Incurable to Cancer-Free in One Year: How Nate-the-Cat Survived High Grade Lymphoma

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Handsome Nate

Like so many cancer stories, this not a simple one.

It involves conventional treatments that don’t work out, but it ends with natural treatments and a happy cat!

This story is a big deal to me because I lost a cat to high-grade (large cell) intestinal lymphoma. While low-grade lymphoma is more treatable, cats are not known to survive high-grade lymphoma. Even with intense chemotherapy, the best we were told to hope for was 6 – 9 months.

So I always have my ears open for helpful cat cancer healing stories. When I heard that a woman in Illinois named Connie Fischbein had a story to share (complete with pictures of the oncology scans), I set up an interview as fast as I could.

I was stunned to learn that her cat had survived high-grade intestinal and kidney lymphoma. I could hardly wait to hear how her 7 year-old Maine Coone, Nate, pulled this off!

Note: All the resources that worked for Connie’s cat are listed at the end of this (long!) article.

How it starts

LIZ: First of all, I want to know all about Nate’s initial diagnosis.

CONNIE: It was in the small intestine…he had been vomiting and losing weight and I had been going back and forth to the vet…I was leaving for work one morning and he hid under a chair, something he would never do unless there is something really, really wrong. I ran him up to the emergency clinic… he had an ultrasound. There was a tumor in his small intestine…it was removed surgically, they tissue typed it and gave me some options for chemo…  We started him on the treatment that I thought would be least stressful for him….Lomustine [oral chemo].

LIZ: What did they do with the surgery?

CONNIE: They basically removed the tumor [it was blocking his digestion]. And resected the bowel.

LIZ:  And what happened after that?

CONNIE: Within a couple of days he was pretty much eating his regular diet…And then 10 days later I brought him in to get his stitches out and that was when they started the oral chemo.

LIZ: I don’t think I was given surgery as an option. I don’t remember that ever coming up.

CONNIE: Well this was a single tumor. I know there are some forms of lymphoma where it’s more diffuse and it’s not that easy to remove surgically.

LIZ: The word “diffuse” does sound familiar. Maybe that’s what it was. So then Nate started the Lomustine. And what was that like?

CONNIE: He would get the dose once a month and he seemed to tolerate it fairly well, but after a couple weeks he would start having really bad diarrhea, which we would treat with metronidazole…

Connie begins researching alternatives

“After his first Lomustine dose I started looking online for alternative therapies in case the chemo didn’t work…I spent hours just searching, trying to find [good] products.

I found a cancer support product called ES Clear…it’s supposed to help with side effects from chemo. At work there’s a database I can use where I can look up interactions of some natural medicines and conventional medicines…and I didn’t see anything that was going to be a significant interaction.

I talked to the oncologist and he was fine with it too… With the ES Clear, Nate really seemed to perk up and had less diarrhea and less lethargy after his chemo doses.

I saw a vet online recommending a product from a company called Vitality Science. I talked to LeLa and to Steven Becker there. The whole approach was the opposite of the approach that conventional chemotherapy is about. Conventional chemo is all about suppressing the immune system and killing everything basically. Cancer cells metabolize faster so they absorb these toxins more readily, but pretty much every organ system is affected. But the alternative approach is to boost the immune system, give the animal a chance to heal itself.

I thought, “maybe this is plan B, because I’m kind of committed right now to the chemotherapy.” The approaches seemed to contradict each other. I couldn’t get my head around doing both at same time. They said you could, but I wasn’t convinced, so I decided to make it plan B.”

The cancer comes back after surgery and oral chemo

CONNIE: Nate did well for 5 rounds of oral Lomustine. He had his last dose at the beginning of May 2012. But at the end of that month we had a routine scan and unfortunately it had come back in his kidney. It was like a small 1.5 cm tumor at that point.

LIZ: How many months was he on the Lomustine?

CONNIE: Five. He was diagnosed early January and it came back at the end of May.

LIZ:  It was the same high grade, large cell lymphoma – but this time in the kidney?

