Supporting A Cat With Gastrointestinal Lymphoma: Mimi’s Story Inspiring Pet Tails 4 min read
A good friend is there for you in the good times but also during the difficult times. They will offer advice, stand by your side, and just be an ear to listen to what you are going through. We are so lucky to have been connected to cat mom, Lesley through one of her friends. Lesley’s cat had just visited the vet and they suspected that he had cancer in his intestines. Lesley’s friend had gone through a lot with her own pet’s health and found that our supplements were able to make a big difference.
We were there for Lesley as she was waiting for the test results for her cat, Mimi’s diagnosis, and offered her support and advice. Even when she received the disappointing news that Mimi did in fact have gastrointestinal lymphoma, we wanted her to know that she didn’t have to face it alone.
Our vet has confirmed that it’s a 7cm tumor and even we do surgery or chemotherapy, he can only live for 6-12 months
Receiving news like this is devastating for any pet parent, but Lesley decided to stay hopeful and wanted to know what she could do to support Mimi during whatever time he had left. We recommended our Pet Cancer Super Support Kit (Cancer Kit 3). which contains ES-Clear, Milk Thistle, and Turmeric. These three supplements work together to promote quality of life by supporting the immune system, detoxification, energy levels, and the function of vital organs like the liver and heart.
Supporting Mimi’s Appetite
Around the time of his diagnosis, Mimi was having appetite issues. Appetite loss is a very common symptom for cats with gastrointestinal lymphoma. It is crucial to make sure your cat is eating something, as only a few days without eating can result in a condition called hepatic lipidosis in cats. This condition is when the body starts breaking down its own fats in order to fuel the body and the liver quickly gets overwhelmed by the amount of fat it needs to process. The fat becomes stored around the liver and prevents it from functioning properly. Hepatic lipidosis can cause issues throughout the body and can even be fatal. When your cat is refusing to eat, we recommend to encourage them to eat anything, even if it is only treats or low-quality food.
For many cats like Mimi, bone broth can be a helpful way to get nutrients into a cat with appetite loss. It contains many nutrients, has an appetizing flavor and scent, and can be syringed into the mouth if needed. We have two vet-formulated bone broth recipes, a chicken bone broth recipe, and a beef bone broth recipe that can be easily prepared at home. You can also purchase premade bone broth, just make sure that it is made for pets and does not contain onions, garlic, or excessive sodium.
Just in time to start the supplements, Mimi started to get his appetite back. His mom figured out that a blend of a few of his favorite foods into a paste was working for him and also was easy to give him the supplements.
Managing Other Symptoms
Throughout these appetite struggles, Mimi was also dealing with another symptom, constipation. It is likely that a cat with gastrointestinal lymphoma to have some issues with doing their business. In Mimi’s case, he was having a hard time with his bowel movements as the tumor was likely taking up space in his intestines, making it uncomfortable and difficult. After a couple days, we received a happy update from Lesley that Mimi was feeling much better after being able to do his business.
We checked in on how Mimi was doing after he went through his 2nd round of chemo. He was feeling better, the tumor was looking smaller, and he was much more energetic. So much so that he even started picking on his fursibling, Pizza again. Lesley mentioned that Mimi’s appetite was still not back to normal, but with patience and creativity, she was able to keep him eating.
But Mimi’s appetite is not stable and unpredictable 😄initially he liked eating chicken and we prepared a lot but recently he only eats mackerel
Juggling Mimi’s appetite mood swings was definitely worth it see him feeling better.
We continued to keep in touch with Lesley throughout the rest of Mimi’s chemo treatment. In December, we received another update on how Mimi was doing. Mimi and Lesley seemed to have gotten into a rhythm for managing his symptoms and treatments. They had just done another ultrasound and the tumor was shrinking. In fact, the tumor could barely be seen! Lesley also let us know that his appetite was still inconsistent but he has been gaining a little bit of weight back each week.
In February, they noticed that Mimi was losing more fur than usual. Hair loss is a possible side effect for pets going through chemotherapy. To help reduce hair loss for your pet during chemo, we recommend adding Multi Essentials and Ouch Away Spray to their regimen.
Multi Essentials is a herbal multi-vitamin that helps fill nutritional voids that can occur from a reduced appetite.
Ouch Away Spray is a topical spray that helps reduce skin irritations and helps promote hair growth.
All the hard work and perseverance that Mimi and his family had during this difficult time surely paid off! Mimi is now in remission! He graduated from his chemo treatments in May 2020. Lesley says that he is more energetic, stronger, and happier than he has been in a while. He continues to take ES-Clear to support his immune system and support his quality of life as he continues to recover. We are so proud of you Mimi and Lesley and we are so grateful that you trusted us to help you along this journey! To see more of Mimi, follow him and his brofur pizza on Instagram @miminpizza.
If you have a pet that was recently diagnosed with gastrointestinal lymphoma, we want you to know that we are here for you, just like we were for Lesley and Mimi. We are only a call or click away. ❤
Published: July 8, 2020