Riya is one of the few stories we’ve mentioned here, even though she lost her life a few weeks after we rescued her. When we found Riya on New Year’s Eve, she seemed to have massive tumors in and around her mammary glands. The situation seemed pretty bad as they were almost the size of ping pong balls, and unfortunately the doctors diagnosis wasn’t positive either. Her tumors had started to ulcerate and metastasize, meaning that they would return even if removed. In the end all we could do was administer pain relievers and other medication to ease her pain over the next few weeks. The most tragic part of this story is that these tumors can be avoided in female cats if they are spayed in their first six months. This is one of the reasons why we at the Feline Foundation are pushing for more spaying drives, to prevent such unnecessary tragedies.