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27 February 2017 - 8:16 am
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Thank you SO much for that video!  I needed that.  Yes, Bob has had the cone of shame on when he had his toe amputated.  After two weeks of that he was SO depressed.  I've already discussed the onesie with the surgeon and he said that is fine with him, as long as he doesn't lick at the wound.  The last time we went through this he chose to recover in our bedroom, in just a random spot.  He can't get under our bed with the cone on. His latest 'hot' spot is the laundry basket.  Doesn't matter WHICH laundry basket....whichever one *I* am trying to fold clothes out of is the one he wants to be in. He waits impatiently for me to empty it.  He really is a strange cat.  big-blink

He also doesn't have any favorite foods.  Everyone else lines up at dinner time to beg but half the time I have to go track Bob down and carry him to his bowl to eat.  WEIRD!  He never begs for scraps or anything like that.

He really is the strangest cat I have ever owned....and that is a good thing!

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27 February 2017 - 8:37 am
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Just a suggestion get some stinky fishy canned food. We had good luck with chicken and herring, tuna and salmon. The stinky part gets past those pain meds. Kerren Mona's Mom gave Mona wet kitten food in recovery. Great idea its high in calories. Purrkins never begs for scraps either;) But he does love tuna! I do not feed him Tuna on any normal basis but I Knew I might need to pull out all the goodies in advance and I was so glad to have it on hand. Purrkins ate for me, not like normal but he ate! Thats the best part.

Check out his blog http://purrkins.....ns-is-home

we documented a lot of his journey. Might give you a better idea. There are videos on there and Purrkins has a Youtube channel too:)

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCU_5_sHCaoz3GklTEKN5TaQ

We did all those to help other's see how we did and are doing. I know when we were faced with this decision , I was just sick, nervous so upset there are no words. Just know we understand what you are going thru!

I read trikitty blogs and watched videos and that helped me see yes things will be ok. They will be! The first day home was the worst for me, I was not prepared for Purrkins to flop and flop, Just a heads up . Bob may not? I would prepare for some face plants as he learns. We had some foam exercise mats down since we have hard floors. If you have carpet great!

Im not sure about he laundry basket for recovery? Not sure he will be able to get in and out of that. Really shouldn't be jumping, I know they are cats we just have to try to restrict activity. Bob will be able to get in and out of his basket later, Purrkins gets in his and he has a laundry wicker basket he sleeps in. I would try to come up with another little safe spot to recover in that Bob does not have to jump in and out of.

We are all here , your never alone in this! Let us know when you get the call Bob is recovering. Stay pawsitive and stay busy today. 

And yes lots of chocolate or whatever helps soothe you:)

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27 February 2017 - 8:43 am
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I'm thinking vodka.  hahahahah!!  laughing

Bob has basically been a tripawd since September.  He hasn't used that foot since the initial injury.  So, hopefully he'll be ahead of the curve learning how to maneuver minus the entire leg.  It hasn't prohibited him from doing anything so far.  He jumps from couch to couch and this morning he launched himself onto the kitchen counter, which is verboten.  haha!

Thanks for all the support!  It's nice to know I'm not alone in this and talking to others who have been through it has really helped!

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27 February 2017 - 8:52 am
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LOLlaughing whatever works just be sober to pick up Bob😉 Yes thats a good thing Bob is already on 3 he will have less learning to do.

Just keep in mind he will be on 3 legs and try to protect those 3 legs as much as possible. Make his ups and downs safer with steps or boxes, furniture closer together. Purrkins still tries to climb our kitchen cupboards ! He doesnt try he does! Its not a good thing, he can't get down safely. We ended up having to put a temporary door for when we leave and at night! The 3 legs has not stopped Purrkins in doing anything! Recovery is not easy, you will get passed that! Keep up on pain meds and think of creative ways to get Bob to eat. That would be my concern, if he is not a big eater with no favorites. We use baby food turkey and gravy to give supplements in and we used that in recovery too. Another option.

Your never alone ,you have all of us we will do our best to help you and Bob get going in your new normal life!

Purrkins did not bother his incision with the onesie , I did sew the one arm shut. We used baby t-shirts too and did the same sewed the arm shut. It was great no cone!

Hugs! Holly & Purrkins

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Surgery is done and he came through it very well.  Surgeon said the lymph node he took from under his armpit looked normal and healthy and he's confident we are DONE with cancer.

As of this morning he had eaten a little and is being an attention whore (he's a VERY happy drunk).  I will be picking him up later this afternoon.

The house was so weird without him there last night!  This time last year we had 3 cats and 2 dogs.  We lost a cat and a dog and last night we only had one dog and one cat in the house.

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28 February 2017 - 7:46 am
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Fantastic News! Bob is eating at the vets too! Wow thats great!

The house becomes way too quiet ! Then you think you still hear them.! Your routine has a huge gap! Things will get back to normal in a few weeks.

The best news is he is rid of that painful cancerous leg and will be home recovering  soon!  

Yeah Bob!!👏🏻

Im sorry about the loss of the of your other guys! Horrible and scary timing for you. Hang in there Bob is not joining them! 

Hugs!

Holly & Purrkins

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YAAAAAAAAAY!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 SURGERY IS DONE 🙂 🙂 🙂

I know you'll be so glad to have Bob back home today! Let us know how it goes. And be prepared, some Surgeons just @ove to shave a lot of fur!

Your Bob has some good Guardians watching over him...and youheart

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Thanks for the great update! Take it easy for a while and please keep us posted.

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So far, so good.  I didn't say anything to my husband about the wound site.  I wanted to hear his response without knowing my thoughts.  We both agree, the surgeon was SO worth it.  The sutures are a thing of art versus what looked like a hatchet accident when the vet removed the toe.  

Bob is eating well and seems pretty perky all things considered.  He HATES the liquid antibiotics, but oh well.

I'm going to the store today to buy him some onesies so I can get the satellite dish off his head.  I think that will help tremendously.

We're now calling him FrankenBob.  🙂 

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YEAH👏🏻👏🏻🎉🎉 FrankenBob is eating! Perky considering is fantastic! You might see his appetite changes since his cancer has left! 

We noticed Purrkins was really fussy with eating ,when he had his tumor. When the leg went Purrkins appetite returned to normal.

Yeah for the suture art!! Makes all the difference!! I saw a lot of horror pictures of the incision, I was preparing for those. I was pleasantly surprised with Purrkins, It was not a scary at all. 

I'm Glad to hear you feel soooo much better about the choice you made!! Bob is too;) There is art inside too you just are not seeing that !

Getting the Satellite(LOL, thats a new one) off his head and getting the onesie's will make all the difference for Bob!

Did they send you home with Pain meds too?

Take some pictures for us when you can of Bob in his new clothes😻

Keep healing Bob! 

Keep us posted!

Hugs to you and chin and ear scratches to Bob! 

Holly & Purrkins

P.S. We got 3-6 months and they were too big and moved around,

0-3 months onesie and t-shirts worked better for Purrkins.

I cut the bottoms off and the arms. Sewed the one arm closed. This was the bigger one and was to loose and moved around.

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OMC kitty couture! Now that is just adorable! I'm so pleased to hear how well FrankenBob is doing and that you are pleased with how the surgery went. That must be a great relief. Now please, we HAVE to have pics of Bob in his onesie...

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Awww yaaaay! I'm so glad things went well and he's on the road to healing. Can't wait for the onesie fashion show!

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