I think my kitty isn't eating:
My sweet little boy, Sam, came to me as a stray in the summer
of 2000. He would show up at my back door every single night as
soon as the sun went down. I thought someone owned him, and he
was just let out at night, because I never saw him during the
summer, I took him in at night, fed him, and we slept together.
Finally, as the nights got colder, I decided to take him in and
keep him inside for good, because he was declawed and a cat without
claws does not belong outside. It took a while for him to forget
about the outdoors, and now he is a strictly indoor happy kitty.
this year, Sam began to vomit every few days and was losing weight.
I must of tried a million different kinds of different food, thinking
that was the problem. I brought him to the vet and they ran every
test possible, and everything came back negative. Finally, Sam
went for a biopsy of the stomach lining Aug. 18, 2003 to determine
if he had IBD or lymphoma. They found a single tumor partially
blocking his intestinal opening. They removed it and unfortunately
it came back as a rare type of cancer called mast cell. Sam had
a very rough couple of months after diagnosis. There were a few
times his doctor and myself did not think he would survive. But
Sam is a fighter and he has come so far. He repeatedly got dehydrated
and was admitted several times for IV fluids. He never regained
his appetite completely following the surgery. He was not eating
enough on his own, so we had to place an esophageal tube on Sept.
8, 2003. He began to gain weight and do very well following the
tube placement. He had the e-tube for 7 weeks and then it became
dislodged and he went for a PEG tube placement Oct. 29, 2003.
He is doing much better with the PEG Tube. He has gained a whole
pound and is doing very well. He is happy and always running around
chasing his toys. Eventually we hope to wean him off the tube
feedings, but for now, it is the best thing for him.
Dec. 17, 2003
Sam's weight is 10 pounds. He gained 2 pounds in one month. He
will continue with chemo once a month. He is officially in Remission
for the first time! Thanks