Fredo’s chemo graduation!

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Hey all,

So when I thought of chemo graduation, I was like, maybe I can get a tiny graduation hat, or a party hat… or something.. would you believe those aren’t marketed more?  Anyway, I nixed the idea because it truly screams “cat lady.”  Just kidding, it’s because I couldn’t find a tiny graduation hat on Amazon without having to buy seven others.

Let me back up.  I begrudgingly brought the kiddo to his “last” appointment.  I use quotes because it’s obviously not his last appointment, but whatever.  I just feel so BAD.  Is this prepping me for parenthood?  Because ugh.  I know cats are resilient, but still.  He’s gotta be SO OVER this.

They did the last doxorubicin infusion and also scanned his lungs, did x-rays, ultrasound, etc etc.  I don’t really know; I just went with the flow and paid the very expensive bill at the end.  Our Care Credit is officially maxed (despite making continuous payments).  Ah, life.  But I digress.

He peed on his towel.  I don’t really know what life is like during these appointments, since I dropped him off and came back when they called.   So I really don’t know if he was nervous or upset or didn’t have an access to a litter box?  Who knows.  But it’s over!

Oh, most importantly: all of the tests came back clear and the vet is comfortable saying that he is completely healthy at this point.  HOWEVER, we will return in three months for another terribly expensive appointment.  LOL.  Can you tell I’m a little overwhelmed by the cost of this?  At least it’s becoming less frequent.  He’ll have appointments every three months for the first year, then we’ll scale back.  So for now, a little peace in Fredo’s world.

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So, back to that hat thing.  It’s good I didn’t get it because he wouldn’t even get near this bandana.  What a party pooper!!

Then I thought I’d do like the cute things where people make signs and up them next to their pets and everyone is all cooperative..

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NOT MY CAT.  He finally let me get this close to him, I had to prop up the little signs a few feet away and he occasionally offered a glance in my basic direction but basically just ignored me while I was laying on the floor.  Whatever, man.  (Side note: look how great his terrible amputation haircut has grown back in!)

So yeah he wasn’t super fond of me yesterday, as usual.  And the office shaved his belly.  We’re all pretty excited that he has no new funky haircuts coming his way.

LAST PICTURE.  I did a whisker-loss comparison for good time’s sake, and also because I was very curious how this side effect would be for him.  The doc said initially they might fall out, they might not, they could grow back normally, they could grow back weird… etc.  The regrowth remains to be seen, but here’s after 5 chemo sessions compared to before his first session:

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Look at that face!  <3  So the whiskers are pretty sparse, but it could be worse of course.

Until next time.. thanks for reading this crazily disorganized chemo update.


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Comments
  • rascallyadventures says:

    I’m so happy for you and Fredo! What a trooper!

    My cats won’t even wear collars, so I’ll be impressed if you can get him into that bandana in the future!

    This is one of the things I love about cats, “Hey kitty I have a cute idea!” “I’ll barely cooperate and frustrate you.”

    I love the photos, I love the news even more, and I’ll be reading to see what Fredo’s future holds!

    All the best,
    Rascal and Co.

    • Jaime says:

      I love that about cats too hahaha.. as much as I complain. Their complete non-compliance in most situations just cracks me up. Thanks for the happy comments! 🙂

  • benny55 says:

    FREDO!! FREDO!!! CONGRATULATIONS SWEET KITTY!! You have graduated and didn’t even have to wear a hat, or anyother “graduation attire” for that matter!! So many reasons to celebrate!!!

    And you posing with your signs…priceless!! You write very well for a three pawed kitty!Your close-ups could not be any cuter! You really are a very handsome fella’, even if you hate having your picture taken. And yes, your whiskers are loooooking gooood! Member Jill kitty got down to about two whiskers before hers started growing back.

    We are so happy for you Fredo! Love hearing good updates from you AND seeing your pictures!! Keep em coming!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I think ice cream is in order for graduation!!

    Love and hugs!

    Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle too

  • jerry says:

    BRAVO!!!! Super duper big huge CONGRQATS to you guys, this is soooooo adorable!!!! You all rocked it and gave cancer a big nasty black eye, here’s to beating it back into oblivion!

    I don’t think there’s any way Fredo would let you be a crazy cat lady. His sink eye is enough to remind you to “Be cool, knock it off!” heh heh! Way too cute, love that kitty.

    Breathe, breathe, breathe. You did it!

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