CONNIE: Right. And so we tried Elspar, which is specific for lymphoma. But the cancer was resistant. It just kept growing. So the week after that we tried [another drug] I wasn’t thrilled about. Heavy duty chemo. It was given by IV and made him sick…He wouldn’t eat from his food dish and became lethargic. His white blood cell count dropped and he was placed on prednisone and antibiotics.

Heavy duty chemo doesn’t work for Nate

“So we were just watching his white blood cell count every week. About 2 or 3 weeks later it came up enough but the tumor…didn’t shrink.

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Kidney is hidden behind tumor

And then it started growing again so we tried one last resort called Palladia. ….But after 2 or 3 doses of that oral medication, he was vomiting and then he stopped eating.

He was kind of saying ‘I won’t do this anymore.’

Switched to 100% alternative therapies

“I talked to the oncologist and said, ‘I can’t do this anymore to him. I’ll just try to make him as comfortable as I can. And I think I’m going to try these other herbal products.’

Since he wasn’t eating, I ordered a product (Feline Granular) that you mix into his food, which he absolutely loved, and it got him eating again. He was still taking ES Clear.

I also added another product Tripsy, which is for kidney support. I figured, even though he still had normal kidney function and all his labs were normal, he might need help excreting the metabolites of these products. I started him on Tripsy and the Vitality Science Advanced Immune Restoration Protocol [for cat cancer]. So I started these about a week after this last Palladia [chemo] dose.”

Surprise!

“About three weeks later we took him into the vet for a scan and surprisingly it has shrunk over 30% and he was…almost strangely energetic. I thought there was something wrong with him. I was like, “What’s going on? He’s acting weird.” It turns out this tumor is shrinking.

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Tumor (in cross hairs) has shrunk over 30%

I brought him back three weeks later and it had shrunk another 30%. Both the oncologist and I had been skeptical before starting these alternative therapies. The oncologist was very surprised by the results and I was kicking myself that I hadn’t tried them earlier along with chemo.

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Tumor 30% smaller again, kidney now visible

The second time it shrank he called me into the consulting room, closed the door and said, ‘OK, what exactly are you giving him?’

I told him about all the products…he said, ‘Well, just keep doing this. He’s moving in the right direction. We’ll see what happens.”

I brought Nate back a couple months later and the tumor was still shrinking. Not quite at the same rate, but it was still moving in the right direction and then I think his third scan was in October 2012.

Then I brought him in January this year for another scan and it was completely gone. Normal kidney.”

LIZ: Wow.

CONNIE: Yeah. He gained weight… and he had another scan at the end of February…The scan was clean everywhere. His gut and his kidney and all of that. His recent scan [May 1st] was also completely clean.

LIZ: I’m blown away that even though Nate went through some really intense chemo his body was able to get rid of the cancer when you stopped – even though chemo breeds stronger cancer cells.

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Happy Nate

CONNIE: He wasn’t quite 7 years old when he was diagnosed…he had that going for him… And I think I got lucky with finding Vitality Science. I think those products probably made the biggest difference…there are ingredients that specifically have anti-cancer properties. And immune boosting properties.  I think that was the big gun. Although it’s hard to say because there are no controlled studies.

LIZ: The tumor shrinkage you saw in late July – the doctor did not think it was from the earlier chemo, correct?

CONNIE: Correct, he had a scan after the chemo; it was still growing, not shrinking.  …In fact, Nate’s oncologist was very excited about what happened with these herbals, so he now recommends it to his clients who don’t respond to conventional chemo.

Important Note: Only after a number of clean scans did Connie begin to taper down the alternative therapy doses that Nate was taking. I learned the hard way that this is essential. With cancer treatment, especially after chemo has been used, the strongest tiny cancer cells are the ones that survive, so if they start growing again they can come back with an unstoppable vengeance. For this reason, I would continue periodic cancer scans and have my cat on a maintenance dose of an alternative therapy for the rest of his or her life.

The resources that worked for Connie

Connie used a number of supplements – “the kitchen sink” – as she joked, so it’s hard to be sure which ones made all the difference. But, she suspects the Advanced Immune Restoration Protocol Cat Cancer Support and Tripsy may have been most essential to Nate’s healing.

