by basketkase 19d ago

Sad day, Cuties.....our Sammi has been diagnosed with Acromegaly......it is a growth hormone tumour on his pituitary gland and there is only one treatment which is radiation which comes with it's own problems and almost $10,000 for the treatment. Of course we have decided not to put Sammi through this and will support this sweet poor as long as we can. We are upping his insulin to 5 units, but vet said his levels for this tumour was the highest she has seen so she is keeping herself available to us for anything we need. I am a mess, but will love this boy as long as we have him......😿😿😿😭😭😭

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by arisann 9d ago

So sorry for sickness. Love and take care as long as you can. He is so pretty, all shiny. I know he is the sweetest cat. I know it breaks your heart, I will pray for you. This is hard I know. Sad for you...and the Lord knows our sad times too.

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basketkase by basketkase 9d ago

Yes, he sure does!

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by hightechgrammy 14d ago

Vicky, I know how much you love your furry babies, so many of us do too. Sammi has always been such a wonderful kitty. He is soooo loved and that is the best of all. He knows he is loved. Keep petting and loving on him as long as you can. We are down to our last kitty and i'm almost afraid to fall too deeply in love with him, because it hurts so much to lose them. Get that kitty a nice warm sunbeam. Hugs, Jan

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basketkase by basketkase 9d ago

Thanks, Jan.....he is such a loving boy.....I am having a hard time cleaning up after him.....alot of cats with acromegaly stop using the litterbox and no ones knows why that happens....he is always hungry and thirsty and I fulfill that need for him and in return I get to clean up after him...😣

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by pennyhal2 15d ago

I'm so sorry for you and Sammi. It sounds like you are doing whatever you can for him. Sometimes there is no good solution to a problem ,so we do the best we know how You do your best for Sammi and he loves you. While it sounds like he does not have years left in his life, he is here now and you can still shower love on him. Some things in life are just hard to live through.

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basketkase by basketkase 9d ago

Trying real hard to get through this....

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by mary51 15d ago

So sad i know how it feel to have our pet sick .....

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basketkase by basketkase 9d ago

Yes....

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by kustomkuddle 15d ago

Oh Vicki. I am so sad to hear about Sammie. You have been through so much over the past couple of years with your fur babies. My heart aches for you. You have given so much love to them over the years and they have loved you back. Because of your kindness, they have had wonderful lives and you will one day meet them over the rainbow bridge. Sending hugs and prayers.

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basketkase by basketkase 9d ago

Thank you Deb....yes I will have a whole zoo to greet me!

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by tuross 16d ago

My heart breaks for you. I cannot imagine your pain although anyone with a pet will eventually face this outcome, however this wont' make the pain any easier to bear. I will continue to pray for you all as you wait for the Lord shows you what his new task for you will be.Love Lynne

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basketkase by basketkase 15d ago

Thank you....

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by Bstarr7125 18d ago

I am so sorry! It's horrible to know your pet is sick and you can't do anything. Nothing I can say except I will pray for you and Sammi

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basketkase by basketkase 18d ago

Thank you.......

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by dailylaundry 18d ago

Oh, my, this is such sad news! Please know that you and Jim are in my thoughts and prayers. Love, prayers and hugs, Laura

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basketkase by basketkase 18d ago

Thank you, Laura.....it's hard to even read everyones kind words.....makes me bawl😭 but this all gives me the strength to get through this.....

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by dragonflyer 18d ago

So very sad to hear this Vicki... I know how deeply this affects both you and Jim... You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

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basketkase by basketkase 18d ago

Thank you, Kim........This one is going to be so tough for Jim as this is his boy.....

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by sdrise 18d ago

Oh my dear Vikki.... I am so sad for you and for Sammi.... He is such a beautiful boy and has brought a lot of joy to you both... Love him as long as you can... IT breaks my heart too...I hate to see a cat sick.,,,, I hate to see you hurt too... My prayers continue for you all. I am so sorry it turned out this way.. God always has a reason. Bless you for loving them and taking care of them all... HUGS I am here if you need to talk.

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basketkase by basketkase 18d ago

My dear friend, even with your issues you worry about others.......I know we will both grieve a long time for Sammi... this is the first cat we have had that loves Jim as much as Jim loves him......All the girls run from Jim and it makes me feel so awful.......but these are typical ferals that attach to one person......Thank you for your support and wonderful words.........

