If you read through the emotional word-vomit I posted a couple of weeks ago, you’ll know:
- I accidentally adopted another stray cat. Oops.
- the cat was deemed healthy, was neutered, and was named Mr. Mac A. Doodle (Mac).
- he developed two masses under the skin on his leg that did not seem typical for an injury or for post-vaccination bumps.
- my wonderful vet was concerned they might be a rare form of cancer that develops at injection sites.
- such cancer could arise quickly most likely if feline leukemia virus was present.
- sometimes FeLV tests can show a false-negative.
- we decided to try antibiotics just in case, but the lumps got a bit larger before returning to their initial size.
- I was beside myself with worry.
I called the vet, and she decided to do another week of antibiotics even though the lumps seemed not to have shrunk.
The Friday after my initial post, Mac had a follow-up appointment to measure the lumps again, test him again for FeLV, decide whether to give him his FeLV booster, and decide next steps.
Mac does NOT have FeLV. One lump was slightly smaller, and the other was the same size.
We decided to wait on the booster and to see if any more improvement with the additional antibiotics.
Saturday the lumps seemed a bit smaller. Sunday smaller. Monday even smaller. Now, a week+ after he finished his antibiotics, they are only barely perceptible! We’ll probably never know what happened, but I think I can say with relative certainty that I have a healthy boy!
Yep, the heart wants what it wants…and sometimes, it gets it.
P.S. Mac thanks you for all your prayers and good wishes!