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Gummi Bare went back to the second vet today. The first one has already told me he has nothing left. Her breathing is labored, you can hear it and you can see her struggle to draw breath. Otherwise she is eating, pooping well, active, not acting sick. But the same breathing issues as always just getting worse, so I took her in. I am going to do my best to detail what happened, we were there three hours. I am emotionally, physically, financially drained.

He took x rays, they were not good. He saw "something" in her mediastinum(SP) between her lungs surrounding her heart. He does not know what it is, but it is putting pressure on her lungs. It could be fluid, it could be a tumor. He is thinking it is her thymus.

He suggested sending her to a specialist, so he called them and asked about getting her in. We were told it would be a minimum of $1500 just to do two diagnostic tests,(ultrasound and aspiration?, basically sticking a tube down her throat and removing fluids to test?) not including office visit, and CAT(haha) scans, MRI, and more (I can't remember) My vet knows that I can't afford that (I had to set up payments to pay him for today's $300 visit) So he spent some time on the phone with the vet consulting and they came to the same conclusions ~thymus, possibly cancer, but most likely un curable. However it could be her pericardium, also incurable.

There was no thought by any either of them that she has something treatable, just lots of diagnostic testing to be done. My vet took some blood from her jugular to see if FIP was indicated, it was not. She screamed and fought and blood was everywhere. I was a wreck. It was horrible putting her through all this.

In the end, he put her on steroids and clavamox, because if it is cancer steroids would be the first step, and as he said, we have nothing to lose by trying. Whatever it is seems to be growing as she does and putting more pressure on her lungs, and her lung wall is thickening. (I don't know what that means) Of course steroids have their own set of side effects.

We are supposed to call him in a couple of days and let him know if she is improving at all. The only way to know for sure though is another $170 x ray *sigh*

I left there and went to her first vet, asked his opinion. He agreed completely, however he added (very gently) that should she get very bad again, we may want to consider euthanasia as an option. He said it was just something to be thinking about. Ouch.

Treasurecat's vet offered before to look at Gummi's records and give his opinion as well. We are taking her up on that, if he is still willing.

There is one thing that I want to come from this. If ANP is still considering breeding Neffie, this should put an end to that idea. This is most likely a birth defect and is very probably genetic.

Guys, I am a wreck. I looked at Freya and thought, "Why can't it be her instead" I felt horrible for even thinking that. I just love Gummi so so much. I know she has not been with us long, but she is so special. I can't imagine this house without her. Now what? It's like a bomb waiting to explode. I am trying to come to terms with the fact that Gummi will not grow old. The time we have with her is a treasure, I don't want it tainted with sadness.

I don't know what to do anymore.
 

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So sorry to hear, I can't imagine how difficult this must be for you and your family including Gummi.

I wish you and Gummi all the best and that your time together is the most enjoyable care free so that you are able to create memories to last a lifetime.

You are in my thoughts and prayers, and if there is anything that could ever be done I am sure plenty of people here would be more than happy to help.

Keep your head up and stay strong, for Gummi and yourself . She needs all the love and support her mommy can give her.
 

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Oh my I am at a loss :Cry: You are doing your best for Gummi and we can not make your decision for you but just tell you to follow your heart and make her days as happy as you can. Enjoy all the time you and your family have with him.
Have you asked the vet if this could come from inbreading? just wondering because the father of the litter was never clear?
 

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We've all come to love Gummi. I hope Gummi pulls through. It seems like Gummi is fine one day and sick as can be the next. Damn it Gummi! Fight it!

You know why the test is called a cat scan? It was tested on cats before being approved for humans. :BigSmile:
 

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Oh my I am at a loss :Cry: You are doing your best for Gummi and we can not make your decision for you but just tell you to follow your heart and make her days as happy as you can. Enjoy all the time you and your family have with him.
Have you asked the vet if this could come from inbreading? just wondering because the father of the litter was never clear?
He asked about her history, and I told him I didn't know it. He did say that is was probably a birth defect and possibly genetic.
 

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We've all come to love Gummi. I hope Gummi pulls through. It seems like Gummi is fine one day and sick as can be the next. Damn it Gummi! Fight it!
It does seem that way, but her breathing has never been right and has always gotten progressivly worse. I can only assume the mass is growing.
 

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I am so so so incredibly sorry. I don't know what to say to you to comfort you...I'm at a loss right now...I feel so awful about the heartbreak you must be going through :Cry: All I can do is pray for Gummi with all my might. Lots of love and hugs to the all of you.
 

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Your post brought tears to my eyes. i can't even begin to tell you how much of your story i can relate to...
I truly hope you guys can find out whats wrong and hopefully it'll be something that is cureable.
I'm going through similiar... however, ours has already been diagnoised and is ranked untreatable.
I definitely feel your pain... and i know how much you love your baby. i DEFINITELY know how much you love your baby. i'm so very very very sorry :(
 

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Words can't say how sorry I am. I'm crying as I sit here.

