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Effie, as she recovers

p1020243Effie likes being on top of things. . .

p1020244She expects her self-determination to establish what she may and may not do. . .

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Effie sat by the window, then by the door, miffed that hints that she wanted to go outside were ignored. It was hard on me, too; but Effieland has dirt in which she delights to roll, and dirt severely compromises healing of surgical incisions. Nine more days, Luvmuffin. . .

Her yowling behavior has subsided almost completely. She slept on our bed last night.

This morning, after her requests to go out were ignored, quick and agile as ever, she leaped onto the counter and then to the cabinet above it before we could stop her. Our aftercare orders included no jumping or running.  I checked her incision when she came down from her nap more than two hours later: thankfully, all is intact. I believe Effie apprehends her limits better than most people.

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Welcome home, Effie!

Really, she took it all so much better than I expected. Her only plaintive mews were on the way home in the car, and then just a few. Once we were home, she sat on a window sill looking out at Effieland without a peep, instead of issuing the yowling demands I expected to persist a few days.

She ate some food, she used her box. Her urinary volume is back to normal. She had been frequent with small volume; now, with her volume back to normal, she should be less frequent. She has been very sweet, undemanding, and, understandably, is now napping. Our only follow-up instructions are giving her pain medication by oral syringe each evening as needed, and the hard part, keeping her indoors for 10 days.

Our vet told me last night after operating that he had rounded up a considerable amount of residual ovarian tissue. It’s terrible that shelter vets are so overworked that they leave cats with this problem and turn them over for adoption as spayed. Cats with ovarian remnant syndrome are not at risk of pregnancy, but being in heat certainly is bad enough. I have no doubt it could be a factor in some failed adoptions.

I am just so happy to have Effie home, relaxed, and so far, uncomplaining, even about being unable to nap under her grapevine in Effieland.

 

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Effie is having surgery today

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Effie has been yowling loudly day and night for the past week. At first I thought her indoor yowls expressed her desire to be out; but soon she was just as yowly outdoors in Effieland. I felt terrible, not just because noise affects me so acutely, but because I thought I must somehow have caused her distress, although I had no idea how. She was rolling over a lot, and last night she began an awkward backwards stepping habit. She was urinating more frequently, and my husband checked her bum and expressed some clear vulval discharge. I suspected a UTI, but despite her frequency, the results have been consistently  low-volume. All things notwithstanding, Effie’s physical and behavioral changes framed an all-encompassing question: “What in the world is going on?

We tried a pheromone collar–no help at all.

My husband researched her symptoms; I was too exhausted. Lack of sleep caused by Effie’s yowling has taken its toll. Within a few minutes of initiating his symptom search, up came the answer.

Effie has ovarian remnant syndrome. Effie was spayed just before we adopted her, when she was 13 months old. Effie is now just over two years old. . . and Effie is in heat.

Please permit yourself one “WHAT?!

The overlay of Effie’s symptoms compared with the classic symptoms of the condition is 100%.

Effie was taken to the Animal Shelter by her original owner. She was spayed by the Shelter vet at that time. We adopted her the following day. Shelter vets do a lot of spaying, and my vet says this inevitably causes lurking viable ovarian tissue to sometimes be missed. The bottom line is, the cat can go into heat. This is not a good thing for the cat or her baffled people who love her.

Our vet will scope out residual ovarian tissue and remove it. He’s private-practice and he will take the necessary time to remove all remaining ovarian tissue he can discover; however, he cannot promise that he will discover every ovarian cell present.

It is possible for the remnant scenario to recur. Another remnant and heat episode would likely mean another surgical episode.

Effie is not at risk of exposure to any non-neutered  male cat. The problem the ovarian remnant condition presents is the toll her estrus behavior takes on herself and on us.

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