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Bad Cat News

What we'd thought was an abscess on the Jeffster's rear right foot has turned out to be something a lot worse.

After noticing some swelling last week, we'd taken him along to the vet's, where the summer locum gave him some antibiotics. These hadn't done anything, so he'd had a different batch at the end of last week. While Jeoff was doing OK, the swelling hadn't gone down, and we could feel something hard under the skin. We took him back to the vet's this afternoon, and the vet (now back from holiday) rushed him off for an X-ray.

The resulting image wasn't good news - it turns out that what was causing the swelling was a tumour in one of the bones of his foot. It looks like it hasn't spread beyond there, but these are aggressive cancers (the vet reckoned that it had only been six weeks or so to get to where things are today), and there's really only one thing we can do to prevent it spreading. So tomorrow Jeoffroy will have to have his leg amputated.

We're completely shocked, but this will be the best thing for him - even if he does find it a little harder to get around in the future. I don't suspect he'll be climbing over the rooftops for a long while.

Up on the roof

I'll take him to the vet's for the operation early tomorrow morning, and we'll see where it goes from here.

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janetmiles
Aug. 6th, 2008 07:56 pm (UTC)
I hope the surgery goes well, the cancer is eradicated, and Jeoffroy recovers completely.
lil_shepherd
Aug. 6th, 2008 07:59 pm (UTC)
What awful news. He's a gorgeous cat, too.

However, with luck you will have caught it in time, and both cats and dogs can get around on three legs with astonishing ease.

There's a book somewhere about a cat that lost both front legs and still caught birds on the wing!
maetang
Aug. 6th, 2008 08:02 pm (UTC)
Oh dear. I'm sorry to hear that.

Good luck to Jeoffrey. I have heard of cats who had to have a limb amputated adjusting well afterwards, even climbing onto rooftops quite happily with 3 legs. So I hope he makes a good recovery, and then gets a decent range of mobility back.
saffronrose
Aug. 6th, 2008 08:02 pm (UTC)
Energy to you and yours for the best outcome.
ffutures
Aug. 6th, 2008 08:05 pm (UTC)
Poor sod - hope they catch it in time.
grey_lady
Aug. 6th, 2008 08:10 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry to hear this - I wish you all the best of luck. Our tripod kitty Londo lost one of her front legs to bone cancer up in the shoulder some 7-8 years ago. To be honest, you don't notice it when she's running - which is what she was doing within minutes of getting her home from the vet's.

Speedy recovery to Jeoffrey.
beermat
Aug. 6th, 2008 08:11 pm (UTC)
eeek, poor moggie. Fingers crossed for him!
liveavatar
Aug. 6th, 2008 08:15 pm (UTC)
Poor cat -- I hope everything works out for him. For what it's worth, tripods seem to do pretty well.

Edited at 2008-08-06 08:16 pm (UTC)
deedop
Aug. 6th, 2008 08:16 pm (UTC)
Best of luck to Jeoffroy tomorrow. I bet he'll still be up on rooftops soon. I've seen some pretty amazing 3-legged animals around these parts.
ravensthorpe
Aug. 6th, 2008 08:49 pm (UTC)
That's not good. Best of luck for tomorrow Jeffs. Get Simon to get you one of these in for the weekend. You'll soon be fighting fit.

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ladymoonray
Aug. 6th, 2008 10:04 pm (UTC)
Best of luck to Geoffrey for the operation. Hopefully he will realise that mountaineering isn't so easy on three legs.
micheinnz
Aug. 6th, 2008 10:14 pm (UTC)
Oh, poor Jeoffy, and poor you and Mary!

If it helps, a lot of cats do very well with only three legs -- cats don't have the kind of hangups around missing limbs that humans often do. He may be back prowling the rooftops sooner than you think.
burkesworks
Aug. 6th, 2008 10:19 pm (UTC)
Poor little Jeoff cat! Hope he'll be back chasing the pigeons over the rooftops very soon.
dsgood
Aug. 6th, 2008 10:35 pm (UTC)
Good wishes for Jeoffroy!
natf
Aug. 6th, 2008 10:55 pm (UTC)
Oh poor baby! *hugs* to you all. Lets just hope that it has been caught early enough so that he will, one day, be back walking the tiles!

P.S> How old is he? Ours are 9.

Edited at 2008-08-06 11:35 pm (UTC)
sbisson
Aug. 6th, 2008 11:45 pm (UTC)
12 or so. We don't know exactly as he and Pebble were rescues who came together...
(Anonymous)
Aug. 6th, 2008 11:31 pm (UTC)
Will be thinking of Jeoffroy in the morning and keeping everything crossed.

- Neil.
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marthawells
Aug. 7th, 2008 12:15 am (UTC)
I hope everything goes well, and he has a quick recovery!
spiritmoving
Aug. 7th, 2008 04:47 am (UTC)
Best wishes and blessings to you all for a successful surgery and easy recovery!
lamentables
Aug. 7th, 2008 05:58 am (UTC)
My sympathies. I hope the surgery is a successful solution.
Based on our sample of one, the only thing a 3-legged cat can't do that a 4-legged cat can is to scratch her ear.
ivory_goddess
Aug. 7th, 2008 07:14 am (UTC)
Best of luck for today. As others have said, cats seem to adjust well to even such major surgery. He'll be back on the roof in no time.
nmg
Aug. 7th, 2008 09:15 am (UTC)
Sorry to hear that, although as others have mentioned, cats are pretty good at adapting. Hope the surgery goes well.
syllopsium
Aug. 7th, 2008 11:09 am (UTC)
Here's hoping it goes well..

I doubt it'll take him too long to adjust though; pets are quite resilient.
davesslave
Aug. 7th, 2008 04:31 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry this has happened.
tamaranth
Aug. 7th, 2008 06:19 pm (UTC)
Catching up: I'm so sorry to hear about Jeoff's leg -- but glad it was caught in time, before it could spread. How's he doing?

As you know, professor, lamentables had a tripod-cat, who was extremely mobile, and perilous to wildlife.
sbisson
Sep. 12th, 2008 04:12 pm (UTC)
He's doing well now - making a most decorative tripod!
desperance
Aug. 7th, 2008 10:07 pm (UTC)
Oh, poor Jeoff! And poor you and Mary too, it's a horrible thing to be going through.

I hope everything's bright and good on the other side. I met a tripod greyhound in the park yesterday - well, I say "met". Vroom! Vroooom...! I sort of waved-in-passing...
(Anonymous)
Sep. 12th, 2008 03:11 pm (UTC)
How is he doing now? My Tiggle had his right fore leg amputated just before Christmas last year, and as soon as I got him home he ran straight up the stairs and jumped on the bed (after I had set up everything downstairs thinking he was going to feel poorly!!). I think all they really care about is that the pain is gone. I was and am still amazed at how quickly he adapted. The only time he's had a fall was when he was walking along the top of the fence and I called to him and put him off his balance - oops!! Hope he's OK. I bet he looks even cuter now xx
sbisson
Sep. 12th, 2008 04:13 pm (UTC)
He's running around just fine!
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