Loki update

Loki is home. Sadly, after many, many tests, the vets and students at the Virginia-Maryland Regional Veterinary Hospital at Virginia Tech say there is nothing any of us can do but try and make him comfortable for the rest of his life although no one knows how long that will be. The MRI found evidence of two masses on his brain, both deep inside and both inoperable. At least one is affecting is balance, motor control and vision. If the masses grow, his condition will deteriorate.

Loki is home. Sadly, after many, many tests, the vets and students at the Virginia-Maryland Regional Veterinary Hospital at Virginia Tech say there is nothing any of us can do but try and make him comfortable for the rest of his life although no one knows how long that will be.

The MRI found evidence of two masses on his brain, both deep inside and both inoperable. At least one is affecting is balance, motor control and vision. If the masses grow, his condition will deteriorate.

Everyone who encountered Loki at Tech fell in love with him (as does all who come in contract with the extremely affectionate kitten). They were heartbroken that they could not do anything to alleviate his condition but will continue sending samples of his tests to other teaching vet centers in hopes that someone can offer help or a solution.

Someone asked me this week why we would pay thousands of dollars for tests in a long shot hope of finding a way to cure, or at least ease, the condition of a pet. I didn’t have an answer. I suppose that for those who have to ask, there can’t be an answer. Loki is a loved member of our family. For us, further explanation is not be necessary.

We will continue to care for the kitten as long as he is not suffering or in pain and hope that he can live out some portion of life in comfort or that, as sometimes happens, other forces intervene and his condition improves.

We will just take it one day at a time.

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7 Responses

  1. Wise choice.

    Getting to know Loki was one of the high points of our stay at your home.

    Unfailing affectionate, he made every moment spent with him a joy. We will be sorry to see him go.

  2. Never had any use for anyone who would even ask such a question. Loki is reflecting the care and love you guys give him. My most affectionate cat, Callie, was declared “terminally ill” some 8 or 9 years ago. “Take her home and love her,” they said. She’s still very much alive today and lives up to her description of “velcro cat” — insisting that all around her love her. Regardless of how much time Loki may have, as you said, he’s family — and miracles do happen.

  3. Sometimes little furry “angels” like Loki come along to remind us that in the hard, crazy world our minds endure, there needs to be a soft warm place in our hearts to balance it. It is what keeps us sane. Thanks to you and Loki for reminding us of this.

  4. I’ve heard it said that when you give you receive. Loki is very fortunate to have owners like you and Amy. And you are fortunate to have a precious kitty like Loki. Take care of each other, and thanks for sharing Doug.

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