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

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Re: Jack the Cat - your prayers/well-wishes are appreciated!

Postby Walk In My Shadow » 01 Apr 2011, 21:43

That's very good news.

Cuddle him all you can now that you still can.


Not wanting to rain on your parade here but I still miss Ginger every day.
Last Sunday I drove past a house down the street and saw two cats sitting in the window.
One was an orange tabby.
About a mile down the road I turned the car around, stopped and walked up to the house.
Just to make sure it wasn't him.
Sad, I know.
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Postby Beebsy » 01 Apr 2011, 22:59

Walk In My Shadow wrote:That's very good news.

Cuddle him all you can now that you still can.


Not wanting to rain on your parade here but I still miss Ginger every day.
Last Sunday I drove past a house down the street and saw two cats sitting in the window.
One was an orange tabby.
About a mile down the road I turned the car around, stopped and walked up to the house.
Just to make sure it wasn't him.
Sad, I know.

Ah Yves. I saw your name on this thread and it made me wonder about Ginger. I am so sorry that he never came back. I know your heart is broken.

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Postby toomanyhatz » 13 May 2011, 08:16

Well, it's now officially Jack's 12th birthday.

I think those of you who've read and contributed to this thread probably already have some sense of just how much I adore this cat. From the day he showed so much personality at the adoption, basically demanding to come home with me and making himself right at home once I obeyed, to the many times he's moved to new places with me and adjusted immediately to the many people he's met and been friendly and social with, I've always known he was an extraordinary cat.

When he was first given his diagnosis, late last year, we had high hopes, but those hopes were quickly put to the test when the chemo didn't take. When he was last at the vet he looked absolutely miserable, weak and wobbly. The vet said that, optimistically, he might have 3 months left. Well, we're going on six at this point and, while he certainly doesn't seem to be getting stronger, he's alive. Gloriously, wonderfully alive. I think the reason for this is his incredible strength, resilience, and overall will to live. He may not have much time left, but we honestly weren't too optimistic about him still being around at this point. Cliche though it may be, every day is a gift at this point.

Thank you all for the good thoughts coming his way. I suspect in some instinctive way he knows how much he is loved, and that it's helped. Keep 'em coming. Here's hoping he continues to be relatively comfortable, and have more time with us than we expected.
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Postby fange » 13 May 2011, 08:22

Man, that's great news for you all. Keep on keeping on, Jack.
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Postby kath » 13 May 2011, 08:35

happpppy birthdayyyy to yewwww, jack.

we love jack, we do. yeahyeah, he may only be an e-bud technically, but we still send da love, reap and i.

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Postby Livet » 13 May 2011, 16:22

Happy birthday Jack! You're a star.
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Postby BlueMeanie » 13 May 2011, 17:12

Go Jack!!! Happy birthday :)
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Postby Cosmic American Girl » 13 May 2011, 17:15

A big happy birthday to Jack from Sonny and his people. xo

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Postby Six String » 13 May 2011, 17:37

Roll a big phatty of catnip for Jack. He deserves it!

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Postby echolalia » 13 May 2011, 17:41

Happy birthday Jack. You're a survivor, and a fighter, and you have the most dedicated staff you could wish for!

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Postby Jeff K » 13 May 2011, 22:51

Cats are tough SOB's. Keep on fighting, Jack.
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Postby Belle Lettre » 13 May 2011, 22:59

Still rooting for you, Jack.
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Postby Magilla » 13 May 2011, 23:10

Belle Lettre wrote:Still rooting for you, Jack.


Bit too much info there, Belle.
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Postby toomanypillowz » 14 May 2011, 00:58

Jack is a badass.
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Postby Jeff K » 14 May 2011, 02:42

toomanypillowz wrote:Jack is a badass.


Even Chuck Norris is scared of him.
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Postby toomanyhatz » 16 May 2011, 19:45

Well, after putting it off for a while (since it's...not exactly his favorite place in the world) we took Jack to the vet this weekend and got, all things considered, a pretty good report. In addition to saying it's not as aggressive a strain of cancer as we feared (as evidenced by the fact that he's still here), we also had him hydrated, and a blood test done. The blood test showed his organs were all in surprisingly good shape (though he is still vomiting a lot and is really skinny, and does still have a tumor, etc...). We also, to our relief, won't have to keep him hydrated at home. We would have done it if we had to, of course, but one less thing to put him (and us) through is always good news.

Add to that the fact that he's a tough little guy, and it seems like he might stick around for a while yet. He was prancing around like he owned the place last night. Not exactly a new lease on life, but he's clearly not at death's door well past the point we assumed he would be.
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Postby Beebsy » 16 May 2011, 19:46

That is fantastic news! Oh Jack - what a guy!

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Postby Belle Lettre » 16 May 2011, 20:09

Magilla wrote:
Belle Lettre wrote:Still rooting for you, Jack.


Bit too much info there, Belle.


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Glad to hear the latest good mews..
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Postby souphound » 16 May 2011, 20:13

Go! Jack Go!
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Postby toomanyhatz » 15 Aug 2011, 22:51

Can you believe three months after the last post we're still talking about him as a living, breathing being? This is one badass cat!

Again, he's not doing well by any means- he's pretty lethargic and he throws up basically every day, and he continues to get skinnier and skinnier. But he's just had a heaping helping of canned tuna, he's sitting on his blanket, the sun's streaming in the window, and he's curled up in a perfect tiny little ball. He's got what I imagine to be a contended smile on his face.

When he finally slips away for good- and we know it's coming, but we've been prepared for months and he's obviously in no hurry- I bet he'll have that same expression. I've never known a cat as talented at making the most of what life hands him. He's my hero.
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