Wild & Free

Tink

Last night we made the very painful decision to let our Tinka Belle cross the rainbow bridge. Her breast cancer had returned with a vengeance. It swiftly and aggressively took hold of her. It moved so fast there was nothing any medicine or treatment could do. Not even to slow it down. It was the hardest decision, but right decisions are not always the easy ones. She was always a proud, dignified and independent girl. Living in a cone and in a cancer riddled body, being forced medications, unable to eat and under supervision on and off every day for almost 2 months, while tumors grew in size and number and seeped blood, was not life for her. She was broken and beaten by a viscous unrelenting disease. CANCER SUCKS!

When we came outside to the car after the vet, this incredible sunset was in front of us. We watched as the sun set and the full moon rose. And I began the missing of her. 

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My heart is broken into a million little pieces again, as it does whenever one of our furbabies transition ahead of us. 

I CANNOT STRESS THIS ENOUGH
SPAY and NEUTER your furkids.

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A study at Brown University on spay and neutering reported:
“In males, neutering decreases the chances of developing prostatic disease and hernias, and eliminates the chances of developing testicular cancer. It also reduces problems with territorial and sexual aggression, inappropriate urination (spraying) and other undesirable male behaviors.

 

In Females, spaying decreases the incidence of breast cancer (the rate goes down to almost zero if the spaying is done before the first heat cycle!). It eliminates the chance of developing a serious and potentially fatal infection of the uterus experienced by many mature unspayed animals (pyometra). Spay surgery also eliminates the heat cycle and associated mood swings and undesirable behaviors, messy spotting (in dogs) and the attraction of all available males to your yard.”

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FACTS
Over 90 percent of feline mammary tumors are malignant, meaning they grow in an invasive fashion and spread to distant sites in the body. This is in contrast to dogs, where only about 50 percent of mammary tumors are malignant.
Tumors tend to affect older, unspayed female cats, but all cats, including males, are at risk.
 
The age at which a female cat is neutered plays a role in protecting against tumor development, with the greatest benefit seen for kittens spayed before 6 months of age, who have a 91 percent reduction in risk compared to non-spayed cats. Spaying between six months and one-year results in an 86 percent reduction in risk, spaying between 1-2 years leads to an 11 percent reduction in risk, and spaying after age two does not reduce the risk of mammary cancer development at all.
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Now I try and keep busy the rest of the day. Tonight I’m participating in a Full Moon Release Meditation & Drum Circle. By my heart is broken. I’ve always adopted old, broken, unwanted furbabies and although it fills me with gratitude and a full heart when I do, this is a part of that. The letting go. She needed me to be strong for her, so I was. 
I will forever miss her head boops, her independent & proud nature, and the fact that no matter how long she had lived off the streets she never let us completely tame her. I always knew she was a child of the moon, now she truly is wild and free again, gone but never really gone. 

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Healing – It’s A Process

So right before I started blogging again BOTH of our feline furkids came down sick. We’ve been going through about a month long treatment plan for both of them. A month in and I wanted to give an update on their progress and get you up to date on our “kids”,  Loki & Tinka Belle.

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Loki

When Loki first found us, we thought he was a she. And “her” name became Faith. On the first vet visit we found out she was a he and thus was named after the trickster Loki. Loki came to us as a stray and was a terrified little guy. He would not walk on the carpeting, he feared it. So he just jumped from piece of furniture to piece of furniture till he made it to wherever he was going. Window ledges were also challenging for him. He just never quite had the cunning feline personality most cats have. He was and still is unique 💙 He no longer has a fear of carpets and can now navigate window ledges but he can still be a bit jumpy. But he is loved so much and he loves back like crazy. This is our lap cat! He’s actually pouting in this photo because I was taking his photo instead of holding him. 

Loki was diagnosed with severe Irritable Bowel Disease last month. He is on high doses of Prednisone and is permanently on a special diet. He occasionally now gets probiotic mixed with his food. He is now doing fabulously thank you! We are nearing the stage where the vets will start reducing the amount of Prednisone he’s taking. But, his disease was so swift and severe he will likely be on medication for life, it’s just seeing what dosage he needs at this point. 

But he’s now a much happier (even if he looks kind of emo in this photo) and healthier these days! He’s about 11 or 12 years young 💙
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Tinka Belle (aka the diva of the house)

Tinka also came to us as a stray. Our neighbor brought both Loki and Tinka to us after finding them on the street. Tinka was found living under our neighbors graandma’s porch. The man that lived next door to grandma was planning to poison her. So instead, she came home to us. She was and can still be a handful. She came to us very feral. She hated humans, did not want to be touched, ever. 

It turned out Tinka had (has) Hyperthyroidism which made her very fearful and feral acting. Made her skittish and un-trusting. But sadly, she was diagnosed with it 10 years after she came to live with us. And during that diagnosis it was also discovered she early stage feline breast cancer.  Our little girl is a fighter though and she survived breast cancer surgery which also included some cancer reoccurring preventative mammary gland removal. She was put on a beta blocker and blood pressure medicine for her Hyperthyroidism and we now have to watch very closely for lumps. But her MRI looked clean. Now about 6 months later, she is off her beta blocker and soon her blood pressure meds will be reduced and perhaps eventually be completely taken off of 💙

Last month somehow she ended up with a hot spot on her belly that grew huge in days. We thought we had some serious food issues because she stopped eating or coming to me. But it turned out she had this large hot spot that she was tearing apart on her belly that was just growing and growing. It was a massive infection on her teet that spread to another teat. Now let me tell you after her surviving breast cancer and her and I going through all the healing from TWO huge incisions down her belly, her teets being infected was a terrifying diagnosis. And it still is because she is still in the healing process and we don’t really have a clue what the infection is or was. But anyway, she was given an antibiotic injection and Predisone to take at home for a vigorous round of treatment and healing. She has slowly been weaning off the Prednisone this week  and her recheck is actually today. Two days ago I thought another hot spot was forming but realized (and the hubby confirmed) it’s actually her HUGE scab starting to pull away from her skin leaving very irritated pink skin underneath that will likely scab up again just smaller. But no lie, her scab is thick and at least an inch long. You can kind of see it in the photo and if you scroll down I outlined the scabby part (it’s next to the black patch of hair on her belly). 

So we shall see where we are at her recheck this afternoon. I’m optimistic that whatever the infection was, was not related to the big C word at all 💙

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It’s a HUGE Hot Spot!