To Retro, Laura and Keith: thank you for your kind wishes. The effect is felt. May it return to you many times.
I'm happy to hear that, Catmoon!
I may have missed the preliminaries to this thread-did she have an operation, and why did she have a weak leg?
Btw, when my cat was nearing labor, she snuck into my bed as well.
Could be they feel close to us and safer when they have issues with their health.-
A sign of great trust in you, Catmoon.
Best wishes for her and you. Your love and caring are making her very happy.
The initial issue was a thrombosis. Somewhere a blood clot broke loose and lodged near the base of her spine, cutting off circulation to her legs. Normally cats do not recover from this, eventually infections and gangrene set in, and you are looking at amputation or euthanasia. She is at high risk for a recurrance of this problem.
In her current state, Missy can get where she wants be, but she limps visibly. She can get up on the sofa and the bed and can climb in and out of her litter box. Sometimes she has strange attacks; every few days she will simply collapse. When this happens I just keep her calm and she recovers in fifteen minutes or so. Her personality is normal for her - regal, imperious, and occaisionally affectionate.
She is off the painkillers. These were powerful drugs that left here stoned, constipated and turned her into a stranger. She fought taking them most energetically and was very unhappy when I gave them to her. For now she gets a special mini aspirin every 2 days to fight clots and provide some pain relief, though she does not often appear to be uncomfortable. She accepts these pills with no fuss.
In the process of treatment for the thrombosis, the vet discovered that Missy also has advanced mammary tumours. These do not seem to have changed much over the last few weeks.
I realize that Missy is not a permanent entity, and must leave me one day. But I feel like I have won a great gift of time, against all reasonable expectations. And if I may say so again, were it not for the discussions of euthanasia I read here, I would surely have taken the vets' advice to put Missy down immediately. Dharma has an impact.