The talk

Latte complains about all the time Kat's been spending with Ellie Mae. Kat tries to explain some hard news to Latte, who adds a bit of spiciness to the conversation.

EM: Ellie Mae Kat [black, gorgeously floofy lady cat] 
L: Latte [tortie/tabby lady cat aka "Kitten"] 
MK: Momma Kat [Latte and Ellie's human Momma, named Kat] 

L: Momma, I'm still mad at you. But I require snuggles.
MK: I'm sorry I stole your bug.
L: I ALMOST had it! Daddy said I had laser focus, and that ******* was mine!
MK: I don't like to kill living things.
L: Next time you catch some doughnuts, I'm going to release them into the wild. That will show you!
MK: Umm ... doughnuts aren't living?
L: Like Ellie says, maybe they have a bunch of tiny legs.
MK: You're listening to Ellie now?
L: Not really. And I'm still mad at you for laughing when Daddy called me HippopotaLatte.
MK: You require snuggles?
L: Duh. It's been hours!
MK: It's been 5 minutes. Because you were mad at me for stealing your bug. And laughing at HippopotaLatte.
L: Hours ... 5 minutes ... same thing!
L: I love you, Momma!

MK: I love you, too, Latte.
L: But not as much as you love Ellie.
MK: What are you talking about?
L: You spend all your time with Ellie or trying to get her to eat! 
MK: Ellie just needs some extra care right now.
L: But I need you, too!
MK: Remember the time you pulled your claw out of your paw?
L: How could I forget your scream when you saw all the blood?!
MK: What did I do?
L: You chased me around the house until you cornered me.
MK: And then ...
L: You took me to the vet in the SLOWEST car ride possible.
MK: I dropped everything because you were hurt, and I stuck with you until it felt better, right?
L: If Ellie's hurt, I didn't do it!
MK: I know. She has something growing inside her.
L: Ellie got KNOCKED UP?!?

L: Does she know who the Daddy is? Do we need to do paternity tests?! Who knew?! My sisfur is a HUSSY! When she said she had a boyfriend, I thought she was making stuff up!
MK: Ellie's spayed like you are!
L: Erm ... well, you ARE cheap ... so maybe the vet wasn't a real vet and accidentally removed her brain instead of whatever they remove when they spay you?
MK: Latte! 
L: What?!? It makes sense, right? We need to find a lawyer to get kitten support. And sue the vet.
MK: Her rescue had her spayed ... the same rescue that had you spayed! And Ellie isn't pregnant!
L: Then what's growing inside her? An alien? That'd be cool! When you and Ellie took that road trip, did you take her to the circus? My sisfur could be part of a freak show!
MK: NO! We went to another vet.
L: So you weren't taking a fun road trip? Ellie said you guys were singing.
MK: I tried to sing. And she howled. So I stopped singing. And she still howled. But, no. It wasn't a "fun" road trip. I took Ellie to a different vet for more tests. They had to knock her out for the tests.
L: I could've done that for free!

MK: {sigh}. They needed her to lie still.
L: That's all she does! That's why you have to always check if she's breathing!
MK: Yes, but would she still lie still with a bunch of strange people and noises?
L: Oh, right. So if it's not kittens or an alien, what's growing inside her?
MK: Ellie has a 5-centimeter tumor on her liver. That's why she hasn't been eating much.
L: I thought she was watching her figure!
MK: I think Ellie's going to have surgery to remove the tumor and part of her liver. It's a really risky surgery because it's on her central liver, and the tumor adhered to the largest blood vessel in that area that feeds all the other vessels. But we had a bunch of tests and images, and the doctors think they can do it.
L: Whoa.
MK: She and I will probably be gone for at least a few days.
L: I am NOT going on a road trip!
MK: No. You'd stay here.
L: By myself?
MK: No. With Daddy.
L: Like I said ... BY MYSELF!

L: {quietly} And then she'll feel better?
MK: I hope so. We don't know if the tumor is a bad tumor or a harmless tumor. We'll find out after the surgery. But this is the only treatment there is - radiation and chemo aren't options - we talked to the experts. If we do nothing, the tumor will eventually get so big that Ellie won't want to eat anything, and she might struggle to breathe. I'd have to give her medicine to make her as comfortable as possible.
L: She'd hate that!!! 
MK: I know. That's why I'd like to take the really scary chance and hope the tumor is harmless. Even if it's not, she'll feel better for a while. They tell me there's no evidence it's spread - they cleared her.
L: Where would it spread?!? 
L: Oh, HELL NO! I am NOT going to the vet to get checked out! I'll avoid Ellie like the plaque!
MK: No. It can't spread to you, Latte. 
L: Are you sure?
MK: Yes. Your sisfur has been very brave with all the doctor appointments! She handled our road trip like a champ! Though she didn't like my choice of music ... or my singing. There are some really encouraging signs. Her blood tests are mostly normal. And the little blips that there are aren't ones you'd expect with cancer. She's still carrying her toys around, yelling at them, and chasing her laser pointer. Most of all, she doesn't seem done. As long as you girls are willing to fight, I'll fight beside you.

To watch Ellie Mae chase the little red dot, check out this video ...

