So my sweet cat Harper is having his left rear leg amputated right now due to having a Vaccine Associated Sarcoma from getting a Feline leukemia shot. 😦
It seems to be more common of a thing than not. The vet that is doing this surgery had just done one for another woman. Her cat’s tumor grew within 4 weeks of its injection. My cat had the shot 3 years ago. So slow growing but when it showed up on his leg, it started to balloon up fast. We had it removed and then found out it was the most aggressive type of cancer. So I did not want to wait to long for it to come back and possibly spread throughout his body. He has an 80% survival rate if we remove his leg. If we did not he would probably die with in a year.
Cat’s that have had their leg removed due to this are called “VAS” kitties or “Tripods”! Vets give shots in the leg or tail now so if they do develop cancer, they can remove the leg or tail and the cat will live a full life.
Cat’s do well on three legs. They adjust to it and don’t think about it like us humans. They don’t have an attachment (so to speak! 😉 ) to their limbs like us humans.
So if your cat is an indoor cat, I would recommend you not getting the Feline Leukemia shot! All shots can cause cancer, but this one usually is the first one to suspect.
I LOVE my Harper! I hope he will be fine and live a long happy life. I know my dog Finn would be crushed without his special buddy…………………………