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Nini Love

Nov 07

I’ll give the headline up front: I’m glad I decided to amputate Nini’s leg.

Nini soaking up the sun in the garden, just like before her surgery

Nini got her stitches out! The tech said the incision looked great and healed really well. Woohoo!

The next day I got a call from the doctor, with the pathology results.  Nini does have cancer – osteosarcoma. It was a malignant tumor that caused her leg fracture. Although I’m sad to know that Nini has cancer, I am a little relieved, because it means I made the right decision to amputate her leg. If I had decided to set her fracture, Nini would now have to go back into surgery and through another recovery. Thank goddess we don’t have to do that!

I’m so grateful for the community on this site. Seeing all the success stories here really helped me to make the decision to amputate, and feel okay that Nini would still have a good quality of life on 3 legs. Thank you to everybody who supports and contributes here!

Nini and Raspy practicing their synchronized sunbathing

We’ll have a visit with the oncologist to go over the results and determine next steps. But the emergency clinic doctor said that it’s unlikely Nini will have to do chemotherapy and the amputation was likely curative. Here’s hoping!

I’m so glad to have her through this part of the recovery. She slept all the way through the night last night. I woke up to her snuggled up next to me. I think the cone collar was really affecting her sleep pattern and behavior. I am so glad I will never have to put that thing on her again!

3 comments so far

  1. jerry
    2:15 am - 11-8-2022

    Best news all day! Look at her, so comfy and relieved to be catching sunbeams and CONE FREE!!!!

    I’m sorry it was a cancer diagnosis. But yes you absolutely did the right thing. Osteosarcoma fractures cannot be set, once they’re broken that’s it. And it’s a really good thing you didn’t wait for that to happen because it’s a terrible situation.

    Glad you are meeting with an onco vet. They’ll probably go over this with you, but the latest findings are that chemo is recommended for cats with OSA. See our blog post:

  2. oneshortofadozen
    4:31 am - 11-9-2022

    Awww she looks so happy! I’m so sorry to hear about the cancer diagnosis, we’ll cross our fingers that the amputation got it all.

  3. Jet
    11:14 pm - 11-9-2022

    Woo hoo! I’m glad Nini is doing so well.

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