My Cat Has Cancer – How I Learned to Cope with a Sick Pet
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On the outside, Ashes looks and acts like a happy healthy cat – she’s friendly, playful, and a great snuggler. All three of my cats are very important to me and part of my family but Ashes is also the love of my life. She is my oldest cat, just turning 11 last month, and she is the one I have the strongest bond with. When I found out late last year that she had feline lymphoma, I had to learn how to care for a sick pet – a new and heartbreaking experience for me. I learned how to administer her pet medications (especially when she was stubborn about it!), I learned how to hold her and pick her up when she was in pain, and I learned what to look for if she needed to see her veterinarian.
One of the biggest challenges for her was having to take daily pet medications, sometimes twice daily. She’s not a big fan of taking them (who can blame her?) and I’m not a big fan of their effect on my wallet. I recently learned though that I could shop around for more convenient or less expensive pharmacies, even pharmacies I thought were only for humans – like Walgreens. Did you know that doctors and veterinarians commonly prescribe the same medications for people and animals so Walgreens pharmacists can actually fill human-analogous pet prescriptions? The cost of Ashes’ pet prescriptions were a little less at Walgreens than at her veterinarians office, even though it’s the same medication. If your pet takes medication with regular refills, like Ashes, you could save money at Walgreens.
Plus, I added Ashes to my family prescription pharmacy account, which means getting her monthly refills is easy. I don’t have to worry about remembering to pick them up because Walgreens sends me refill reminders – meaning I have more time to focus on her and my other two kitties. On top of that, I can do it all right from my phone with the Walgreens app – I couldn’t ask for an easier way to deal with a painful reminder of my little one’s condition. Download it, become a Balance Rewards member and see what I mean – you won’t be sorry!
With more of my attention going to my little gray love, I’ve found more ways to show her affection and love. Ashes loves going outside so I’ve started taking her on more “walks,” which consists of her sniffing around the front yard with frequent breaks to chomp on some grass. My nephew especially loves watching her roll around in the dirt. She loves it and we love watching her play outside – something she doesn’t get to do often as an indoor cat.
She loves to play – one of her favorite things to do is “hide” in random spots while hunting her laser pointer. She does this adorable butt wiggle thing right before she’s about to pounce and it makes me giggle every single time! Ashes is one of those cats that likes hunting things on the ground (as opposed to let’s say, Isis who loves jumping up to catch things in the air), so it’s really cute to see her stay super low to the ground. She’s a chubby kitty so she’s not exactly stealth but she tries!
One of our rituals that I wouldn’t change for the world – our morning routine. If I’m in my bed, Ashes is glued to me. When I go to bed at night, she curls up in my arm next to me purring me to sleep. When I wake up, she is either bird watching at the window beside my bed or nudging me to let her back in under the blankets. She looks up at me with her perfect little green eyes and I fall in love with her all over again – every single morning. I will often wake up a few minutes early just so I don’t miss those kitty snuggles starting my day.
Our bond is pretty special. I’m glad I am able to give her as much love and comfort as possible – she gives it back to me tenfold. ♥
Are you caring for a sick pet? Have you checked out #WalgreensRX yet for your pet prescription needs? They have been a huge help to me and I know that they can do the same for you.