We didn't have time to do any further testing to see how far it would need
to be amputated. The tumor she had went from a mildly swollen leg to a
massively huge leg in only a couple days time due to excesive fluids from
the lymph nodes. The vet drained the fluid off three times in 5 days to
give her relief while we waited for the lab results. My concern was getting
the leg off before it progressed.
I have a wonderful vet and he told me right out that if it had progressed as
far as the hip socket that he felt the only right thing to do was to not
wake her up from surgery since it meant that if he closed her up that she
would die a horribly painful death from the cancer not from the surgery.
He's a wonderful orthopedic vet and knows what he is doing so I told him to
treat her if he were his own.
He ended up taking the leg up to within 2cm of the hip socket. He told me
he's done the surgery on a couple dozen cats over the years and some live 2
or 3 years and the cancer returns and he's had some that have made it to the
old age of 12 or 13 without any recurrances. With Mushkins the giant cell
tumor was an oddity since it's usually one that occurs more often in dogs
than cats thats what had the vets baffled when the first opened the leg to
do the biopsy.
I choose not to put her through chemo or radiation and she's been fine ever
since. The only thing I do is she gets an all over massage nightly to check
for any new bumps or lumps that way if one occurs we can get her into the
vets ASAP. She also gets no more vaccinations what so ever.
"celtic kitties" <[email protected]
> wrote in message news:[email protected]
> Thanks Celeste!
> I am so glad to hear that she is doing well!!! She is a beautiful kitty
> BTW, how did you know that you needed to go to the hip to get a clear
> Did you have a CT scan?
> I'm afraid to put him through the pain of the surgery if we won't get the
> wholoe tumor. Did you also go with the chemo and radiation therapy?
> Spot wrote:
>>I have a 7 year old Siamese mix who at her 2nd rabies shot developed a
>>cell tumor at the injection site. It was fast growing and she ended up
>>loosing her whole back leg clear up to the hip socket in order to get a
>>clean margin. Luckily I had a wonderful vet who pushed the lab results
>>through and the leg was amputated 5 days later if we had waited much
>>it would have invaded her pelvis and I would have lost her. I urge you to
>>get this done ASAP.
>>I don't ever regret doing it. Cats adapt so easily to this type of
>>It's a bit harder when they have the front let removed but they still do
>>wonderfully. Unless she's extremely over weight and had other health
>>I would not hesitate to get the surgery done.
>>Mushkins is a wonderful loving cat who be bops around her like it never
>>happened. When most people come to visit they are here for quite a while
>>before they ever realize that she's zipping around on just one back leg.
>>her case less then 6 hours after coming home she snuck out of the room I
>>her confined in and made her way down the steps like it was nothing at all
>>to use the litter box even though there was one in the room she was in.
>>worst thing to come out of it all is sometimes she gets going too fast on
>>the kitchen floor and skids out.
>>The only adaptations I have made at the house is that I keep a chair
>>out so she can get up to the table to eat and we have a stool in the
>>so she can get to the one kitchen window. Other than that she gets around
>>the house without any problems..
>>A picture of my sweetie
>>> Hi Everyone,
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>>> All the best,