Nate’s anti-cancer supplementation

Vitality Science Advanced Immune Restoration Protocol – Cat Cancer Support - An anti-cancer combination of enzymes, probiotics, green algae, and essential nutrients for immune system; herbal anti-inflammatory and anti-parasitic; fish oil, krill oil, Astaxanthin (extracted from Haematococcus Pluvialis microalgae), and natural vitamin E.

Nate’s immune, nutrition, and kidney support supplements

Pet Wellbeing Nu-Pet Feline Granular with Antioxidant– for appetite & nutrients

NHV ES Clear - for cancer support and immune strengthening (contains ingredients of Essiac tea, a reputed anti-cancer formula)

NHV Tripsy - for kidney, renal and urinary disorders in cats

(The last two products were originally available through Pet Wellbeing, but they have sense reformulated them, so now you can get the original formula Connie used only through NHV.)

Nate’s treatment for chemo-related diarrhea

Pet Flora - When Nate stopped responding to the metronidazole for his chemo-related diarrhea, Connie tried this special soil-based probiotic, which cleared up his diarrhea in 24 hours.

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83 Responses to Incurable to Cancer-Free in One Year: How Nate-the-Cat Survived High Grade Lymphoma

  1. Rachel July 24, 2014 at 1:55 pm #

    Thanks for posting this Liz! My cat was diagnosed with lymphoma about a year and a half ago. I decided not to go the chemo route so she is being treated by a homeopathic vet. I also have changed her to a primarily raw diet and she gets a few nutritional supplements. But over the past few months her belly is bulging out on both sides. The homeopathic vet doesn’t seem too concerned but it concerns me. I just happened upon your blog today and I decided to order the Vitality Science cat cancer protocol…I’m praying it helps her! Thanks again for your helpful site! Rachel

  2. Liz-cat July 8, 2014 at 10:53 pm #

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  3. Danielle July 8, 2014 at 12:52 pm #

    Hi Julie,

    I’m unfortunately no stranger to this horrible disease. If you read my previous postings, my cat Stabler died of small cell lymphoma last November. It’s kind of a progressive disease which starts as IBD, then morphs into small cell, then large cell lymphoma. It attacks all of the vital organs surrounding the intestines…the pancreas, kidneys, etc.

    Unfortunately you’re in the most critical phase and I would consider the steroid and chemo, along with the holistic approach.

    If I had a do-over, I would’ve kept Stabler on chemo and added all the products that Connie used. The holistic products are mainly for restoration of those organs and to help alleviate the side effects of chemo….the runs, vomiting, decreased appetite, etc.

    Vets are quick to prescribe a cocktail of meds, including the steroid, chemo, appetite stimulants, anti-nausea, probiotics…and they’re all attacking the liver, kidneys, etc. The holistic drugs will replace the anti-nausea, probiotics, and appetite stimulants (because let’s face it, your cat will gain his appetite when he doesn’t feel like he’s gonna throw up).

    Make sure to get regular blood tests to make sure he doesn’t become anemic as a result of the chemo (what happened to my kitty). And adjust chemo accordingly. But don’t take him off the chemo unless you absolutely think it’s no longer working.

    With Stabler, I noticed that everything….chemo, pro-biotics, appetite stimulants, etc. stopped working as well. I made the bold move to take her off all the garbage, except the steroid. And I got my hopes up because for three weeks she responded beautifully. She even gained a little weight and started waking me up in the morning for food. But suddenly she took a bad turn and just could no longer hold anything down. The very day I was going to put her down, she died right by my side.

    Long-winded answer. Every cat responds differently to different treatments. But at this point, your cat’s large cell carries a prognosis of only about two to three months WITH TREATMENT….so you’re going to need to be aggressive. You’re in my prayers and I wish you luck. Please keep us up to date.

    • Cindy Thornton July 8, 2014 at 8:51 pm #

      Julie, don’t despair. There is a possibility you have found your kitty’s s lymphoma at an early stage. That may bode well for his prognosis if you can get treatment for him soon. Some cats with large cell lymphoma survive for a year or more with treatment. You have taken a good first step with the natural products you have purchased. You could consider visiting an oncologist to inform yourself concerning chemotherapy possibilities. Just because you discuss options with the oncologist doesn’t mean you need to follow through with them. But you may have peace of mind knowing you considered all options. The important thing is to see that your cat is not in any pain or discomfort. I wish you the best.

