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December 01, 2006

Mycah is doing very well after her tail amputation.

As predicted, the catheter didn't last — it came out less than 3 hours after she got home.

De-catheterization notwithstanding, the followup appointment with the vet yesterday morning was all good news. Her bandage was removed — the wound hadn't leaked or bled or anything like that, so the bandage stays off.

From some angles, her shaved tail makes her look a bit like a big rat.

The vet was pretty confident about the projected course of Mycah's recovery. It's remarkable how contagious a dose of confidence can be; I've been rather worried all week, but I find myself immensely reassured. Still, though, "cancer" will be on my mind if Mycah's ever under the weather in the future.

And as for Mycah, well, she's acting almost as if nothing had happened. She was never on terribly good terms with her tail — barely a passing acquaintance — so I don't think she's actually missing it. All she's really doing is eating and sleeping, with intermittent interruptions for litterbox visits. She gets two doses of painkiller a day, which, I might add, she fights against as if I was trying to squirt hot lava down her throat.

She happily takes all the treats and skritches I can dish out, though. Some things never change.

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And if you miss the Carnival of the Cats at Catymology, you're a poor excuse for a human being. :-)

Posted by Russ at 02:54 AM, December 1, 2006 in Animals

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I'm glad to hear that Mycah's not overly concerned about truncation.

Posted by: Laurence Simon at December 1, 2006 09:16 AM

That's great news!

Here's hoping for a continued uneventful recovery.

Happy Friday!

Posted by: tbirdonawire at December 1, 2006 01:16 PM

Glad to see that Mycah is recovering. I had a Siamese once who got stuck behind my in-laws washer and dryer. They didn't realize it until the water started running out into the laundry room from the punctures in the washer's water hose. Well, she had to get their attention somehow. In the process her tail was crimped too long and in a couple of days it started swelling and the hair fell out. The vet said it was gangrenous so she had to have an amputation. Just a little stub was left. Cats express so many emotions with their tails. Even with the amputation you could really see that stub whipping around when she was angry. Try not to laugh at her though.... they remember things like being laughed at.... they remember, and get even.

Posted by: srp at December 3, 2006 02:13 PM

How is she doing? I'd emailed you a few times to see, and am hoping no news is good news! [scritches to the kitty]

Posted by: Ith at December 5, 2006 03:15 PM