Thursday, March 15, 2012


If you can stomach what cancer actually looks like, scroll down to the next 3/15 post.
A picture of a mass and a graphic description of the condition known as squamous cell carcinoma is below. When I tried to learn about it, I never saw anything online that showed how ugly cancer is. Bleak, yes, but no one actually SHOWS how ugly it is.

Hope I don't offend anyone!
Love you, Smokie!

Time to Say Goodbye (for now) to my Feline Sister with Squamous Cell Carcinoma Smokie

Sorry, Duncan, I have to write this entry. WARNING-GRAPHIC DETAILS AHEAD!

Smokie has been through enough, no matter how much she eats, or how little, this SCC type of cancer has already won the war. As I wiped the drool off her face tonight, she raised her little tortie head to look at the ceiling light. And on her neck, right in front of where you can feel the tumor spreading, I saw two holes. Not scratches, round holes, that were allowing her fluids to leak out. Looking back through some pictures, I can see the blood on her neck, but never actually saw the holes. We thought all the drool & mucus came from her mouth & her nose. Her eye tears as well.
No one on the internet describes how this skin cancer eats away at the body, while the kitty is mentally alert, even purring, as she snuggles, as she eats; no one shows exactly how ugly this can be. They warn you to examine your cat's mouth---and please do! If it starts as a small mole it can be treated very successfully.
Smokie has been obviously sick since November; her diagnosis came back right before Christmas. She was given weeks to live. The best nutrition & herbal therapy seemed to stall it in the beginning, but the last few weeks, it took over. It took several months to win, but win it did. I have to call the vet tomorrow and say goodbye (for now); I can't sit and watch her simply dissolve away.
She is a very mellow, dignified, large kitty; we call her Queen Smokie sometimes. She walks past you with confidence, not a concern in the world. Being the largest cat, I guess she always knew she could take anyone on & win. Except for cancer.

I'm posting a very gross photo here, I hope I don't offend anyone, but maybe it will convince at least one cat owner to have their pet examined. If your kitty drools, has a loose tooth, or red gums, or stinky breath, GO TO THE VET and look for SCC. Look for it with every office visit. You do NOT want to watch your cat live with this.

Here's me trying to catch me running!!!

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012


eating...the next they say angrily, what about Smokie? She was always a mellow cat she tries so hard to take this in stride


When I talk to the kids, one minute they try to be mature and say we're not going to wait until she has completely stopped


kind of little stream of mucus, but coming out of her mouth while she slept. The mass is going further down her throat.


bigger every day now. Her nostril is pushed closed inside and has a steady stream of yellow mucus. Yesterday I saw the same


thought that was the reason for her visit. That weekend she barely ate at all; last night just some treats. The tumor is

Sunday, March 11, 2012


flinch anymore.....


Cancer sucks...Smokie ate a small bit today. She forces herself to eat treats, and she is purring something fierce. She

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

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Friday, March 2, 2012

Oh the picture end has white cat paws on the right side lol
Oh the picture end has white cat paws on the right side lol

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