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Good morning Huckleberry, Jackie and David!

First of all, I. LOVE your paw prints and cat! How on earth did you find the three paws?! We all love it but the Techie guy might not! 😂 My comments for the blogs all got thrown into Spam and I couldn’t figure out why none of my comments were coming up... thankfully Techie guy figured it out for me!🤓. I was using too many emoticons 🤗😇 and not enough emojis (smileys) aw-shuckswhatever Who Knew?!oh-my

So hoppy to hear that you all had such a good nights sleep! 😴 Well maybe Huckleberry  didn’t sleep so much, but boy does his belly feel good!rasberry  It must be the stray in them, Miss Piglet here will eat ANYTHING!!! She especially loves Stewie’s kibble and chicken! 🐖 I’m so glad he has his stitches out! It’s one less thing to worry about heh.!

Miss Lily did not like to be picked up when she arrived, but now, as long as I hold her securely, she can handle it for about 5 minutes!🙀 You are so loved by Huckleberry, he also trusts you to the moon 🌙 and back 🌏! If you keep your one hand over his shoulder blades when you pick him up, it allows you a bit of security should he not be in the mood for that smoochable hug.

Lots of chin rubs and nose rubs to your beautiful, hoppy Prince! 

Sloppy Kisses from Tripawds Hero Super Stewie 👅 ❤️... Head bops and chin scratches From

Spitfire Spike, Chester McFiend & Prissy Missy Lily 😻😽😻 and hugs from Petra & Paul ❤️❤️

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17 October 2017 - 7:28 am
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Thank you! I'm being bad here posting while at work...tsk tsk. Always the rebel girl,  heheh. Thanks for the shoulder tip.  When I wrap the blanket and tuck him in he just kind of freezes now like "Oh crap...MORE medicine??" So I think he's starting to get used to being handled.  We never hurt him,  just aggravate him with meds lol. The trust is growingwinker

The three paws and kitty with 3 paw prints I found searching out paw prints on Google.  I cut a paw print out of each and saved them.  I don't know if that's what got me in trouble but I'll let ya know as soon as I find outheart

Back to work before I get grounded,  lol

Jackie

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paws120 said
...which photo did I do that to? 

No way to tell since the images did not display...noticed in a couple different posts.

I found a little kitty and paws to put next to our name.. that considered a photo?

Yes. And it worked that time, because these (above) are hosted on your wp,com site, not in your private Gmail account like the others that resulted in the code displaying. FYI: They will continue to display here, as long as they remain online. Once removed, they will be replaced by broken link icons.

You also might consider updating your Signature from your Forums profile to avoid cutting and pasting similar content into every post.

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17 October 2017 - 10:36 am
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Thank you! I noticed the signatures but wasn't sure where to go.  I will check it out!

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I am just getting caught up on all of your posts.  I don't think my guy was ever feral (I don't know how his life started) so I will leave that up to the others here that have done such a wonderful job.  For my Rusty, the days that the pain meds were wearing off he was not his usual loving self.  The day we had to try to get his cone back on, I swore the devil was channeled into his little body.  

I got teary eyed about your hug!  Now Nick (Rusty's Daddy) wouldn't be surprised because I got teary eyed the first time Rusty hopped up to our bed when he was allowed out of the crate after his surgery, and then again when I saw him sitting in his favorite chair.  But I did!  That is such a special moment for the two of you.  And each time he shows you the belly-MAJOR WIN!  Even if you aren't allowed to touch it more than two pets (i don't know if you ever saw the sad kitty diary on youtube), you have been presented with the most vulnerable part of his body.

You are doing awesome!

BTW-even without being feral, I had to bring Rusty to the vet to get a shot of antibiotics that lasted two weeks and a shot of pain meds that lasted a few more days because I just could not medicate him.  YOU ROCK!

Gina

Rusty "The Bunnyman" adopted us in 2014 when we met him at an estate sale and he promptly followed us around.  Because of his owner's sudden passing, he was on his way to a regular (not non-kill) shelter that night.  NO WAY!  Fast forward- Aug/Sept 2017, back left leg amputated (HSA cancer).  He is cancer free, at least for now.   He is hopping around, getting spoiled by Mommy Gina & Daddy Nick, new tripawd parents who are still learning!

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Hi Gina!

This has been a rollercoaster ride for sure, hasn't it? The whole year that Huck was coming to visit us I never got to lay a finger on him. My heart told me that the look in his eyes was one that longed for connection but the wild side of him said no chance mama! This is the closest I ever got to him ( once after I hadn't seen him for a few days and hadn't given him food first, lol):

He was so funny, I had to drop the piece of food and then he would grab it, back off, munch it down, repeat...