  4. Julie July 8, 2014 at 12:24 pm #

    Hello,

    My 12-year-old kitty started losing his appetite 3 weeks ago. After going to the vet, and then a specialist, I learned yesterday that my cat has large-cell intestinal lymphoma. I ordered all the products outlined in Connie and Nate’s story last week and started using them yesterday when they arrived. So far his appetite is slowly coming back. I know it will take time to see what happens. The vet wants me to visit an oncologist but I’m worried she will confuse my head and try to make me feel like the holistic approach will harm him. They really want me to put him on the steroid Prednisone. Has anyone had experiences with Prednisone and have any insight to offer? Also, I would love to hear an update from Connie and Nate! Their story is giving me hope. My kitty is a Maine Coone too. Thanks.

    • VeggieNut July 8, 2014 at 4:14 pm #

      My vet prescribed Prednisone for my now 16 year old kitty with oral squamous cell carcinoma. Prednisone is a steroid and it shrinks tumors. Although it is tolerated better in cats than in people or dogs, it’s not without side effects. But, when life expectancy is not very long, the side effects become less of an issue and quality of life becomes the priority. The Prednisone plus the Clindamycin prescribed by my vet did produce results, but alas, they were very short lived. The drooling and other symptoms of this type of cancer quickly returned when the meds ran out. I’ve now had my kitty on holistic alone for over two months now. The drooling is gone, the lying in her sick bed all day is gone, the working her tongue around in her mouth when she tries to eat is gone, the turning away from her food and not eating at all is gone and the inflammation is greatly subdued. Is the cancer gone? No, not yet and maybe never. There is some inflammation in the very back of her mouth on one side at this time, but it’s not like the mass of red open sores she did have that filled that side of her mouth. I’m hoping this will diminish but it may progress. Time will tell. This is the longest she’s ever gone without all the intense symptoms returning necessitating yet another round of Prednisone/Clindamycin that only work for a short time. It’s now been over eight months since she was diagnosed and considering that the life expectancy for this type of cancer is less than one year after diagnosis, she’s doing pretty good for an old kitty. I think that cancer is very individual and it can vary a lot in regards as to how the patient responds to treatment. I have read that holistic medicine combined with conventional treatment may produce the best results.
      Good luck and hang in there!

    • Liz-cat July 8, 2014 at 10:51 pm #

      Julie, Nate is still going. Connie may be in touch with you. The answer is never simple. I hope you’ll read my earlier long comment in this thread.
      Also — a woman named Cindy replied to you too but it appeared under another comment. Here’s what she said: “Julie, don’t despair. There is a possibility you have found your kitty’s s lymphoma at an early stage. That may bode well for his prognosis if you can get treatment for him soon. Some cats with large cell lymphoma survive for a year or more with treatment. You have taken a good first step with the natural products you have purchased. You could consider visiting an oncologist to inform yourself concerning chemotherapy possibilities. Just because you discuss options with the oncologist doesn’t mean you need to follow through with them. But you may have peace of mind knowing you considered all options. The important thing is to see that your cat is not in any pain or discomfort. I wish you the best.”

    • Liz-cat July 8, 2014 at 10:58 pm #

      One more thing for you Julie (and any other cat lovers struggling with the options right now) – my notes and thoughts, from someone who has been there- http://www.naturalcatcareblog.com/landing/fighting-cat-cancer/

    • Rachel July 24, 2014 at 2:03 pm #

      Hi Julie, when my cat was diagnosed with lymphoma a year and a half ago the vets put her on Prednisolone which was NOT a good option. She gained tons of weight, was eating constantly and VERY lethargic…she’d just sit and stare at the wall and wasn’t acting like herself. I didn’t have peace about keeping her on it so once I started working with the homeopathic vet he helped me wean her off of it. Apparently it doesn’t work long term anyway and it can be damaging to other areas. I hope your kitty is doing ok…i see it’s been a few weeks since your post. Connie and Nate’s story is very encouraging…I’m believing for the same positive outcome. All the best to you and your cat!

