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I just received the call from MSU vet clinic only an hour ago that our cat, Charlie, is out of his surgery and doing well.  He has a suspected vaccine related sarcoma on his right hind leg.  I say suspected because the pathology report did show that the growth had sarcoma cells, but the type was not confirmed.  It's location and the aggressiveness of the growth made them think it was likely vaccine related.  Even if it wasn't vaccine related, they may have had to take the leg to get good margins on a less aggressive soft tissue sarcoma.  So, keeping the leg was may not have been possible no matter what cancer this was.  He is now without a leg and hasn't quite realized it yet.

I have cried more than I care to admit.  Cancer is hard enough to deal with, but the loss of his leg makes it that much harder.  I can't seem to stop crying.  I know it will get easier, for him and for us, but this really just sucks.  He's a beautiful, 9 year old, gray stripey cat.  He's quick to purr and loves a lap.  Life will be harder for him.  He doesn't deserve to go through this. 

I'm not even sure what I'm looking for on the forum.  I'm just heartbroken and not really coping well at the moment. 

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I'm not even sure what I'm looking for on the forum...

Welcome ans best wishes for Charlie! You've come to the right place for cofort, support from others and answers to any questions you may have. Don't miss the Three Legged Cats Forum for many topics of helpful info all about tripawd cats. Be sure to check out the growing list of Tri-kitty Blogs for more feedback from members and feel free to start your own anytime. The Tripawds news blog also has a great post with many helpful tri-kitty links.

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Thank you so much for the reply, for the links, and for having a site like this. This has been so overwhelming. We can only hope that he adjusts well and that he doesn't have additional cancer treatments. 


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Cry all you want around here!   We understand the shock, the sadness, the fear, the uncertainty, the panic, the emotional and physical exhaustion..and the non-stop heavy duty  crying!

In case you haven't figured it out already, YOU ARE NOT ALONE!!!   We are all right by your side, okay?  

We also understand that, while the recovery couple of weeks can be rought, it doesn't last furever!!!  You will be AMAZED at how well he does!  No, it doesn't hapen overnight.  At first, it feels like it's something you've done TO YOUR sweet Charlie!  Soon though, itwill bevery clear youhave done this FOR Sweet Charlie!

As you can see from the links Adim Guy gave you, there is a ton of info here. And, unfortunately, you'll aso  find several kitties here who do have vaccine related amputations.  They can give you incredible insight and suggestions about how to pursue some financial restitution from the vaccine manufacturer

Two of our kitty experts who have two kitty Warriors, Holly, kotty Purrkins and Kerren, Kitty Monas Mom will chime in.  They really are an incredible support for all of us here, vut they especially have tremendous knowledge about anything related to cats...especially those in this journey!

Let us know what questions you may have and how we can help you through this recovery period and into getting back to normal!!  And things WIL get back to normal!   Well, except you'll be spoiling Charlie more than you ever thought possible!! 🙂

Try znd get some rest tonight.  Surgery is over and Charlie is high as a kite and feeling no pain! 🙂 🙂 🙂  Eat lots of CHOCOLATE and junk food ..... It will help!!


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Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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