He has never been outright aggressive for no reason. You have heard of fight or flight? My boy was gonna fly first! The only time I ever saw him stand up for himself was one afternoon, we had baby raccoons that came to visit. After I gave them food, along comes Huckleberry.  The raccoon popped his head up a couple of times between the house and the deck like he was going to try and take Huckles' food bowl, and after the third time or so Huckleberry turned around like lightning, smacked the kit across the head, and turned around to go back to eating. OMG I had tears in my eyes he was so funny.  The kit decided not to mess with him after that, good call 😉

Since then we have found that if he is facing the way I am, I place a small towel or blanket over him and slowly, but with purpose, lean over him and hug him, I can put the syringe all the way to the very side of his mouth. That encourages them to open their mouth. I try not to squirt too hard and just drizzle it in his mouth. It has been working and I talk to him the whole time. When I finish I pet him, talk to him, and slowly back away. Sometimes I don't even uncover him, I let him do that. Yesterday when I got to actually hold him, and he pushed his head into my chest, my eyes filled up heart

When you took Rusty off the meds totally did he stop eating? Stop pooping and drinking? This is what is happening with Huck. I found a fish and gravy Fancy Feast tonight, mixed 1/8 cup of water in it and he started eating finally. Other than a little dry he did not eat, drink, or poop all day today and that was WITH these pain meds. I am trying to grasp a feel of what is normal, but my veterinary side says make sure he eats or he will be in big trouble. I don't want him getting hepatic lipidosis, just the thought of it makes me cringe. He seems more comfortable without those sharp staples in him but I can tell the incision is tender.  He is happier without staples so why not eat?? I think I am going to give him some gaba with this buprenorphine and see if this helps. Sorry, I am rambling.. day 2 back at work but my head has been with my little man all day.

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Jackie

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paws120 said

When you took Rusty off the meds totally did he stop eating? Stop pooping and drinking?

So, if you Scroll to my blog, you will see about 10 days into his recovery, me talking to the group about Rusty’s poop or lack of poop habits.big-grin  It was a few days after his stitches came out that I swore he invited the local German Shepherd in to use his box!  He had saved it all up!

Does your guy still have a cone?  Rusty did for 10 days after stitch removal. 

when Rusty stopped eating, we found “Broths”, the creamy kind, from  fancy feast. Our local supermarket and pet store both carry them about a dollar a packet. At first we actually squeezed out all the liquid and gave that to him only. Just to make sure he was staying hydrated. We would actually do two packets at a time. Then we moved on from there to the other fancy feast food.

Purina Fancy Feast Broths, 1.4-Ounce, Tuna Chicken and Whitefish , 16 Pouches

Rusty "The Bunnyman" adopted us in 2014 when we met him at an estate sale and he promptly followed us around.  Because of his owner's sudden passing, he was on his way to a regular (not non-kill) shelter that night.  NO WAY!  Fast forward- Aug/Sept 2017, back left leg amputated (HSA cancer).  He is cancer free, at least for now.   He is hopping around, getting spoiled by Mommy Gina & Daddy Nick, new tripawd parents who are still learning!

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Thank you,  I got him to eat a can of fancy feast mixed with 1/8 cup of water and 1/8 teaspoon of Miralax . It was the only one i had with gravy.  I will stock up on it tomorrow. I should never ever have even smiled about medicating him,  grrr. I buttered his capsule,  went back upstairs with fresh food,  assumed the position,  but was off a little bit.. He spit it out,  I tried again twice more and he did the same, sigh.  He bit into the capsule,  I was waiting for Cujo foam to come out of his mouth but it didn't. I walked out,  growled,  composed myself and went back in apologizing.  He gave me his belly 🤤🤤  Huck has not had a collar.  I have tried to keep him well medicated to spite the crappy pain management they have here.  He went in for 2 extra  staples that I knew would be worthless,  that's the spot on his incision that's weeping now😲😲👹 I am hoping for Mt. Vesuvius poop piles in the next day or so.  His surgery was 12 days ago.  If I can finish the gaba (better than I did tonight), the 3 syringes of buprenorphine, I think we'll be ok. I will gravy,  broth,  and fancy feast him until he starts to come around.  His spirits are better than mine right now.  Oscar finally joined the party of his own free will. I'll attach a picture from my computer,  I can't get the copy going from the media to paste here on my cell. 

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Ohhhh.. and to top the evening with a maraschino cherry... I texted the doctor like she ASKED me to,  I believe her words yesterday were.. You have spent HOW much on that kitty...Please text me... so I finally texted her,  today,  at 520pm eastern time. 

Told her that he hasn't eaten today,  hasn't drank today,  and hasn't pooped. Just over 3 hours later I got...Let's just watch him tonight.  If I had any doubts, there are no words tonight to describe how DONE I am. I will take care of my little boy,  and if we don't thrive I will find another place to bring him.  Just need a copy of my records before I give them the biggest boot in the derriere. Imagine...I got am email today asking me to review them on Google+ 🤣😂🤣😂 Careful what you wish for...😈

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Hi Jackie,

I always think it becomes smooth sailing once the stitches/staples are out. Obviously not, but then Huckleberry is still on pain meds... After seeing what the recent amputees are going through it's clear Mona's recovery was unusual but then I think all cats do things in their own way. After Mona escaped from the house and was found I realized I had to let her do what she wanted and it became easier on both of us. Right from the beginning she did not wear a cone, slept with me after the first night, ate well and peed in inappropriate places. After her great escape I gave her the freedom to use the whole house and she spent her time with me, or in front of the patio door or in her quiet closet space. She was no longer on buprenorphine which I think made her nutty.

