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    Default Re: I know there are cat lovers here, I need some suggestions!

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    I've tried leaving food out for him all the time, but he just eats and eats and eats and eats. I just couldn't do it because he was starting to get fat.
    His weight will even out once he stops eating so much. In the meantime, buy an "indoor kitty" food. Also, for exercise, I highly recommend a laser light. This will keep them going for hours.
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    Alright, I'm back from the vet. He took a look at the lumps my cat has on his side. He said that lumps are usually bad but there is no way to find out for sure without having them removed and analyzed. It will cost a couple hundred dollars, which I don't have right now. But the vet didn't seem to worried about it being done later. I'll just have to call to make an appointment is all. As for the scarfing, the vet said to try feeding him smaller amounts of food. Which is going to be difficult since I'm never home at the same times every day. He also suggested one of those bowls with the pegs sticking up from the bottom. It would work kinda like the golf ball thing, but my cat wouldn't be able to smash his face inside the bowl to push the pegs out of the way like he does with the golf balls.

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    Default Re: I know there are cat lovers here, I need some suggestions!

    It's funny that you mentioned the laser light thing Maevey. He has one but could really care less about it. He's also one of the few cats that do not react to catnip. He does like plastic rings off of bottles though. I know, weird cat.

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    Default Re: I know there are cat lovers here, I need some suggestions!

    Quote Originally Posted by boysRsmelly View Post
    Alright, I'm back from the vet. He took a look at the lumps my cat has on his side. He said that lumps are usually bad but there is no way to find out for sure without having them removed and analyzed. It will cost a couple hundred dollars, which I don't have right now. But the vet didn't seem to worried about it being done later. I'll just have to call to make an appointment is all. As for the scarfing, the vet said to try feeding him smaller amounts of food. Which is going to be difficult since I'm never home at the same times every day. He also suggested one of those bowls with the pegs sticking up from the bottom. It would work kinda like the golf ball thing, but my cat wouldn't be able to smash his face inside the bowl to push the pegs out of the way like he does with the golf balls.
    Sounds like your vet is going for money. You don't need cysts removed to have them analyzed. They can do a biopsy.
    How old is your baby and what kind of lumps are they?
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    Default Re: I know there are cat lovers here, I need some suggestions!

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    Sounds like your vet is going for money. You don't need cysts removed to have them analyzed. They can do a biopsy.
    How old is your baby and what kind of lumps are they?
    He's 10 years old. I don't think the lumps are cysts though since they are hard and bumpy. There are quite a few though, maybe half a dozen or so. The vet said that they were either some sort of scare tissue or tumors. And he said the only way to find out was to remove them. I don't really think that the vet is just out for money. After all, he was really nice and only charged me for the shots (my cat was about due anyway) and not even for the visit. So it was only $20. They aren't a large, fancy veterinary clinic. They don't even accept credit cards there. LOL! I remember having to take my dog to a specialist at a clinic ran by Kansas State University. Now that place was fancy! And you were paying for it too!

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    Default Re: I know there are cat lovers here, I need some suggestions!

    I came late to this thread. I can't really offer much of an advise, sometimes my cat would eat and eat until he throws up but only once in a while. Have you considered giving him diet cat food? I suppose that now that he's 10 years old, he's not very active. And sorry to hear that there are lumps on your cat's side. Sounds like the vet is not too concerned which is a good thing. Keep us posted. Good luck!

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    Default Re: I know there are cat lovers here, I need some suggestions!

    Quote Originally Posted by boysRsmelly View Post
    He's 10 years old. I don't think the lumps are cysts though since they are hard and bumpy. There are quite a few though, maybe half a dozen or so. The vet said that they were either some sort of scare tissue or tumors. And he said the only way to find out was to remove them. I don't really think that the vet is just out for money. After all, he was really nice and only charged me for the shots (my cat was about due anyway) and not even for the visit. So it was only $20. They aren't a large, fancy veterinary clinic. They don't even accept credit cards there. LOL! I remember having to take my dog to a specialist at a clinic ran by Kansas State University. Now that place was fancy! And you were paying for it too!
    Unfortunately they are all out for money unless they are just starting out. A sad fact, but true. Please don't think I'm such a downer, I'm not. I just know that finances aren't the best for you guys right now and doctors of all kinds try and get as much money as they can from you. After all, they are a business and need to pay their bills too. So they may look golden at first but he'll get you on the back end when he charges you several hundred dollars to take out spots that may not need to be taken off.

    Check out this link. I had an older cat (12) who had Lipomas, which are non-cancerous. The vet did a quick biopsy and was able to tell whether it was something to be concerned about. It wasn't.

    Soft tissue sarcoma in cats and dogs


    Also, I'm not sure where you live but you can go to this website Texas Siamese Rescue - Main Website and find the closest Siamese rescue to you. I would then call them and tell them that you were talking to Tonja at N.Texas Siamese Animal Rescue (I'm sure she won't mind) and she said that they would be able to give you a reliable, knowledgable and inexpensive vet to go to.
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    But we've been going to this vet for years and never had a problem. They are a small business, but they really do try to keep the costs down for their customers. When my dog needed to have some baby teeth pulled (she was over a year old at the time and the little buggers refused to come out), they didn't charge us hardly anything. I think it was like $60 or something. And most of that was to cover the cost of the anesthesia. My chinchilla's vet will charge $60 just for the vet to look at the two of them for 5 minutes. I have to take them to an expensive vet because they are the only ones in town that will see small animals. And that specialist to see my dog? That place charged $150-$200 per visit. Granted that she was having joint taps done... but still.

    I really appreciate the sarcoma information Maevey. Hopefully it is something like this and not cancer. Maybe the vet was just suggesting removal so my cat wouldn't have to come back again to have it removed if it did turn out to be cancer. IDK... they know that we are college students and can't afford a lot of stuff.

    Oh, and the vet actually quoted my $140, which would include having the stuff sent to a lab.

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