Indy vet saves cat with tumor the size of a tennis ball

Indy vet saves cat with tumor the size of a tennis ball

Feral cats in Gail Fewell’s Lawrence, Indiana neighborhood know her house is the place for food and affection. So it wasn’t a big surprise when a new cat started hanging around her patio last fall. What did surprise Fewell is the giant tumor she says protruded from the cat’s ear.

As she developed a relationship with the cat she calls Cindy, she noticed the tumor growing. “It was as big as a tennis ball,” Fewell says. Despite already having two dogs and two cats, Fewell jumped into action and took the cat to a veterinarian for treatment. Several vets told her the cat might lose her ear in the surgery, or worse, that she should euthanize Cindy.

Refusing to accept those options, Fewell took Cindy to highly rated Airport Animal Emergi-Center, where Dr. Sandor Gal performed a successful surgery and saved Cindy’s ear for around $2,000. “It was worth every penny; I wasn’t willing to give up on her,” Fewell says.

Today, Fewell says Cindy acts like a dog, begging for bacon, cookies and playing with her other pets. “I knew she had more life left in her,” Fewell adds.


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