Oliver had a hard weekend. His tumor has grown more, and his breathing seems a little impacted, so I bundled him over to the vet on Saturday morning to check on his tumor’s progression. The vet heard his breath changes too, and we put him on a steroid to help relieve the inflammation. The first dose was Saturday evening.
Sunday morning Oliver wasn’t feeling well, and I found him hiding under the bed. His tumor was more swollen, and felt warm to the touch, and he wasn’t very interested in his breakfast. I canceled my plans for the day, and we snuggled in to watch a movie in the morning, while he settled down some. I ended up getting the deck ready to be cleaned and then scrubbing about half of it. That is a lot of work!
He was perkier in the evening and ready for dinner before snuggling in for the night. Overnight he did more roaming too, restless before coming back to bed to snuggle more. I didn’t give him the steroid again, just in case his discomfort was a result of the medication. This morning he was ready for breakfast, but then went to curl up somewhere out of the way afterwards.
Oliver getting a well deserved nap
I talked to the vet today and he says it is more likely that he is fighting an infection in the tumor tissue than swelling caused by the prednisone. So, back on the med, and watch and wait for a couple days to see if the swelling goes down. We’ll see how he does.
I’ve been home most of the weekend, venturing out only a little because I have felt pretty crummy. Oliver likes that. He gets to snuggle up in bed next to me, or in his favorite kitty puff on a little table next to be at the computer. He’s snoring… Loudly.
His tumor is continuing to grow. It’s gotten to the point where it is stretching his skin, making it obvious that something is there because it makes his fur look thinner there. It doesn’t seem like it is bothering him yet though, other than the fact that he is much more content to snooze more of the day away. His dementia symptoms are more obvious and pronounced too (he frequently seems confused if I am in another room and he can’t find me), but the vet says there’s no way to tell if that is related to his cancer or not.
He is still as loving as ever with me, and at times irritated and impatient with Coraline. Granted, she still likes to chase him and annoy him, but she also smells his tumor and inspects that spot carefully while he is lying down. I think there is certainly something to the research that says animals can smell tumors.
I don’t know how much time there is, but this weekend has been good time with him.
After a warm and dry Saturday, the day is downright rotten today. High winds that make me worry about the tall trees in my yard, debris flying around and rain; it’s cold! Coraline has the right idea – snoozing the day away.
Coraline enjoying a lazy day
I hope you all enjoyed your Independence Day long weekend. I had a pretty quiet weekend, with some half marathon training, dinner with family, and housework and organizing. The kitties enjoyed lounging around too, and Oliver even lay down with Coraline for some snuggles. I was surprised, because usually she will come snuggle with him after he is curled up somewhere, but he doesn’t usually seek her out. I guess he just wanted a little attention!
Oliver went to sleep with Coraline!
Oliver sacked out with Coraline
How was your weekend?
We have had several days of rain this week, and it is raining tonight. So perhaps a picture of Oscar and Coraline lying in the sunspot will coax the sun out again.
Hope you are enjoying your weekend!
Oscar (left) and Coraline (right) taking in some rays