the little moments that make my world go round


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so this is what I was eluding to in my last post. We found out today that Xander has fibrosarcosis in his left back leg, which requires amputation. What’s worse, the tumor is slightly above knee level, so there is a chance that amputation will not get rid of the tumor fully and it will spread throughout his body and kill him.

a lot of people can’t understand why this is so upsetting, but then a lot of you can. Xander is 7 years old, so we weren’t expecting facing something like this for awhile yet. We’re pretty devastated.

please pray for little tiger.


4 responses

  1. Healthy Vet

    Sympathies and prayers sent your way! It is hard to come to terms with illness for either human or animal. However, when we realize that indeed our bodies decline every single minute and that this is part of the process of the life cycle, it helps. Animals were created for our pleasure. They have no souls. God gave us dominion over them in the garden. And it definitely sounds like your little kitty has given you much pleasure.

    As far as this illness, (as you already know) fibrosarcomas are highly malignant (spread quickly) tumors. They can occur for no apparent reason and they also occur in some cases as a form of vaccine reaction at vaccination sites. Obviously, this is a serious side effect when vaccinations are implicated as the cause.

    Vaccinations are considered the norm in our society. But they have serious implications and side effects. I imagine that if your kitty is an indoor/outdoor one, then he/she is more likely to contract a disease. However, fibrosarcomas do not come from other animals. If only it were that easy.

    As a former vet, I’d highly recommend allowing your kitty to live out its remaining days in as much comfort as possible. And that means without amputation. Sure, animals recover fairly quickly from amputation — however, as quickly as this can spread, it would be a cost that would unnecessary. Surgery of any kind is very expensive.

    What I’d recommend as an alternative is to feed your cat (and any other pets you have) a diet as close to their original natural diet as possible. Traditional cat food from the pet store or grocery story is terribly unhealthy. Preservatives, dyes, chemicals and more often are the cause of tumors, cancers, etc. If pet owners would go back and start with diet clean-up, animals would live far longer and much healthier lives.

    Do your research. Here’s a link for you:

    This second link is for the best cat food on the market, bar none.

    I have often asked pet owners why they quickly pay for services to treat their animals symptoms – and don’t even blink doing it — but yet they won’t start with the very basic — a clean diet — diet is key to good health.

    I trust you and your family take time to think this over. Perhaps your kitty was meant to stay with you for only a short time. If so, God will help you with this loss. And remember, there are many other animals out there needing love and care —-


    May 18, 2010 at 1:53 pm

  2. SimplyMe

    Oh no!!!! Poor sweet kitty! Animals usually do well with three legs, but…. Wow.. I’ll be praying that solves it and that he recovers well. And that you find a vet that doesn’t charge an… (well… I was going to say an arm and a leg… but that seems insensitive.)
    Will be praying for sure! Give him a big kiss and a cuddle for me.

    May 18, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    • snappy009

      thanks for the info, healthy vet!
      simply me – haha, nah, it made me laugh. thanks so much 🙂

      May 19, 2010 at 10:36 pm

  3. ozarkhomesteader

    Poor Xander–having just met in a later post, I’m so sad to learn that he’s not healthy. I’m glad that he doesn’t realize it. It’s clear he has a happy, loving home. I hope these coming days of joy with him bring you peace.

    May 20, 2010 at 2:52 am

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