Miracle cat Reggie bounces back to health thanks to Paddons Vets in Wisbech – a year after cancer scare
PUBLISHED: 14:57 05 October 2017 | UPDATED: 14:57 05 October 2017
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A cat who fought cancer a year ago has bounced back to health thanks to Paddons Vets in Wisbech.
Reggie ‘the miracle moggy’ was given just two days to live after vets diagnosed bone marrow cancer in September 2016.
At one point, he could barely eat or drink, his weight dropped from 5.9 kilos to 2.8 kilos and owners Laura and Ben Edwards, who live in Wisbech, were told to prepare for the worst.
Vets told Laura, receptionist at Paddons, that Reggie would only be expected to live for two days without undergoing treatment, but steroids would extend his life by a few weeks.
Thirteen months later, the 12-year-old – who was under the care of veterinary surgeon Irina Tudosie and veterinary nurse Jennifer Venni - has been taken off steroids.
Laura adopted the former stray after he was brought in by a member of the public to her previous practice with a fractured pelvis suffered in a road accident.
Laura said: “We are delighted he is still here because he is a much-loved family pet.
“He became really ill last September as he wouldn’t eat, looked very thin and was dribbling down his chin. We wondered if he had dental problems and were completely shocked when tests showed he had bone marrow cancer.
“I took a couple of days off work to be with him because I thought he would have to be put to sleep, and it was really touch and go.
“I decided the time had come to have him put to sleep as he was so poorly. I offered him one last cat treat and thought if he ate it there was a chance. If he didn’t, I knew he’d lost the will to live.
“He ate it and I kept on feeding them to him until he got his strength up and the steroids he was on started doing their job.”
Vet Irina Tudosie said: “Reggie is doing really well, which is great to see, although I was a bit shocked to discover six months later he seemed fine.
“There is no evidence of cancer now, although we monitor him regularly and send blood tests to the Animal Health Trust for advice.
“Regular blood tests and monitoring are important in cases like this and Laura has looked after him well.”