So I got up early this morning and called the vets office which opens at 7 and was ready just in case they told me to come right away which is exactly what happened. I was there by 7:15. They did blood work and x-rays and were pretty certain it was leukemia. He said that the x-rays showed his left lung was completely full of fluid and so was 1/2 of his right lung....so he was breathing on half a lung. It also appeared that he had some srt of a mass in his chest. He said that his circulation was already starting to shut down. The only options were to drain the fluid, figure out the underlying reason, and try to treat but he was not very optimistic. He said that really we would only be buying him time (maybe a couple of days). So, of course, I am an emotional basketcase at this point and had to make the ultimate decision to go ahead and have him put to sleep. As much as I didn't want to lose him, I could stand the thought of him suffering and struggling to breathe. Charles is at work so Sammy came to help me bury him. It is a sad day. I've had Woody since right after Charles and I got married...which will be 14 years this year. He has always been my little buddy...the most loving and affectionate cat.
In the last 2 1/2 years, I have lost 3 grandmothers and 2 thirteen year old kitty cats. I REALLY hope that this is it for a long while. Ugh...I have a huge headache.