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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 02-27-2006, 04:39 PM Thread Starter
 
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My Kitten Needs Surgery

Ever since I have had Tess, my long haired kitten, she has had a small knot on her right shoulder. The vets has been keeping an eye on it and they told me last Saturday that they need to go in and remove it. I actually thought it was something that was stuck in her and was trying work its way out on its own. It almost looks like a zit that needs to be popped.

At first they thought it was a fiberous reaction to her shots because it was so small. Now it has grown and its long in nature, almost to her bone area they said. They believe it is a fiberous tumor and they want to test it for cancer.

The vet, which is strictly a Kitty Doctor, in fact that is what it is called, has told me that it maybe a pretty long incision area since they do not know actually how long this tumor is.

I am so worried about her. Tess is only 9 months old and panics when she is alone. They asked me to bring her in the night before, which will be Wednesday to help me out and give her a chance to calm down. Her surgery is scheduled for Thursday am. I will be able to bring her home Thursday evening.

I just hate the thought of her being alone Wednesday night without her sister and brother. She crys when she can't find them in the house.

Sorry to vent like this but I have noticed that everyone here is such a great support to everyone.

I am just sick to think of what the outcome of the tests will be. I so hope its not cancerous.
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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 02-27-2006, 07:00 PM
 
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Surely your vet won't mind if you bring something from home that will have a comforting scent for Tess. Is there any way you could stay there with her until the vet closes the clinic? Why does she have to be there Wed. night? Are they going to do some sort of preparation for the surgery that night?
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aww poor baby! sending hugs and prayers!
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post #4 of 16 (permalink) Old 02-27-2006, 09:41 PM
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Oh, that's a shame. Poor baby -- I hope it turns out to be nothing serious.

Yes, definitely bring a comfort object from home if you have one, like a blanket or something else that smells like home or the other cats.

Please keep us posted on how she does. And good luck to you -- worrying is no fun.

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I have read that Honeysuckle is supposed to be a calming scent for animals. You might want to give it a try. You can also give them before and after Rescue Remedy (check with the vet) which is a flower based stress reliever which is made for us but can be used for animals if you cut the dose in half. Kind of expensive though. Good luck.
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Surely your vet won't mind if you bring something from home that will have a comforting scent for Tess. Is there any way you could stay there with her until the vet closes the clinic? Why does she have to be there Wed. night? Are they going to do some sort of preparation for the surgery that night?
Oh no the vet does not mind. They cater to kitties. They told me to bring her blanket and what will make her more comfortable. I would be bringing her in when the vet is closed.

My vet thought that since her surgery is first thing in the morning and I work so far away from where I live and the vets is that they would give her a place to stay for the night. So its not so stressful for her in the morning or for me.

Plus she can't eat anything after a certain time. With having 3 other ones in the house they did not want me to have to confine her in the house or pick up the food for the others who like to eat late.

I am sure she will be ok, I just hate thinking about it and how she is going to feel.

Thanks everyone for your kind words and wishes. I will keep you all posted to how she is doing.
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My vet thought that since her surgery is first thing in the morning and I work so far away from where I live and the vets is that they would give her a place to stay for the night.
Ohhh, I see. Well, give her something from home so she will not feel as scared and make sure you are not feeling sad or scared when you take her to the clinic. Cats and dogs can tell when you are sad and afraid, and their fear will feed off of yours. Keep an upbeat feeling, talk to her like normal and assure her you will be back for her. She (and you) will do fine.

I really think going through a separation like this and then being taken home again will make her fear less should you have to board her another time. She won't forget you coming back for her.

Good luck! I hope everything turns out all right with her lump!
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No worries, we all love our babies! Remember that she will probably get along better than you will through this!

I would suggest taking a blanket that she sleeps on so her scent is on it. she will settle down and sleep the night away and the surgery day will go quick and then you will be loving on her like normal! Just make sure you label the blanket so it doesn't get thrown in with their regular laundry.

I hope it all turns out well! Thoughts and prayers heading her (and your) way!!
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Well I just heard from the vet. Tess came through surgery with flying colors. She has an incision that is 4 inches long. The mass was down into her shoulder area close to the bone. They were able to remove everything and are sending it out to a lab to be tested.

They told me she is awake in her kennel, eyes as wide as they can be. They said she is very comfortable and can come home between 4-7:30 tonight.

I am sure her brother and sister will be checking her out all night. They were looking all over for her last night.

Thanks to all of you for your support. It means alot to have friends like you that can be there when you need them.
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Awesome!
So glad to hear she's awake and fine. I hope the tests come back fine, too.
When you take her home, give her a little kiss on the head and tell her it's from me!
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