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Old 10-01-2019, 09:47 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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Vets wants thousands of dollars and want to amputate leg. Kitty is 14. What would you do? We are doing cbd oil for now and she seems to have no pain.....yet.
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Old 10-01-2019, 09:58 PM
 
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I'm sorry to hear of your cat's diagnosis. I'm glad though that she is still doing well for now.

For me it depends first on the cat. Some cats can handle a lot of stuff. Some can't.

Secondly would depend on the prognosis after the amputation, including what kind of recovery time and pain.

Would this remove all risk of cancer? How does vet know it hasn't already metastasized?

Have you taken her to an oncologist for a second opinion?

And finally, of course is the question, do you have the money. I've spent thousands on a cat over a single health issue in a short time, more than once. But what matters most is the quality of life of the cat. If I felt it wasn't right for the cat, it wouldn't matter if I had the money or not.
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Old 10-01-2019, 10:32 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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She loves her routine of dashing out the door still in the dark in the morning and climbing a big wall to check out the yard. I'm leaning for letting her "cat" for as long as she can vs being carved up to keep her around longer for us. She loves being outside and zipping around.
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Old 10-02-2019, 05:07 AM
 
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I would probably feel the same. It's different if they are young cats. Well 14 isn't elderly of course, but..I don't know, that's the thing. Would this surgery allow her to return to that life after recovery? And how long is recovery? And is the cancer likely to spread?


And most importantly, is she a cat who can take things like repeat vet rips and restriction and medications in her stride? I have a cat almost 16, who could not. I lost a cat to cancer recently, she was only 12, who was okay with all the back and forth to vets and specialists and blood work and meds and all (until she was close to suffering of course) but the 16 year old would not be and I would never put her through it.For her, no matter what the ailment (if life threatening) it would be strictly maintaining quality of life until that quality went down.
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Old 10-02-2019, 09:10 AM
 
Location: Florida
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I am so sorry!!! We promised our last cat that if he gets something serious, we won’t put him through any major surgeries or treatments etc. He was miserable at the vet and with medication. Sure enough, he got cancer and we helped him to be comfortable till the final day. Not saying what you should do, but we would opt against. CBd is amazing stuff and worked very well for us for many months. Again, sorry ;-(
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Old 10-02-2019, 09:41 AM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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And most importantly, is she a cat who can take things like repeat vet rips and restriction and medications in her stride? I have a cat almost 16, who could not. I lost a cat to cancer recently, she was only 12, who was okay with all the back and forth to vets and specialists and blood work and meds and all (until she was close to suffering of course) but the 16 year old would not be and I would never put her through it.For her, no matter what the ailment (if life threatening) it would be strictly maintaining quality of life until that quality went down.
^^^^ This.

We have a 19 year old who has a number of health issues. He is ok with vet trips and getting medicated.

We have a much younger cat (5) who was left behind by some former neighbors. She would not be ok with this, so we know that should she ever develop a medical issue, her life would be shorter but her quality of life would be better (for her) versus getting all of that treatment. It really depends on the cat.
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Old 10-02-2019, 09:55 AM
 
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I am also sorry......... I hope kitty recovers fully
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Old 10-02-2019, 10:00 AM
 
Location: Kansas City, MISSOURI
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Whatever you feel is best, I suppose.
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Old 10-02-2019, 11:21 AM
 
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Very sorry to hear this. I know I think if you can afford it in any way it would be what I would do if I could. It is really quality of life afterwards that matters. I hope and wish the best for you and your kitty.
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Old 10-02-2019, 11:43 AM
 
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Vets wants thousands of dollars and want to amputate leg. Kitty is 14. What would you do? We are doing cbd oil for now and she seems to have no pain.....yet.
"Thousands of dollars" ?? First I would definitely get another vet whose wallet is not glued to his head.
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