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My poor kitty...

Friday, March 29, 2013

I am so upset right now! My poor cat (Grover) most likely has cancer. Man I hate that word so much! I noticed a pink flesh like growth/cyst last night on the back of his leg. The vet says it is most likely a malignant mass. He has to have it surgically removed next week and we'll get more information from the biopsy.

The kicker is that according to the vet this may have been caused by his recent rabbies vaccination!! According to its characteristics- how fast it grew and its location is right in the area they would've given him the injection. This condition is called Vaccine-associated sarcoma and can happen at anytime with cats! This is so upsetting! Here I am always trying to do what's best for him and get him his reccommmended vaccines and instead he gets cancer! I feel so awful!

He is a Korat and he is approximately 11 years old. We got him at a shelter in feb 2003. He is a very funny, smart, dominating cat. Sometimes we swear he thinks he's a dog. I have to say we have been so lucky he has been healthy his whole life and this was our very 1st "sick visit". I don't know where we'll go from here. As of now I don't think I would put him through any extensive cancer treatments but we will have to wait and see I guess.

Sorry about this blog. I always try to keep things positive here but just needed to vent today. Thank you for your support. Now I've got to turn this frown upside down and celebrate with family- we are having a party tonight for my youngest son- he turns 4 tomorrow!
. My beautiful kitty Grover
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DOVESEYES 3/31/2013 6:56AM

    So sorry about your cat Grover, it's terrible. Hope the vet can do something. emoticon

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CAMSEDGE 3/30/2013 12:43PM

    Stacey...I am so sorry..these do sometimes occur and can have bad results...especially if they occur in the neck area. The fact that it is somewhat remote may allow removal in a large enough area to halt the spread...what he speaks of puts out many threads and they can be microscopic. Keeping a pet protected is a balancing act and we do well to follow the guidelines especially in their younger they age they hopefully have developed immunity from previous vaccines to most of the diseases.

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MATTEROFHEART 3/29/2013 3:52PM

    Oh, I am so sorry! Poor Grover! I have never heard of that happening either. By the way, feel free to vent anytime. I know it really helps me to get it out there! Enjoy your precious son and have fun at the party!!!

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BECCAR6 3/29/2013 3:40PM

    So sorry about Grover's prognosis. In all our years of having our animals vaccinated I have never heard of that happening. Scary. Our cats (and animals) are such an important part of our family it is so upsetting when they get sick.

Hope your son's birthday party turns out great.

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TRINIITY1 3/29/2013 3:23PM

    Poor Grover! I know what its like as I had 5 cats. To be honest, I never took them to the vet unless they were sick. They were inside cats, so I never had them vaccinated, but 2 of them died early from cancer, and one lived to 18.

Anyway,I hope your son has a wonderful Birthday Party!!! emoticon

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TWILAQ1 3/29/2013 2:18PM

    Grover's a good-looking boy! Tell your vet you want him/her to tell you everything very clearly. With this rapid growth going on, perhaps you want to try to schedule the surgery sooner if possible.

Vaccines are tricky for both humans and pets. I have a friend who swears that vaccines are poison, and it looks like this might be Grover's case. If he lives indoors, the constant annual vaccines certainly are less necessary, according to a vet friend of mine.

I'm so sorry you and especially Grover are going through this. I hope it turns out to just be a scare. Hugs to you.

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