Two Month Post Surgery

It has been a little over two months since Rusty was diagnosed with HSA cancer causing us to amputate his leg.

In general cancer is an unknown. There are no timelines, no scripts to follow because cancer does not follow any of that.  HSA is more common in dogs and can be very aggressive.  As this is a rarer form of cancer in cats, we were very nervous about our two month follow-up with the vet.  Everything is fine so far!  The oncologist working with Rusty believes it is slower moving in cats, at least in Rusty.  It was contained to his removed leg and he currently has no signs that it spread to the organs as it would in the more aggressive cases.  The rate of metastasizing as shown in his labs on his removed leg was low.  Our next appt will be in 2-4 months!

So how has life been since the amputation?  Simply put, an adventure!  My house could not pass a photo shoot for Better Homes and Garden magazine but Jackson Galaxy would be proud.  Rusty needs help going up to his favorite perches so we have pet stairs going to the couch, his favorite chair, the window, the bed… with one set that is moved around as needed.  For example, he wanted to help wrap Christmas presents this past week and stood looking at the chair that was at the end of the table.  We moved his steps there and he jumped up onto the chair, then the table and laid down right in the middle of the wrapping paper. SO HELPFUL!

Our floors are covered with the foam tiles used for exercising as well as area rugs and runners.  Litter boxes have lower sides which means a lot more cleanup around the box as the litter is kicked out.  We have area rugs under the boxes so we can wash or vacuum as needed.  I also have a hand vac that stays in that room since that is our new reality.

I do need to explore different types of litter.  I haven’t changed his litter because I wanted to keep as much of his world “normal” as possible.  Going into this, I was using the light weight clumping litter.  While great for the daily/multiple times a day scooping that happens, it will have a tendency to stick to him.  He will clean himself but if I can help avoid this, I will try.  Maybe if there is a litter that isn’t a fast acting clumping litter it would be better.  I will experiment.

If anything, Rusty has become even more loving and cuddly since the surgery.  He will often be sleeping in our bed (whether or not he leaves room for others is a different blog entirely!)

I am very grateful for the support that has been given by the Tripawd Community throughout this process.  If anyone reading this wants any information on what I have done in this process, please reach out!


Author: reilly95

Aug/Sept ‘17, the back leg of Rusty was swollen. HSA cancer was diagnosed. Back left leg amputated. He remained cancer free over 900 days. Cancer returned as of emergency visit on day 931. 15 days later, he gained his wings 04/18/2020 due to congestive heart failure.

3 thoughts on “Two Month Post Surgery”

  1. I @pve how yiu described your home as not qualifying for aBetter Homes and Garden photo shoot! We sure understand!! One member said her floors looked like a clown had thrown up all over her floors because of all the different colored scatter rugs!

    But yiu, like everyone here, only care that our furbabies feel good and are still with us!!

    YAAAAAAAAAY FOR TWO MONTH EXCELLENT CHECK UP RUSTY BUNNYMAN!!! You keep kicking butt sweet Ristly! We’re gonna keep celebrating milestones with you for years ro come! 🙂

    I love the story of Rusty wanting to join in to help you wrap Christmas presents. Cute visual! Just more proof how good he feels and how he’s enjoying being in the PRESENT (yeah, pun intended)!

    Yiu keep on keeping on Mr Rusty BummyMan! 🙂

    Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

  2. I am so happy for you and your crew! I knew you must have been a mess before his appointment today, I would have been! Rusty is tough stuff, so adorable that even when he was busy giving you heart failure you still had to smile at him. I know nobody wants to have to go down this road, but having you to travel this path with has been comforting. You have contributed lots of insight and support also! My heart is smiling knowing after all this the Bunnyman got a clean bill of health❤❤
    Hugs to you and chin scratches to your boy😽
    Jackie and Huckleberry🌷

  3. WHEEEEEEE!!!! Thank you for this wonderful update, we are THRILLED that life is good for RustyBunnyman and the entire household.

    We are so proud of all you’ve done to master the art of being a Tripawd parent. Good job!

    There’s no telling who will be helped by your sharing Rusty’s HSA journey here but I’m sure somewhere down the line, a kitty parent out there will find comfort in knowing that there can be a great quality of life with this disease. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for sharing your journey.

    We look forward to more adventures and pics too! xoxo

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