I have been wanting to write this since Wu died as I am asked whether Loki finally got our beloved and much mourned Wu.
He didn’t. I promise you he definitely didn’t.
I received a lovely card from my vet saying that “the pathology was most likely that of a haemangiosarcoma of the spleen”.
From PetMD – “Hemangiosarcomas are fed by the blood vessels and fill with blood. Because of this, the tumor can rupture, leading to sudden and severe hemorrhage, collapse, and rapid death. Often, owners do not realize their cat is affected until the sudden hemorrhage or collapse.
Hemangiosarcomas of the spleen and liver are highly metastatic and malignant vascular neoplasms (blood vessel tumors) that arise from the endothelial cells, which line the interior surface of blood vessels. It begins as a large mass that develops in the liver or spleen, spreading rapidly through the blood cell routes, most frequently to the liver from the spleen, or to the lungs from the spleen and liver.”
I asked my vet over and over again, in as many ways as I could think of, if there was absolutely any evidence of bruising or any trauma to Wu and I was promised that there was none and this horrid disease had nothing to do with Loki.
There was nothing more we could do and I am glad he passed away peacefully and without half the symptoms listed in PetMD.
This is the first time since 1986 I have ever lived in a house without a cat(s). I find it very difficult but while Loki is with us, there will be no more cats, kittens or puppies. It would not be a wise decision.
But this time, Loki was not to blame.