Fight Feline Breast Cancer with Madison
March 28th, I felt a large lumpy mass under the front legs of our female cat, Madison. In less than two hours, we found out what is was: mammary cancer.
We've decided that Madison (an otherwise healthy, ornery, active 8 year old tortie) deserves all of the help we can give to fight this cancer and we need your help.
Any and all donations are appreciated and go directly to paying for her mammectomy and upcoming chemotherapy treatment. She is being treated at the Chicago Veterinary Cancer Center.
Search for #cancercat on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook for frequent updates on Madison, her cat brothers and her dog brother-in-law. Please share this page with friends. Part of my goal with documenting Madison's treatment is to let more people know about early cancer detection in their pets. PET YOUR PET! ALL OVER! We wouldn't have found her tumor had I not been petting her in a place she doesn't like. Check out SugarRub.org for details on doing a mammary exam.
Madison's cancer has come back into her lungs. When we went to the vet's, everything was fine (heartbeat and resp rate) except the chest X-ray showed the cancer.
She's still trolling me: as soon as I write that she doesn't play like she did before, she attacks my yarn like nothing has changed.
I've set up her "chemo cave" (a wedding quilt that she would bury herself in the weekend after chemo) and she's curled up on it now. Air purifiers are coming via Amazon starting today and after that I'll start boxing up some of the books around her bed. I'm trying to get her to take an immune system boosting powder called Transfer Factor Plus Feline. She. Does. Not. Like. It.
This is all roughly expected. The average prognosis for all of her tumor's stats is 7 months or so. Hey, she could still be miracle kitty but more importantly she's still Madison.
Thank you for everyone's support. We're still paying off the bills and I want you to know that everything given has gone to her medical bills or to fancy grain-free pouches of wet food (she loves WeRuVa Mack, Jack and Sam). Besides cats being carnivores, cancer thrives on carbs so I give that to her as much as I can. We're currently expanding to baby food! No onion powder of course.
Hug your pets! Check your pets for lumps and bumps EVERY MONTH! Give extra love to your friends/coworkers with a sick pet because it can feel so lonely.
Again, thank you
She's a champ and acting like the queen of the castle at home still. It's stressful for us but we're doing everything we can for her.
We're also so happy that you've helped us to 20% of the goal! There's a long way to go but this much after only a month is pretty extraordinary. Thank you so much!
May is apparently Pet Cancer Awareness month so RT and share to spread Madison's story and the need to consciously check your pet every month for lumps and bumps.
Thank you again!
When this began, money flew fast but luckily got put onto CareCredit which is giving is 6 months interest free. Pre-tests were probably near $1000. That was out of pocket. The partial mastectomy (the best option for the size of Madison's tumor and for mammary cancer in general) was $2700. And that was within the first 8 days of finding the lump.
We acted fast because this cancer acts fast. That's one of the reasons we're spreading awareness of monthly wellness checks for your pets. You may think you pet your pet all over but TRUST US. There are some areas you don't touch or don't touch while paying attention for lumps and other changes.
Just this week, I was petting the belly of one of our other cats and noticed the claws of one paw were ragged and discolored. First, PANIC. Second, not another one. Third, go to the vet because frankly, you never know. #cancercat was and IS acting totally normal and yet is battling an aggressive cancer. Chamberlain deserves the same quick attention in case anything IS wrong.
Luckily (for everyone!), his claws have no fungus or anything wrong. The vet suggested some fish oil but since there wasn't any discharge or change in the cuticles or toes, he was fine. He also got a check-up where we found out he's healthy, has lost SOME side teeth during the years but looks great for an 11 year old cat. $79 to find out he's nice and healthy. Pretty good bargain and worth the extra time and effort it took to look a little closer at him.
Thank you so much for your support. Please share and RT info on #cancercat and the fundraiser. We participate on twitter and Instagram on #jellybellyfriday and other cat days. Find photos, updates, and more by following me, Kristin, @kbarrick.
Again, thank you for being a gladiator in this fight!
Thank you to all who have donated! Please share to your friends via social media and email to spread awareness of #cancercat and monthly cancer checks. I'll continue to update and share pictures of our little lady!