Saturday, May 10, 2008


Originally uploaded by rikkis_refuge
sunning on a window in the 9th Life Retirement, Assisted Living and Psychiatric Center. Mama Cat is here for recurring breast cancer. It's only recurred in one location and it's growing small. No further surgery is recommended and she's on meds to hopefully keep it small. Aside from her twice daily treatments, which she hates because she's semi-feral and doesn't much like being handled, she seems very happy.

Ripley was diagnosed with a non-operable tumor in his esophagus several years ago. Killing him off was recommended at the time, he was wheezing, but did not seem to be in any discomfort - so we opted to try treatments in the hopes of reducing the tumor and stopping it from growing. He, too, doesn't like his twice daily medicine, but he's pretty used to it by now. The tumor shrunk enough so that he no longer wheezes but he does seem much more prone to catching a cold now.

So many of our 9th Life Retirement and Assisted Living folks would have no chance elsewhere. But here at Rikki's Refuge they can live out a full and happy life.

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