We call this, "Nip Aftermath"
I want to share a little about Annie's vet travails. She's been countless times this year, both in PA and CA, in an attempt to help her back pain. The main way the pain/discomfort manifests itself is when she uses the litter box. It prevents her from being able to hold the crouch pose cats have to be in to go #2. Her legs always give out and she has to walk and poop to get it out. Urination is almost as bad. She therefore almost always goes outside of the box where we have a ton of piddle pads. She walks very stiffly and wobbly and has what seems to be a touch of lameness in her left rear leg. Her spine is prominent due to muscle wasting. She's otherwise happy and doesn't seem to be in a lot of pain. Friday, I took her to see a neurologist. I learned a little more, but without an MRI he cannot see what's going on with her discs. X-rays only show bone. The estimate for the MRI is $2,400 and she would have to be anesthetized. If the MRI showed a bulging disc, the next step would be surgery. I really don't want to put her through that, and honestly, the expense of these things is just too high. I've already spent more than I care to think about with the vets. I've decided I have vet fatigue. She's also had two senior blood panels this year, the most recent showing anemia and potassium deficiencies as well as an increase in red blood cells. She's taking a supplement for the deficiencies and she'll be retested for the RBC in December. If you've read this, thank you. I don't talk much about these things on the blog, but this has been a big part of our lives this year, and I just needed to vent.