I’m going to hand these questions to the vet who may or may not be performing surgery on Finney. They’re going to put him under to do the ct scan, and they prefer to proceed with the surgery right then and there, depending on what they find. They don’t like to put cats his age under anesthesia more than is necessary. So I’m going to ask them to call me after the ct scan. This is what I’m giving him before the CT scan:
1. Now that you know the extent of the tumor, and if the cancer is in other locations, what are the chances he will survive two years? I can’t help noticing that the tumor seems to have grown significantly larger in just this past week.
I absolutely want to avoid making his last months alive spent recovering from such a major amputation. If he doesn’t have good odds for two years I do not want to go ahead with the surgery, and I would prefer to try radiation to shrink the tumor to give him more time, if that might work.
2. How well do you think he’s going to be able to manage afterwards, now that the weird collapsed right front foot will have to take on more weight and balance?
3. Now that you know the extent of his arthritis, how well do you think he will do on three legs?
4. Everything I’ve read indicates that pain management is key to recovery. What will I be able to do for him at home?
5. Would he manage better with a ramp instead of steps to get up on the couch? (I want to either make one or buy one right away if this is the case.)
Creepy hand Halloween decoration. Interesting that I chose to post a picture of a disembodied hand today.