Comic 1275 - Ben Fundraiser For Tokyo Rose

10th Nov 2015, 1:38 AM
Ben Fundraiser For Tokyo Rose
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Tokyo Rose 10th Nov 2015, 1:45 AM edit delete
Tokyo Rose
This is Zunicoon Benjamin Nimitz, a purebred Maine Coon cat. He was born June 25, 2003. We visited Zunicoon during our honeymoon in August of that year, fell in love with this beautiful boy, put in a down payment on him, and picked him up in late September.

He is a sweet-natured, gentle boy, probably one of the best-behaved cats we've ever known, and we have done everything possible to make sure he's been comfortable, safe, and happy. He's a dearly-loved member of our family.

Earlier this year, we noticed that he seemed to be losing weight, and an abdominal ultrasound revealed that he either has an inflammatory bowel condition, or small-cell lymphoma; both conditions affect the body's ability to absorb nutrients through the walls of the small intestine. The former is easily treatable with prednisone to reduce the inflammation and a change of diet to avoid the proteins that may be causing said inflammation. Positive diagnosis of the latter, however, requires a full-thickness biopsy--an invasive surgical procedure that is extremely expensive. Upon consulting with the vet and the radiologist, it was decided to treat the condition with prednisone and dietary change, as the symptoms of small-cell lymphoma are treated in the same way along with chemotherapy. It's an extremely slow-progressing form of cancer, and the general professional consensus was that treating the symptoms and monitoring his condition for six months to a year, then doing another ultrasound, would help to determine which cause was at the root as well as making him more comfortable.

Then, not long after the abdominal ultrasound, Ben turned up with osteoarthritis, which is not uncommon in cats his age. We only found out about it because he bruised his rear left hock (ankle) so badly that he couldn't stand, and an emergency vet visit revealed the issue. Management of the situation has been costly, requiring several re-examinations and prescription medication.

Now, however, it seems that a more dire problem has arisen. A few weeks ago, his hock began to swell, and the vet suspected the equivalent of "water on the knee", an accumulation of synovial fluid in the joint. Fluid was drawn from the area and sent for analysis, and we got the bad news on November 6th.

Ben may have a spindle-cell tumor, which can be caused by inflammation of connective tissue... such as is in the joint that he bruised.

We have received a referral to a veterinary oncologist for further diagnosis. We don't know how much this examination and analysis is going to cost, nor how much it might cost for treatment. Surgical removal may not be an option, due to the location of the mass; removing the tumor and sufficient margins of as-yet unaffected flesh would require that his leg be amputated, and with the onset of osteoarthritis in his front legs as well, his ability to get around would be severely compromised. Other options include targeted chemotherapy or radiation therapy, and again, we don't yet know how heavily this is going to impact our financial situation.

We are determined to do whatever we can to maintain his quality of life above all else, even if it means making the decision that no pet owner ever wants to have to make. Please help us to give our baby the best care we can. Every cent donated will go directly towards offsetting the cost of his veterinary treatment.

Thank you.

- Kristine and Samuel Smoot
Centcomm 10th Nov 2015, 6:51 AM edit delete
Centcomm
I have zero to say here except - you guys are amazing there have been some donations already and to those that have donated thank you from the bottom of my heart and yes that's Rose with the super long hair.
Tokyo Rose 10th Nov 2015, 6:59 PM edit delete
Tokyo Rose
Ben went in for a weight check today, and has gained a little more over his previous visit. He's up to 17.03 lbs from 16.13 lbs; he's been in some discomfort from the bad leg, which has affected his appetite. The vet gave us another medication to help manage that pain, and while veterinary medication can often be unpleasantly expensive, the donations so far allowed me to cover that. Thank you for donating, and for keeping our boy in your thoughts.
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DizzasterJuice 10th Nov 2015, 1:54 AM edit delete reply

Aww, how sad.
I used to have a cat that was deaf. He would lay in the middle of the street and not hear cars coming. He should have been an indoor cat I suppose but we didn't know he was deaf at first. He survived getting hit by two cars but the third time was fatal. I've never had another cat since, out of guilt. I should have figured it out but I was pretty young at the time.
Anyway, I'm just saying I know how you feel.
Tokyo Rose 10th Nov 2015, 3:42 AM edit delete reply

Don't feel guilty; cats are crazy good at hiding weaknesses and pain, which makes it hard for us mere humans to figure out when something is wrong. I'm very sorry for your loss.
plymayer 10th Nov 2015, 2:34 AM edit delete reply

The become family and it's hard not to do every thing you can for them.
Tokyo Rose 10th Nov 2015, 3:43 AM edit delete reply

He's like our kid in a lot of ways.
ProfEtheric 10th Nov 2015, 2:57 AM edit delete reply

Though I am not in a position to contribute anything but prayers, well wishes, and positive thoughts, I DID link to this page on Twitter... I figured that might help some...

