Disclaimer: I am sharing this article for interest. I make no claims other than that we, as pet parents, will often seek ways to stop our pets from suffering and to extend the quality of their lives.
Having a diagnosis of Cancer for one your pets hurts in a way that permeates everything in our lives..
Last year we had a cat that had suffered over the years with Stomatitis flareups suddenly become much worse. A biopsy confirmed it was now Oral Cancer and from there on in we gave him what would be described as 'palliative care.' There were antibiotics, steroids and pain relief. He continued to eat well but it was an aggressive Cancer and we could only do so much.
Felix found comfort with his cat family and it was interesting to watch them look after him. He would be the one inside the group, kept warm, washed and groomed by them and he was happy. At night he would come on my lap, walk over the existing cats until he was closest to me and lie there purring against my chest.
Felix had been rescued as an eight week old kitten from the granny flat next door. He was found living in an old armchair with his sister when the resident was sweeping his front area.
When Felix was around seven he developed a severe case of Caudal Stomatitis. It was a condition that many of the males in his family developed. They were all pure white cats and possibly there was some interbreeding.
Felix went on the usual roundabout of antibiotics plus a dental but when that failed to work he had most of his teeth removed. Later he went on a program to depress his immune system but after some time on this I began to worry that it could impact on him in other ways. I might have been wrong. I just don't know. I made him soup and Felix would dip his paw in and lick it off that way. Then twelve months later I started using Wheatgrass juice and syringing it along his gums and the back of his mouth. I was in disbelief when he began eating raw meat again without any trouble. So why did I stop? the answer is complacency.