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October 27, 2006
The Big C

This year has been pretty tough for the extended Emerson family felines. In February, we learned Mycah has diabetes. A couple of weeks ago, sweet handsome Bubba passed, leaving broken hearts behind him.

This week, we learned that a growth on Mycah's tail is malignant.

It's not a great picture — Mycah won't hold still for the camera, and woe be unto anyone who tries to hold her tail.

Mycah still seems to be a bit bummed out by the entire veterinary experience. She has no idea what indignities await her.

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The vet is certain the tumor — almost exactly in the middle of her tail — can be removed. What's not so certain is whether Mycah will still have a tail after the tumor is gone.

It's malignant, and possibly metastatic — that is, it could spread to other parts of her body. If the only way to prevent that is to remove her tail, I think it'd be better for her to be a manufactured manx than to risk potential spreading. There's no certainty it hasn't already spread undetected, so we'll be visiting a veterinary oncologist, as well. Time is of the essence.

I'm worried.

But no matter what happens, however this proceeds, she'll get the absolute best I can provide for her.

As always, the Modulator's Friday Ark is recommended for a visit. Plus, the Carnival Of The Cats this week is at Watermark.

Posted by Russ at 01:59 AM, October 27, 2006 in Animals

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poor kitty. my family had a cat that was de-tailed because he just couldn't live with it. i'm sure mycah will be fine without it. sending purrs your way.

Posted by: maggie katzen at October 27, 2006 03:14 AM

My Rocky, who lived to be 15, was also diabetic. And my heart still cries for his loving little self 6 years after his death. THEREFORE, my prayers are with you and the handsome Mycah that the tail situation works out well.

Posted by: Gayle Miller at October 27, 2006 03:53 PM

Whatever you do, don't laugh and point at the "half-tailed kitty" when you bring her home. From the look on her face, you would probably NOT enjoy the resulting retaliation. Give her an ear sktitch from everyone.

Posted by: Skul at October 28, 2006 10:04 AM

The feline denizens of the House of Chaos wish you all the best of recovery. Much snugglings.

Posted by: Babeth at October 29, 2006 11:27 AM