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9 August 2015 - 11:54 am
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Yay Mia! I hope those warm,healing sunbeams help you get on the road to recovery! Rest up sweetie.

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9 August 2015 - 3:50 pm
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Surgery is over and Mia is home!!!!!! YAY FOR MIA...AND MOM TOO! This kitty is amazing!

Recovery can be full of ups and downs and a little scary so etimes for a bit. Stay positive and just spoil, spoil, spoil!!!

Hugs to all!

Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle 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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benny55 said
Surgery is over and Mia is home!!!!!! YAY FOR MIA...AND MOM TOO! This kitty is amazing!

Recovery can be full of ups and downs and a little scary so etimes for a bit. Stay positive and just spoil, spoil, spoil!!!

Hugs to all!

Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle too!

How is your cat Mia doing???  I was faced with having my almost 18 yr old cat having her front leg amputated last December.  I felt better after reading these forums.

My cat is almost 9 weeks post surgery.  She eats, jumps and seems to be feeling better without the limb with the tumor.

Thanks for the posts about your cat.

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21 February 2016 - 7:51 pm
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Hi and welcome to Tripawds, your future posts will not have to wait for approval.

I'm glad your kitty is doing well. Please consider starting your own thread to tell us all about your kitty!

Karen and the Spirit Pug Girls

Tri-pug Maggie survived a 4.5 year mast cell cancer battle only to be lost to oral melanoma.

1999 to 2010

 

              Maggie's Story                  Amputation and Chemo

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21 February 2016 - 8:07 pm
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How is your cat Mia doing???  I was faced with having my almost 18 yr old cat having her front leg amputated last December.  I felt better after reading these forums.

My cat is almost 9 weeks post surgery.  She eats, jumps and seems to be feeling better without the limb with the tumor.

Thanks for the posts about your cat.

I'm glad your kitty is doing well and that these forums were helpful to you 🙂

Mia is doing pretty well still.  Unfortunately, her lymphoma came back in December.  She's had her third dose of chemo now, and there haven't really been any negative side effects.  The drug she's getting is called lomustine.  Her new tumors have decreased by at least half, and are not inhibiting her lifestyle.

We're still very happy with our choice to amputate.  Her quality of life is very close to what it was prior to the surgery.

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21 February 2016 - 8:20 pm
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OOOOMMMMCCCCC! It is sooooo great to hear from you and to know Mia is still kicking butt! 🙂 Even though sh has some new "challenges", it doesn't seem to bother her at all!

What an incredible journey! Such an inspiration to all senior kitties! Would @pve to see pictures of this Miracle Mia!!clap

Hugs and love!

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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22 February 2016 - 8:46 am
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Agree, keep kickin' butt Mia! We're cheering you on!

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14 January 2021 - 9:09 pm
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Hi, Hoping you can let us know how things went over the longer term? FYI I’m now in similar position to what you were, considering amputation of a tumored leg in a 19 y.o. cat. that remains a strong friend.

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Steve said
Hi, Hoping you can let us know how things went over the longer term? FYI I’m now in similar position to what you were, considering amputation of a tumored leg in a 19 y.o. cat. that remains a strong friend.

  

Hi Steve, sorry to hear about your situation. Please consider registering as a member so your posts won't need approval. Also, check out Pittens' story, in our 3-legged cats forum. She's been an incredible success story!

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15 August 2022 - 1:03 pm
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any updates? i'm finding myself in a similar situation

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15 August 2022 - 3:07 pm
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lovedmb200 said
any updates? i'm finding myself in a similar situation

  

Hi there! Sorry to hear about your situation. Please consider starting an all new topic as this one is quite old. If you register as a member so your posts won't need approval. Also, check out Pittens' story, in our 3-legged cats forum. She's an incredible success story! This article may help too:

Amputation on a Very Old Cat

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18 August 2022 - 11:27 am
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I'm sending prayers and very best wishes to you and Mia.  You made a very courageous decision to go ahead with the surgery.

My dear boy, Paddington was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor on his left front leg in March of last year.  He was 15 at the time.  Our wonderful vet, Dr. Betty Hall of Canyon Creek Animal Hospital in Carlsbad, CA recommended amputation.  After much agonizing, I decided to go ahead with the surgery, which he had in May of last year.  The pathology report showed a soft tissue sarcoma, Grade 2, and no metastasis was found.  His recovery was slow at first, but he gradually was able to get around better.  Now, 16 months post-surgery, he is almost his old self again.  He has a good quality of life, a good appetite, and is as affectionate as always with me and his BFF, Stanley.  No further signs of cancer!

I cherish every day with my kitty boys, as we all do with our furry children.  God bless!

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18 August 2022 - 11:49 am
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Ann said
My dear boy, Paddington was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor on his left front leg in March of last year.  He was 15 at the time. 

Ann, it's so nice of you to share Paddington's story, thank you! I'm overjoyed that he is doing so well. Deciding to amputate on an older cat is difficult, and his story shows that life can be good if you decide it's right for your kitty. 

Please feel free to send us a Tripawd Tuesday story and a few photos, we'd love to spotlight Paddington in Tripawds News!

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