A cat with a growth - opinions, please!
My friend's cat has a very large, hard growth on his leg. It's huge - at least half of the size of a fist. Anyways, I really feel they should get this cat checked out as it very well could be cancerous. It isn't bugging him (as far as anyone can tell) but then suddenly this week the cat lost a TON of weight all of a sudden. May or may not have anything to do with the growth, but it is still cause for concern.
My friend's mom refuses to take the cat to the vet. She says if it is a cancerous growth, they'll probably just remove his entire leg and he'll be "miserable" for the rest of his life. This completely shocks me - apparently she'd rather he die of cancer than only have 3 legs?
I obviously realize I cannot do anything for him, he is her cat. Her attitude about it just really bothers me, so I guess this is partially a rant.
Anyone have any opinions? Words of advice?
oooh... this really irritates me! Even if it does have cancer, it'd be better to have it put to sleep then to just sit around and watch it suffer and die. :evil: It should be obvious that something is seriously wrong if it's losing weight too.
I don't know what You can do since it's not your cat, but...
Most likely they would just remove the growth. We have a 3 legged cat and he gets around better than our 4 legged ones! Thats like saying a man with 1 leg is miserable his whole life. They learn to accommodate their weaknesses and live life like everyone else.
If hes loosing weight he NEEDS to see a vet.
You also should inform her that knowingly refusing to take an animal to a vet when its suffering is a form of animal neglect and is punishable by law.
^Probably not the best way to go around it BUT our animals depend on us for both physical and mental well being and doing nothing is the cruelest thing anyone can do.
I agree--the poor thing will suffer MUCH more if they let the issue go, than if the leg has to be removed. Cats are VERY adaptable and it will easily adjust to three-leggedness. And as said earlier, it is MUCH more humane to put it to sleep than to let it suffer. Your friend's mother is very ignorant and needs to be educated, for the poor creature's sake!
I went and saw the cat today, he definitely has lost some weight. That being said, he was a probably a little over weight previously so he is not skinny looking but he has definitely lost weight. He also is normally the type of cat who won't stay off of your lap but I could barely get him to come out from behind the couch, not sure if the change in attitude is because he's not feeling good or if it's because of something else. According to my friend, the cat has been eating normally but I am not entirely sure if my friend has actually checked on it or if he's just assuming. I also asked my friend if the cat has been wormed recently but he didn't know. Sigh.
Unfortunately my friend's mom is in Saskatchewan for the next week, so I can't talk to her about it. I tried to convince my friend to take him to the vet himself but he doesn't have the money to do it (and his mom would probably be very angry).
I took a picture of the cat, so that you can see the lump but for some reason it won't upload so I will try again later.
How's the cat now?
The last time I saw him was last weekend, he seems to be his usual food-and-scratches-loving self. Thinner than he used to be, but as his mom pointed out the cat is getting older (I think she said he's 12.. then again my cat is 17 and healthy as can be). However, I've realized there's really nothing I can do. His mom is very not open to suggestions and stuck in her own ways, so the best I can do is give the cat lots of love when I see him and hope he's happy.
Not providing necessary vet care is a punishable offence, here in Canada at least, and I believe that the US has a similar law.
If the situation is bad, don't hesistate to make an anonymous complaint to the SPCA, Humane Society etc. It wouldn't hurt.
I figured I should update everyone - the other week the cat was (FINALLY!) taken the see a vet. The only reason they actually took him is because they found a vet that would simply tell them what the growth was and not force them to do anything about it (:roll:).
Anyways, according to the vet the growth is not cancerous. It is, however, causing him to loose unhealthy amounts of weight. Unfortunately, he is an older cat so they're just assuming that old age is settling in and his time is coming.
As a side note, I thought it was quite funny that my friend's excuse (well, really his mother's) was that his mother was so attached to the cat that she couldn't stand to see him go through something as traumatic as losing a leg! But apparently dying slowly because of a giant possibly cancerous growth is better.
My cat did the same thing but she didnt have a growth. Definitely get her chacked out. Make sure to suggest looking at her thiroids. (Soory...I guessed on the spelling) Make sure the cat isnt allergic to the medicine though!
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