Monday, March 20, 2006

Farewell my furry friend.


Those of you (fewer by the day, and who can blame them) who peruse this blog will be aware that my cat, Oscar, had a cancerous growth removed six months ago. It was malignant and aggressive, and at the time the vet didn’t hold out much hope, although he did remove the lymph nodes.

Unfortunately, the tumour has returned with a vengeance. I took Oscar to the vet, who advised that it would be futile to operate again as the cancer would only return. He has given Oscar a prognosis of two to three months. He isn’t displaying the slightest sign of discomfort at the moment, but when he does I shall bow to the inevitable and have him put to sleep.

Oscar came from a cat shelter, and has proved a most excellent moggie in every way. I have never before encountered a cat with such a playful and placid temperament. I cannot recall him baring his claws once.

The vet informed me that he is growing increasingly concerned about the number of cats that he has inoculated against leukaemia developing cancerous growths a few years later. Although there are no clinical studies suggesting that he do so, he has taken to advising people that this is a risk if they have their cats inoculated. It seems a bit of a sick joke that an injection intended to prevent one form of cancer may be responsible for another that is just as debilitating.

I salute you Oscar. Those whom the gods love die young.


S.I.D. said...

Poor Oscar.

Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.

Shakespeare, Macbeth

garfer said...

I have of late, I know not where, lost all my mirth.(or something)

Shakespeare, Hamlet

Maidink said...

Lovely. My first visit and it's on your poor kitty.

Oscar is a sweet looking mackerel striped tabby. He is lucky to have a caregiver such as you.

Piggy and Tazzy said...

Awwww. That's really sad.

I hope you cuddle and love him as much as he deserves.

Faltanus said...

when my cat Thistle died several years ago at the ripe old age of 19 1/2 (of kidney failure - a common complication in older cats) i sat back and comtemplated on her life. i got Thistle when she was 8 weeks old. that meant that Thistle had been with me for a longer period of time on a continuous, daily basis than any other living creature - even members of my immediate family. that is a true constant companion. needless to say, i still miss her.

kyahgirl said...

aw, garfer, I'm sorry. I've had to go through the ailing/dying friend scenario a couple of times.
Your last little bit of time with Oscar will be bittersweet indeed.

Wyndham said...

Oscar looks like he's just about to lick his balls in that picture, which is what I'd be doing in his predicament. My own, not his.

Sniffy said...

Oscar is a dignified animal who shall be given full dignity in his final days/weeks/months. He has been given a good life with a happy family and that is all a cat can wish for.

All pet owners dread the time when they have to make those inevitable decisions. I do not envy you one bit for the difficult time that you face, but I do know how much happiness and comfort these stupid furballs can bring and I recognise that the painful endings are the price we pay for the joy of their companionship while they are with us.

And I apologise if you were upset by the photo of what looked like a dead moggy in a box that appeared at my blog - especially since Oscar and Max are similar in colour and markings.

Piggy and Tazzy said...

Fantastic timing Tina.

That'll teach you to read round before posting.

I'm sure Oscar would have laughed.

pissoff said...

Hats off to Oscar....

pissoff said...

PS.... I still can't read your blog. I had to cut and paste it into Word.

MHN for short said...

I'm so sorry to hear that your special companion is losing his battle to cancer. I'm sending hugs to you. much love, michelle.

suburban wonder said...

"Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.

Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
Scribbling on the sky the message He Is Dead,
Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves,
Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.

He was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday rest,
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
I thought that love would last for ever: I was wrong.

The stars are not wanted now: put out every one;
Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun;
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood.
For nothing now can ever come to any good."

W.D. Auden

Ok, so now you know I've seen Four Weddings and a Funeral. And perhaps you may think that this level of mourning is a bit much for a cat. I don't think so, though. Poor Oscar.

suburban wonder said...

Fuck! It's W.H. Auden.

garfer said...

Har har!

Are you a big fan of Thomas Farty as well?

suburban wonder said...

Nope. I don't think I've ever read any Thomas Hardy. Or Thomas Farty either ;)

Arabella said...

Aw. Oscar is lovely.I tried composing a Rondel in his honour but words rhyming with "tabby" did not produce the required tone. I will try a Petrarchan Sonnet instead. What a muse.

garfer said...

Only a Shakesperean sonnet will be appropriate for the immortal memory.

Arabella said...

Thou art right there.

caroline said...

Oh. I am SO sorry. Poor Oscar. Poor you.

Rowan said...

I have tears in my eyes due to the similarity in oscar's looks as my very own pookie, and this story has reminded me of when Buddy left us with similar problems...*sigh* I feel bad for you ... really do...enjoy him while you can and make him comfortable.

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