~Avail~ 02/14/00 - 09/17/13

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Home:Alexandria, VA  [I have a diary!]  
Sex: Female   Weight: 12 lbs.

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   Leave a treat for ~Avail~ 02/14/00 - 09/17/13

beebee, charball, charval, charballer, jeebee jat

Kitty Complexion:
sleepyvery active
not curiousvery curious
not vocalvery vocal

Sun Sign:
Quick Bio:
-cat rescue

Gotcha Date:
September 1st 2000

February 14th 2000


Snuggles, eat snacks, give kitty kisses

Dogs, children, strangers, the doorbell, taking medicine, the doctor

Favorite Toy:
My feathered peacock toy, my scratchpads and mousies!

Favorite Nap Spot:
Mommy's lap, the back of mommy's computer chair or under the bed

Favorite Food:
Cheese, om nom nom!

I can purr like a motorboat! And I've lived in Virginia, California AND Washington! I'm a kitty of the traveling sorts


Arrival Story:
My mommy's sister found me up in a tree during a thunderstorm and she figured I would find my way down and get back home. The next morning she found me under the same tree, still crying. She picked me up and brought me to my mommy's house. I had a bad infection in my foot and could barely walk but mommy took care of me. I've been through a lot over the years with tumors, Diabetes, Asthma, cystitis, unexplained allergies and everything else under the sun. But I'm still a super happy cat! I'm very demanding, but it's okay because my mommy is here to please me. :) We've been inseparable since day 1! Meow!

I was just diagnosed with mammary cancer. The doctor gave me no chance of surviving it, but I hope to prove them wrong. My mommy is so scared, but I keep trying to remind her that I'm fearless and always have been. I hope even with the diagnosis I still get many more years with my mommy, I love her so much,almost as much as she loves me.

Forums Motto:
Bad Mojo :D

The Last Forum I Posted In:
The New Home of Hazel Lucy's List for Kitties in Need of

Cancer treatment history

July 10, 2012 - Exam for lump on chest

July 18, 2012 - Surgery to remove tumors on mammary gland

July 26, 2012 - Tumor found to be malignant

July 27, 2012 - X-rays taken, strange area found on chest area near the surgical site. Being referred to a specialist (oncologist) for further treatment.

August 9, 2012 - Oncologist says it's a 100% chance that Avail will die from her cancer. A time frame was not given because promise has been shown with the treatment we'll be starting her on. Starting with a Tyrosine-kinase inhibitor to hopefully stop/slow the spread of the tumors. We're going to give her as much of a comfortable life as possible while giving her a chance to fight the cancer with everything she's got. Treatment started today.

August 29, 2012 - Oncology for blood work, urinalysis and medicine. White cell count and bone marrow look spectacular and surgery is a go.

September 13, 2012 - Had another lump removed from her mammary gland, along with the mammary gland itself. Also had two nodules removed from near her armpit by the diseased mammary. The surrounding tissue was also removed in hopes of having clean margins. We will find out in about a week.

September 21, 2012 - The nodules were found to be cancerous. Same as the original tumor removed back in June. The vet was able to remove the affected mammary gland and get clean margins.

May 17, 2013 - I was petting Avail's belly like I usually do and found another tumor. Made an appointment for Monday to check if the cancer has spread to her lungs.

May 20, 2013 - Had x-rays taken to check if the cancer had spread to her lungs. The vets were amazed that she is still healthy and happy. Everything looks great, minus the new growth. Had pre-op blood work done in preparation for surgery on June 4.

June 4 - Surgery to remove two tumors found on Avail. One was near the same place as before and another one was at the bottom of her belly.

September 16, 2013 - Went in for her fourth surgery. Removed the growth and the lymph node that it had started growing on. Removed some of the muscle in her arm because it had grown into it.

September 17, 2013 - Avail had an adverse reaction to the Fentanyl pain patch that she was put on post-op. She collapsed, crashed, and had to be resuscitated. Took her to the emergency vet from her vet and she is still in critical condition. She is gradually improving though. Please keep your paws crossed.

September 17, 2013 - Avail passed away at 11pm this evening. She fought her hardest, but her little body couldn't do it any longer. We tried so hard. Words cannot express our loss.

Total cost so far - 8654$

Please let this be a lesson to anyone out there who thinks it's not important to spay their cat at an early age before the heat cycle starts. Avail was unlucky and she had already reached it before I got to her. You reduce the chance of your baby getting this horrible disease by a HUGE amount when you spay early.

If you can find it in your hearts to help Avail with all of her medical bills, please feel free to donate or share this link to aid her in her battle against feline mammary cancer. Thank you all!


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May 22nd 2014 7:26 pm
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I know I haven't had an entry in a very long time. I've been so very busy chasing mice and eating catnip. I heard some very sad news today. My sweet friend Sugar is going to be the newest resident here. I will be sure to welcome her with lots of purrs and some tasty treats. I know how much it's going to hurt her to be without her hoomans, but I just have to remember to tell her that she will see them again. I will be purring loudly so that you may be guided to me. Safe journey my dear friend.



October 31st 2013 8:34 pm
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When will I ever stop thinking of the last horrific day of Avail's life? I replay it through my head so much and it tears my heart into a million pieces each time. I don't know if I will ever stop feeling guilty.


Forever Loved

October 21st 2013 10:21 am
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I miss Avail every single day that she's gone. Yes, we have little monster/sister Liava, but it's not the same. I'm more than happy to give a kitten a new life, a great life, and a happy life. I just wish that Avail never had to leave, especially not in the way that she did. I'm not sure how many times over my heart can break when I think of how I wish everything happened differently. Avail was my soul mate, she really was. Ever since the first time we laid eyes on each other, we followed the other one everywhere. I miss her talking to me when it's food time. I miss waking up to her sleeping on my head. I miss her giving me love bites. I miss her kitty loafing all around the house. I miss the sound of a motorboat in my face when I'm trying to fall asleep. I miss her. I know there is a reason that Liava was there at the hospital where we lost Avail. There is a reason for everything.

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