Well - Lilu was the last kitten I was fostering before I left for vet school... and she stole our heart and we become foster failures! :) It wasn't hard for her to steal our hearts.... she did the 'Superman' on dad's chest her first night at home, and that clinched the deal!
|Actual picture taken on her first night at home. She knew who to snuggle with!|
Just the other day, Lilu was cleaning herself and made her way to the fat pad on her belly. So I had to rub on it - how can you resist the kitty fat pad - and that is when I felt a mass! AUGH! Being a vet, I know what masses could be.... they may simply be fat (adipose tissue) - or possibly cancer. So I immediately took a small sample with a needle and we found 'spindle cells'. Unfortunately - it is not just fat. Lilu will be having surgery Tuesday to have the mass fully removed and sent away for pathology. And hopefully the results will show a benign type of cancer (at the same time we will take xrays of her chest to make sure nothing has spread to the lungs).
The moral of this story - is to examine all your pets at least monthly and if you feel any mass or see any weird discoloration, have your veterinarian check it out!
I will keep you posted on Lilu's surgery and pathology reports. And you better believe that I will be booking my own consultation with our Oncologist so that I make the best decision for my little girl! Click here to read about Dr. Karri Miller
Dr. Mary Gardner
Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice - South Florida