I think my cat thinks I have cancer.
He's been sniffing my breath and kneading my gut lately, looking at me, and meowing. The look on his face is nothing short of devastated, which I imagine he would be without me.
I've read animals can detect cancer, and my gut's been bad for a few years. I've been to doctors who found nothing, had a colonoscopy. But it still doesn't feel right.
And the way he looks at me is like Ryan O'Neal looking at Ali McGraw in "Love Story". Devastating.
Is this something I should report to my doctor?
|by Anonymous||reply 64||07/13/2013|
You must immediately report it to your doctor.
Also to your astrologer (including your cat's birth data, of course), your pastor (if you participate in organized religion) and, of course, to the friendly men in white lab coats who take you for daily walks.
|by Anonymous||reply 1||06/21/2013|
[quote] The look on his face is nothing short of devastated
Are cats' faces really that expressive? To me they always look either playful, lazy, or angry as fuck.
|by Anonymous||reply 2||06/21/2013|
Presuming you're not an EST, OP (hahaha *wipes tears from eyes*) you should get to the doctor and explain those "not right" symptoms, including the breath smell, if you notice it yourself. It goes without saying, but I wouldn't mention the cat.
|by Anonymous||reply 3||06/21/2013|
Before you say anything to your Doctor please tell the mental health professional who looks after you that your cat has diagnosed you with cancer. He or she will take care of things from there dear.
|by Anonymous||reply 4||06/21/2013|
You should get your kitty a little doctor's coat and bring him with you to the appointment.
|by Anonymous||reply 5||06/21/2013|
if my cat acted like your cat I would be very upset. SOME CATS really do detect cancer.
|by Anonymous||reply 6||06/21/2013|
Get your personal effects in order. Telling your doctor would be a waste of time. The cat already knows this. I am not making fun.
|by Anonymous||reply 7||06/21/2013|
How do I get the cat to tell me how much time I have left?
|by Anonymous||reply 8||06/21/2013|
[quote] How do I get the cat to tell me how much time I have left?
Write the numbers 1 to 50 on cards and place them on the floor. Whatever the cat places its paw on is how many months you have.
|by Anonymous||reply 9||06/21/2013|
OP, I hope I am not being premature, but may I have your stuff?
|by Anonymous||reply 10||06/21/2013|
Wow! That was just how I behaved to my cat 3 months before he died from cancer. Write your will!
|by Anonymous||reply 11||06/21/2013|
This Doctor looks like he can do the trick for you OP.
|by Anonymous||reply 12||06/21/2013|
Maybe he wants you to clean the litter box. It's been months.
|by Anonymous||reply 13||06/21/2013|
I suspect OP is also responsible for the [bold]"Anyone else still thrilled and amazed that Barack Obama is president?"[/bold] thread.
|by Anonymous||reply 14||06/21/2013|
If you'd stop eating tuna out of the can, he'd stop acting that way, Rumpie.
|by Anonymous||reply 15||06/21/2013|
My mother told me that she could communicate telepathically with my cat.
|by Anonymous||reply 16||06/21/2013|
OP, yes Datalounge is always the best place to go for medical advice. The DL experts will definitely give you the proper diagnosis.
Why waste money going to the doctor? Instead, throw yourself a festive party to say goodbye to your friends. If there's any money left over, buy yourself a lavish tombstone. Perhaps you could have it engraved, "My cat knew I had cancer."
|by Anonymous||reply 17||06/21/2013|
Is your cat Rosie O'Donnell?
|by Anonymous||reply 18||06/21/2013|
Or maybe your cat is just trying to tell you that you should start doing sit ups and brushing your teeth
|by Anonymous||reply 19||06/21/2013|
[quote] I think my cat thinks I have cancer.
That's odd, OP, just this morning I sat bolt upright in bed thinking that you might think that your cat thinks you have cancer.
|by Anonymous||reply 20||06/21/2013|
My mother was died of ovarian cancer and her cat was always sniffing her stomach area. Cats know when you're dying, you're fucked OP
|by Anonymous||reply 21||06/21/2013|
You should DEFINITELY report this to your doctor, even before you lie down on the couch.
|by Anonymous||reply 22||06/21/2013|
My cat sits on my face to wake me up so she can have her damn wet food. This must mean...I...have...face cancer!
|by Anonymous||reply 23||06/21/2013|
Now I don't think my cats pay enough attention to the state of my health. Why don't they wuv me??
|by Anonymous||reply 24||06/21/2013|
This is the best thread ever. You catasauruses do more to make cats seem cool than B Kliban, Morris, and the "meow, meow, meow, meow" commercial combined.
|by Anonymous||reply 25||06/21/2013|
The kneading motion is what kittens do to get milk from their mother. If you cat does it to you, it means that he/she think of you as the mother. The cat could be hungry , but it is also a sigh of contentment.
Cats to not have enough muscles in the face to show emotion, period. Your cat cannot be looking at you with a "devastated" expression.
Meowing, again, difficult. Normally, it is an attempt to get attention, but coupled with kneading, it could be contentment.
