As of yesterday Lyla was able to be trusted sleeping where she wants with only A few restricted areas. Until about day 16 she still needed some supervision as the incision scabs were starting to itch her I think. She is using her ramp to get up onto the bed alone and some of her steps. I had to work for a little bit Friday and left her in the room with the baby monitor app keeping an eye on her and she basically slept the whole time. She’s getting a smaller dose of the gabapentin twice a day until Tuesday and then I think we’re done unless we see any signs of pain.
I think she is happy to get back into her usual routine a bit more. Besides being a tripod, the biggest changes now are the different litter boxes and she will always be wearing a bell collar to locate her more easily….and of course from here on out trying to prevent her from thinking she can jump up onto kitchen counters and things that are too high, it seems the world for rear amputees is very different than front. She is a little bit more clingy than she ever was before at the moment, she has always been a fairly independent cat and we’ll see if she get some of that back.
Lyla meowed all the way to the vets office to get her stitches removed this morning 🙌🏼 Things went as well as it could under the circumstances. I plan to make a consult apt with the recommended oncologist and will leave kitty at home as she has been through enough for now.
The litter box situation has still been somewhat of a disaster. Kinda like Goldilocks, one is too short and small and one is too tall. So amazingly enough I have found an awesome replacement at Home Depot in the masonary area for $6. Here is the link just in case anyone else has issues. She is doing quite well with this size and depth. This one measures 27”l x 20”d x 6”h.
We still plan to keep a close eye on her for over grooming the incision area and overall adjusting getting around the next week or three – lols.
Lyla is slowly progressing a bit more as each day passes. Spending the evenings in the recovery room sleeping with her cone on and the days out and about the home without her cone and constant supervision. In the middle of the day she needs a long nap from overdoing it a bit. Trying to slowly ease her into it all so her good leg can handle it, I still worry about it being a FHO leg and hoping the range of motion is working okay for her body as a whole.
The photo above has some corrugated cardboard stackable squares we had from target, so we sawed one in half to make her a stair to the chair and another for the sofa.
The wound area looks good still and her hair is slowly growing in.
Tonight as it was nearing nighttime I was procrastinating on putting her cone on and in just a couple seconds she starting biting at her stitches 🥴 So I cleaned it with the spray just to be safe and luckily it all looks good. Cone back on for the night, I do give her a treat right after and at least she doesn’t hiss at me now🤷🏼♀️
Lyla had a good nights rest with her cone on. She’s been doing very well. Today was the last dose of clopidogrel. Throughout the day was spent in most of the house with her cone off and much supervision.
Luckily my husband was off today so we were able to also take her out onto the pool deck for about an hour.
I also placed some yoga mats and area rugs as the wood floor can be a bit slick.
I’m going to try and upload a video of her walking.
Trying to keep it together. As I know our lil furries pick up on our moods. 3 pages of a very detailed report came in from the Pathologist. Below is copied from the summary comments☹️
While the tumor is predominantly chondroblastic there are some regions producing osteoid-like trabeculae in the center of the medullary cavity which is consistent with a chondroblastic osteosarcoma. Mitotic index is the best predictor of behavior. In this case the mitotic index is high, and therefore I suspect aggressive behavior in this tumor. Nevertheless these tumors are less aggressive than dogs. The overall metastatic rate is about 10%. 1 year survival can reach up to 50%.