this is Eleni from Athens Greece (very far far away for the majority of you) and I just joined this forum because two days ago my precious cat, 13yrs old was diagnosed with neoplasm carcinoma in other words with cancer in his right back leg.
I am totally shocked, sad, desperate... I really dont know how to feel and react..
We have been together since I was a student, we have "grown up" in my adult life together and he is my "child" and my "friend" all these years.
My vet suggested (to be honest he didn't leave me any other choice..) to amputate the leg and after do the biopsy because he is totally sure that is cancer (that has already destroyed one part of the bone, it is very obvious from the xray) and we shouldn't lose any more time.
For the record my ex-vet told me 2 months ago when the first symptoms started (the cat could walk properly) that there was nothing to worry about, a small cracking in his leg that will pass after few weeks. Since the cat was getting worst and worst I had to change vet.. so I have lost some time waiting for the "cracking" to heal!!! (so angry about that...)
the only good think till now is that it seems there are no metastasis but I am still waiting for the blood analysis. The x-ray is clear.
I am totally terrified and i know that i have to be strong for him now!
Please, please, please if anyone could advise me..
I really don't know how he will react after the amputation, will his quality of life will be better?
how many years a cat can live after such a surgery?
during the healing period what should I do in order to help him not having much pain?
in what should I be very careful?
should we have a biopsy first and then the amputation?
And guys... even though I found you because of a very very sad fact, It feels good to know that there are other people who had/ have the same problem as me and the most important the same love for cats and maybe they can help me...