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11 May 2024
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11 May 2024 - 4:08 pm
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My cat is 17 years old, still pretty active and playful. Loves to cuddle and get pets. I have had her since right after college so basically my entire adult life. I found a bump on her back leg, took her to the vet and it’s a soft tissue sarcoma. The vet gave me options of monitoring it, removing it and doing radiation if they can’t get it all or amputation to be sure they got it all. She has early renal disease, it was has no progression in the past 3 years. At her vet appt the dr said her heart and lungs are healthy. I am not concerned with cost, only that I make the best decision for her. 

I don’t know which choice to make. The vet said there’s a risk surgery could make her renal disease much worse. I am nervous an amputation at her age could be difficult to her to adjust to. I still feel she has a lot of life in her. Looking for some insights or suggestions from anyone who has had to make this decision with an elderly cat. Thank you!


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11 May 2024 - 8:02 pm
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Your post has been approved.  What's your cats name.  17 years young....CONGRATULATIONS


Volunteer Vet will chime in and give her valued insight

In the meantime, check out the link to senior kitty Jolie.  He also has some "issues, but overall has done well as a tripawd.    https://tripawd.....#p262506 


Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

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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12 May 2024 - 8:32 am
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Did the biopsy report give a grade?  If it is low grade I would definitely leave it alone but if it is Grade III (high grade) then I would do at least an abdominal ultrasound first to see if it is in other organs prior to considering amputation.


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12 May 2024 - 11:08 am
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Her name is Mopps 🙂 

I don’t think the vet mentioned a grade, but I will call this week and ask. If it is in other organs then I’m guessing it would be pointless to do the amputation? 

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12 May 2024 - 10:15 pm
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Yes at that age if it was in the liver or kidneys I would not pursue amputation.


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