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

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Postby German Dave » 08 Jan 2011, 10:41

Having just lost Neil Schmeil this is almost too painful to read. I think you're doing the right thing though, you guys. Good luck to Jack from Andy, Natka, Jeff and Alan.
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Postby toomanypillowz » 08 Jan 2011, 21:04

Hi there - I posted the following on Facebook this morning, but since you're not all on Facebook (not yet), here it is:

Hello friends and kitty lovers:

We received some sad, though not unsurprising news, at the vet's yesterday. An ultrasound revealed a tumor, along with another mass that is possibly ulcerous. Due to Jack's debilitated condition (he's down to 7.2 pounds, and has been losing 4/10 of a pound every two weeks), the vet does not recommend surgery. He also said they'd probably have to remove part of Jack's intestine if they performed surgery.

In addition to that, Jack has not been responding at all to the chemo treatments. He's had four of them, and by now, the vet says he usually sees cats start to improve: they put on weight, stop vomiting, etc. He said 90% of cats respond to the treatment in its early stages; unfortunately Jack's in the 10% that isn't. Though he's still eating, he's losing weight at an alarming rate; the food is not giving him any nutrients at this point. The vet said he doesn't see him lasting more than three months.

Because of the above, we've decided to not put Jack through any more chemo treatments. We just want to keep him as comfortable and happy as possible through the end. As for now, he only seems truly miserable when he's suffering from diarrhea (who isn't?), and as of yesterday, he started to have trouble controlling his limbs and stumbles while walking. The rest of the time he's resting peacefully.

When it gets to the point where we have to have him put to sleep, we'll know; we definitely don't want to extend his suffering. For now, we'll try to give him all the love we can.

Thanks to you all for your support and kind words for our baby boy.

Love, Carolyn
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Postby Minnie the Minx » 08 Jan 2011, 21:12

Carolyn, it's always worse for those who watch and wait. No decision you make will be a wrong one. When it's his time he will go loved and cared for. I'm thinking about you.
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Postby Bungo the Mungo » 08 Jan 2011, 22:17

so sorry, toomanies :(

you've done jack proud.

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Postby Moleskin » 08 Jan 2011, 22:42

So sorry to hear this news.
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Postby the masked man » 08 Jan 2011, 23:14

Really sad news. I'm sorry.

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Postby The Write Profile » 09 Jan 2011, 09:11

I'm really sorry to hear this, what awful news :(
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Postby German Dave » 09 Jan 2011, 10:21

Minnie the Minx wrote:Carolyn, it's always worse for those who watch and wait. No decision you make will be a wrong one. When it's his time he will go loved and cared for. I'm thinking about you.


Well said. Us too.

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Postby Belle Lettre » 09 Jan 2011, 11:41

Again,much sympathy to you from me and my cat Biscuit.
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Postby king feeb » 10 Jan 2011, 08:31

This is the saddest of sad news.

All you can do is to give Jack lots of affection and comfort in his last days, to make him feel loved. It's tough, and I know you guys will do right by him. I've been through this a few times with beloved companions, and it never gets any easier.

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Postby Magilla » 10 Jan 2011, 10:11

Dave and Caro, I'm sorry to hear about Jack. However, take comfort from knowing that he's had a fun, good life with people that care about him.
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Postby fange » 10 Jan 2011, 11:05

All the best to you all.
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Postby Sambient » 12 Jan 2011, 02:16

Toomanies and Jack, may your hearts feel the strength and support of all of us who rally around you, sending our love.

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Postby toomanyhatz » 01 Apr 2011, 07:49

When we posted last here we had just been told Jack was probably not going to get any better, and that at best he probably had a few months left. Well, we're about a week away from it being three months, and while he's certainly not strong, and is definitely skinnier and weaker than he was then, he's still around and pretty active and fairly comfortable most of the time. I can only imagine it's because he's incredibly tough and resilient. At this point every day with him is a gift. Everyone's told us that we'll know when he's ready to check out. Happily, that time still hasn't come.

Keep the good thoughts coming. All the love coming his way is much appreciated. I am absolutely in awe of how well he's handled this whole thing, but I always have been in awe of him. He's a very special cat.
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Postby Belle Lettre » 01 Apr 2011, 08:00

A cool cat indeed. Heartening news! :)
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Postby Beebsy » 01 Apr 2011, 08:35

Jack's incredible! That's happy news.

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Postby Six String » 01 Apr 2011, 16:12

Great news Dave! I'm sure all that love flying around that household is helping a lot. He's a lucky cat to have you and C as owners.

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Postby BlueMeanie » 01 Apr 2011, 16:25

Great news Dave. Don't know what I'd do without our two, so I know how you feel. More power to Jack!
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Postby Minnie the Minx » 01 Apr 2011, 21:26

Big love going out to Jack.
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