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10 June 2017
My beautiful girl has just had her hind paw amputated ( three days ago.) She is in good spirits and eating lots, sleeping comfortably near me and has run a little. She hasn't really gone to the toilet much though that worries me. Would she let me know if she was uncomfortable? I found her on the streets of Istanbul a few years ago. She was missing her front paw. The decision to amputate now was a hard one and made in close collaboration with her vets who said they had never met such an amazing spirit and that we should try amputation first rather than putting her to sleep. As I said post-op her spirits are good and she is acting quite normally apart from difficulties moving. I feel very stressed though watching her struggle to stand up. I just feel a bit lost and was wondering if anyone else had a similar story.
25 April 2007
Welcome and best wishes for your girl! Your future forum posts will not require moderation. If she is just missing her paw(s) have you discussed the option of prosthetics with you vet? If not, consider contacting Orthopets.
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11 July 2016
Hello and Welcome,
What is your beautiful girls name? How old is she?
I’m sorry to hear she had to have her paw amputated was she in a accident or was this from disease? Whichever the case I am glad you were able to choose her life over the paw! Is she on pain medication now? Going poop may take a little while on pain meds. They can constipate. Is she drinking & peeing? Signs of pain to watch for are
Being in good spirits and eating are great signs! Our cat Purrkins had his front leg/scapula amputated from a soft tissue sarcoma.
We have a member that just joined recently they have a kitty with two front legs.
This is Tommy’s blog
We have another member who is a tripawd but only uses her front legs her they are working on trying to get her up on 3 legs.
Her name is Feta
So your girl has one paw in front and one paw in back? Just the paw was amputated.?
As the Admin has mentioned maybe a prosthetics can be used.? Did the Vet discuss options for your kitty?
Sorry for all the questions, we look forward to hearing more about your beautiful girl!
Holly & Purrkins
22 February 2013
Good for you for giving this sweet kitty a chance at a great life!
Probably, most of what you're seeing now is just the rough part of the "normal" recovery. It IS major surgery (whether she is missing a paw or not). She's sore and it hurts. And then there's the mobility issue of trying to adapt to three (almost three) legs while on drugs!!
Not pooping for several days is normal. The drugs can delay that. Even not eating very well for a few days is normal. But you do want to make sure she pees and drinks!
When I was a little girl, we had an old "stray" show yp with half of her front leg gone and a part of one of her rear legs gone. They were almost completely healed when she showed up all skinny and ragged. She was somewhat feral, but came to our porch every night and was fed. My Dad built a little "cat house" for her. There was really no impression left on me as far as how she got along as I was just a kid. I just remember that she acted like a normal cat and eventually let us all pet her. She would hang around us when we went outside to play and, as I recall, lived a "normal life" with us for several years. I do recall she was able to jump with no problem as she would jump up on the outside kitchen window sill to let us know she was ready for her supper!
So yes, I think your kitty will work things out. It just may take a little bit of time and patience on her part...and yours.
As usual, Holly has given great links to check out.
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