  5. MelMuff May 11, 2014 at 11:13 pm #

    Oops! Correction: I meant to say that lymphoma is internal, not internet. I would also like to add that the 3 cats who died from lymphoma were not related and none had FLV.

  6. VeggieNut May 11, 2014 at 10:29 pm #

    My now 16 year old kitty has been fighting advanced Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma since Oct. 2013. She has had several rounds of Clindamycin and also Prednisone which can help buy some time, but they do not heal the problem.
    I felt like I was on the Titanic and the ship was sinking fast! Conventional medicine had nothing more to offer. I researched the Internet and I am now using the molasses/baking soda cancer cure plus some added supplements.
    Out of desperation, I started her on this somewhat dubious treatment of molasses and baking soda at the end of March, 2014. A few days later on April 2, 2014 when I saw no improvement in the ulceration, I took her to the vet for a Prednisone injection to help shrink the tumor. I checked her mouth again on April 11th and saw no improvement in the ulceration although it didn’t appear to be any worse either. So, I went to the vet office that afternoon and picked up some Clindamycin and started giving it that day, April 11th. I checked her mouth a few days later and saw significant improvement in the ulceration and attributed it to the Clindamycin. At this time she was still taking the molasses/baking soda treatment but I decided to give her a temporary break and discontinued it. I finished out the Clindamycin on April 21st and when I checked her mouth, it was to my surprise ulcerated again! The only change that had been made was discontinuing the molasses/baking soda cancer cure. I immediately started her back on it since I felt I had no more options left. Two weeks later when I checked her mouth again, I was pleasantly surprised to see no red inflamed tissue! Her mouth appeared to be healing. I continued on with the molasses/baking soda cancer cure and when I checked her mouth a few days later, there was now smooth skin where the ulceration had been! The next mouth check revealed that even more healing had taken place. The ulcerated area was returning to a healthy looking pink with no swelling or signs of ulceration. The improvement didn’t stop with her mouth either. She has put on a little weight and acts like she feels good again. She eats good and doesn’t work her tongue around in her mouth like it hurts her to eat. I’ve seen the light of life return to her eyes and she no longer looks like a cat that is slowly dying. I know that this is way too early to say all is well, but it sure does look good right now. I only hope it lasts.
    I did add some supplements to go along with the molasses/baking soda cancer cure. I give her a children’s multi-vit, CoQ10, Astaxanthin, B 50 complex, MSM, fish oil, turmeric, & Grape Seed extract. I usually mix the supplements in with the dose of molasses/baking soda. One last thing I sometimes include is a little Acti-flex 4000. The Acti-flex contains anti-inflammatories, collagen and bioperine which is a bioavailability enhancer. I sometimes vary what supplements I mix in and I’ve also had to adjust the amounts of everything I give down to skinny kitty size.
    When she was being treated exclusively with the prescription drugs from the vet, I never saw this kind of improvement and these drugs also have the potential to produce serious side effects. I only wish that I had found this treatment earlier in the game.

    • MelMuff May 11, 2014 at 11:21 pm #

      VeggieNut, my cat Muffin had that same kind of cancer but in her ear instead back in 1998. Unfortunately it was fatal for her and too late to do anything to help her but the vet did try and experimental treatment on her with a Chinese mushroom called Shiitake Mushroom. It did shrink the cancer and extended her life by 4 or 5 months but the cancer was too far gone to cure her and it came back. So maybe try to inquire about this because it did work for awhile. Good lucky and hope your kitty survives.

