Thursday, March 19, 2009

The Odd Case of Princess Ayla, Part 2

THE BIG THING: Thank you for the Google search phrase suggestion, Sunny's Mommy! It turned up some very good results. I never would have thought of "Feline Ovarian Remnant Syndrome".

First, there was a veteranarian journal study of failed spay operations. It studied the problems discovered in 46 failed spays in cats and dogs. One frightful part was a chart of the results. Of the 29 cats in the study all went into heat from every 3 weeks to 6 months. One cat was in "constant" heat. Guess what? That was the only siamese in the study.

I have been keeping track of this on my calendars. Ayla went into heat 7 times from Feb to May 2008. Then not again until late October (unless I forgot to write one down). Since Oct, she has gone into heat 8 times! In fact, she has been in heat 47 days of the past 81. That's 7 weeks in heat and only 5 weeks off.

And it seems to be becoming more frequent and of longer duration the past 2 months... It has been 11 days in heat with 5-6 days in between the last 3 cycles.

I'm getting pretty frayed. The yowling is difficult to live with, having to struggle to keep her inside is difficult, but the constant inside spraying is perhaps worse. I did not realize how bad it was until I was taking flash pictures. The walls, furniture, drapes, and floors are a real mess! It really shows up with a flash picture... The crowning frustation was when she sprayed ME and then later, my DINNER.

A 2nd result I found was a blogger who had her cat spayed 3 times. Her cat started going into heat again 7 months after the 1st spay and 2.5 years after the 2nd. It has been a year since the 3rd, and no heat cycles yet. Apparently, ovarian remnants can regrow!

LC has to go to the vet next week for a testing of her thyroid medication dose, so I will be asking the vet some serious questions about what can be done for Ayla.

We promise to have some happier posts the next few days. Iza has pictures of all her favorite toys, LC wants to show off some outside pictures, Iza discovered a cardboard scratch-pad I finally completed, and I finally got a picture with all 3 of them in a single picture! And "Someone" (you'll know who it is) sent us a beautiful new header with all the cats in it. I think I will add that tomorrow! It is lovely.

The Big Thing


Camie's Kitties said...

We know how frustrating this must be for all of you. We are purring that your vet can find some answers for you.

Tavi, Cody, Camie, Miss Jade, and Gracie

Parker said...

We are all going to purr that you can find an answer for poor Ayla's troubles.

The Meezers said...

we are going to purrrr that things get better with ayla. we wish that there was a pill or something that she could take to supress the hormones

Daisy said...

It must be so very frustrating for you all! I hope you can find an answer for Ayla's condition.

Cheysuli and gemini said...

The Woman says only a Siamese would be so stubborn as to be in heat constantly. Now having read about that is there a way to help them (the vet who re-spays) find the remnants?

Sunny's Mommy said...

OM your dinner :-0 I didn't realize she was spraying so much.

Derby said...

Ask your VET about a referral to a vet school if one is close. They may have more experience in this type of situation.

meemsnyc said...

Poor Ayla, we had no idea that could happen!

Cory said...

Poor Ayla having to go through this over and well as the multiple surgeries! We will purr for her.

DaisyMae Maus said...

Perhaps this "remnant" issue is the answer that you've been looking for? Let's hope that the issue can be cleared up as havin' your dinner sprayed is pretty disgusting.