It's very hard for me to start writing a story about Tommy. He came to my life when I most needed him, just as I wished for. At the time, we lived in Hawai'i and sometimes we saw an orange cat sneaking around our yard and watching us from a distance. I always wished for an Orange Tabby. So we decided to investigate where this cat was coming from. Across the street, there was a beautiful foreclosed cabin that looked over South Point on the Big Island of Hawai'i. It was a nursery back then and Tommy grew up there. Suddenly I heard a kitty meow, but we could not see it. I meowed back and he responded right away. Finally, I had a little glimpse of him and we fell in love right away. I loved his voice and cute face from the bush. We ran back to our house and bought back with us some cat food. Later on, we found out that his name is Tommy and the owners had trouble taking him with them or Tommy was refuse to go. We fed Tommy 2-3 times daily. One day he decided to come to our property and see where these nice people were getting this yummy food from. From then on he stayed with us. He was such a loving cat, just like any ginger typically is. He was so skinny that who knows what he had to do to eat to survive.
In just a few days Tommy became comfortable with our dog Rosie and our indoor cat CeeCee. He gained weight and became happy being loved again.
The young, inexperienced vet ruled-out: Squamous Cell Carcinoma in her diagnosis.
We had been happy that Tommy had no cancer. However, his poor nose had become swollen and a soar had started on his upper lip. As we did not know any better and instead of having a second opinion, we started to administer the medicines she prescribed for him. She gave Tommy antibiotics, allergy pills, and a very low dose of steroids. None of these medicines helped him. We also started a holistic approach as well.
Tommy's photo on the day of his vet's visit. He had a very obvious spot on his nose and lip.
At the beginning of giving Tommy this medicine, it was promising. We had started to see new,
But unfortunately, it was just temporary. As the wound did not seem to heal but only got bigger while starting to spread more on his nose and now, both sides of his whisker areas, we had to accept that Tommy is not getting better. I was scared to put him down and still tried everything possible to save him. So I started buying expensive supplements; Green Micro-Algae Superfood, Probiotics, Super B-complex...in desperation. Then his face developed a strange black secretion and he started balding, at that point we knew that Tommy has dying. He weighed 14 lbs. and then lost half and was down to only 7 lbs. He became skinny and weak. We took him to another vet... This vet recommended either putting him down or putting him on a high dose of steroids. I choose the high dose of steroid and we scheduled his euthanasia a week from that day.
Here is one of our posts to Tommy's friends on the Facebook groups:
His condition is digressing. We have refrained from posting his physical appearance out of courtesy. Under these circumstances, he has been to another veterinary doctor who is very pragmatic.
She stated a Squamous Cell Carcinoma. It is very advanced and voraciously active. We have about a week to make peace with him and help him to find his own peace before the transition through the veil between our two worlds. On behalf of Tommy and ourselves... and the other pets he lives with, thank you all for your love and support. It seems to have been a comfort to all concerned.
Please consider this potential last week to continue the support in a way that would now encourage acceptance and peace with moving to the next realm of existence for him.
His courage and indomitable will to fight have been a marvel and at times his way to show love and support for his family but gently needs to be encouraged as unnecessary at this point. His spirit and energy can be used for his journey.
Thank you with all sincerity and love.
Blessings are upon thee and thine.
Last Wednesday, we took Tommy to the vet, and they gave us the option to either be euthanized or try administering a high dose of steroids. I chose the steroids as a last-ditch option. The vet said to tell them immediately if Tommy is improving or not responding to it. Well, 5-6 days ago he showed some improvement. He is more alert tracking movement with his vision and hearing and his eyes are clear and focused. He is using the scratching pole ...that he had abandoned for many months and yesterday he has started jumping up onto my high bed. He purred for a long time while I was massaging him. The black stuff, scabs, necrotic tissue, etc.. .started to come off easily from his nose area. My husband called the vet yesterday and they were very happy to hear of his dramatic improvement.
They felt that Tommy's euthanasia (which was scheduled for tomorrow) could be postponed until a further time when needed. A few days before my hubby called the vet, I felt an urge, a voice inside of me to save him from euthanasia. I told this to Jeannie, Tommy's animal communicator and she connected with him. She did another full healing session and she said that "he is actually feeling a lot better than I thought"... I know it may sound like selfish love but I also had two dreams that he was running away from euthanasia. I am still giving him supplements and increasing the micro-algae (f3) as well since it said we could in severe cases. He is also moving around more than he did in the last 6 months and is stretching his atrophied muscles. He's not in pain that I can tell and Jeannie concurred. He is as comfortable and content as can be given the circumstances. We have put euthanasia on hold. Please continue your love and prayers for Tommy. We believe that the Power of Love could make a difference and potentially a miracle. I and my husband would like to send a small gift to you in gratitude for your continued support. Tommy wishes it to be something that you would consider a little treasure from him. Please send us your name and shipping address.
I will continue to keep you updated as always on Tommy and his journey.
Many Blessings and Happy Holidays,
Thank you Blue Skies Pet Euthanasia and Hospice Services
“At first, a skin lesion will appear to be fairly benign, looking like a little scab or maybe a small scratch, and over time it may flake off and the cat’s skin will look normal.
But eventually — perhaps months or a year later — it will reappear.”