      • VeggieNut May 12, 2014 at 10:36 am #

        Thanks for the info about using Shiitake Mushrooms. I will add this to my arsenal of natural treatment options for my kitty Mandi. I think it’s highly probable that it is more effective to combine more than one treatment if they don’t conflict with one another. For example, I wouldn’t use another alkalizing treatment with the molasses/baking soda since too much alkalization could be harmful. So far, I’ve added in supplements that I hope will work together in healing her. This is all new territory for me as this is my first experience with oral mouth carcinoma and I hope it’s my last!
        I found the molasses/baking soda cancer cure recipe on the internet and it is at least claimed to be effective in stopping cancer for people even those with late stage cancer that has spread. I couldn’t find anyone who had tried it on cats but the principle of how it works should be the same. Just scale down the dosage to fit a cat. Since Mandi has been on this treatment, she’s doing best that she’s ever done.
        There are natural, alternative treatments for many things but it can be hard to find out about them. The world of the internet has now changed this. I have a 10 1/2 year old dog who had a bladder stone around 7 years ago that was surgically removed. The vet wanted to put her on a prescription diet that would cost eighty dollars a bag! I didn’t have the internet then, but I had Dr. Pitcairn’s book on natural pet care. I give her Vit C, 500 mg twice a day, and although my vet said it wouldn’t work, there’s been no more bladders stones or related problems. I also use an herbal formula for my older lab for spay incontinence instead of Proin and my eleven year old German Shepherd with severe arthritis is now walking again using non-prescription methods. I control my long term type 2 diabetes drug free. The internet has placed a wealth of knowledge in the area of alternative medicine literally at our fingertips..

      • VeggieNut June 13, 2014 at 1:16 pm #

        MelMuff, thanks for the advice about using mushrooms. I just got some Triple Mushroom Standardized Complex which contains Shiitake, Maitake and Reishi mushrooms which are all known cancer fighters and can be used together. Although these three mushrooms can be purchased already blended together in a product that’s made just for pets, I opted for a blend made for people. Since the human grade blend is standardized, I’m hoping that it’s more potent. Also, a few weeks ago I added Artemisinin (wormwood) which is supposed to help shrink tumors. Since Artemisinin needs to be given on an “on” and “off” schedule, I may rotate what I give her and maybe by rotating some things, I can maintain better effectiveness.This is all new to me! I’m playing it by ear and learning as I go. I’ve spent endless hours searching the internet for info and trying to learn from what other pet owners have done. I know that at my kitty’s age of 16 years and the type of cancer she has, I don’t expect to have a lot of time left even under ideal conditions. As of now, I don’t see signs that the tumor is enlarging but there is a little redness with some ulceration way in the back of her mouth. This could be from the Prednisone injection having completely worn off or it may be that the cancer is becoming more resistant to treatment. What I don’t like about using Prednisone is that when given long term in cats, it can adversely affect the adrenal glands. So, I’m trying to avoid going back to Prednisone if possible or at least avoid using it as often. I’m hoping the triple complex mushroom supplement will help. Currently one of my biggest problems is that my kitty avoids me since from her point of view, it seems like I’m always putting something down her that doesn’t taste good. Just catching her to give out supplements has become a real challenge! At least she’s now feeling strong enough to put up a fuss and that’s an improvement in itself. Mandi and I began this journey back in October of 2013 and I will remain with her as her devoted comrade the whole way. Now and forever!

  7. MelMuff May 11, 2014 at 9:24 pm #

    Had 3 cats in the past year die from lymphoma cancer. It was found too late and had to euthanize them right away. Also weird to lose 3 cats to the same type of cancer. 2 cats were 15 and the other was only 11. But some good news. One of my cats developed cancer in his ear back in August 2012. One of our dogs can detect external cancers by licking the infected area, which he did. Unfortunately lymphoma is internet so he couldn’t detect that but every time he licks a spot, it’s always been cancer. Anyway, I brought my cat to the vet right away and had a test done to see if there was cancer but it came back negative. I guess it was too early to detect it. My cat’s ear got more infected and started bleeding. After 6 months, he got an infection from his ear and stopped eating and became lethargic. I brought him to the vet and after cleaning out his ear, they discovered a tumour and now the tests showed that it was cancer so the dog was right the whole time. It had something to do with the cartilage and luckily it was a slow growing cancer. I really didn’t want to lose my baby as we have a very special connection. I was also eating a Chinese restaurant around the same time he had his surgery and the fortune said, “The physician heals, nature makes well.” I nearly freaked out when I read it. So the tumour was removed the next month and I was told that they couldn’t get it all because it was already at the bone but luckily not infused with the bone. The month after that, he went through chemo for 4 months and tolerated it very good. He barely had any side effects. His activity level was normal. The only side effect he had was vomiting once or twice a month. The vet also removed his entire ear cancel but left the ear flap. Because of it, he developed Horner’s syndrome so he ca no longer close his right eye and needs eye drops for the rest of his life but luckily he can still close his inner eye lid. Other side effects he was suppose to have were tilting his head and walking around in circles, which never happened. A year later, the vet said he is in remission and he just recently celebrated his 16th birthday. I check his ear daily and it looks okay so I guess it was caught just in the nick of time. I’m so glad he had that infection. Today my cat Snuggles is living a normal happy life. He eats like a pig, had a nice soft smooth glossy coat of fur, is very affectionate like sitting on my shoulder like a parrot, still plays like a kitten and is filled with lots of energy. I’m happy to share his success story. :)

