Can we stop with the interesting please?

We now have another unpleasant decision to make. The Bugger-cat’s second ultrasound found almost-certainly cancerous growth in his lymph nodes. It’s still very early on, and needs a biopsy for a full diagnosis. And apparently kitty chemo is not available without said diagnosis so we’re probably going to have to arrange for him to have an endoscopy in order to get biopsy samples from the thickened intestines as well as the lymph nodes.

Honestly, this is getting kind of old.

The Bugger-cat himself appears to have forgiven me for the horrible indignities inflicted on him by the 1/2 hour drive to the vet specialists, getting shaved, coated with ultrasound goop, ultrasounded, and of course the drive home again. Not to mention the need to have nothing in his intestines for the ultrasound meant he’d spent the entire morning in kitty pokey (aka the bathroom downstairs where he had a litter box and a water bowl – the horror of it all, a kitty without food).

Her Royal Highness Princess Buttercup is much calmer now her fellow kitty is out of durance vile, too. It was a bit distracting trying to work from home with one cat in pokey bewailing his fate and the other at the door informing him she wanted his company right now thank you very much. Or possibly swearing at him for not being where she wanted him to be. She rules this household and we’re best not forgetting it.

It’s getting old. Bad enough that the constant issues with inflammatory bowel disease have convinced the Bugger-cat that number two and the litter box are not friends. Worse that it’s only a few months since we lost the Baby-cat to kidney disease.

Can whoever is in charge of this mess please take us off the “interesting times” list? We’ve had enough interesting to last us for a long time.


  1. So it’s probably feline lymphoma. The real question is… do you want to put him through chemotherapy in exchange for a moderate chance of improvement, and a much smaller chance that he’ll be one of the few cats who goes into complete remission for as much as 2 years (or for a few months if it’s high-grade lymphoma).

    While some of the literature paints a rosy picture of his prospects, reports from the field are perhaps more realistic. Here’s a good overview:

    1. We’re waiting to talk it through with our regular vet before we make a decision. We need to weigh up the costs against the potential quality of life it will buy for the Bugger-cat.

  2. Am so very sorry to hear the IBS has progressed to lymphoma.
    The good news is that lymphoma in the cat is often responsive to steroids and cats handle steroids about a million times better than people do.
    It all boils down to a quality of life issue and that means PEOPLE quality of life as well as that of the cat in question.
    The limiting factor in any cat-human situation is what said cat will ALLOW you to do. Anyone who has had to administer a pill to a cat knows ongoing treatment can be a special kind of human purgatory. Hard on the fingers too.
    I advocate listening to your cat who will tell you if treatment is a realistic option.
    There are worse things than a trip across ‘The Rainbow Bridge’. Modern drug combinations are both fast and painless. Also depending on location some veterinarians now offer in home services.
    I would not object to reincarnation as one of your cats my next go around.

    1. Thank you. Our goal – as with the Baby-cat who left us a month or so back and Her Fluffiness Shani (whose been gone a few years now – she developed a cancerous growth at the age of 21 so we opted not to do more than steroid injections because at her age surgery would likely have been the end of her. We got about 6 months of reasonably good life before she deteriorated) – is to give them the best we can until they’re clearly not happy with their situation.

      It’s a difficult judgment, and hurts like hell every time.

      And yes, pilling cats is… interesting. The Bugger doesn’t argue too much these days. He knows the routine and doesn’t start squirming until he’s had all his medicine.

  3. “Interesting” is great to read about.
    “Interesting” can be good to recall and tell about.
    “Interesting” is a lousy thing to be experiencing.
    “Dull”… makes for lousy reading and lack of tales, but is an Ideal.

    May you experience some nice Dull. (and NOT the dull-witted, who make things ‘interesting’…)

    1. Thank you. I would love some nice Dull. This last year or two it seems like every time I start to settle, some new catastrophe happens.

    1. A boring life is to be devoutly pursued. Let the characters in stories have the interesting lives.

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