RIP Jack the Cat - May 13, 1999-Oct 15, 2011

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RIP Jack the Cat - May 13, 1999-Oct 15, 2011

Postby toomanyhatz » 16 Nov 2010, 07:15

So as some of you know (particularly if you're our friends on facebook), our cat, Jack, has been rapidly losing weight and vomiting quite a bit over the last few months. The battery of tests that he's gone through has revealed he's in the early stages of lymphoma. Now the good news (if there is such a thing) is that chemo is much less invasive in cats than it is in humans, and as opposed to making him feel weak, it'll make him feel better (at least that's what our vet says, and he's been right before). Jack's personality will help too, he's always been a fighter, and he's better than any cat I've ever known at adjusting to whatever life hands him. He's got a very positive attitude, and has always treated even unpleasant things with a "well, if that's the way it's got to be, I'll just have to make the most of it" attitude.

The bad news is that it won't be pleasant, and we won't be able to explain to him why it's necessary. And it'll be rather expensive, but he's a family member, so there's no question that we'd do it even if the prognosis wasn't good. The prognosis varies, but at very least it should buy him a few years. Keeping him around for as long as possible is totally worth it. He's been with me for almost his entire life (I got him at four months, and he's 11 1/2) and I can't imagine life without him. So you can help by sending positive thoughts our way. And as Jack is one of the big reasons why I have such high regard for the feline species, please tell your own cats you love them! Thanks, all, and thanks to everyone who's already posted their supportive thoughts on facebook.
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Postby Hugh » 16 Nov 2010, 07:26

Thoughts and prayers to you all.

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Postby mentalist (slight return) » 16 Nov 2010, 07:33

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Postby Belle Lettre » 16 Nov 2010, 07:46

Good luck to Jack.
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Postby Phil T » 16 Nov 2010, 08:36

Get well soon Jack from myself and Maisie the cat, who says "get well soon, you young whippersnapper"

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Postby sensi » 16 Nov 2010, 08:36

Sending positive thoughts your way X

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Postby Phil T » 16 Nov 2010, 08:55

Do you know which chemo regime he's getting, btw? Is it CHOP*, a very common chemo cocktail in humans?


*cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine & prednisolone

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Postby kath » 16 Nov 2010, 09:47

all prayers, well-wishery, love to jack and y'all.

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Postby Quaco » 16 Nov 2010, 17:43

Poor Jack - sending love to you all.
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Postby BlueMeanie » 16 Nov 2010, 18:01

Good luck to Jack. I'm very much a cat person, so any cat in distress gets my sympathy/love. Mrs. BM works for the Danish version of the RSPCA and I get horror stories every day. So good luck to Jack.
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Postby Bungo the Mungo » 16 Nov 2010, 18:13

here's hoping he'll be an 'alright jack'!

thoughts and prayers and all that.

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Postby Hepcat » 16 Nov 2010, 18:43

Poor Jack. I really and truly sympathize.

My experience when my first cat Spike took sick after she was bitten was simply dreadful. The vet was afraid it was FIPS, which is invariably fatal. But two tests for FIPS came in negative. The problem was that the test for FIPS at the time was not reliable since 40% of the readings derived for cats with the disease were nonetheless negative.

My response was to throw money at treatment, to the point where I even okayed exploratory surgery to see if it could be anything else. In the end though I had to put her down. And she looked right at the vet in that last moment as if she knew that it was her torturer who was now administering the final coupe de grace through the IV.

Spike had trusted me her master, her god, to look after her well being. But in the end with all my intellect, all my power, I had made all the wrong decisions. In my attempt to save her I had succeeded only in torturing my loving and trusting little friend. She who should have been with me at home was confined in a small cage and cut open because of my choices. The grief I felt was exacerbated enormously by guilt. And I couldn't even ask her for forgiveness.

I was a wretched sight with tears streaming from my eyes and long trails of snot hanging from my nose. They snuck me out the side door to avoid frightening the other clients in the waiting room.

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Postby Walk In My Shadow » 16 Nov 2010, 18:48

Ginger sends his well wishes!

He is 21 now going blind and has been deaf for at least a year.
But he still eats like a wolf and, according to the vet, is healthy otherwise.

An exception but it happens.

Needs guiding now and a lot of pampering but that's no sacrifice at all.

Tell Jack it's going to be allright!
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Postby Snarfyguy » 16 Nov 2010, 18:52

All my best thoughts to Jack and to you & the Mrs.
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Postby Geoff » 16 Nov 2010, 18:53

Good luck, Jack!
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Postby toomanyhatz » 16 Nov 2010, 18:56

I thought of Ginger (who is a beautiful cat) when I said I want Jack to stick around for as long as possible. I really want him to make it into his 20s. I bet he'll be a great cranky old guy.

We've already lost a cat, and it's a really terrible feeling. At least Greta checked out on her own and didn't force us to make a terrible decision. If Jack was only going to live a few months and his quality of life would suck, it'd be tough to know what to do. But if he might stick around for a while, even if it's going to be pricey, it'll totally be worth it!

They really do burrow themselves into our hearts, don't they?
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Postby Minnie the Minx » 16 Nov 2010, 19:06

Go get em, Jack!
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Postby beenieman » 16 Nov 2010, 19:49

I've never really understood pet ownership but all the best to you personally. He obviously means a lot to you.
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Postby Walk In My Shadow » 16 Nov 2010, 20:11

toomanyhatz wrote:I thought of Ginger (who is a beautiful cat) when I said I want Jack to stick around for as long as possible. I really want him to make it into his 20s. I bet he'll be a great cranky old guy.

We've already lost a cat, and it's a really terrible feeling. At least Greta checked out on her own and didn't force us to make a terrible decision. If Jack was only going to live a few months and his quality of life would suck, it'd be tough to know what to do. But if he might stick around for a while, even if it's going to be pricey, it'll totally be worth it!

They really do burrow themselves into our hearts, don't they?



Yes they do.

Ginger has outlived three other cats already.
His brother, his stepbrother (same mother, year younger) and one the Mrs brought along.
The last one died a natural death, the other two one day just disappeared.
That's the worst. Not knowing what happened.

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Postby Magilla » 16 Nov 2010, 20:19

Good luck Jack and I hope you get well quickly.
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