Poor Ronaldo! He came off the streets and was adjusting to life in a home when we received some upsetting medical news.
Ronaldo is a 2 year old cat that was trapped in a Trap-Neuter-Release program for feral cats in Clinton, Massachusetts. Ronaldo was neutered and vaccinated, but he seemed way too friendly to be happy outdoors. He may look like a tough, feral tom cat, but under that gruff exterior is a heart of mush!
Ronaldo entered foster care with BCR Foster Volunteers Andrew and Kristen. He was pretty shy at first, hiding under the futon and only coming out for Kristen with some coaxing. Over the course of several days, Ronaldo started to warm up and learn that chin scratches and treats are totally worth the hype! His battle scars from life on the streets are fading and his fur has started filling in.
Andrew and Kristen noticed a mass on Ron’s leg. We immediately consulted our veterinarian, hoping the lump was just a post-injection reaction to his vaccinations. Unfortunately, the news at the vet’s office was not good.
Ronaldo’s lump is very dense, which is unusual and alarming. The vet attempted a needle biopsy, but the mass was too dense and fibrous for the vet to get enough tissue for a definitive diagnosis. We aren’t sure what the mass is, but it could be a fibrosarcoma, a cancer that can be very aggressive. If Ronaldo does have a fibrosarcoma, the veterinarian recommends amputating his leg to give Ronaldo the best chance of a cancer-free life.
The next step for Ron will be a small surgery to determine what the mass is. If the mass seems benign when the vet sees it, we will remove the lump immediately and biopsy it to confirm. If the mass seems malignant, the vet will biopsy the lump, but leave it intact because it would be cruel for Ron to recover from one surgery only to have to go under the knife again later. When the biopsy comes back, we will have the appropriate information to decide on next steps for Ron. Our sincere hope is that the mass is benign and Ron can have a speedy recovery at Kristen and Andrew’s!
All together, we estimate that Ronaldo’s care will come to around $1000 and we need your help! Please help Ronaldo receive the care he needs by making a donation to Black Cat Rescue today. Our organization is dedicated to making sure every cat we take in has all appropriate medical care, even when the prognosis is grim or the future uncertain.
The one thing that we do know is that Ronaldo is a strong, loving cat with a huge heart! We know that cancer or not, tripod or not, we will find Ronaldo the loving forever home that he deserves! Help this former street kitty get the surgery he needs to live a long happy life in someone’s lap.
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