I realize Huckleberry can't have a lot of freedom yet. Could you take his crate outside so he can get some fresh air and enjoy the sun? 

Are you weaning him off the Gabapentin? Others could give you advice on this as I believe it's recommended to not stop abruptly.

He will become a real mama's boy in time. He is learning to trust and love you. It warms my heart. I once had a feral cat named Rocky who I could not touch for 1 year. He was being trained by my male cat and Rocky turned into the most affectionate sweetie with a great personality and had many friends in the neighbourhood including cats, dogs, deer and people.

Hugs to you and the family,

Kerren and Tripawd Kitty Mona

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Wow, that is so cool. My Andy has been the interpreter for both Huckleberry and Oscar. I swear he has been the mediator in the house. Until yesterday, Oscar has mostly stayed clear of coming too close to Huckles. Yesterday, for the first time they started playing.. just out of nowhere.  Huck did ok last night, believe it or not I gave him some of Mitchell's Newman's Own organic food. Mixed it with a little water and Huck ate some of that and some of the other wet food.  That was better than he did the day before. I will get some of that Fancy Feast gravy food and keep him going till he comes around. He has not been having the Gaba regularly because it makes him loopy and tired so if I give it, it is at night and for sure not regularly anymore. He also drank a little for the first time in 2 days. 

I am so disappointed in his medical care, but I think we got it from here.  His incision looks good still, just going to take baby steps. He is still loving and sweet right now and very interested in the crew. 

Oscar moving the blanket off

and playing peek a boo.. they were playing footsies afterwards heart

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Awww, love these pictures 🙂   Real smile makers.

Bummer that Huckleberry is still on a little bitmof a roller coaster ride.   And if the Vet is concerned about the monies you've spent on Huckleberry, tell her you'll be glad for her to rreimburse you for all of her charges!

Just throwing this out there.  Do you thinkmit would help to give Hucklew a dose of fluids? With his water I take being somlow, it j ay be exactly what he needs tomperk him up and get his appetite back on track.

Hugs fo all the pack!

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I have no WiFi at home something took a 💩 Love technology when it works 🔨

Kerren is right most of the time things get better when the stitches or staples get removed. Purrkins stitches came out 14 days. No two cats are alike in recovery they all do recovery their own way in their own time.

Huckleberry has been on & off his pain meds had infection Etc. So yes things would be different in his case. Pain management makes all the difference in recovery going smoothly as you have witnessed.

The the things you can count on is pain meds constipate them one day no poop 💩 no big deal! Purrkins went 7 days no 💩 we talked about this this a few pages back. I know it’s been a blur to you . You gave him miralax don’t fret it will come ! Pain meds can make them not want to eat so warm foods, use smelly foods, try different types of food, Huckberry is eating, even if it’s not the normal amount that is ok!  Drinking, if he is eating wet food you can worry less that will provide moisture drinking is not so critical if eating wet food .

I’m glad to hear he is comfortable! Try not to worry the rest all sounds pretty normal !
As for you vet , you can always have his records faxed or emailed to you & yeah ask for you money back omc lovely vet she chose the wrong profession ! I would have a few words for her .  It’s time to find a new one !

Love the pictures 😻

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I think fluids may be a good idea if his fluid intake remains poor. He is not dehydrated yet which is good. I added more water to his wet food this morning and he ate a little but lapped up all the fluid. I am stopping after work to get some of those Fancy Feast broths. If I can get him turned around without sticking him that would be nice.  Last night was my final straw.. I do not think I will be contacting that doctor again. She probably does not want to call me, she may hear my Yankee spirit come through the phone to inform her of things she probably won't want to hear, lol.  Sorry, I am truly not a mean hearted person but I am very protective of those I love and be it person or animal I hate when medical care is mismanaged. 

I am moving forward with a positive attitude big-blink  If he needs more medical care I will open the proverbial "phone book" and see what I can see.  One of my co-workers recommended a vet that he likes a lot and he is a "crazy old cat man" lol.  

Oscar made it in the room yesterday all on his own. first he took the blankie off of Huck's mancave, then this clap

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Well done Oscar and Huckleberry! How lovely to see them interacting somwell together! Between all three of you cats.... a true match made in Heaven! 

Oscar you have been trained in major stealth manoeuvres! Watch and wait.... don’t show too much of yourself just in case the intruder has weird intentions😼.... watch the rest of the family accept this intruder?🙀... Hmmmmm rethink strategy🤔.... introduce oneself very profoundly and watch reaction😈... all clear?.... Pay Pattacake with new best friend!😺 You have put a smile on my face today boys, thanks for that! 

Love ya❤️

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