My cat Rita recently had her leg amputated. She is an older cat, so it’s been an adjustment for both of us. I adopted her 12 years ago after knowing her for a couple of years at a cat shelter where I volunteered. Rita means the world to me, and we’ve been through a lot together.
Rita was daddy’s girl, and my husband adored her. Unfortunately, he got an aggressive, rare cancer and passed away. After he died, Rita climbed on his chest (he died at home), and we grieved together. We’ve had to learn to live without him. Six months later, Rita got diagnosed with mammary cancer and had to undergo surgery to remove a tumor. Six months later our house caught on fire, and we (along with two other cats) had to live in a hotel for six months while the house was fixed. During the hotel stay, Rita’s cancer came back and she once again had to undergo surgery to remove a tumor.
Since that time, she has eaten only high-quality food and many supplements good for cancer. I’m happy to say she has been cancer free ever since (in contrast to the vet’s prognosis). She now is probably 17-20 years old (she came to the shelter as a stray, so I’m unsure of her exact age). Prior to my having her, she had a metal plate put in her leg (likely she was hit by a car). We only discovered the plate two years ago. Unfortunately, it got infected two months ago, and she fractured the leg. The vet said we had to take the leg.
So, here we are . . . Rita is a my hero and I adore her to death. She is the perfect example of a survivor and trooper! She’s hobbling along pretty well and still makes sure to get lap time. Thanks for all the resources you supply and the support!
~Kim & Senior Trikitty Rita (aka: kmdenver)