Saturday, August 27, 2005

Boring Cat Post


When I first started this Blog malarkey, I was absolutely determined not to post anything concerned with family members, day to day trivia, or lastly and most importantly, domestic pets.
Unfortunately an event has occurred which has forced me to break this taboo. My twelve year old tabby tomcat, Oscar, has developed a lump the size of a squash ball under the skin of his left shoulder. I took him to the vet on Friday and was informed that he has a cancerous growth.
On Monday the vet will be operating to remove the tumour and send a sample for biopsy. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it turns out to be benign.
Oscar is absolutely fine in himself, and has shown not the slightest sign of discomfort. If the cancer does turn out to be malignant, I will take him home and care for him until he shows any sign of discomfort, or stops eating with his usual enthusiasm. Then I will bow to the inevitable and have him put to sleep.
He is a fine cat with a lovely temperament. If I do have to lose him I shall console myself with the thought that those whom the gods love die young.

10 comments:

Wyndham said...

Best wishes to Oscar. Let's hope he's got another 8 lives left.

becca said...

Cat love to Oscar!!

Herge Smith said...

First time I broke cover was to report on pet illness.

Fingers crossed from me as well.

Danny said...

i remember my family dog mollie died and i was absolutely destraught. she was only nine and her kidney's collapsed. i hope your cat can keep going...

garfer said...

Thanks for your good wishes.
He goes under the knife tomorrow. I should know his prognosis by Friday.
Welcome back Herge. I trust that your technical difficulties have been resolved.

MHN for short said...

I'm so sorry that Oscar has a lump. Yes, let's hope that it is beneign. Do y'all have access to pet insurance in Scotland? They have it over here. It's like major medical for animals. Since Oscar is twelve he couldn't be covered, too elderly. We lost Cinnamon this year and she was twelve too. I know how you are feeling. It like losing a child. Hope all goes well. love to you! m.

pissoff said...

We're all cheering for Oscar.

Cats are resilient little buggers. My cats used two of his lives and is still going strong.

Rowan said...

ahhhh! oscar looks like a male version of my pookie! best of luck to him, they would have made nice kittens together

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