Major is a very friendly middle aged cat who sadly has an inoperable tumour (squamous cell carcinoma) in his mouth. Currently he is comfortable and we don't feel that he is ready to be put to sleep but his long term prognosis is poor.
Major was a stray who two years ago was taken in by a family who had him neutered and microchipped and intended to keep him permanently, but he didn't settle very well with their five other cats and when they let him out he went missing and they didn't think they would ever see him again. A few weeks ago they had a call from a vets, Major had been taken in as a stray, they had scanned him and piked up his microchip. However Major had a really sore mouth and urgently needed dental work, he started antibiotics and pain relief and his family started to look for help to find him treatment and a suitable new home as they were worried that if they tried to integrate him with their own cats again that he swould go missing again.
We agreed to take Major on and our vets carried out the much needed dental work but also discovered a lump in his mouth which they were concerned about, unfortunately the results have come back as squamous cell carcinoma an agressive type of skin cancer. Major's mouth is currently looking a lot better than when he first arrived with us but the tumour cannot be removed and the prognosis is poor, 3-6 months. He is being given pain relief in case it is causing discomfort but he is eating well and seems happy at the moment.
Major is seeking a foster home and we will continue to provide all his veterinary care under our Long Term Foster Scheme via our Lewisham Clinic.
UPDATE 15th August: Good news, Major has found a new home.
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