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by sebsews 18d ago

Sorry to hear this about beautiful Sammi. Love peace and comfort to all.

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basketkase by basketkase 18d ago

Thank you..

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by marianb 18d ago

Sorry to hear about Sammi's extra problems, keep you all in my thoughts. Hugs Marian

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basketkase by basketkase 18d ago

Thank you, Marian.......

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by mrskiki 18d ago

So sorry to hear that news. Keeping you all in my prayers. Hugs. Nan

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basketkase by basketkase 18d ago

Thank you, Nan......

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by momac 18d ago

Oh! Vicki, I was wondering what the results were. Thanks for letting us know. Thinking and praying for you and Sammi. Hugs from Maureen

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basketkase by basketkase 18d ago

Thank you, Maureen......yeah, the test took a long time as it had to go to a human lab and of course they are inundated with covid tests.....

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by pennifold 18d ago

Dear Vicki, my heart is aching for you and your beautiful Sammi. I know you have given him the best life, love and care. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love Chris

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basketkase by basketkase 18d ago

Thank you, Chris.....

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by tinfriend 18d ago

My heart breaks with you Vicki - sending you prayers and faraway hugs!x

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basketkase by basketkase 18d ago

Thank you......needing all the hugs I can get right now......

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by loriziegler 18d ago

I am so sorry! Sammi is so shiny and beautiful! My 2 sister black Labs are 13 on Sept. 30th and I am a mess! I am worried and crying everyday praying they wake up each morning! So I know exactly what you are going through! This is the hardest part of rescuing our fur babies! The feeling like your heart is being ripped out of your chest when we lose them! I still have 5 indoor and 4 outdoor cats and 3 ducks and 1 rabbit so life is filled with tons of pet love! I will pray for you and for Sammi!

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basketkase by basketkase 18d ago

Oh my, you have a zoo😊...I would love to have a farm and fill it with nothing but rescues......what a dream that would be! Thank you for your kind words and prayers.....

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by lbrow 18d ago

I am so sorry Vicki!

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basketkase by basketkase 18d ago

Thanks, Lillian....how are you feeling?

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by stork 19d ago

So sorry. Sammi is so sweet. Prayers for you my friend.

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basketkase by basketkase 18d ago

Yes he is.......when the vet called us she said it was killing her to give us this news as she adores Sammi too....said he is the nicest kitty to work on......Thanks so much for the prayers!!

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by posey 19d ago

so so sorry.i know how you feel

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basketkase by basketkase 18d ago

Thank you.....

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by sewtired 19d ago

Tears in my eyes as I type this. Poor dear Sammi (and you) has been through so much of late. This is just heartbreaking news. I'm sure you will give him as much comfort as possible in his final days and I hope he has many good days left. I'm glad you are able to share this with us and pray that this helps lighten your burden. He is still a beautiful cat.

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basketkase by basketkase 18d ago

Thank you so much........I can hardly keep it together right now.....😞😭

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by graceandham 19d ago

So, so sorry for this after all your diligent efforts for him to improve. He still looks beautiful, though thin, with that shiny coat.

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basketkase by basketkase 19d ago

Yes he is still a handsome boy.....he is getting a pot belly though as this growth tumour causes some organs to enlarge along with bone overgrowth....

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by asterixsew Moderator 19d ago

Poor Sami and I am sorry to hear his diagnosis. Horrible for all of you.

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basketkase by basketkase 19d ago

Thank you..i burst out in tears when I look at him....

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by airyfairy 19d ago

I am so terribly sorry Vicki

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basketkase by basketkase 19d ago

Thanks, Sarah....

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by 02kar Moderator 19d ago

Oh, Vickie, I'm crying with you. Such a heart breaker to hear this I know Sammi is going to be loved and cared for and have the best quality of life you can provide. And we Cuties will be with you every step of the way. Our prayers for strength, wisdom and comfort will be carrying you through this bittersweet time. Hugs are wrapping around you.

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basketkase by basketkase 19d ago

Thank you, Karen....I am so distraught right now....

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by crafter2243 Moderator 19d ago

Heartbreaking. Hugs to you.

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basketkase by basketkase 19d ago

Thank you so much...

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by pcteddyb 19d ago

I am sorry to hear this news. My thoughts are with your family and Sammi and hoping his remaining days are peaceful.

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basketkase by basketkase 19d ago

We will make sure his days are the best they can be....

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