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Fri Apr 19, 2019, 09:54 AM

I took Boudicca to the vet, this morning, full expecting to bring her home in a cremation box

But.... she is defying the odds and actually put on a few ounces of weight! Admittedly, I am over indulging her with treats, but the vet said that's the right thing to do, now.

The tumor hasn't grown and no there's infection, so another shot of steroids and antibiotics, some appetite triggering medication and she's back home. The vet said he just doesn't think she's done snuggling, in this lifetime, yet. I know that time will come, sooner rather than later, but my heavy heart, from this morning, feels so much lighter, now.

And, she LOVES her vet. She tried to follow him out of the exam room! She does NOT love the process of getting there, and returning home, though. She snubbed me for a full 3 seconds, when she fled her crate.

This is her, impatiently waiting for the vet to return. Funny thing, before she fell ill, she was a typical tortie - you could pet her for just so long, and then the attitude would kick in. Now, she can't get enough love. I think she's stocking up on scritches.



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Reply I took Boudicca to the vet, this morning, full expecting to bring her home in a cremation box (Original post)
Siwsan Apr 2019 OP
spooky3 Apr 2019 #1
peacebuzzard Apr 2019 #2
asiliveandbreathe Apr 2019 #3
Fla Dem Apr 2019 #4
Srkdqltr Apr 2019 #5
Zoonart Apr 2019 #6
IADEMO2004 Apr 2019 #7
qazplm135 Apr 2019 #8
Siwsan Apr 2019 #9
Marthe48 Apr 2019 #19
Karadeniz Apr 2019 #17
qazplm135 Apr 2019 #18
happybird Apr 2019 #10
femmedem Apr 2019 #11
irisblue Apr 2019 #12
Scarsdale Apr 2019 #13
Ohiogal Apr 2019 #14
niyad Apr 2019 #15
catbyte Apr 2019 #16
Niagara Apr 2019 #20
Siwsan Apr 2019 #21
Niagara Apr 2019 #22
shenmue Apr 2019 #23
artislife Apr 2019 #24
Laffy Kat Apr 2019 #25
BigmanPigman Apr 2019 #26
democratisphere Apr 2019 #27
wendyb-NC Apr 2019 #28
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Response to Siwsan (Original post)

Fri Apr 19, 2019, 09:56 AM

1. Hang in there, Boudicca!

And you too, Siswan.

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Response to Siwsan (Original post)

Fri Apr 19, 2019, 09:59 AM

2. I did not know that about torties

I have a 17 yr old rescue tortoise with kidney decompensation and she has that attitude you described.
My other 2 boys, both black and white rescues are with other issues, but not like that, ok I have had enough stuff.

Glad your trip to the vet was a great ending!

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Response to Siwsan (Original post)

Fri Apr 19, 2019, 10:00 AM

3. Meow meow says my Penny poo.....

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Response to Siwsan (Original post)

Fri Apr 19, 2019, 10:00 AM

4. Sweet girl wants to stick around her Mom for a little bit longer. Hugs to you both.

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Response to Siwsan (Original post)

Fri Apr 19, 2019, 10:00 AM

5. She is so pretty!!! Hugs to you both.

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Response to Siwsan (Original post)

Fri Apr 19, 2019, 10:04 AM

6. She is a warrior queen.

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Response to Siwsan (Original post)

Fri Apr 19, 2019, 10:06 AM

7. Good name and good health to both of you.

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Response to Siwsan (Original post)

Fri Apr 19, 2019, 10:11 AM

8. I was there last August

 

my poor kitty had heart disease and heart lymphoma. the steroids could slow down the latter but trigger the former.

No other can had ever left the hospital after such a duo diagnosis. Pretty rare to even have them both actually, we are talking about a couple of dozen in the literature.

She came home for a good solid week of being her old self, but then the steroids triggered her, and it was time.

I don't think I have ever cried so hard about anything in my life.

I feel where you are at now.

My only advice is love on your kitty as much as you can...and when she passed I went crying and red eyed to the shelter and got a kitten.

It really helped with the grief and pain. It distracted me by giving me a new little one to care for and love.

I still miss Stormy, and see her ashes in a box every day, but my new cat brings me a lot of love and affection and a little annoyance lol just like Stormy did.

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Response to qazplm135 (Reply #8)

Fri Apr 19, 2019, 10:25 AM

9. I still have my little Tuxedo cat, Sophie Stinky Toes

She's a good year younger than Boudicca. They were both rescued from a drug addicts house about 12 years ago, so they've had a pretty good and stable life, with me.

When Sophie goes, I might start long distance traveling, again. We'll see.

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Response to Siwsan (Reply #9)

Fri Apr 19, 2019, 12:35 PM

19. Your kitties are having good lives

all 18 of them

I have 3 seniors, and I'm thinking of getting some travel in, and then seeing who comes to my house when I'm home again.

