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My Snuggles had right rear leg amputated. The last 2 days he has had this odd attack where he freaks out and starts to hop around in circles and then gets upset and hisses. Hes on his gabapentin still  low dose .5 ml aday . He had this odd attack  seems to happen on bed  . He ran off the bed walked a bit and started eating. Is this a spasm or phantom leg pain? It lasted a minute or so and the  getting off the bed a walking seemed to help. When he was having it he was hissing a biting me not hard but to say dont touch. Ive read on the forum others have similar experiences. 

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Hi and welcome! Yes that does sound like phantom painDefinitely let your vet know so his meds can be adjusted. Have you mentioned it? Sometimes this happens when the animal starts to be more active, but it's something that can be alleviated.

What was the reason for the amputation?

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Hello and Welcome to you and Snuggles.
This seems to be happening a lot with the rear leg kitties.
I'm sorry he is having these attacks. Sounds like phantom limb pain.
And the cause as Jerry asked?
How often are you giving the Gabapentin?
Our cat Purrkins front leg amp was on Gabapentin for 14 days 100mg every 8 hours.
Purrkins was on also on Buprenorphine 0.3mg for 12 days that was every 8-12 hours.
You might just need a tweak in his meds for Snuggles to be comfortable.
I would call the vet and ask

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Thanks so much ❤️I called the vet we are upping his gabapentin to .6 2 times a day. She thinks it has something to do with the sciatic nerve being severed . Its scary and upsetting . He is eating and using his litter basket well . I hope this is just part of the process. Thank you for your help. 

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Snuggles had a shattered femur the dr said it was possibly a vaccine sarcoma but the biopsy was not cancer. It shattered from a run in the house, she said it looked like an old break that shattered. We never knew he never limped. Snuggles is 11 and   Repairing it with screws and wires wasnt the best option since it opens him up to infection,pain and it not healing.  I hope snuggles heals and stops spasming

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Oh I'm glad your vet made it easy to adjust the medication. It should help out. Rarely does this kind of thing last for more than a couple of months, at most. 

A shattered femur? Ouch! What a tough kitty. I'm glad he's on the mend now. I'll be he is too!

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Glad to hear Snuggles got his dose increased! I do believe it will help. The drug is for nerve pain 

Will be keeping our paws crossed it does the trick!

Yeah for no vaccine sarcoma! That's great news. He will heal up and you guys can hop on without worrying about cancer!

Please let us know how he does with the increase. We will celebrate with you!

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