Feline Osteosarcoma is a cancer that behaves very similarly to Osteosarcoma found in Children. It targets youthful, growing bones and takes the calcium, proteins and minerals for itself. It leaves the bone brittle, deficient and corrupted. Under an xray, afflicted bones have a 'moth-eaten' spotty, experience.
it's an aggressive cancer that requires aggressive treatments that aren't for the faint of heart. Surgery, typically amputation of the area is routinely followed by injected chemotherapy every three weeks. Or, if you really want to go all out, Radiation therapy at a routine place to blast the remaining cells. All are ways to combat pain, increase longevity and quality of life. The painful, arthritic like feeling is gone once the affected limb is removed. The pet is pain free after, though the initial, new, three legged experience is startling.
As our Surgeon described it, "Especially with hind leg amputations, I've learned that: Animals are simply three legs and a spare." Cats recover well, jump, run and spring with three legs just as well as with four. But amputation is not enough, the body is prone to cancer. How do you set the clock back?
Human Chemotherapy and Radiation therapy is hard on the body. Vet medicine is different. Humans can rationalize suffering but animals can't. So these doses are smaller, less effective, but still purposeful for terminating cancerous cells. They are even the same drugs. Hair loss is the most common side effect for Animals, but minimal discomfort is the ultimate goal, hence small manageable 'preventative' doses, rather than 'curative' doses.
Did you know people go to school to become specialists in just animal cancers? We've met the only Oncology/surgical specialist team in the entire Inland Empire. They're like the 'House M.D.' of pets and they're insanely good. Not cheap, no one expected it to be cheap, but they should spell 'Specialist' with a few zeros attached. It's been a shell shocking process, while compounding the price with the fact that Clover is just a baby.
In closing, I know not everyone can invest into a sick pet. And even if that is the case, every pet owner loves their pet beyond measure. When we accept a defenseless creature into our homes, we need to do right by them. We need to love them, until they aren't around to be loved anymore. We're fortunate enough to try and care for Clover. But, like the majority can't, no one faults them. They are still good, loving people and did right by what they could. One day, even for Clover, will come the time when there will be no more balls to chase or feathers to destroy. It's inevitable.
But I wanted someone to have more information. So they could catch it sooner, see it faster, treat it quicker, or something. It's knowledge well paid for and certainly worth sharing.
"Animals are reliable, many full of love, true in their affections, predictable in their actions, grateful and loyal. Difficult standards for people to live up to."- Alfred A. Montapert
Many thanks to and for their help and support in promoting awareness!
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Thank you for being the way you are, thank you for your heart, for being in this world, for loving and rescuing cats, and doing till the impossible for your furry children, even when I never met you before, I could never thank you enough. I'm really happy to find angels like you, sometimes I lost all hope on humanity, but someone like you gives it back to me again.
Now, she has foam stairs so she can get up on the couch without jumping.
I have one question... My cat ((May she RIP)) got cancer in her shoulder. Before it started really swelling ((Not even a CM if at all)) the vets said it couldn't be removed because there was a possibility it may have been in her heart. Is that true, and if it is, would it have been smarter to amputate anyway, to give her a bigger chance? ((Since you obviously know enough about it))
I hope your kitty gets better. Mine, obviously, didn't. Her shoulder ended up bigger than her head ((Before you ask - she went missing for like 3 months or so a week after she went to the vets, so yknow, it's not like we were neglecting her or anything))
It depends how the cancer grew. It may have been like how our kitten has it now: It's close to the spine, so the complications are numerous with that. Amputation of the shoulder could have been too invasive, if it involved moving ribs, collarbones and what not.
Shoulders are key part of the 'Thoracic cavity.' Which help keep your chest's shape/function with your spine and ribs. ( I don't know if thats what it's called in animals, but from my experience things have been pretty mirrored. Also, I'm an EMT.) To remove the whole blade, may have been impossible, who knows. OR surgery could have provided minimum corruption removal, so there was little chance of success.
All cancer metastasizes eventually, in some way. It very well could have gone to her heart and was at the beginning of some final stages. At that point, why start cutting pieces off? That's crazy her tumor got so massive, but certainly by that size, atleast the cellular mutation was begging. The longer cancer is in the body, the more rampant it will run. Blood circulates numerous times in a minute so times that by hours, days and weeks, thats a long time to expose a healthy system.
Also, interesting fact about survival: Cats who get cancer in their early lives are seven times more likely to get a DIFFERNT type of cancer, later in life. And, a cat living 3 years after cancer treatments is like a human living 15 years in remission.
Again, I'm sorry. Like with my case here with clover, sometimes our little ones were born to get sick.
((What's an EMT - out of curiosity))
Yeah, we thought it grew pretty quickly, but she was surprisingly well - considering she had been missing for a long time and was practically skin and bones when we found her again. ((We think she was locked inside somewhere by mistake, which is why we couldn't find her)) But we did our best to feed her up again and make sure she was happy and well looked after while we tried to save up for the vets.
((At the same time as her, we had a cat with a sensitive stomach, and another with thyroid issues, plus we'd recently put down our dog who was suffering from seizures, so yeah, money was a little tight at the time. Coincidently - all of these problems started after the government sprayed the area several times for Painted Apple Moths (It was allegedly unsafe for humans... ) so I'm blaming that, but that's sorta off-topic))
I did not know that actually. That's amazing... and actually kinda sad...
- Animal suffering pains me the same as human suffering does. I had my tough times with my cat too and the treatment and surgery were expensive, but she is part of the family.
I will make a poll to spread the word about the cause, but i'm afraid it won't have a great response since some pet owners don't care enough and some of the ones who do don't afford to take their pets to routine check-ups or pay for the treatment when they get sick.
I wish all the best to Clover
I so agree with you, that she is part of the family, and I can easily (emotionally at least) justify the cost.
- Emotionally yes, i agree. It made me think what i would do if my lady would leave me and i got very emotional, almost crying in my pillow. Many don't understand this bond.
Try to make a journal about this, start a project perhaps, a contest theme related, i will support it with whatever i can.
And i just saw another poll with your story from a person with impact over the community so you're off to a good start
Also, she hid for so long, I had no idea she got that big! O.o
We have a formerly feral white cat here these days named Marshmallow. She used to be out in the sun far too much so the edges of her ears are all curled, but it's the spotty pigmentation I keep an eye on. Last thing I want to see is that cat getting melanoma or something.
If I can do anything, let me know.