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cat update - it is cancer

March 20th, 2018 at 10:45 am

Well, after seeing four vets, a CT scan, a biopsy, and countless other tests, I found out last Friday that my cat has cancer. It is in her salivary gland and the prognosis is not good. I am keeping her comfortable and trying to find some way to slow the growth of the cancer.

I'm devastated. She is the light of my life. I was much more prepared for my older cat's passing than hers. She is only 8.5 years old and in my mind, only halfway through her life. Honestly, I'm not sure how I will get through this. Anyone else have a furry soulmate? She is mine.

I'm struggling with my current ethics class, not only because this is happening, but because the material is not at all what I was expecting. It's a Lutheran college but so was my (liberal) undergrad, so I wasn't expecting a huge religious focus. This college is MUCH more conservative and requiring Bible readings. I'm not even remotely religious so I am struggling with this. I've been looking for different programs and am considering switching to an industrial organizational psychology program. The problem is that what I'm doing is the cheapest and fastest path to a master's degree.

I haven't done a lick of my homework due tomorrow, and now I have to take my cat to the vet this afternoon because she ripped out her feeding tube this morning.

I need to tell my ex about our cat but I'm dreading that conversation. I haven't spoken to him in almost three years other than happy birthday texts.

I'm not enjoying my life right now.

9 Responses to “cat update - it is cancer”

  1. laura Says:


    I am so sorry to hear about your Cat. Such devastating news. I don't look forward to my dogs' passing. One is our Old Girl and will be 16 next month. Anyhow, such sad, sad news.

    I've taken Ethics (both Marriage/Sexual and Pastoral) in my past stint in Seminary. If you need opinions from someone who is a liberal Christian on specific topics, you can shoot me an email. I'll warn you that I'm jaded since the place that I studied Ethics acted so unethically I ran straight to an organizational design and change program (similar to IO) so I'll on the psychology side of business now rather than higher religious education.

    I hope that your days get easier. Take good care.

  2. rob62521 Says:

    Sorry about your kitty.

    There are different Lutheran synods. There is Lutheran Church Missouri Synod which is quite conservative. There is Evangelical Lutheran Church of America which is liberal. There are others that are more or less depending on each.

  3. creditcardfree Says:

    We had to put our eight year old cat down due to cancer a little over a year ago. She stopped eating. It was cancer of the lymphatic system. Miss her every day. We did not take extraordinary measures. Yes, we could have afforded it, however, we felt the long term prognosis and potential intervention was just too much emotionally for her and us as well. It was very, very hard. But I have faith we gave her a really good life for as long as we could and she gave us memories and feelings we will cherish forever.

    Make sure you know before you call your ex what you want from the exchange. Just providing courtesy notification? An option to say goodbye? Since it is clearly your cat, it seems all decision making is yours. It's an emotional time as it is, don't jump into a conversation that will make things worse. Obviously, I don't know your relationship...so it's only just something to think about.

  4. Rose. Says:

    I'm sorry to hear about your cat. I'm not sure how you feel about holistic options but Turmeric, Echinacea, and I believe Burdock Root are some things that can boost the immune system. Also diet. Real food low grain is important. There are a lot of resources out there now for ways to help, maybe not cure. But any extra time you can have is a blessing.

  5. ceejay74 Says:

    Sorry to hear about your cat! Ours are young (3-4 years) and so far healthy, so I forget occasionally that they are FIV+ and so face greater health risks than most cats. I know I haven't prepared myself mentally for anything to happen to them.

  6. CB in the City Says:

    I lost my feline soulmate not long ago, and it was devastating. And she had lived a long life. It's that much harder when your pet is young. I would say, do everything to make her comfortable, and when it is time to let her go, you will know it. We are so lucky that we can end the suffering for our beloved pets; it may be the greatest gift we can give them.

  7. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    We had to put our Sunny girl down due to cancer just after Thanksgiving. It's not easy .. I'm so sorry about your kitty.

    About the class .. could you view the Bible readings as literature? I have heard of the Bible being taught in public schools just for it's qualification as great literature. So many other literature sources have Biblical allusions - both in modern day and older lit (Beowolf for one example) that it might not be a bad thing to read just for that purpose - being able to get more literary references.

  8. debt-free by thir-ty Says:

    I'm so sorry about your cat. My furry soulmate was my dog. I raised him from a puppy and figured we'd at least have him 10-12 years. He'd be 9 4/3, but we had to put him down in early December due to tail cancer. It's so difficult to lose a beloved animal that you thought you had more time with. Sending hugs and prayers your way.

  9. kashi Says:

    Thank you all for your support and kind words. It means so much to me.

    Good thoughts on the ex. I still haven't told him.

    Also good thoughts on my class. I'm trying to power through it just to pass at this point.

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