I really hope you can do SOMETHING for your little love. We have 4 dogs here, and I can't imagine being without any of them right now.
Tokyo Rose 10th Nov 2015, 3:43 AM edit delete reply

Prayers and good wishes go a lot further than you might realize. Thank you.
DLKmusic 10th Nov 2015, 4:01 AM edit delete reply

He's adorable! I had to make that decision for my cat last month, and I'm still waking up in the middle of the night to reach over and pet him, so I absolutely understand how hard this is.

My thoughts and prayers go with Both you and Benjamin.
Tokyo Rose 10th Nov 2015, 11:50 AM edit delete reply

I'm so sorry that you had to go through this, too. Thank you.
Sheela 10th Nov 2015, 7:09 AM edit delete reply

Curiously, a friend of mine has a Norwegian Forest cat that looks almost like Benjamin here.

It always looved to ride around on their Roomba as a kitten, and it still does it as a 25 pound full grown male.
It slows the Roomba down, it does. :D
Tokyo Rose 10th Nov 2015, 7:30 PM edit delete reply

Norwegian Forest cats are astonishingly similar to Maine Coons... apparently in a lot of ways. MC boys act like kittens basically their whole lives. :)
Sheela 10th Nov 2015, 8:02 PM edit delete reply

Main difference is their type of fur (Norwegian Forest cats fur is quite unusual), and Norwegians Forest Cats have higher hindlegs then other cat type, for improved jumping. After all, they often lived in quite rugged terrain, before they were domesticated.

Where they are very similar to Maine Coons, is in their temper. Both breeds tend toward being gentle giants, and are very social. Both breeds are very good with children too. Both breeds also very rarely have any major diseases, they are both quite rugged.
Haegan2005 10th Nov 2015, 12:02 PM edit delete reply

Rose I am so Sorry. I hope it turns out well!
Tokyo Rose 10th Nov 2015, 7:31 PM edit delete reply

Thanks. I hope so too.
Seabiscuit 10th Nov 2015, 12:13 PM edit delete reply

Awwww, man...:( I'm so sorry to hear this!
As a crazy cat lady, I can understand this all too well. Raising a kitty and watching them get old too fast and sick is the worst thing...I wish you and your kitty the best of luck, I wish I could do more to help ;~;

(Still slowly making my way through the archive, really loving it so far!)
Tokyo Rose 10th Nov 2015, 7:31 PM edit delete reply

Good wishes matter. Thanks.
Cal 10th Nov 2015, 2:51 PM edit delete reply
If I weren't going through losing my house and trying to find the money to move, I'd be sending you every damned penny I could. I am so sorry that I can't help - my own fur children are meowing at me from dog and cat Valhalla to do something - but all I have to offer is my most fervent hopes and best wishes that this will go well for all of you, two-leggeds and four-leggeds all.
Tokyo Rose 10th Nov 2015, 7:32 PM edit delete reply

Good lord. I'm sorry for your situation, too :( Thanks for the good wishes.
Cal 10th Nov 2015, 9:42 PM edit delete reply
Thanks, hon, but don't worry about me. It's only stuff.

I'm trying to see if I can bust a few bucks loose to kick your way, if for nothing else than catnip for the boy in recovery, and maybe a cuppa something with kick for his mama to sip on.
stoppdenbus 10th Nov 2015, 3:25 PM edit delete reply

Zunicoon Benjamin Nimitz get well :-)
Tokyo Rose 10th Nov 2015, 7:32 PM edit delete reply

He's a cat. He does what he wants. >_< :)
The Old Scribe 10th Nov 2015, 4:17 PM edit delete reply

I put a little something in the kitty for your kitty, Rose. I hope it helps. I've seen five of my cats over the Rainbow Bridge and I miss every one of them. My current kitty had to have a diseased kidney removed and he gets along fine with one. I certainly hope ZBN makes a full and complete recovery. Best wishes from The Scribe.
Tokyo Rose 10th Nov 2015, 7:32 PM edit delete reply

Thank you!
Stormwind13 10th Nov 2015, 8:38 PM edit delete reply

The kitten pictures of Ben are adorable. He is a pretty kitty.

I hope that they can help him live longer and have a good life.
KarToon12 10th Nov 2015, 9:38 PM edit delete reply

I'll keep you in my thoughts and prayers. I hope he's able to make a recovery! <3
GhostRider 17th Nov 2015, 4:31 PM edit delete reply
I know y'all did not just try to guilt trip us!

Honestly, though, if I had the money to spare I'd be donating (and I HATE cats so that's saying something)(No offence meant to cattservant with that statement). As it is, hope you can get what you need to save your cat.
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