approximate birthdate: April 1998
age when diagnosed:
4 1/2 years old
front leg tripod
1. When did you notice the lump, what was the size and where was it located, was it low on the leg or higher - closer to your cat's body. I found the lump on Dec 29, 2002. It was right over the midline of Nyssa's right shoulder blade. It was approx 1.5 in x 0.5 in x 0.25 in, I think. Neither vet who examined her nor I actually measured it at the time.
2. When was kitty last vaccinated: The last vaccination she received in that spot was her second rabies shot in June, 1999.
3. How long did you wait to have it removed: Her surgery was on Jan 6, 2003 - 8 days after I noticed it. It took that long to get the needle aspiration results, get her to the oncologist and get the surgery scheduled.
4. Was this your cat's first surgery for VAS: Yes
5. Did you consult with a specialist or oncologist?: Yes, a board-certified surgeon/oncologist
6. Who removed the lump (regular vet or surgeon): Board-certified surgeon
7. How long did your cat stay at the vet's after surgery: 3.5 days
8. Did you do anything special to prepare for your kitty's homecoming: I set up a dog crate to keep her from jumping, got t-shirts to keep her from bothering her incisions (but never used them!) and practiced deep breathing to calm myself!
9. Did your cat have any post-operative problems: On day 2 after surgery, she developed a low-grade fever and had to stay in the hospital an extra day for i.v. antibiotics and came home with 2 weeks' worth of oral antibiotics. During her first couple of weeks at home, she had intermittent appetite problems. I tried giving her very tasty foods, but ended up having to give her an appetite stimulant (cyproheptadine) for a short period. She also developed a weird lump along her incision about 3 weeks post-op. That was removed and turned out to be scar tissue, inflammation and various other normal tissues.
10. What was your cat's adjustment period like: By the time she came home from the vet, she could hop around, use the litter box and could jump like normal. Over the next few weeks, she learned new ways to do things like bathe and play and jump down from things. She even had to figure out a new way to lay down, since she used to like to lie on her right side.
11. How is your kitty now? Just fine! About the only thing she can't do now is wash the right side of her face and her right ear, but her sister and I help out with that.