Tenshi is our oldest cat - he’s a Singapura, and he’ll be 16 next month.
A couple of weeks ago, we discovered he’d started peeing blood. We took him in, they did some tests, but didn’t find anything definitive. They put him on antibiotics and it cleared up. He seemed okay for a while–he lost some weight, but was eating, acting mostly like himself, and no more blood.
Last Friday, more blood. We took him in again, and this time they did an ultrasound (last time they did an X-ray, looking for stones). They’ve found a large mass in his bladder, but they couldn’t tell what it was. They said it could be a blood clot, or a big infection, or cancer (or a blood clot that’s hiding a tumor). We made an appointment to see a specialist on Monday (today). The vet said it was okay to take him home, as long as we kept an eye on him to make sure he was urinating (even a little).
Friday night he seemed distressed and was acting like he might be blocked, so we took him to the emergency vet. They determined that he wasn’t. They offered several options, but we opted for the simplest one–take him home, keep watching him, and wait for Monday. He’s been quiet all weekend, but he has been peeing a little. He doesn’t want to eat, so we’ve been putting blobs of chicken baby food on his nose so he licks it off. He spent a big chunk of the weekend hanging out on the bed with the spouse. As before, he’s quiet but doesn’t seem distressed.
This morning, we’re taking him to his appointment. I’m scared of what we’ll find out. We’ve already agreed we’re not going to put him through a lot of complicated treatments–it’s not fair to him. So I hope it’s something they can fix fairly easily–we love the old man, and we’re not ready to let him go yet.
It’s funny–we always thought we’d lose him to heart problems, since he’s had a huge murmur since he was a kitten, and originally wasn’t supposed to make it to three years old. So the last 12+ years have been a gift.
Please keep good thoughts for Tenshi. He’s a sweet old fellow, and I want what’s best for him.