewhere, but
>> >> Nipsy comes up to me and whines. And whines some more. I never know
>> >> what he wants. I give him food, treats, a petting, a brushing. I just
>> >> don't know.
>> >>
>> >
>> >That is obviously very frustrating. Best wishes for him not to be in
>> >pain.
>
>> I remembered something else. Maybe a month ago, I came in and found that
>> the whole den was covered in blood. Not a big pool or anything like
>> that, but spots of blood that really covered a good part of the floor.
>> Luckily it's tile so cleans up easily but I couldn't figure out where it
>> came from.
>
>> None of the cats had anything noticeable, so I figured that maybe they
>> had really taken apart a lizard, but I never saw a lizard body. The cats
>> do eat them sometimes.
>
>> So I guess that was Nipsy trying to scratch that ear. I once had a cat
>> named Jackie that was ripping her ear apart because there was a tumor
>> growing in it, so perhaps this is the same thing.
>
>> I hope it isn't bothering him all the time. We'll see how the steroid
>> and antibiotic do.
>
>
>Purrs and prayers for the treatment to help.
>
>Judith

Vet visit yesterday. The ear growth has gotten a bit smaller, he's on
another antibiotic, and we'll do an xray in 4 weeks to see what's
happening in the lung.

The vet said that the infection in the ear won't go away until the
mass is removed because the air is being blocked. But it might not
even be a tumor. It could just be a really big polyp.

The vet mentioned that yesterday, and I wasn't really thinking I guess
because Nipsy has had problems with that ear for years. So maybe it is
just a polyp. I have a call into the vet to check on that, given his
history. Maybe I will take him to the specialist after all and have it
removed. But there is still that thing in his lung. What to do...

jmcquown[_2_]
October 19th 17, 04:39 PM
On 10/19/2017 11:30 AM, dgk wrote:
> On Sun, 15 Oct 2017 19:16:44 +0100, Judith Latham
> > wrote:
>
>> In article >, dgk
>> > wrote:
>>> On Sat, 7 Oct 2017 10:46:50 -0700, Joy > wrote:
>>
>>>> On 10/7/2017 8:01 AM, dgk wrote:
>>>>> On Wed, 4 Oct 2017 22:12:16 -0700, Joy >
>>>>> wrote:
>>
>>>>>
>>>>> I often walk into the house, and Sccoter and Baby are somewhere, but
>>>>> Nipsy comes up to me and whines. And whines some more. I never know
>>>>> what he wants. I give him food, treats, a petting, a brushing. I just
>>>>> don't know.
>>>>>
>>>>
>>>> That is obviously very frustrating. Best wishes for him not to be in
>>>> pain.
>>
>>> I remembered something else. Maybe a month ago, I came in and found that
>>> the whole den was covered in blood. Not a big pool or anything like
>>> that, but spots of blood that really covered a good part of the floor.
>>> Luckily it's tile so cleans up easily but I couldn't figure out where it
>>> came from.
>>
>>> None of the cats had anything noticeable, so I figured that maybe they
>>> had really taken apart a lizard, but I never saw a lizard body. The cats
>>> do eat them sometimes.
>>
>>> So I guess that was Nipsy trying to scratch that ear. I once had a cat
>>> named Jackie that was ripping her ear apart because there was a tumor
>>> growing in it, so perhaps this is the same thing.
>>
>>> I hope it isn't bothering him all the time. We'll see how the steroid
>>> and antibiotic do.
>>
>>
>> Purrs and prayers for the treatment to help.
>>
>> Judith
>
> Vet visit yesterday. The ear growth has gotten a bit smaller, he's on
> another antibiotic, and we'll do an xray in 4 weeks to see what's
> happening in the lung.
>
> The vet said that the infection in the ear won't go away until the
> mass is removed because the air is being blocked. But it might not
> even be a tumor. It could just be a really big polyp.
>
> The vet mentioned that yesterday, and I wasn't really thinking I guess
> because Nipsy has had problems with that ear for years. So maybe it is
> just a polyp. I have a call into the vet to check on that, given his
> history. Maybe I will take him to the specialist after all and have it
> removed. But there is still that thing in his lung. What to do...
>
A little late but many purrs for Nipsy. I know you're worried.

