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I am so sorry to hear about your two cats. Cancer is a terrible disease in our cats. There is not a contagious cancer that we know of. However, in rare cases there have been cancers at the sight of vaccines. These are called vaccine-associated fibrosarcomas. This cancer tends to be very aggressive locally and can quickly compromise a cat's quality of life. They are usually diagnosed based on location, history and biopsy. These fibrosarcomas are still being studied intensely but unfortunately we do not know why they occur and why in some cats and not others. While it is not contagious, because they were sisters they both could have a genetic predisposition for this cancer, unfortunately we do not know that for sure. We can only guess that some cancers may fun in family lines in cats, just as they do in people. I would talk to your veterinarian about this as they can give you a better idea if this was a vaccine associated sarcoma based on its appearance etc.
For your one-year-old cat, it is not unusual to have some inflammation in the area of the vaccine after the shot is given. It should be examined by your veterinarian, measured, monitored and reported to the vaccine company. If it is just due to inflammation it will resolve in a month or two. If it does not resolve, then a biopsy may need to be taken. You can also talk to your veterinarian about the type of vaccine they use. Some vaccines can be good for three years so they do not need to be given as frequently and some have alternate ingredients that are less likely to cause inflammation.
Again, please know how sorry we are about your two sister cats. And we also hope that your new younger cat will do just fine. Let us know if anything else comes up.

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