An update - 1 year
About a year ago I was faced with the gut wrenching decision of having to put my 13 year old cat Moo down because she had developed bone cancer and a tumor in one of her rear legs. The other choice was amputation without any guarantees. Thanks to the encouragement of some of the posters here I opted for the amputation. It was a rough few weeks post op but since then she has been her old self. Yes, she has some trouble jumping on some things she once did (in some cases, it's not a bad thing), but other than that, things have been back to normal. She can still run around the house when she wants to (runs better than she walks). I've been blessed with an additional year of having her in my life and she's still going strong.
If you are ever faced with such a choice, I encourage you to do your homework and consult with a good vet. Also, hearing other pet owners' experiences helped with the decision process. I would also recommend pet insurance. It didn't pay for everything, but it did cover at least half of the expenses. You never want to have to make a choice like that based on money.
Here's a recent picture of Moo doing what she does best.....trying to get food. She recently discovered that she likes to "pre wash" dinner plates (based on what we had for dinner). Food is her true love.
Last edited by Blade37db; 06-29-2012 at 07:45..