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9 December 2016 - 10:21 am
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Thanks for the update !
Yeah for better day ! clapDrinking ,peeing, getting in the box and even for the face plant . Those will happen as he relearns his new life, and will becomes less as he gets stronger and figures things out!

We used a dremel tool with a cutting blade. That plastic is very hard. I’m not sure what else would cut thru that? I think it would snap the exacto blade? Any chance you have a dereml tool? We also filed the edges after cutting it to make it smooth.
If your going to with the blade just be careful !

As for you going back to work, take one day at a time right now alot can change by then!
We added stuff back into the room , added the steps etc around day 6-7.
Purrkins was ready to be doing more by then . 

We did keep him in that room for 14 days and like Mona we let Purrkins be free when his stitches came out. Then look out!

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9 December 2016 - 10:36 am
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Thanks for the advice Holly and Kerren

"We did keep him in that room for 14 days and like Mona we let Purrkins be free when his stitches came out. Then look out!"

So you both let your pets do regular stairs once the stitches came out. That's great news.  Lynx has self absorbing stitches which are supposed to absorb in 10-14 days.  And it sounds like folks allow pet stairs early on. Great.

I slept in his room and I couldn't figure out what the smell was lol. I finally unearthed that he peed on a pillow in the afternoon when he was upset. But now he's using the litterbox. Unfortunately I don't have one of those tools so we'll have to make do with a 3 inch rim on the litterbox. He faces plants both in and out of it but he's still using it.

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9 December 2016 - 10:43 am
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Maybe try putting something by the litter box, sorta like a step into? Just an idea might help him.

He got in and out ok he's truly doing great even with the face plant thats part of the process unfortunately.

Purrkins was in the hospital 3 nights he came home with that smell he just peed where he laid in the hospital . 

I just wiped him down with a warm wash cloth;) Lynx will get back to cleaning himself probably today lol.

He eat for you yet?

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9 December 2016 - 10:48 am
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Another great idea, thanks Holly. Yes I guess I didn't add it on the first post -- he ate right after I sent it!  And he went back again for water!  And litter box! I gave him a pill pocket (empty) because they smell so good and he ate one of them. So we are on the right track indeed! big-grin

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🎉🎉🎉🎉🎊👏🏻 FANTASTIC! big-grin

He is going to do great ! You just wait and see you will be amazed at him! Go Lynx!

Age doesn't matter to him 😉

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9 December 2016 - 10:52 am
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That is, he ate his regular food earlier from his dish and I added the pill pocket a little while ago

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9 December 2016 - 10:54 am
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Thanks Holly!  Yes I was so encouraged in the middle of the night and then again this morning. What a difference a day makes big-grinbig-grin

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9 December 2016 - 10:56 am
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Yes its amazing what hours being home can do! All the love will help you both thru this!

Each day will get even better!big-blink

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9 December 2016 - 10:58 am
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heartheartheart Yes indeed

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9 December 2016 - 11:01 am
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Keep the great updates coming .

Look forward to hearing how well Lynx is healing!

Heal well buddy your doing great! 

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Good morning. Lynx seems to be in his sleep recovery mode. Has been sleeping basically all day/night since yesterday afternoon. I assume that is a good thing. I can't imagine the adjustment his body is making to no cancer and no limb. he got up in the middle of the night twice to use the litterbox for #1. Not eating enough for #2 but he's a bit on the chubby side so I don't think that's a problem. I added a step to front of litterbox since I can't cut it back and a throw pillow on the side he faceplants when getting out heart  Here's a picture of him sleeping in his mancave. That was a great suggestion for a crate or box with blanket. This is where he's hanging out. He's back to grooming himself a little. Now that he's in more recovery mode, he is fighting the meds and I missed his mouth yesterday and doc said to give him another. Think I may have missed some of that too. Wasn't sure how to tell if he was in pain but successfully gave him a dose at 3am. He has only 3 doses left so I'll have to figure out if we need to request more - how to tell if he's in pain. Haven't seen him walk much but he seems to slink across the floor to do the water/food and litterbox. I'm guessing after this phase, he'll become a little more active. 

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Good Morning, I was just thinking about you guys;)

Sleeping is normal and great! Dont worry about #2 yet. Thats normal on the meds.

It sounds all normal and really he is doing well, using the box , eating and drinking, trying to get around grooming all great! He will figure the rest out, I promise!

I would keep enticing him to eat, use your pill pockets and crumble them up on his food that might make him want to eat. Anything he eats is great! 

As for his meds, can you sit behind and sorta straddle him with your legs? Then open his little mouth and put the meds in between the gums and cheek? Let me know if that makes sense or not. Its important to get those in. 

Purrkins signs of pain were meowing, growling and hissing he would not let me near him. All in that order. 

Here is a link on signs of pain on cats and dogs

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Here is a link on how to add photos

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10 December 2016 - 10:12 am
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Okay thank you Holly. I'll give that a try with meds next time. And thanks for the tips about good and pain. He will be running out of pain meds tomorrow so I'll assess his symptoms then. It seems weird to just take him off cold turkey, suddenly without anything. But I'm sure I can get something from the doc asap if needed. The pics looks a little complicated so I think I'll forego that for now. 

Appreciate the help.

Becky and Lynx

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How many hours are dosing him? Just asking , because what we did was slowly stretch the times first stretch was half hour and see if he was still comfortable . 

We were doing great on the pain meds (Buprenorphine )every 10.5 -11 hours.

We were coming to the end of the pain meds so I took Purrkins to every 12 hours and thats when the pain showed up. Just a reference maybe to help you see. Then I called surgeon and had to run the next morning for more meds. We never ran out first thankfully. 

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10 December 2016 - 10:24 am
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I wish they sent us home with more then less but unfortunately there is reasons for that too. 

Hopefully Lynx will do great and not need more, but if you do just call the vet.

Hugs to you both! heart

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