Friday, August 12, 2011
Kitty Chemo Camp
I dont know if many of you know we have a Cat-child named Loki. Many of you know we moved to Kansas in April all the way from Florida. Loki seemed to adjust fine and was getting along happily. About two months ago he started licking his tummy a lot. Over grooming himself down to his little peach fuzz and pink skin. I talked to many of my cat-owner friends and researched online that it could be stress related, especially since the move was so recent. We gave it some time and with it still continuing we decided a checkup was in order.
He was NASTY at the vets office. Never before had he acted this way and never had I heard him yowl and growl as much as he did. I cannot thank the Vet Staff enough for helping him though that and being brave enough to still examine him. Yipes!
We got blood work results back today after a second round of more thorough testing. Our kitty (I know, He is 10 years old but will always be our kitty) has Hyperthyroidism.
I spoke with the vet at length about options.
Pills, Gel Applied in the Ear or a Radio Iodine Therapy.
Any pet owner knows that pills are a bit traumatic for cats, and they can NOT miss a pill for any reason. He would be on them for the rest of his life.
The gel is nearly double the cost and it is a topical application that goes in their ear...erm.
And then the Radio Iodine Therapy which is about the cost of a year and a half of the gel prescription without the 1 to 3 times a day application of medication in either form.
There is only a 3% chance of it coming back with this procedure. It is an outlay of at least $900 to do the therapy, but we both feel that will be the best solution for his quality of life.
So I have had many breakdowns today. Worried. Scared. I kept saying I wished he could tell me something was wrong or he didnt feel right. The vet swears he isnt in any pain, which is a relief.
Going untreated could cause Heart failure, renal failure, high blood pressure, weight loss, hair loss, etc. Nasty stuff for a happy kitty.
So we decided the best route for him will be what I call the Kitty Chemo Camp. The radio iodine therapy. We still have to set all of this up with the vet but the information we have is that he will go to a Facility in Kansas City where he will stay for 4 days getting injections of this radio iodine. It will kill/shrink the bad parts of his thyroid that are causing the overproduction of this hormone.
Scary for Kyle and I. Even scarier for Kitty, though he doesn't know it yet.
Obviously, like many people, we dont have 900 bucks laying around. All of the proceeds from Red Marionette will be going towards Kitty Chemo Camp. If there is something you have had your eye on in my shop, please purchase knowing it will go towards future purrs and (soon to be hairy again) belly rubs.
Thank you in advance to everyone! Our little family really appreciates it!