Washington City Paper readers who are cat lovers should be informed that another irresponsible veterinary practice dooming some cats is the indiscriminate inoculation for rabies (compulsory for outdoor cats in many jurisdictions), which may result in tumors.
The danger of tumors developing following rabies-prevention inoculations has prompted some vets to recommend the shot be placed in an animal’s tail. The tumor always develops at the site of the inoculation. A tumor on the tail can be cut off and the cat will live—which is not generally the case if the shot is placed elsewhere. (A few vets, I am told, recommend that the shot be plated in a rear leg. Not a decent option in my book: Who wants a three-legged cat? Certainly not the cat itself.)
I write from experience. Our beautiful and intelligent Maine coon had to be put down a few weeks ago when she developed a monster tumor following an anti-rabies shot.
Cat lovers beware. Tumor growth following anti-rabies inoculation is not commonplace. But it does occur.