Rita's Beryl arrived in the US a few months back. Even before she came, we knew she'd had a small mass removed from her leg that turned out to be a grade II mast cell tumor, which had sloppy margins. Mast cells tumors like this have a high probability of recurring and spreading, and the vets estimate her outlook to be about 3 years.
Lucky for Beryl, Erik and Kristen, members of our foster network, had recently come back into town and were ready to start fostering, and thought Beryl looked like a good possibility for them, so off she went. Since Beryl was an unknown with cats and the Erik and Kristen had recently brought home an adopted kitten, we thought we'd give it some time to see how she got on with her feline roomie.
Erik called last night to say that Beryl's moved right in and made herself part of the family. She seems to enjoy catching the kitten to cuddle with, and since the kitten doesn't seem to mind, it's working out for everyone. So Beryl's been invited to stay with the Erik and Kristen until her time comes, and we hope that's a good long time!