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This afternoon Patrick took Ju Ju to the vet to get her eczema checked out - she had a little rash on her ears for a while and recently it has been getting worse.

Well, it is worse. Ju Ju has the beginnings of skin cancer. Tomorrow she has to have parts of her ears removed. I can't stop crying. I can't describe how guilty I feel, how I noticed she had a bit of a rash but presumed it was just mild eczema and left it for several weeks. The vet told Patsington that she has been caught in time but what if she isn't? I can't imagine life without Ju Ju.

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pisica
Oct. 16th, 2006 03:02 pm (UTC)
Oh, poor JuJu! :( But the vet's prognosis is good! *crosses fingers*
glitterboy1
Oct. 16th, 2006 03:03 pm (UTC)
Oh, love, I'm so sorry. You couldn't have known, you really couldn't. But she's being seen to now, and that's the important thing. I'm hoping hard that the vet is right, and that this will be in time. I'm thinking of you, and Patsington and Ju Ju. xxx
cangetmad
Oct. 16th, 2006 03:04 pm (UTC)
Oh, Anna. I'm so so sorry. But, as I understand it, skin cancer on the ears of white cats isn't uncommon, and it's treatable. She'll have funny looking ears, but she'll be okay. You two got her to the vet in time.

*hugs*
starfishchick
Oct. 16th, 2006 03:09 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm so sorry to hear this! But as cangetmad said, this is quite common in white cats, and treatable. I am thinking of you all.

P.S. Mail went out to you this morning. I will keep my fingers crossed that it arrives at all soon!
biascut
Oct. 16th, 2006 03:11 pm (UTC)
Oh sweetie, I'm so sorry. I will keep my fingers crossed for you all and hope she's better soon.
leedy
Oct. 16th, 2006 03:16 pm (UTC)
Oh no, the poor wee beast, and poor you and Patsington. It sounds like you did the right thing, if the vet thinks that you brought her in on time - a few weeks probably wouldn't make much difference. Wishing her a swift recovery!
felinitykat
Oct. 16th, 2006 03:47 pm (UTC)
Oh sweetheart! I'm so sorry. But please don't feel too guilty, I know it's really really awful but lots of white cats, alas, get skin cancer all too easily on their ears. Our neighbour had a white cat who had most of her ears removed, and she lived very very happily, albeit earlessly, for years and years afterwards. I'm sure it's in time and Ju-Ju will be fine. But poor poor you, and her. *hugs*. xxx
nonethewiser
Oct. 16th, 2006 03:50 pm (UTC)
Poor kittykins. Poor you. I'm so sorry.
roseability_
Oct. 16th, 2006 03:52 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry. At least it's been caught early - we didn't find out my cat had AIDS until he was lying on the floor because it was too painful for him to move.
listersgirl
Oct. 16th, 2006 04:01 pm (UTC)
Oh, poor you, and poor Ju Ju. One of our cats (also white) had the same thing, and had part of his ear removed, but suffered no ill effects from the removal. I hope it all goes well for Ju Ju.
socmot
Oct. 16th, 2006 04:04 pm (UTC)
Best wishes to you and the fearsome beast.
I hope all goes well!
enoneoftheabove
Oct. 16th, 2006 04:32 pm (UTC)
Oh, wow. That just sucks. But an earless Ju Ju is still a Ju Ju, right? Just more fierce-looking.
snowballjane
Oct. 16th, 2006 04:35 pm (UTC)
Oh no. *hugs* Poor you and Ju Ju. But it's good that the vet says it's been caught in time.
daegaer
Oct. 16th, 2006 04:49 pm (UTC)
*hugs* to you and Patsington, and *reverential petting* to the mighty Ju Ju. She'll be OK since it was caught early. She'll just need lots (more) spoiling. She'll still be your bold bad Ju Ju.
fox1013
Oct. 16th, 2006 05:11 pm (UTC)
*thinking of all three of you*
orionnebula
Oct. 16th, 2006 05:27 pm (UTC)
Oh dear, I'm so sorry. But you caught it early--it should be okay.
alltheleaves
Oct. 16th, 2006 05:38 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry, I hope Ju Ju will be ok. And you caught in time, you weren't to know it could be anything that serious and you've caught it in time.

Crossing my fingers that everything goes smoothly tomorrow and sending big hugs to the three of you.
slemslempike
Oct. 16th, 2006 06:17 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry. I hope Ju Ju's operation goes well.
anglaisepaon
Oct. 16th, 2006 06:48 pm (UTC)
Oh, Anna, I'm so sorry. Please don't feel guilty - you weren't to know, and it's been caught, and hopefully Ju Ju will be back to her lovely, sullen self very soon. Take care of yourself. *hugs*
chiasmata
Oct. 16th, 2006 06:49 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry, that's horrible. I hope all goes well with the operation.
cran
Oct. 16th, 2006 08:50 pm (UTC)
Don't feel guilty -- cats are notoriously good at hiding any kind of medical malady (and it might not be causing her any discomfort, anyway), so you had no reason to think it was a big deal. The important thing is that you did get it checked and it'll be fixed.
lsugaralmond
Oct. 16th, 2006 09:17 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry. Keeping my thumbs held for Ju Ju!
yiskah
Oct. 16th, 2006 10:11 pm (UTC)
Oh, I am so sorry. But there's no way that you could have known - please don't beat yourself up over it! Trust the vet - I'm sure s/he knows what s/he's talking about. Lots of love to you all. xxx
jinxremoving
Oct. 17th, 2006 12:00 am (UTC)
oh sweetheart, good luck tomorrow! lots of love to you and the princess.
zoje_george
Oct. 17th, 2006 01:44 am (UTC)
Oh dear. I'm so sorry about Ju Ju. Even though we joke about our cats' terrible dispositions, we love them like crazy, don't we?

I'll tell you what Deborah told me when I was feeling as you are now when Zoje first started getting sick -- I was feeling guilty about all the years I'd fed my cats dry food: You do the best you know how to do for your pets with the information you have at the time.

You had no way of anticipating that her rash was anything more than eczema; she'd had it before and she's a young cat. Honestly, it wouldn't have occured to me to rush my cat in for a rash that looked like what she'd had before. And it's not like we can slap sunscreen on their little ears before they go out to play -- we can, but it wouldn't do any good.

You're a good cat owner, and Ju Ju is too big a force of nature to be brought low by this. I'll be thinking of you both, and hoping for a full recovery for her.
hfnuala
Oct. 17th, 2006 03:40 am (UTC)
That sucks. I hope she'll be up imperiously demanding attention very soon after the operation. Maybe the ear-bob will make her look rakish?
aliceinfinland
Oct. 17th, 2006 09:45 am (UTC)
Oh poor Ju Ju! I had no idea until right now that white cats were prone to skin cancer.
sdn
Oct. 17th, 2006 01:19 pm (UTC)
oh no. keep us posted, please.
radegund
Oct. 17th, 2006 03:04 pm (UTC)
Oh, Anna, I'm so sorry to hear this! I'll be thinking of you tomorrow.
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