• Chemo and pets

    Asked by BuckeyeShelby on Thursday, August 2, 2012

    Chemo and pets

    I will be having a hysterectomy & then undergoing chemo. I have a cat that will groom me in the middle of the night. Already asked the vet about toxic effects on the cat, and she's not concerned. Has anyone had a pet get ill due to puppy or kitty kisses while on chemo?

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    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      We have always had dogs around, never had a problem, but they didn't lick like a cat will. I am more concerned with them scarfing up a dropped pill on the floor before I can get it picked up. Makes me a little nervous when taking my meds.

      about 8 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      I manage a cat sanctuary with 80+ cats, many of them are special needs and feline leukemia positive. My oncologist was very concerned, but about me, not the cats. Because chemo kills your infection fighting white blood cells, you have to be very careful to not get any kind of infection, including those that can occur from cat bits, scratches, saliva, and contact with feces or urine while scooping litter boxes.

      about 8 years ago
    • Cindy's Avatar

      I had a cat that died during the time I was going through chemo. His health had been going down for several years though. I sometimes wonder if he was affected by my chemo drugs either from drinking from the toilet or some other way.

      about 8 years ago
    • GRACENOW's Avatar

      We have several cats and they all are healthy...their furry love helped get me through all the chemo and radiation here. We have seen no ill health in them.

      about 8 years ago
    • Carol-Charlie's Avatar

      Rest easy... and cuddle with your sweet babby.... The chemo I received for Ovarian Cancer was the strongest... I had Chemo for almost two years. I'd had Stage IV, but it was upgraded to IIIC after surgery. I had asked my oncologist and he said the only time to worry and keep from holding them was for twenty-four hours after a PET CT Scan. I'd come home and generally lay down... My sweet Spunky would cuddle next to my tummy and Charlie Bear would cuddle up to where my back always hurt (my gray purring hot water kitty) I slept peacefully for nights on end with their little purrs in my ears. Charlie lived to be 18 and died from a stroke. (actually he had a stroke, and the vet helped him head to Rainbow Bridge to wait for me... while I held him in my arms. Then last year my sweet Spunky was helped also from my arms at age 14. They never had a problem and the vet knew I was on chemo and she was not concerned.

      about 8 years ago
    • Carol-Charlie's Avatar

      Oh and I forgot to mention that my Charlie was diabetic and received insulin twice a day. I cuddled him close and tested his blood sugar, and when I knew it was safe, I'd give him his injection. Then Spunky was Hyper T.... he took his meds as well as Charlie and lived for years after...

      about 8 years ago
    • Mollie's Avatar

      My grandma has two cats and they're fine. She's had three rounds. They told us for the first few days make sure you sanitize the toilet after she goes because that is how the chemo leaves the body. Hope this helps :)))

      about 8 years ago

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