L: You mean as long as we're not fighting each other ...
MK: Yes. No fighting each other. There are enough bad things in this world that we don't need to fight amongst ourselves.
L: Is she going to be okay?
MK: I don't know.
L: Remember when you said I only get one sisfur?
MK: Latte!
L: Okay, okay. I was kidding. Mostly.
EM: Prepare to die, Purple Yarn Ball!
L: Oh, no. Here we go ... AGAIN. 
EM: Prepare. to. die.
L: {sigh}.
EM: I can't promise that your death won't be painful, but I swear it will be quick ...
L: Oh my gosh! Fifteen minutes of talking isn't quick!
L: Oh, geez.
MK: Snuggles?
L: Yes, please.
EM: Don't look at me! 
MK: Let's hope Ellie's feelings about her tumor are similar to her feelings about her yarn ball.
L: Maybe the doctors don't realize she could talk the tumor to death?
EM: You look at me, you die! .....

We hope to get Ellie's surgery scheduled in July. Kat's not spending as much time on the computer - and spending more time with Ellie Mae - so we might be in and out for a while.

Here are a few pictures of the day of Ellie's appointment at the vet school. We got there a bit early, so I let her out of her SleepyPod, and we chilled for a bit.

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  1. I am so sorry to hear this, and I hope the tumour is benign and the surgery goes well.

  2. I'm so sorry you two are going though this difficult challenge. Ellie is such a sweetie and I know you'll do everything possible for her. Be brave Ellie, you're a special sweetheart.

  3. Those are lovely pictures from inside your car. Fingers and toes crossed, all will go well. We'll be adding extra prayers for you all to help with the stress and strain of the coming days and recovery period.

  4. Ellie, my darling, we iz gonna be purring fur yoo, building up sum gud energiez owt in dee uni-verse fur yoo!!

  5. Oh Momma Kat and Ellie Mae I send you so many healing and loving hugs.

  6. Praying for sweet, floofy Ellie Mae.

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  8. We are sorry to hear that sweet Ellie needs surgery. Sending love, hopes, and many, many purrs for an easy time and a good outcome.

  9. Oh wow Kat, I’m really sorry for what you and your girls are going through. I hope the surgery goes really well and it turns things around for Ellie. Will be praying and purring over here for her. (Hugs)

  10. Purrs and prayers from all of us to Sweet Ellie. ♥

  11. We're sending our loudest and rumbly-est purrs and prayers to Ellie (and to you).

  12. Ellie Mae we are sending all kinds of purrayers and Power of the Paw your way that everything will go well and you will soon be back to annoying your sisfur

  13. Lots of healing energy hugs for all especially Ellie Mae ~ hugs,

    Wishing you good health, laughter and love in your days,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  14. I'm so sorry to hear this news. Ellie Mae, you have the best mom in the world and she's going to give you anything and everything you need. Sending all of you tons of purrs, prayers, and love.

    1. I might not like all the vet appointments and poking, but I know you're right. Mom wasn't sure I trusted her like Bear did, but I've shown her that I do. She says that's the best gift ever. ~Ellie Mae

  15. Oh Kat, we're so sorry about the diagnosis. We'll keep you in our thoughts and prayers and send oodles of poodles healing POTP your way. Hugs.

  16. I am sorry Ellie is sick. I will be praying the tumor is benign. I know years ago, I had a cat with a liver tumor that was huge, but benign. XO

  17. We're sorry to hear that Ellie Mae is sick. We love you all, and are purring, praying, and sending all good things your way. XO

  18. I'm praying they get it all and it's just a harmless growth. We've lost a couple of cats to cancers which spread to the liver, I hope better things for Ellie Mae.

    1. Yes. That's the typical presentation! Primary liver tumors seem to be unusual - but they can't find any evidence of cancer elsewhere.

  19. I hope that the growth is benign and you can kick its ass lady. Lots of love to you and Ellie.

    Toulouse and Marjorie

    1. If it were up to Kat's will by itself, that booger would already be gone!

  20. We here sure hope that surgery will have the desired outcome, and that the evil tumor is benign. Sending tons of POTP to EllieMae!

  21. Ellie, I have always been your loving fan. I really will be thinking of you until your surgery is finished and all is well. I pray it will be XXOO

  22. Dearest Katherine,
    That is quite a challenge coming your way.
    But in the video (I was the 11th viewer) Ellie Mae is rather playful and that gives a lot of hope!
    Wishing you all the very best for the upcoming surgery and recovery period.
    Mariette + Kitties

  23. I am sorry to hear about Elle Mae's challenges. I hope the surgery goes well and that she recovers quickly. Sending lots of purrs and healing vibes!

  24. Woodrow and I are sending big, big, bug hugs to Ells!

  25. Oh, hugs and best wishes. Your post was otherwise delightful. :) Be safe!

  26. So sorry you have to undergo this, Elle Mae. Healing Pawkisses and Purrayers for you and your mommy tooπŸΎπŸ˜½πŸ’ž

  27. Oh Ellie! we are sad that you have to have surgery. Not fun! Cinnamon had surgery twice last summer (one of the reasons we stopped blogging for a while - life was too hectic). Thanks for stopping by and welcoming Nutmeg to our family! And We send you all loads of Purrayers! Keep being awesome! Marvelous Marv, Kozmo, Jo Jo, Cinnamon, Nutmeg and Mom Barb

  28. AMARULA: HippopotaLatte!! More like Hippoluscious! And my human also hates to kill bugs and always steals mine too! Oh the inhumanity!

    1. Why can't they accept that we are stone cold killers? ~Latte

  29. We are sending lots of purrs to Ellie Mae! We hope you can get the surgery soon and that it all comes out okay.


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