Chemotherapy for Cats

Suzie the cat, Bandaged after Operation

I took Suzie for her second injection at the vets this week. After her operation, which went well, she was bandaged for ten days, as you can see in the photo. It makes it look like she’s wearing a t-shirt :-D.

We adopted Suzie from the street. A friend of ours in Morocco lived in a block of flats nearby, and had looked after a litter of kittens born in the street. Suzie was one of those kittens. She stayed with us for our time in Morocco, and came to France with me in a cat carrier (along with Chico). Chico went in the hold in the plane; Suzie travelled in the space where my legs should have been in front of my seat. That was probably the most unconfortable three hour flight I’ve ever taken.

Suzie is at high risk, statistically speaking, of a recurrence of cancer. The vet proposed that we try radiotherapy but that would mean taking three days a week off work, which isn’t possible. So the alternative treatment is chemotherapy. She’s having a weekly injection and this will reduce to twice a month, then monthly, as time progresses.

Funny how we love our animals so much, but as companions they make a big difference. They’re there when you’re lonely, and when you’re down. They reciprocate the affection we give them, and they don’t bear grudges. I’m definitely a cat person.


  1. Hope Suzie doesn’t have a reoccurance.
    Love cats but are allergic!

  2. Simon

    11/2/2006 at 10:37 pm

    Hi Pia,

    Great to see you here again.

    I’ve met a few people allergic to cats, some just sneeze others are much worse. I feel for people with allergies, they miss out on stuff sometimes, especially hay fever sufferers in summer or animal lovers that are allergic to some types of animal and cannot work with them, for example.


  3. I love cats, having been owned by several of them. 🙂

  4. Simon

    14/2/2006 at 9:38 pm

    Hi Tarragon,

    Welcome to Let’s Have It. Glad you dropped in. I assure you, my cats are not digitally enhanced.

    Indeed we are owned by our pets, and not the other way round 🙂


  5. Aw poor kitty. I do like the t-shirt idea though. Heh. I would be incredibly lonely & sad without my kitties. I am also allergic but it has gotten better over time (10 years) and also I am careful to not touch my face/rub my eyes if I’ve been petting them. That helps!

    On another pet note – my FFIL (future father-in-law) who had a stroke on friday – well, we were able to bring his doggy to see him last night in the hospital! Although unable to communicate with us verbally or much at all any way – his face lit up and he LAUGHED when he saw her. That’s the first time since Friday – yay for pets!!

  6. Simon

    15/2/2006 at 10:00 am

    Carrster, I’m really sorry to hear about your FFIL. It’s tough when people you know and love are incapacitated and lose their communication skills.

    I think pets have a healing effect. There’s the companionship part I wrote about in the post, but it goes very far. You can take a lot of strength from pets who will always be there, and as your story goes to show, they can make us laugh in adversity.

    Did you know my vet said that even animals are subject to the placebo effect? Perhaps it’s more of a placebo by proxy effect, because a treatment makes the owner brighter spirited about the pet’s survival chances. He insisted that it exists, in spite of my strong initial scepticism.