Clearly, you breath stinks.
|by Anonymous||reply 26||06/21/2013|
This is EXACTLY like the time I thought I'd hit bottom smoking weed, OP. I woke up with my cat concentrating his weight on my stomach staring at me - judging me. My meager weed supply was scattered on the coffee table. I'd always been so careful with my baggies, too.
I took it as a sign I should quit smoking pot. I went on a frenetic cleaning binge. Half-way through, I found that the cat had been hoarding big nuggets of reefer behind a tansu chest.
My cat had been rolling me every time I passed out!
I not only had a stash and a secret stash; I had a secret stash that was a secret to me!
|by Anonymous||reply 27||06/21/2013|
Go for a check up, OP. Cats have a sixth sense of when something is wrong with it's owner.
|by Anonymous||reply 28||06/21/2013|
My friend's cat knew when she was pregnant. Out of the blue, the cat had this need to lie on her stomach. I don't think I have to say what the cat was thinking. Truly the Patsy Stone of kitties.
|by Anonymous||reply 29||06/21/2013|
Cats and dogs can sense these things and there are dogs being trained in studies right now to detect certain kinds of cancer--ovarian, uterine, bone, breast, etc. They have a 70%-80% accuracy rate.
You should tell your doctor if he is receptive to new ideas. Most are not. Otherwise, I would just go with "I just don't feel right." A doctor should take that seriously. Many doctors will not take the cat story seriously, although as a nurse I have seen this happen again and again, with patients and my own mother.
|by Anonymous||reply 30||06/21/2013|
I'm going through cancer treatment now (caught very early, thankfully). My cats are very attuned and sniff more, stay beside me more.
I attribute to two things: the new smells when I come home from the hospital and doctor offices and the fact I'm around more and behaving differently too (on the couch more, my anxiety which I think cats do pick up on)
|by Anonymous||reply 31||06/21/2013|
I advise you to get a second cat for a second opinion.
|by Anonymous||reply 34||06/21/2013|
I give her kisses 'cause she's my missus!
|by Anonymous||reply 35||06/21/2013|
Certain cats are really amazing. We used to have one that would just sit on my stomach and look deep into my eyes, like transfixed. It was kind of creepy, like they see into your soul. I know it sounds crazy but he was wonderful pet. He changed my whole opinion of cats and how awesome they can be.
|by Anonymous||reply 36||06/21/2013|
And then there is Maru, the coolest of all cats
|by Anonymous||reply 37||06/21/2013|
[quote]You should get your kitty a little doctor's coat and bring him with you to the appointment.
A tiny stethoscope would complete this look perfectly.
|by Anonymous||reply 39||06/21/2013|
R40....the OP needs a stomach Dr pronto!
|by Anonymous||reply 41||06/21/2013|
R37...that video was ADORABLE!
|by Anonymous||reply 42||06/21/2013|
Your cat is tenderizing you because he plans to eat you after you have expired.
|by Anonymous||reply 43||06/21/2013|
The cat is begging you to clean his shit box.
|by Anonymous||reply 44||06/21/2013|
I knew a girl who had a cat who did that. But then she didn't die.
|by Anonymous||reply 45||06/21/2013|
cats can smell or sense cancer. Seriously. Go to the doctor OP. If it's okay than you went for nothing. Big deal! If not it could save your life.
|by Anonymous||reply 46||06/21/2013|
Cats and Dogs can smell cancer. Even some humans can smell it. Especially doctors, nurses, and funeral service people that are around a lot of sick people. I would get checked out if you haven't already.
Sick people often give off a scent. Humans describe it as a sick sweet smell. Like rotting fruit or sometimes rotting meat.
|by Anonymous||reply 48||06/23/2013|
This is why I blow my breath into my dogs face every time I sit on the throne. I watch his reaction. So far, no cancer.
|by Anonymous||reply 51||06/24/2013|
At the every least a LAB test
|by Anonymous||reply 53||06/24/2013|
There's a cat named Oscar at a nursing home who could sense when a patient was about to die. OP, your cat may have the same ability.
|by Anonymous||reply 55||06/24/2013|
Can I have your stuff? Not the cat--he freaky.
|by Anonymous||reply 56||06/24/2013|
Doesn't the period go before the close quote: ' "Love Story." ?'
|by Anonymous||reply 58||06/24/2013|
I find it interesting that your cat watches movies like "Love Story."
But perhaps kitty was watching "Valley of the Dolls" and was checking for breast cancer and pills on your breath.
|by Anonymous||reply 59||06/24/2013|
Laugh away, but my father has a seizure dog who alerts him when he is about to have a seizure so he can cease activity(such as driving) and medicate. And there have been cases on shows such as Dateline of the cat in a Memory Care Home who was brought in to serve as a group companion kitty, will absolutely sit and light for days on a patient who is about to die. This sounds absurd, but the particular piece featured medical professionals debating whether it was a sense of odors or body functioning rhythms which cause the cat to "alert".
|by Anonymous||reply 61||06/24/2013|
Medical Professionals often debate about lingering tabbies, especially between rhythm class and nap time.
|by Anonymous||reply 62||06/24/2013|
OP, love means never having to say your sorry.
|by Anonymous||reply 63||06/24/2013|