Hi all. I'm new to the forum so I apologize in advance if I re-hash stuff that most people already know.
I have a 12 year old dilute torti (an exclusively inside cat) and last Thursday I noticed she was unsteady on her feet. Friday her back legs were flopping around when she would (slowly) walk across the room. By Sunday she was unable to walk altogether. I took her to the vet Monday afternoon and she suspects a tumor near the spinal cord. She expressed her bladder then and told me how to do it. I've been expressing her bladder ever since with no real difficulty but at the same time wondering if I'm doing it right.
The vet gave her a methylprednisolone shot and told me to bring her back on Saturday. What I took away from the conversation was that we should see some improvement by that point if it's ever going to happen.
Georgette is in fine spirits and seems content laying on a towel in the living room. She eats and drinks with some difficulty because she's fat to begin with and has a hard time propping herself up and eating. Her attitude is great, she seemsto love attention as always and purrs constantly.
The whole 'disabled pet' thing is new to me. I have no idea if she will recover any use of her hind legs. I pinch her hind feet once in a while and I think she pulls away a little but maybe that's just me being hopeful. I don't know if 3 or 4 days is enough for any change to occur or if it could take longer... I just don't know.
If a cat can have a contented life with no use of her hind legs then I'm more than willing to do my part. At this point I don't know what 'my part' is...
Any guidance you can offer would be great. This is all new to me.