Hi Amy, I am so sorry you are going through this.  It is hard to want to care 
for a beloved kitty when they want no part of it.  My sweet gentle Tucker used 
to go absolutely ballistic whenever I tried to give him a pill. Sometimes I 
think it is kinder to choose the least threatening or invasive ways to help a 
sick kitty.  Some would much rather be gently let go in their own time with 
dignity then to have procedures forced upon them that might lengthen their 
lives but would make them extremely unhappy.  Your best choice may be feeding 
him the highest quality food you can find. (I like Wellness Core canned food.)  
And making sure there is little or no stress in his life.  Best wishes for as 
much quality time as possible with Grrr.
You picked such a great name for a feisty cat! 
Sue
 
---- Amy Ackerman <swa...@hotmail.com> wrote: 
> 
>      Thanks for the welcome & kind words, Gary & Laurie.       My vet 
> believes Grrr has lymphosarcoma, but for the time being the diagnostic tools 
> recommended to locate the suspected spinal tumor are simply out of reach 
> financially.  Times are lean for everyone, I know; this was a very difficult 
> day, deciding courses of treatment for this very cool, loved cat based on our 
> credit lines.  He's having a rough time getting around.  Grrr is also, as you 
> may be able to gather from his name, not a terribly good patient.  That may 
> be the understatement of the month.  He is slightly anemic as well, but 
> his... attitude doesn't make him a terribly good candidate for, say, daily 
> pills, etc.  He's getting a cortisol shot to see if it improves his 
> mobility/comfort & an injectable, long term antibiotic (I need to get the 
> drug name) to counter the immune suppressive effects of the cortisol.  He 
> eats like a horse, so we're going to try some of the suggested dietary 
> modifications as well.  Any one with suggestions for minimally invasive 
> treatments (minimally invasive by this cat's standards is, say, tossing a 
> tasty tidbit gently from across the room, careful not to let it land too 
> close), please share as I continue to dredge through the archives.  My other 
> two are keenly looking around for Grrr tonight- should be a fun car ride home 
> tomorrow with all three, plus the mastiff going along to get her rabies vax.  
> I'll check back in tomorrow- good night, all, and thanks again for the 
> support!     
>      
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