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Joey the Garden Cat: A TV Sensation

Joey the Garden Cat: A TV Sensation

Doris James is a freelance writer and former broadcaster from Arkansas, and a big fan of Joey the Garden Cat. You can follow her online as MizBejabbers.

During an evening newscast at a local television station, a slender gray striped cat hops upon the news desk. Anchor Liz Massey smiles and says, “Oh, here’s Joey.” The cat sits on the desk and gives the camera a green-eyed stare as Liz and fellow-anchor Craig O’Neil carry on with the newscast. The privileged feline is Joey the Garden cat who is a staff member of KTHV, the CBS affiliate in Little Rock, Arkansas. Joey has become a big TV celebrity in Arkansas and his fame is spreading nationally.

Good News: Joey the Garden Cat to head home to THV

Good News: Joey the Garden Cat to head home to THV

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- It’s been several weeks since our sweet Joey had surgery to remove a tumor on his leg, and today all of his friends and family at the station were relieved and excited to learn that he’ll be heading back home to THV!  Here’s more from Dr. Terry Dew:

“We're here today, eight weeks after we removed Joey's tumor, his osteosarcoma, from his leg. He's done well in his rehab period. He's been away from the station and confined a little bit,  but he's done very, very well; more and more activity each day. I'm sure you've been following along on FaceBook and those posts.

He's here today and we took some x-rays. We wanted to look at the healing of the graft that we put in and his tibia itself. These are the x-rays we took today. This is from the front of the leg, and what we see, we want to make sure our plate and screws are where we put them. Everything looks nice and tight; no change there.

Joey the Garden Cat health update

Joey the Garden Cat health update

Update from Dr. Terry Dew with Azzore Veterinary Specialists in Russellville: "We have some really great news for Joey's fans today. We got back the biopsy from Dr. Doss. The good news is that even though Joey does have an osteosarcoma, so it is definitely a bone tumor, it looks like we removed all of the tumor cells that were present and they did not invade through the thickness of the bone and into  the bone marrow cavity. All of that is great news for Joey. We expect that he should  go on and heal without any further difficulty. We look forward to an extremely long disease free interval, hopefully for the remainder of Joey's life.

"Dr. Doss is going to upload some photo micrographs of the actual tumor itself, and we hope to have those posted on our website in the next several days. Joey's doing great.

Joey the Garden Cat 1 week post surgery update

Joey the Garden Cat 1 week post surgery update

It's been one week since Joey the Garden Cat's surgery to remove his tumor. Dr. Terry Dew with Azzore Veterinary Specialists in Russellville took Joey's cast off today.

He says he will have to stay in a cage that prevents him from jumping and injuring his leg for about six weeks. Dew says since the cast is off, Joey will just assume he's healthy and it could really hurt him if he jumps and lands on his leg, so it's for his own protection.

His momma/agent is taking good care of him although her nerves are a little shot. :) Thanks for all the well wishes, we appreciate your concern for Joey.

Learn more about how Joey became a part of the THV family.

Joey The Garden Cat post surgery update

Joey The Garden Cat post surgery update

On Monday, April 23, Joey the Garden Cat had surgery to remove a mass on the tibia of his back left leg. His surgery went well.

Dr. Terry Dew with Azzore Veterinary Specialists in Russellville removed the affected portion of Joey's tibia as well, and a bone plate was put in place for extra stability during healing process.  

Joey will also have a soft wrap for extra stability and this will remain in place for 7-10 days until his follow up appointment.

The tumor and the affected bone have been sent to Dr. Doss at Doss and Hennings. We should receive the pathology results in about a week.

Joey the Garden Cat surgery update

Joey the Garden Cat surgery update

We have another Joey the Garden Cat health update. In case you haven't heard, Joey has a rare form of bone cancer in his left back leg. The good news is that it is localized and has not spread.

Joey's vet, Dr. Bob Hale of Briarwood Animal Hospital in Little Rock has been working with Dr. Terry Dew of Azzore Veterinary Specialists in Russellville.

"After discussions with oncologist Dr. David Vail, at the School of Veterinary Medicine in Madison, Wis., and with Joey's momma/agent and other staff at KTHV, a decision has been made on what course of treatment to pursue for Joey," Dew says.

"On Monday, we will remove the tumor and affected bone, preserving Joey's leg.