I spoke with the vet today. The results of the blood tests show that sucha
is not having kidney failure and her liver seems normal. This means that we can increase the dose of her anti-inflammatory. This should shrink the "mass" some as well as help with pain a bit. She seems to be responding to the medication. She isn't yowling nearly so much (though when she does, she sounds hoarse). She is sitting on a chair, under the dining table, relaxing and taking cat naps. shreddy
seems a bit more relaxed too. The poor boy seems very concerned about sucha
I asked the vet about other pain medication for cats and she said the anti-inflammatory might be enough. There is something that comes in capsules, but she wasn't sure how easy it would be to give Sucha capsules. Ha! I told her how good Sucha was at not taking pills/capsules. You hold her head back and drop it down her throat. Then, you wait until she swallows. Last time anyone tried, it was the other vet. Well, we saw what looked like swallowing. But as soon as the vet let go of her head, the pill came flying out. I'm hoping the anti-inflammatory (prednisone) will have a good pain relieving effect and if that isn't enough, that we can open up the capsules and mix that into her food.
I also asked the vet how I would know it was time to have her put to sleep. The vet said, certainly not as long as she is eating with good appetite and getting around and can get to her food by herself. She said that a lot of cats get quite a bit better with the prednisone, but after a while it quits working. If that happens, that would be a good time.
I will be posting further updates, but, I will remove the comment feature, so friends won't feel obligated to comment.
I really appreciate all the concern, good wishes, and hugs.
edit: I just read that one of the many uses of prednisone is for migraines. That sounds like a pretty good pain reliever to me.