Thursday, December 28, 2017

Thankful Thursday and Some Sad News About Lita

Hi everyone, it's the Mom today with a lot of news about Lita. 

We are joining Brian's Thankful Thursday blog hop today because we are very thankful that Lita is still with us, and we are so incredibly thankful for everyone who has supported us in any way throughout this whole horrible situation.  Thank you.  We love you!

Back in October, Lita started having lots of asthma attacks/coughing spells whereas after we moved into our new place, she was doing really well.  Initially, I thought it was just her asthma flaring up.  It's not unusual for Lita's asthma to flare after she visits the vet, as vet visits are so incredibly stressful for her.  However, none of the usual asthma med changes that usually help her helped. 

After about a month, I wondered if she could have pneumonia again.  Putting her on amoxicillin cleared her symptoms nearly right away, but it also made her very, very sick to the point where she was refusing to eat anything at all.  So we took her off that antibiotic after only a few days and put her on clindamycin followed by zenequin.  Each was a 10-day course, and while they didn't seem to improve her symptoms, she certainly didn't get worse on either of them.

I had taken Lita to the vet before she started the zenequin.  This vet said that it looked like Lita had cancer in her lungs and that it had metastasized from elsewhere in her body. 

After her 10-day course on zenequin, I took Lita to her very first vet for a second opinion.  Surprisingly, she remembered Lita after 10 years!!  She also said that it looked like cancer in Lita's lungs, based off her x-rays. 

A third vet has chimed in, though he is not local and has not seen Lita.  He has seen her x-rays and her medical history.  He thinks it looks more like chronic pneumonia in Lita's lungs.

At this point, it may not even matter, unfortunately.  I feel the vets here have given up on Lita, and I feel really lost.  I've been referred to Internal Medicine for further testing, but Lita is honestly too sick to withstand a bronchial wash or a guided ultrasound from what I understand.  I would love it if some vet could give me some direction on how to make it easier for Lita to breathe, though, in her time left with us. 

Lita is still hanging in, still fighting to be here.  She is eating very little, though.  She did have a little kibble tonight, which was good.  She and Carmine had been off kibble, but if she will eat it, I am going to give her all the kibble she wants.  I have been trying to feed her a/d, various canned foods, chicken, turkey, baby food......anything she might eat, I give a try. 

Much of the time, she seems repulsed by food.  It's very sad to see.  She always loved eating.  It's those times where she'll eat a little that fill me with joy.  Even if she is just eating a little to humor me, I'm glad she does. 

Lita has little energy and spends most of her time on my bed.  She coughs quite a bit and has periods where her breathing is rather fast.  She still enjoys being pet and near her people, though.  She really loves laying on my cat pajamas, and she still sleeps with me every night.

It has been incredibly difficult sitting with this information for the past 6 weeks or so.  Lita was the first kitty I ever had as an adult.  She was a gift from my dad.  She was my only friend when I moved to Colorado to go to graduate school at the age of 22.  She and I have been through so much.  I simply cannot imagine my life without her, and thinking about it absolutely breaks my heart.  There have been many, many tears here lately. 

I worry a great deal about how Carmine is going to take her loss.  He attaches to his kitty friends as much as he does his humans.  He loves Lita very much and has lived with her his entire life.  They've been together for more than 12 years.  He likes taking care of his kitty friends.  I almost worry more about how he will take all of this than how I will take it all. 


On top of all of this, I am (hopefully) temporarily out of writing work.  I am applying to writing sites and gigs and hope to find some good leads in the New Year, but for now, I am without the little bit of extra income writing provides.  

Our dear friends over at Brian's Home have set up a fundraiser to help Lita.  All funds raised will go to making Lita as comfortable as possible until she is ready to go and to covering her in-home euthanasia/end-of-life expenses.  

Because going to the vet stresses her out so much, I am planning on having a vet come here to help Lita to the Rainbow Bridge when it's time.  

You can donate HERENo amount is too small.  I understand that not everyone is in a position to donate.  If you can't donate, could you please share the fundraiser for us?  

We love and appreciate you all.  Thank you for taking this journey with us. 


  1. I am so sorry Lita has been so sick and I am sending lots and lots of purrs to her, and also to you and Carmine.

  2. Oh heck, I didnt realise that it was so bad for her, and for you at this time. Am sending some funds to you and hope that she rallies and eats and gets stronger. Sending lots of purrs and prayers for you all, and hope that Thankful Thursday brings good things too....

  3. I'm so sorry, I know it's so hard. We're sending lots of purrs to Lita, and to you and Carmine.

  4. We are so very sorry to hear the sad news about Lita. We are sending healing and comforting purrs to all of you.

  5. Have been following Lita’s health issues on FB; it’s heartbreaking to know that there is no more we can do. Sending more hugs and purrs

  6. I am sorry the news is so bad. I know the heartbreak and how hard it is to try and get her to eat. Flynn was the same. I put down so many different types and varieties to try and encourage him but he would walk over as if he wanted it, sniff it and walk away. It is so heartbreaking to see. The only thing he would usually eat is a few treats, but in the end he didn't even want them. You know my thoughts are with you and Lita.

  7. We are so very sorry to hear this news about Lita. We send you and Lita many purrs...and hugs.

  8. I am so very sorry, Sierra. I am sending lots of love and healing prayers to you all.

  9. I am so sorry you and Lita are dealing with this, but I am so very thankful that Lita has you to help and comfort her. Love and hugs from all of us. Thanks for joining the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop.

  10. We have been sending you a great many purrs and prayers, Sierra, Lita, and Carmine, and we will keep them coming your way. It does brighten our hearts to know that Lita is still with you, though, especially this holiday season. Many more purrs and prayers to all of you!

  11. We are so very sorry. It is never easy.

  12. Awww, that is so sad to read. Its so awful to watch your fur babies feel badly and we are at a loss as to how to help them. That was the problem with AngelMinko,and I am going through this a bit with MrJackFreckles, too.

    Sending hugs hugs and loads of purrs. Fervent pawyers, too.

  13. WOW Sierra what a awful time you've all had there. And to not really know for sure what is happening to Milita is unthinkable. I am so sorry!!!
    I won on a scratch ticket & when I go to bank Saturday will get the $$ converted to US currency & send to you. I feel awful for not being able to do it a few weeks ago when Siddhartha Henry got so ill. Please *kiss* that sweet girl for me...and a *kiss* for Carmine also! he's such a dear man cat also.
    Sending you {{{hugs}}} & prayers Sherri-Ellen & ***nose bumpsss*** Siddhartha Henry xxxx

  14. I am so sorry to hear this is heartbreaking. I wish I could contribute to help but right now we aren't in a great place financially either. I am sooo sorry (((hugs))) catchatwithcarenandcody

  15. We are so sorry to hear this ! Purrayers and POTP for Lita - Carmine - and you ! And also the connection to a vet that will try to help.

  16. I am so sorry that Lita is so sick. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Lita and Carmine at this time as I know how hard it is to see a kitty you love sick and be unable to help cure her. XO

  17. We are so sorry to hear this. We send you, Carmine and Lita lots of purrs.

  18. We're so sorry your girl is so ill. It's heartbreaking to watch our loved ones suffering. We will contribute as soon as we can; as you know, we've discovered the miracle of crowdfunding.

  19. We're so sorry that Lita is not doing well. Please know we are purring and praying for you all.