But at this point in time, I have to say that I agree with your vet. There's no reason to have any more tests done, whatever it is can't be fixed so I don't see why you should put her through it and put more financial strain on your family. If it was me I would put a halt to everything right now; just keep her comfortable and if she got worse then yes, I'd agree with your vet that euthanasia was probably the only gift left that you could give her.

No one can say that you haven't done everything you can. You're a wonderful cat mommy and we all know that your decision will be made out of love. But that love also includes love of your family as well as Gummi.

And please don't beat yourself up by feeling guilty for wishing it was Freya instead of Gummi. It's a horrible, horrible thing to admit to yourself that you could even think something like that. But it doesn't mean that you love Freya any less, it means that you love Gummi so much you can't bear to let her go. It's been almost 4 months since I lost my Little Ren and there isn't a day that goes by that I don't cry over him - and yes, I do wish it had been Pedda instead of him, I've wished that every single day, and I feel like a rotten person. I hope someday that I'll come to the realization that God, Mother Nature, karma, whatever, doesn't bargain like that and I just have to accept it for what it is. Knowing that intellectually is one thing, but feeling it on an emotional level is a different ballgame.

Keep your chin up, enjoy the time that you have left with her, and grieve. And take care of your son, he's a wonderful young person and he'll need you. I'm praying for all of your family and Gummi too.
 

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Such sadness! Having lost my 11month old Jack this year I am heartbroken for you both. You have my sympathy and empathy. Praying for comfort for Gummi and Mom. Also for you kl. So so sad.......:Cry:
 

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Oh no ... poor you and poor little Gummi. I hope the time you have together is full of love and cuddles.

I know it doesn't help much, but I was always told that things come into your life for either: 1) A reason. 2) A season or 3) A lifetime. I pray she is your for a lifetime, but if she is only meant to be for A Season, then keep loving her for every moment you can and I hope any decisions you need to make come easily.
 

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So very sorry to hear the bad news about little Gummi...i hope there's gonna be a miracle for you and her...and she will recover from this....
Hugs x
 

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I love you guys so much, I feel like every one of you is a part of Gummi's family. R ight now she is active, hungry, growing and so lovely. As I told Shannon, I will do everything in my power to keep her that way.

Kl, and Marlene, thanks so much for your empathy and sharing your stories with me.

I just don't know what to say. I love her so much
 

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I was born with an enlarged thymus gland and had great difficulty breathing. I got radiation therapy to shrink my thymus for my first three months of life. I am so very sorry to hear this about everybody's little sweetheart, Gummi. I am praying that something will allow Gummi to live a long and happy life somehow. But if not, then she will take with her a lot of love when she crosses the Rainbow Bridge and we will all grieve her loss.
I can't quit crying....I love her so much and I have never felt her sweet soul in my arms...I can't imagine how bad it is for you and for Bronx-e's mom.
You're in my prayers.
 

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I am so very sorry...You and little Gummi will be in my prayers. ((Hugs))
 

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I really hated to ready your post. I am so sorry. I know that you will do everything you can. I sure hope you can get Gummi better. If there is anything I can do please let me know. Please keep us updated.
 

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OMG...I just saw this thread. I am crying so hard right now that I can barely type after reading two threads tonight. I am soooo sorry to all of you who are fighting for your kitties. It is just not fair that we have to love something so much to only lose it one day. ** BIG HUGS ** to everyone with sick kitties!!
 

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And just to add insult to everything, I think she is in heat! She is walking around the house yowling at random. Gummi rarely ever meows, so this is odd behavior, is that what cat heat is like? I have never had an unspayed cat. Gummi has not been well enough to put her through a spay. Do they bleed like dogs. Geez! At least all the boys are fixed, so no worries there, but geeeeeez!
 

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Physically you won't notice much if she's in heat, though she'll spend more time licking her privates and will seem restless and cry/howl. The vulva may be slightly swollen but that doesn't always happen. But you probably won't notice any bloody discharge like you do with a dog.
 

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Thanks, I hate she has to go through this now too.
 

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Gadz- Bronxe has been sick is whole life too. also as a result, we could never fix him either.. funny, we live similar lives with our kitties.
he's 2.5, but has suffered from IBD and chrontic upper respitory infections his whole life. i suspect he has feline asthma also, but we hadn't gotten a chance to test for that yet... :(
 

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We are all family here and we all love and cherish Gummi. Bless your sweet heart for all the love you put out. And don't beat yourself up either. We all have crazy thoughts when in distress. Keep loving that crazy sweet little Gummi girl. Your angel kiki.
 

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Thank you all, there is so much I want to say, but I am feeling a bit shell shocked today, and having trouble finding words and stringing them together. Just Thank You
 

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Do you want me to write this lady for you.
They helped me alot and so far I have received about $400 in donations towards Cocos bill.
I can write her for you?
Could she have asthma.
I was told my Coco had lung cancer when it was severe asthma.
That is why she was on pred.
Then we did the Depo Medrol shots then a inhaler.


 

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I have been away from the lair for awhile and I am so saddened to come back to read about this. I so sorry:Cry:
 
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