Chloe was a Silver-Shaded
Chinchilla/Persian born in 1997 and was quite mad, tearing round the house
playing with her toys and attacking things that aren’t really there.
She was a rescue cat from the Croydon Branch of Cats Protection (CPL),
coming into their care after she was abandoned by a breeder who was fed
up with her not mating with the required stud.
She escaped twice whilst on heat and during her second pregnancy was abandoned,
filthy dirty and full of fleas. She had six grey/silver tabby kittens
all having to be hand reared after Chloe’s milk dried up after two weeks
due to mastitis. All the kittens were homed, one of which Merlin
now lives with Debbie and Philip, to see him click his name.
Chloe suffered from diarrhea most of her life but when it became very
bad we started investigations at the vet. After test she was diagnosed
as having Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) which seemed to be aggravate
by her eating prawns. She was prescribed a veterinary diet called Hypoallergenic
and Endocort capsules. These capsules contain the active ingredient budesonide,
which is a type of medicine known as a corticosteroid which has an anti-inflammatory
effect and is used to reduce inflammation associated with the inflammatory
While grooming her one day in 2010 a couple of scaly growths were noticed
on her back, our vet recommended they be removed and sent for investigation.
The diagnosis came back as Bowen's disease, also known as "squamous
cell carcinoma in situ." Squamous cell carcinoma is a tumor that
develops from the squamous cells which are flat, scale-like cells in the
outer layer of the skin (the epithelium). The term "in situ"
(borrowed from the Romans) means "in the natural or normal place"
and, in the case of cancer, it says that the tumor cells are still confined
to the site where they originated and they have neither invaded neighboring
tissues nor spread to other parts of the body.
We were confident Chloe would be all right as the likelihood of this form
of cancer spreading is low, unfortunately late in 2011 a rather large
growth appeared on her shoulder. We are not certain if it was connected
but her breathing became laboured and rattley and her meow sounded very
croaky. She was taken to the vets for treatment but a week later her tounge
looked blue and her breathing was worse, she was obviously in distress!
It was decided on the 15th December 2011 it would be best to have her
put to sleep.
Chloe was a kind, friendly girl not living up to the reputation of Chincillas!
We will all miss her so much!!
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