Blessings for you and yours

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Response to qazplm135 (Reply #8)

Fri Apr 19, 2019, 12:20 PM

17. That's the thing to do! Some people swear off pets altogether to avoid future heartbreak.

After my father's spaniel passed in about 1949, he never had another dog. (He switched to cats. They inherited my cat when I moved overseas, and confessed to crying like a baby when she passed...serving in WWII, Korea and Vietnam didn't toughen his loving heart.) But we're not here to protect ourselves from loving turning to the pain of loss. We're built to share love; giving makes us happy. Those who swear off or postpone getting another pet for ages remain stuck in unhappiness, which is a shame for the person and an animal who needs a home. So glad for you that you made the decision you did.

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Response to Karadeniz (Reply #17)

Fri Apr 19, 2019, 12:23 PM

18. I'd still be miserable if I hadn't

 

Stormy and I were pet-owner soulmates.
I don't think there is another living creature on this planet human or otherwise who I knew as well or who knew me as well.

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Response to Siwsan (Original post)

Fri Apr 19, 2019, 10:51 AM

10. That's so cute how she loves her vet!

Sending you both positive vibes for extended health and mucho snuggling.
I'm so glad you have this time to spend together, loving and cherishing each other.

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Response to Siwsan (Original post)

Fri Apr 19, 2019, 10:54 AM

11. I'm glad you get some more time to love each other.

Precious time, and I know you'll make the most of it.

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Response to Siwsan (Original post)

Fri Apr 19, 2019, 11:06 AM

12. Boudicca

Is letting you stock up on memories.

And I'm so happy you both have more days

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Response to Siwsan (Original post)

Fri Apr 19, 2019, 11:16 AM

13. Pets are such a large part of

our lives. I have had many cats and dogs, loved them all equally. I remember after having to put my dog, Jody, to sleep I told a friend and started crying again. My younger son was about 9 years old at that time. Very soberly he told my friend "I think Mom would have had an easier time putting one of us to sleep" Oh, there WERE times, believe me! (just joking)

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Response to Siwsan (Original post)

Fri Apr 19, 2019, 11:39 AM

14. Loving an animal...

Itís surprising how fierce it is. Itís very clear your kitty isnít done loving YOU yet!

Wishing you both all the best with plenty of snuggles and treats in your future.

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Response to Siwsan (Original post)

Fri Apr 19, 2019, 11:42 AM

15. hugs to you and your beautiful little girl.

Lady Bast, send love and healing to Your precious little being, and her people.

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Response to Siwsan (Original post)

Fri Apr 19, 2019, 11:53 AM

16. Hugs to you and beautiful Boudicca. I'm sure her "tortitude" is helping her.

Torties are so special.

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Response to Siwsan (Original post)

Sat Apr 20, 2019, 03:54 PM

20. I understand, Siswan

I hope that you get to spend many more days with your treasured Boudicca.

Our cat Bermuda is having health problems. After all the regular doses of antibiotics and steroids, he's now on half tab of steroid every other day. He is improving with gaining back some weight and is not vomiting everyday.

Please give Boudicca kitty kisses from me.




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Response to Niagara (Reply #20)

Sat Apr 20, 2019, 04:11 PM

21. I will do that. Thank you!

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Response to Siwsan (Reply #21)

Sat Apr 20, 2019, 06:07 PM

22. You're very welcome!

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Response to Siwsan (Original post)

Sun Apr 21, 2019, 11:45 AM

23. Meowr!

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Response to Siwsan (Original post)

Mon Apr 22, 2019, 12:31 AM

24. She kind of looks like the kitty I just sat for

 

I get to pet sit a Brittany named Ben and a stripey kitty named Kitsie. Kitsie is in late stage renal failure and at 17, isn't expected to live much longer. I just finished 2 weeks with those two and when I said good bye to that furry little face, I told her if we meet again I will be happy whether it is in this house or in the ethers.

They climb into your heart, don't they. Give her a rub on the ears from me.

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Response to Siwsan (Original post)

Mon Apr 22, 2019, 01:27 AM

25. Torties are my fave.

Glad she's hanging in there for you.

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Response to Siwsan (Original post)

Mon Apr 22, 2019, 01:56 AM

26. Whew, that's a releif.

Being home is always the best cure.

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Response to Siwsan (Original post)

Mon Apr 22, 2019, 04:47 AM

27. Great news!

Every day is a bonus. Hope Boudicca stays healthy.

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Response to Siwsan (Original post)

Mon Apr 22, 2019, 06:34 AM

28. Aw that's good news.

What a precious kitty.

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Response to Siwsan (Original post)

Mon Apr 22, 2019, 07:52 AM

29. shes lovely and i dont see her ready to go anywhere just yet!

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