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8 Jun 2014
Hello, I cannot begin to express how happy I am to have found this site.

We found a lump in the summer of last year but were told by the vet that it was his microchip. I have blamed myself ever since, as I trusted the vet's advice. When we realised, by around autumn of that year, that his lump had not gone away we took him(and our other kit, Oscar) to the vets. We saw a different vet, who during his check up of Mozart said that a biopsy was warranted as he thought that it was a tumour. The next week, Mozart after he had his biopsy we received a call from the vets informing us to bring Mopey to the vets. My heart was filled with dread as I had been researching the different types of cancerous and non-cancerius tumours on cats. I had come across fibrosarcoma but was told by my family that I should not be pessimistic etc. We meet a different vet, who introduced himself as the fibrosarcoma specialist. From there, our journey with fighting this aggressive form of cancer has consisted of four operations, alternative treatment (spider venom) and quarticine (sp?). Sadly, each time the cancer has regrown and has now spread over his shoulder to around his body. We have been told by the vet that there isn't anymore that can be done but just to make him comfortable.

We all love Mozart. He is our first larger furry friend, and his character is very unique. He is part of the family. We have had him since he was four months old. He has reached his eighth birthday but I feel that this is too young for him to leave us. It is too soon. I love our other two cats, Oscar and Barnaby too but I have a close bond with Mozart that I am unsure if that will be able to be formed again with any other cats. He was there when I wss going through a very rough patch in life, he was my only friend. It pai ns me that I cannot do anything for him. For Mum and Dad, it is losing a child. I dont know how mum, in particular, will handle this when he does go. As I know that she is dreading it. I am currently away from home at university, wont return till July. I cannot go home, although i really wish to do so. I dont know if i will be back in time. I want to say goodbye but i dont know if i would make him feel distressed.

It is hard to talk about it with people as they dont really understand. In their eyes, he is just a cat but he isnt just a cat! I cant believe that this has happened to us. If one good thing that has come out of this experience it is the awarenes of fibrosarcoma. Because of Mozart, Oz and Barny will be receiving their vaccs in their arms. I plan to raise awareness with other people because some vets still vaccinate in the shoulders despite knowing about this cancer, example of this occurred when the vet tried to fob me off when Barny was receiving his first vacinations.

I know that Mozart is not dead yet. But having to watch him degenerate in his health is so very difficult. We are taking it a day at a time now but he is in pain, he doesnt eat as much as he used to do and he no longer goes outside on the balcony. He just sits, sleeps and receives hugs.

Thank you for allowing me to vent.
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