My aunt's cat has 3 months to live :(

United States
January 3, 2007 11:45am CST
So my aunt has a 7 year old cat named shadow. He had a lump on his left side of his neck. They took him to the vet and they cut it open and said it just looked like a swallen gland. Well they got the tests back and they said they think its cancer and now they are saying that IF thats what it is then he has 3 months to live. I'm in upset about the fact that it didn't get worse until they had cut him open, and thats what started to growth, its now about the size of a gold ball on his neck! and he's only about 8 pounds so it look shuge on him. They don't even know for sure if it is cancer, they are guessing......shouldn't they know?
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@coolcatzz (1589)
• Canada
3 Jan 07
I have a friend who's dog went the same way. She noticed that it had a lump on its neck. She went to the vet and they said it looked like lymphoma. They did a biopsy and said that it was the type of cancer that would multiply at a very rapid rate. They said it would double every half an hour. Not sure that sounds right or not. Anyways she had a really hard time putting him down but she said he suffered so much. The lumps around his throat got bigger and bigger that she was worried about him not being able to swallow or breath. It is a sad thing to watch your pet die.
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• United States
3 Jan 07
Sorry to hear about your friend's dog. yea, actually they said at first that it could be lymphoma but it wasn't so i guess they assume that its cancer shadow hasn't been afected by it yet, he still wants to be pet and eats and drinks and still plays, but i'll be sad when it does start affecting him.
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@kareng (7986)
• United States
3 Jan 07
I'm sorry to hear about your aunt's cat! That's horrible. I do agree with the other replys. A qualified vet should have biopsied the growth and know for a fact if it is cancer or not. Unfortunately, from the sound of the way it is now growing, it doesn't sound good for a recovery for the cat. Good luck and I hope the diagnosis is wrong!
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@icequeen (2843)
• Canada
3 Jan 07
I completely agree with you..they should know. If you aren't satified with thier conclusions..then I would take the cat to another vet for a second opinion....it sound like something may be wrong there...
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3 Jan 07
i'm very sorry to hear about this aweful news,cassiej2005. i dont have a pet, but the thought of losing something so close must be devastating for everyone close to your aunt and to the cat. yes you are correct the vet doctors should know what is the matter with your aunts cat, but even doctors and vets dont know everything, half the time science i just guess work, they should'nt even guess how long anything has to live, their not god. my girlfriends dad is dying he's ben dying now from heart failure for about 20 years, 20 years ago the doctors said he had a few months to live, 20 years later and he's still alive. i got to give him credit for being so strong in life, and not to give in, doctors cant tell you when you're going to die, their not god, it's only guess work. i just hope that it's not cancer, and you're cat does get better. i know it'll be a miracle if that happened, but you have to believe and wish. miracles do happen.
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• United States
3 Jan 07
im sorry to hear about your friends' dad i hope all goes well and thanks for the reply
• Romania
3 Jan 07
i'm completly agree with you.They don't know anythinck that is the truth...not all of them there are good doctors but in my city there aren't.The doctor in my ciry kill my dog with a vaccin wich wasn't made in the proper time.They made him the vaccin when he was ealso he got worst and we couldn't save him anymore.And the little one when he were some moths when i went with him to macke a vaccin the doctor made him in a bad place and she infected verry much he infected all his tummy and his skin falled.Now it's ok but i never wen't him again to a doctor.I'm verry sorry for your cat.maybe if it's really cancer if he growth but they must tacke care of it not do this way...Maybe he will get better.I wish you the best.
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• United States
3 Jan 07
thank you, and so far it hasn't messed with his personality at all.
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@amit_sood (168)
• India
4 Jan 07
i am feeling sorry after hearing that because if some one goes from house the people think very lonely like that it is also the member of house so i pray to god for her and if is there any type of help from me then i am ready to do that help i am leaving in india. Ahmedabad (gujarat).
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• Thailand
4 Jan 07
sometimes.. the Vet/Doctor might've tried their best to help... but they can't... maybe you might want to take the cat to another Vet who might be able to help.. I think there should be someone who can diagnose that symptom..
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@suedarr (2382)
• Canada
3 Jan 07
Yes, they should know at this point was is wrong. At least I think they should, but I am not a vet. If it is affordable then I agree with the other commentator who suggested seeking a second opinion from another vet. All the best, I know this must be very hard ... :(
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• India
3 Jan 07
even though tthe cat has 3 more months to u can take good care of the can in that time also so make u tr cat fel special even though its not human......... and u alos b happy for the cat
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@classy56 (2884)
• United States
3 Jan 07
did the do a biopsy of the lump,or any blood work.if they did you would have to wait till the test comes back in a few days,call your vet in a few days an ask
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@prasadr (872)
• India
3 Jan 07
Its too unfortunete that the pets in these days didnt get proper vacination or even some times medication. There desease are rare, but enough to make a decease...
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• United States
3 Jan 07
Oh I'm sorry to hear that. I hope it's not cancer though. They should know if they cut it open and took tests, I would think.
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• United States
4 Jan 07
yes they have every right to know as they have a strong bonding with him.
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• United States
4 Jan 07
thank you for responding
• United States
4 Jan 07
Do not let that poor cat suffer, do the humane thing and put that cat to sleep.
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• United States
4 Jan 07
well luckily it is not in pain at this time, i'm sure my aunt will do what needs to be done when shadow does start having pain, thanks for the response.
@AskAlly (3627)
• Canada
4 Jan 07
Vets are costly, but I would check with another so that if something is wrong, the poor cat will not have to suffer needlessly
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@rickis (865)
• Indonesia
4 Jan 07
I don't have idea. But i think that this cat is cancer, so the cat don't suferred cancer too long...
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• India
4 Jan 07
this is bad .....they really should have been carefull...after alll they were supposed to save him......they definately should be more sure of wat they r trating......y don't u get the cat to some other vet and find out he is a bit more optimist!!
• United States
4 Jan 07
I don't know that's sad, but it very difficult to diagnose an animal. Being a pre-vet student and working in vets offices, they do the best they can, and it is very sad that the cat is sick, but you can't expect them to easily diagnose him.
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@micheller (1366)
• United States
4 Jan 07
Yes they should know what it is. They have no right to just say i think that it's cancer. They need to run more tests on that poor cat.
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• India
4 Jan 07
They doctors are probably clueless you should take your cat to another vet for a second opinion
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