  8. Christina April 14, 2014 at 4:37 pm #

    About 4 months ago, Cellie had to have all her teeth on the right side of her mouth removed. Then, last week, she started drooling and drinking lots of water and her breath smelled really bad. The vet gave her antibiotics. We took her back in today and the vet said that the antibiotics didn’t work and that my cat most likely has cancer. She told me that she could refer to me to an oncologist, but that cats rarely survive cancer of the mouth and that treatment would set me back about three grand and probably wouldn’t even work anyway.. Has anyone experienced something similar? Any suggestions? She’s my best friend and I will do anything to save her!

    • Liz-cat April 14, 2014 at 5:21 pm #

      Christina, I’m so sorry to hear that news. I can’t think of any specific mouth cancer cases off the top of my head, but I would get a 2nd opinion. We don’t even really know for sure if it’s cancer. You also might consider getting expert input by phone: http://www.naturalcatcareblog.com/2011/03/holistic-vets-you-can-consult-with-by-phone/

    • Amanda May 6, 2014 at 7:04 pm #

      I’m so sorry to hear that i just had the same situation happen to me 3 months ago. We had all my cats teeth removed and spent almost 2000 in vet bills for them to say 3 months later that she was cancer in the mouth and there is no long term fix. We did get a biopsy done proving it was Squamous cell carcinoma. My vet said they could possibly remove and replace the jaw which would be very painful and might not even work. I have ordered the ES Clear and Vitality Science, even though I’m still waiting for vitality science. My vet just said to keep my cat happy until shes in pain and no longer can eat. I also was giving prednisone to help with the side affect of cancer mainly for the fact that the cancer for inflammation since his cancer is pushing on my cats left eye. I hope you all the best if anything that i try improves his condition i will let you know

  9. Chere March 29, 2014 at 2:37 am #

    So sorry to hear that Julie. R.I.P Spice. I hope all the happy memories override the sorrow of your loss.

  10. Julie March 29, 2014 at 1:25 am #

    I was devastated to be told earlier this week that my beloved Spice had carcinoma of the lung, with one lung already partially collapsed. Nothing could be done. We needed to euthanise him that day. He hadn’t been eating much, if at all, for a couple of days and started retching – I though it was a hair ball but sadly it was the acculmuation of ugly shaped cells in his chest cavity. I needed to know how to deal with the death of my beloved feline so after some research, I bought Soul Comfort for Cat Lovers. I’m on page 15; I’ve had to take it slow as my loss is so raw.
    RIP Spice my forever feline friend – age 17.5 years

  11. Julie March 29, 2014 at 1:23 am #

    I was devastated to be told earlier this week that my beloved Spice had carcinoma of the lung, with one lung already partially collapsed. Nothing could be done. We needed to euthanise him that day. He hadn’t been eating much, if at all, for a couple of days and started retching – I though it was a hair ball but sadly it was the acculmuation of ugly shaped cells in his chest cavity. I needed to know how to deal with the death of my beloved feline so after some research, I bought Soul Comfort for Cat Lovers. I’m on page 15; I’ve had to take it slow as my loss is so raw.
    RIP Spice my forever feline friend – age 17.5 years

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