Nino Loses a Leg
Organized by: Lance Cummings
EVENT DATE Jul 15, 2015
We have a very sweet 11-year-old male cat named Nino. He is a fluffy, black-and-white domestic with "bandit" markings and a mustache. Nino is a little shy at first, but mainly likes to be around people. Of course, everything must be on his terms, so he will stay close, but he regularly chooses to be just out of arm's reach. He is playful, and can be very loving--mostly when you are doing something fairly involved, like studying for exams or playing video games. He's a head-booper from way back.
A few months ago, we noticed that his left rear leg had become swollen and puffy. Our veterinarian stated, after some testing and x-rays, that he has a soft-tissue tumor with necrotic (dead) tissue present. Because he is so fluffy and because cats have a very high pain tolerance compared to humans, Nino gave no signs of pain or weakness, and we had no idea. A possible cause is that a "foreign body object" (such as a thorn, etc.) may have become lodged in his leg and never came out, so his body tried to wall it off to prevent the spread of infection. And this could have happened years ago without us knowing.
Over the past month and a half we have spent $1,000 on exams, X-rays, antibiotics, and lab work. So far we have not found a definite cause of the problem. We are still persuing other avenues, but his leg has become progressively worse in the past month and the X-rays show that the tumor has invaded enough of the lower leg that amputation appears to be the best choice.
Cats adapt very well to having only three legs. Nino is getting on in years, though, and a recent blood test shows other problems such as anemia and low levels of protien.
The surgery has an estimated cost of $2000. This is not an exorbitant amount, and it is possible that we could pay for it, but for a lower-middle class couple who is looking forward to a wedding in September of this year, and a honeymoon shortly thereafter, Nino's veterinary bills are a disheartening blow. We love our kitty more than words could say; he has been a good, loyal friend throughout the years and we will do aything to save him.
Any amount you can donate would be very much appreciated. Thank you for taking the time to read this.