Jill

Joy[_3_]
October 19th 17, 07:34 PM
On 10/19/2017 8:30 AM, dgk wrote:
> On Sun, 15 Oct 2017 19:16:44 +0100, Judith Latham
> > wrote:
>
>> In article >, dgk
>> > wrote:
>>> On Sat, 7 Oct 2017 10:46:50 -0700, Joy > wrote:
>>
>>>> On 10/7/2017 8:01 AM, dgk wrote:
>>>>> On Wed, 4 Oct 2017 22:12:16 -0700, Joy >
>>>>> wrote:
>>
>>>>>
>>>>> I often walk into the house, and Sccoter and Baby are somewhere, but
>>>>> Nipsy comes up to me and whines. And whines some more. I never know
>>>>> what he wants. I give him food, treats, a petting, a brushing. I just
>>>>> don't know.
>>>>>
>>>>
>>>> That is obviously very frustrating. Best wishes for him not to be in
>>>> pain.
>>
>>> I remembered something else. Maybe a month ago, I came in and found that
>>> the whole den was covered in blood. Not a big pool or anything like
>>> that, but spots of blood that really covered a good part of the floor.
>>> Luckily it's tile so cleans up easily but I couldn't figure out where it
>>> came from.
>>
>>> None of the cats had anything noticeable, so I figured that maybe they
>>> had really taken apart a lizard, but I never saw a lizard body. The cats
>>> do eat them sometimes.
>>
>>> So I guess that was Nipsy trying to scratch that ear. I once had a cat
>>> named Jackie that was ripping her ear apart because there was a tumor
>>> growing in it, so perhaps this is the same thing.
>>
>>> I hope it isn't bothering him all the time. We'll see how the steroid
>>> and antibiotic do.
>>
>>
>> Purrs and prayers for the treatment to help.
>>
>> Judith
>
> Vet visit yesterday. The ear growth has gotten a bit smaller, he's on
> another antibiotic, and we'll do an xray in 4 weeks to see what's
> happening in the lung.
>
> The vet said that the infection in the ear won't go away until the
> mass is removed because the air is being blocked. But it might not
> even be a tumor. It could just be a really big polyp.
>
> The vet mentioned that yesterday, and I wasn't really thinking I guess
> because Nipsy has had problems with that ear for years. So maybe it is
> just a polyp. I have a call into the vet to check on that, given his
> history. Maybe I will take him to the specialist after all and have it
> removed. But there is still that thing in his lung. What to do...
>

Yes, it's a hard call to make. Purrs for you to find the right decision.

Judith Latham
October 22nd 17, 11:09 AM
In article >, dgk
> wrote:
> On Sun, 15 Oct 2017 19:16:44 +0100, Judith Latham
> > wrote:

> >In article >, dgk
> > wrote:
> >> On Sat, 7 Oct 2017 10:46:50 -0700, Joy >
> >> wrote:
> >
> >> >On 10/7/2017 8:01 AM, dgk wrote:
> >> >> On Wed, 4 Oct 2017 22:12:16 -0700, Joy >
> >> >> wrote:
> >
> >> >>
> >> >> I often walk into the house, and Sccoter and Baby are somewhere,
> >> >> but Nipsy comes up to me and whines. And whines some more. I never
> >> >> know what he wants. I give him food, treats, a petting, a
> >> >> brushing. I just don't know.
> >> >>
> >> >
> >> >That is obviously very frustrating. Best wishes for him not to be
> >> >in pain.
> >
> >> I remembered something else. Maybe a month ago, I came in and found
> >> that the whole den was covered in blood. Not a big pool or anything
> >> like that, but spots of blood that really covered a good part of the
> >> floor. Luckily it's tile so cleans up easily but I couldn't figure
> >> out where it came from.
> >
> >> None of the cats had anything noticeable, so I figured that maybe
> >> they had really taken apart a lizard, but I never saw a lizard body.
> >> The cats do eat them sometimes.
> >
> >> So I guess that was Nipsy trying to scratch that ear. I once had a
> >> cat named Jackie that was ripping her ear apart because there was a
> >> tumor growing in it, so perhaps this is the same thing.
> >
> >> I hope it isn't bothering him all the time. We'll see how the steroid
> >> and antibiotic do.
> >
> >
> >Purrs and prayers for the treatment to help.
> >
> >Judith

> Vet visit yesterday. The ear growth has gotten a bit smaller, he's on
> another antibiotic, and we'll do an xray in 4 weeks to see what's
> happening in the lung.

> The vet said that the infection in the ear won't go away until the mass
> is removed because the air is being blocked. But it might not even be a
> tumor. It could just be a really big polyp.

> The vet mentioned that yesterday, and I wasn't really thinking I guess
> because Nipsy has had problems with that ear for years. So maybe it is
> just a polyp. I have a call into the vet to check on that, given his
> history. Maybe I will take him to the specialist after all and have it
> removed. But there is still that thing in his lung. What to do...

It's so difficult to make these type of decisions. Purrs and prayers for
you both.

Judith

--
Judith Latham
Stourbridge, West Midlands. UK.