PomPom’s Story

pompomLittle PomPom was surrendered to a shelter, where the shelter staff quickly realized that the friendly little gray & white cat was very sick. In addition to discovering that she’d suffered a traumatic injury to her backside along the spine, at nearly 1 year of age she had not yet been spayed. The vets were concerned and immediately operated to spay her, and when they did their fears were confirmed. PomPom had breast cancer. The mass was removed and everyone crossed their fingers, but sadly the cancer turned out to be aggressive. The shelter contacted Tails High, and we agreed to take PomPom in for what we expected would be hospice care. To the surprise of everyone involved though, PomPom’s health stabilized. Our plans shifted from hospice care to permanent foster, as it is expected that the cancer will return; and she required daily medication. The little purr-monster never let that bother her though, and all who met her declared her to be one of the friendliest, sweetest cats they’d ever met. We didn’t anticipate that anyone would be willing to take on a cat with this kind of prognosis, and then along came a wonderful woman named Philippa who is herself a young breast cancer survivor. She heard about PomPom from a friend who knew of the situation, and immediately wanted to meet her. It was love at first sight for them both, and today PomPom has a new home where she is happy and loved, and in turn brings happiness and love to her person.

Please spay your cat promptly – un-spayed female cats are at a significantly higher risk for breast cancer than their counterparts who were spayed prior to their first cycle. Mammary cancer is the 3rd most common illness reported in cats, and it is also one of the most easily prevented.