Dang, Dang, Dang. And Some More Dang, Too

Very, very bad vet news about the Boe Kitty.
My beautiful tuxie child.

You might remember the Defective Knee-Cap Saga from last year, in which the final official opinion was that The Boy just had weak bones, probably because of his feral childhood.
Fuzzy bits on xrays being healing of injuries.
Surgeon's first theory having been that he was being raised on tofu by crazed hippie owners – us – and had not enough calcium.
Not.
So over Christmas last year he had one knee problem, then in late spring another.
Well, if one was weak, so was the other, so that sort-of made sense.
So we were to let his little patellas heal by keeping him in to enforce rest and minimize jumps, and he would be pretty much okay.
And he's been going about his kitty business, being okay.

I was skritching him under the chin, and found a lump.
My immediate thought was, of course, abcess, or possibly dental problems.
Well, no.

The lump is misshapen bone on the side of his jaw, causing increasing difficulties in eating, grooming and the like.
He's marginally okay now, but if it keeps growing it will doom him.

Their current working theory on the cause is bone cancer.
HIM IS NOT QUITE TWO YEAR'S OLD.
The vet is saying that maybe he was born with it.
Which is more just badness in the universe than my brain can hold.
If is this, he can get steroids for a while to slow things down, but we're talking months.
It's his jaw, which is a very bad place indeed.

The only alternate theory is a possible systemic infection by one of a couple of fungal thingies.
One of which might make sense – an infection from pigeon or bat droppings – since we have no idea where his young feral mom had her nest.
My rapid reading through googled sources says it is known to go systemic in young cats.
The radiologist doesn't like this concept, and is thinking an early injury lead to a tumor which spread.

I do like the fungal theory, since anti-fungals would mean constant medication, but the possibility of a longer term survival with some reasonable quality of life.
And there is no history of an actual accute injury.
His feral family was observed and mom and litter trapped as soon as possible.
He was already about four months old when trapped because he was the smart boy who evaded the traps.
But no one ever said he was limping – only that he was too damned smart for his own good.

He goes in for a bone biopsy Tuesday morning to sort it out, since the treatments would be completely opposite.
So be thinking good thoughts about funguses for us.

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32 responses to this post.

  1. Oh dear. I'm so sorry. Keep us posted.

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  2. Oh noes!I am heartstruck. I know how bad it is to have a young, sick tuxie. I hope Mr. Boe only has fungus.Now that TK is de-coned, we have spare Get Well Tux energy to be redirected.(I think littlem knows about the other)

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  3. Oh, no, Mr. Boe! All good thoughts to him and you with your worries.
    Also crossing my fingers it's fungal.

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  4. Oh no! I hope it turns out to be the least troublesome of all those things.

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  5. Him has bedroom all to himself.And babyfood.Actually Motley and Wolfie came in for the night too.And somehow Nikita kit walked through the wall to join us.(I didn't let him in, but there he was.)He has antibiotic for whatever was giving him a fever.And morphine because he probably hurts.So he is eating and napping and purring.Think there is a general Confederation of Tuxies.We have a constant Tuxie-Cat-Equivalent, which the universe keeps filling for us.

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  6. Poor kitty. I hate when our furry pals are sick.

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  7. Morphine, other kittehs, babyfood, napping in own bedroom — it sounds like a fine way to pass the weekend. Purr is good. Purr away, Boe; that vibration is probably good for the bones.The Universal Confederation of Tuxies. An amazing thought.

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  8. I'm so sorry to hear this. He's in our thoughts. *miao purrs*Ramses had bone cancer of his jaw but he was nearly 20. Poor baby Boe. I hope it turns out to be fungal.

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  9. Poor baby. I hope all news is good news on Tuesday. Keep us posted.

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  10. How can he be born with it??? What a wretched, stupid idea! The answer – that when Nature creates these beautiful creatures sometimes there is a slip-up is not acceptable.
    I'm thinking good fungal thoughts; do let us know what happens.

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  11. Uh oh! Poor kitteh! I'll keep my paws crossed

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  12. Now more than ever, my favorite saying is, There's a fungus among us.Gawd, what a beautiful photo, Lauo!(((((Boe Kitty))))))))

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  13. Oh, no!((((((((((((((((((hugs)))))))))))))))))) for all of you.

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  14. Poor kitteh! Keep us updated, I hope this turns into good news! *paws crossed*

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  15. Poor Boe! We will think good and fungal thoughts for him. (I think the Universal Confederation of Tuxies appeared in a Star Trek: New Generation episode. They wanted to recruit Data's cat.)

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  16. Him is a gorgeous puss.

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  17. I think they get into transporter accidents and switch their colors around… turning into Kittehs of Good and Badness, with Ebil white with black bit kitties running off to try to recruit Siamese allies from the Romulans….

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  18. So sorry to hear that, Lauo. I'll be thinking of miraculous cures for him…

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  19. :-(Tons of good thoughts to Boe Kitty.

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  20. nonononono.pettingks to the lovely Boy(e). hugs to you and Tom.

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  21. Poor baby!I am not a veal eater for all the reasons there are…but when I had a sick and infirmed kitty – that kitty got veal baby food from Gerber. I thought about parents who feed their babies babies every time I spooned a little bit of it to the mouth of poor old Mork…I'll be hoping for fungus!

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  22. Sorry to hear, Lauo. Sending lots of good thoughts for Boe Kitty.

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  23. I'm so sorry. I'll be thinking good thoughts for you and Boe Kitty.

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  24. Nobody should have to go through this at Christmas. Poor kitteh. We can haz kitteh prayerz?

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  25. I just saw this, lw, I'm so so sorry. Love and comfort to Boe.

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  26. He goes to get a bone biopsy on Tuesday, then two days for that to get read, then we'll know what we are dealing with.Meanwhile, Cat Spoiling tiem!

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  27. I just now read this…so sorry. I will keep my fingers crossed, and the Scotties will keep their paws crossed, that your kitty can fight this.

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  28. good luck with the bone biopsy

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  29. I'm crossing my fingers as I ask. any news?hoping for results Boe and y'all can live with

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  30. Was away all day, but Tom says no call.Maybe tomorrow.

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  31. keeping fingers crossed

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