Several treatment options are available for lesions that are diagnosed at an early stage,
notes Dr. McEntee. “We can perform surgical removal of the affected portion of a cat’s nose or ears,” she says. “And multiple facial lesions that are less than approximately two millimeters deep can be treated successfully with radiation therapy. Some veterinarians use cryotherapy, which will destroy a lesion by freezing it. And in some cases, directly injecting chemotherapeutic substances into the tumor may be useful. For SCC in the mouth, a combination of surgery and radiation therapy may be successful and result in long-term control, but only if the cancer is detected at an early stage.
However, says Dr. McEntee, when an SCC lesion is more advanced, “We may not be able to control it. We can attempt to do so with a full course of radiation, which will require more than three weeks of treatment. But even this aggressive approach isn’t likely to be successful once the tumor has progressed and has spread internally. This is why it is so important for owners to spot these lesions at an early stage when a tumor is still very treatable.”
Please look for any symptoms:
- This tumor progress slowly, often starting as a superficial crust and scab
- Decreased air through the nose (i.e., more mouth breathing)
- Sneezing and reverse sneezing (i.e., sudden, involuntary inward breaths)
- Nosebleeds (epistaxis)
- Nasal discharge
- Swelling of the involved area, including swelling of the eye, loss of sight
- Facial deformity
- Excessive tears from eyes (epiphora)
- Neurological signs (from pressure on the brain) – seizure, disorientation, behavioral changes.
To recognize Squamous Cell Carcinoma early, you have to make sure that the surface wound did not go deeper than 2mm (millimeter). It could already be too late if the wound goes deeper.
Here's Tommy's example in pictures:
2012, Tommy scraped his nose on the gate of his traveling kennel.
Rest in Peace Sweet Tommy Boy! We ALL Love You so Much!
"Oh no! I am so sorry to hear this. Tommy has always been a true role model of strength and determination.. never giving up. Much of that is due to your unconditional love until the very end. RIP dear Tommy.. we will never forget the lessons you have taught all of us here on earth.. and we know you will continue to do so for eternity"
"Oh Katalin, I am sending so much love to you, Tommy, and your family. You are an amazing woman and love conduit for your precious love, Tommy. Forever in our hearts...."
"You have done more for Tommy than what most people would do for their own kids. Take peace in knowing you did all you could, and please give him my blessings from Hawaii. I am sure he knows he is loved."
"Oh, Katalin I feel so bad hearing this. I know how very hard you have tried to help Tommy, and I am sure he knows also, and he knows how very much you love him. I never knew Tommy but I felt love for him, and for you. I am so sorry that things are not turning around. Love and prayers to you and your family."
"You did everything for Tommy even more than some people would do for their fur babies. You researched and found things to help him and made sure he was comfortable throughout his illness. You helped him greatly."
"He was a Master teacher for us all"
"Light will someday split you open....."
Teachings..... channeled from a Cosmic Cat called Tommy: when I received Tommy's paw print button/key chain, and Katalin's card with painting, poem, and Tommy's paw prints, I felt an intense wave of pure love wash thru me. I was weeping, feeling this pure love, I felt it was a direct transmission of Divine Love, from Tommy in Spirit, delivered thru his paw print! . I felt as tho he reached his paw thru the veils and touched me with such Love. He shows me, that I too, can actually reach thru dimensions, that this incredible ability is now within my here-and-now capacity. when I feel in my Heart the profound calm-ness, peace, trust, and heart-full experience of divine Love, it returns with me into this world, the Love is imprinted/downloaded into my Heart and E-motional body, and expressed thru me. in this way, the 'here and now world' is expanded into the finer frequencies/dimensions of Love. What a clever, multi-dimensional Be-ing and Bringer of Light, is Tommy, he channels his messages thru you, Katalin,,, and I am now initiated into this very real capacity of consciously reaching thru dimensions, omgosh,,, wow, Tommy,, you are really Rocking the Cosmos! I so look forward to more of your Cosmic Teachings, with all my love and gratitude, from" - Sheila
"Our Hearts are With You Tommy and Katalin I don't usually share my private connection on a separate note, but we have all been following Tommy and we all LOVE him so much, I felt I wanted to share his message this way...I connected to Mr. Tommy and asked if I would be intruding to connect at this time.....I got an okay from spirit.....I then felt Tommy near me...and I saw him place his paw on my cheek...and I began to cry...and I heard ...I am surrounded by amazing love and please tell my momma Kat that she is amazing...and thank her for her total devotion and compassion...He is showing me spirals of the most beautiful lights from the healers as they work with him...and as he came to stand in front of me...his BEAUTIFUL FACE!! Whole and intact...so very handsome...in his beautiful spirit body....with wings from the Angels to prove he is now an Angel boy. I got the sense that although he is sad to go from his Physical life and family...that he is deeply at peace and feeling the love and peace of his "spirit home" Katalin...Tommy showed me a glass vase filled with feathers...I heard he will be leaving feathers for you as a calling card that he is with you...so he says to watch for the pretty feathers momma...his gift to you. He wants all of the "group of animal lovers" he calls us....that he appreciates the kindness and the sharing of love so willingly and so lovingly...he is thankful...His life taught him so much...but mostly how to give and receive love....and he is so thankful. Katalin...He will have some very special messages for you...that he will tell personally to you when you connect with him soon. I thanked him for being our teacher and our friend and told him we all LOVE him very much and pray for his family and support his family for him. I did ask him if he would be joining our special group of crossed-over animal companions and he said ...yes he will always be connected to our group to help other pets and families in need...so I look forward to meeting up with this beautiful soul friend of ours as we continue our soul work to help others