Some of you know about my black cat Sable. (Sable is my VMK name as well). She was the sweetest cat ever. We picked her up at a PetSmart about four years ago. We had to get a black cat because my husband flies with JetBlue and after having to deal with white cat fur on his uniform, he decided enough was enough. Only black cats from now on.
Last October I took her into the vets for her shots. I always do what the doctors tell me to do and I let them give her the Feline Leukemia shot. What they did not tell me was that she has a 1 in 10,000 chance of getting leukemia. Well, you guessed it, she came down with leukemia. There was a lump on her right side by her back leg. The doctor said he could operate and try to get all the cancer. Once again, I did what the doctor told me to do. When I picked her up the day before Thanksgiving, she had a huge cut down her side. It was awful. I won't describe what went on that night, but it was just terrible.
She did bounce back pretty soon after the operation, but I was not too optimistic that he got everything. All it takes is one cell to start multiplying again, and sure enough, within a month I saw another lump. The doctor said he could send her to another doctor and have her operated on again, but this time I did not listen to him. I was just going to keep an eye on her and put her down when she was not enjoying life any more.
I told my two boys, ages 10 and 6, that we would have to put her to sleep soon. After much crying, they came to grips with it. My little one wanted to take pictures of her while he still could.
I took her to the vet on the 18th. My husband was going to do it, but at the last minute, I took her. She was my cat. I brought her in and petted her for the last time. The doctor told me the first shot would hurt a bit but then she would rest before the second shot put her under. Well, the first shot must have really hurt, since Sable took a good chunk out of my finger! But I can't blame her, poor thing. (I did have to go to the emergency room the next day because it was infected. But I am now on antibiotics and am doing well.) She was breathing deeply, but was basically out of it. I let the doctor take her into the other room to give her the final shot. I did not want to see that.
I am very sad to lose my favorite cat but I am mostly mad that the drug company had a shot that gave my cat a disease instead of preventing it! I will never give my cats the Feline Leukemia shot again. The odds are too high. But we all must make our own decisions.
There is a good part of this story though and she is sitting on my lab right now. Saturday my boys, me and my husband went back to PetSmart and found a cute little black kitten. We snatched her up and brought her home and named her Raven. She is just a dream. She loves to be pet and to sit on your lap. We are lucky to have her.
Thank you for reading my story. It still makes me sad to lose Sable, but in the "Circle of Life," I feel we have her back again in the form of Raven.(Pictures to follow soon.)