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Well, she's eating like a horse. She went through an entire package of chicken thighs yesterday and ate a beef liver today so far. But she's not drinking. We literally have to force water on her. It's weird. But we're doing it.

She's clearly uncomfortable. She pants until she's exhausted and then she falls asleep. I'm sure she's in some pain although she is on pain meds. It's not severe yet though, thankfully.

And she's still happy enough to tell me off from time to time. Typically, it means she has to go out. I don't know why she feels the need to yell at me for ten minutes before she gets up and goes to the door. But that's her process.

She is staggering like her back legs are drunk or she has some kind of palsy. It's clearly not just muscle weakness like we thought. She seems unable to control her back feet. Instead of walking properly, she doesn't lift them up enough and ends up stepping on her toes or dragging a foot. I have been shepherding her when she goes out so she doesn't vere into the pool because her trajectory goes a bit sideways. Her front leg seems to be fine. And of her back legs, clearly the left (the one we thought she hurt three weeks ago) is worse than the right. But both aren't operating correctly at all and it's probably a tumor pressing on her spine.

But... I'll fight for her and serve her every wish as long as she's happy to push me around. When she tells me she's in too much pain to handle, then we will know.

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Weird about the water. Especially given that she's got her appetite back.

Good luck!

Thanks.

A friend mention the other day that, with her lung issues, she may be uncomfortable bending her head to drink. But she doesn't seem to mind bending her head to eat at all.

I don't get it. But I'm offering her water every few minutes and she will take a sip each time. I'll take what I can get.

I think I'd lean more toward "hurts to pee" as a possible reason for avoiding liquids.

Do you think she realises that not drinking will make her not pee?

You know, it occurs to me that she's been eating so much she's just too full to drink much!

Well it can certainly work that way with cats.

And she is very cat-like, is our Mei-mei. =)

Frankly, I think it's stubbornness more than anything. Sometimes you put the bowl down in front of her and she turns her nose away. But if you turn your back, there will be a couple discrete slurps. =)

Aww, poor Melody.

Poor you and Bob. :(

We're doing our best. And she's doing her best. We can only keep doing that and see what happens.

Thanks for all the updates on the Empress. You know we're all following along here at home, hoping for the best outcome. Whatever that may be.

*Hugs*

Thanks. It helps to know you're all pulling for her.

She is currently drinking some watered-down chicken broth because she has to drink it to get to the chicken thighs underneath. Mwah ha ha!

We know, as beloved pet owners, how fighting for them is the way you do it. I am fighting for my cat Emma right now...she has been my little Princess for 18 years, and you do what you gotta do. I had an old cat once who was diabetic and needed insulin shots 3 times a day. I would leave wherever I was at, to do this for him. It was hard, but he deserved the loving care he got. Keep up the good work, and my hugs and blessings for you and Mei-mei.

Thank you. Hugs and scritches for you and Emma too.

poor mellie! *hugs and skritches the Queen of the Household*

i'm so sorry that she's not in a happy place physically. and bless all of you, enjoy her while she's here and she'll let you know when she's done.

i'm sorry, hon, i really am. *hugs and hugs*

She's acting a bit playful tonite, so we know eating is making her feel better. It's good to see her happy. She was so weak and miserable yesterday.

We have them for as long as we have them. We take joy from every day. We thought she was a goner six months ago when she was diagnosed with osteosarcoma. But she recovered and became healthier than she'd been in a couple years. That was a blessing. Every day since has just been gravy.

And now she's yelling at me. Clearly she thinks there should be more chicken thighs. =)

That's our Empress! Strong, stubborn and demanding to be served!

She's yelling at me right now!

Oh goodness. Hopefully she recovers quickly and it's really nothing more serious than the pneumonia.</p>

More chicken thighs!!


I appreciate the positive thoughts, but there is something interfering with the nerves in her hind legs. Pneumonia doesn't do that.

Oh, I know what pneumonia does; I was just hoping that maybe since she was having breathing issues, she was feeling particularly weak and therefore her hind end was being lazy.
I amend my message, and say I hope she recovers swiftly from the pneumonia, and that hopefully her hind end issues are coming from an overall weakness due to the pneumonia, or that she just torqued her back when/if she hurt that back leg.
Either way, I hope she is out of pain soon. Poor girl.

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