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15 yo cat Lynx - front limb amputation tomorrow
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Yeah on diffuser working! I think it will help Lynx in general too. 

Jerry's suggestion I had to laugh, because I thought I was the only one who would do such a thing! LOL I did that when Purrkins came home from surgery , I got down on 3 to see how it was. I had Mark do it too lol .big-grin I do it when I have him play with something new too just to see if and how that might work.

Its a very good way to get perspective !

Lynx is lucky to have you! He will get moving and he will show you ,he will be ok!

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Holly & Purrkinsheart

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Just curious, if you pinch his @ittle kitty toes, does he react? Does he try to pull away?

Loe the ide of making his space smaller and moving his food bowl or favort treat a little bit outnof reach and see how that goes. Also, and Imknow thisnisnhard, but as suggested maybe try not to be a "hovercraft" and try not and fuss over him too much. I know, pretty hard to do!

Sounds like Lynx is "merely" as senior cat early in recovery from major surgery while adapting to three legs! Yeah, some kitties just need a little more rtime to figure things out.

You are doie an OUTSTANDING job of caring for Lynx!! Make sure to take a lottle time for yourself, okay?

Lots of hugs!

Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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Some great news 7 days post amp. Last night, I heard Lynx go to the gate of the bedroom and meow. So today I opened up the whole hallway to the bedrooms and just gated the human stairway. I put up the pet stairs to my bed (where he used to hang out during the day under the covers). He sort of crawl-walked into my bedroom and then crawled right up those pet stairs to go under the covers!  He can hardly walk but he crawled right up those stairs without difficulty. Amazing!

I think everything is going to be okay heartheartheart

Becky and Tripawd Lynx

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14 December 2016 - 8:35 am
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🎉🎉🎉🎉🎊🎊 Yeah!!!!! Made my morning !

So happy to hear your feeling better too! Don't think he is going to be ok! HE IS going to be okay!

Just going to take a little extra time because he is a little older guy. He will figure this out! He is showing see Mom I can do this!

He will amaze you each day! Just wait ! 

😻 Go Lynx clapclap

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Thank you Holly. I do believe we are now on the true road to recovery. Thanks for all of your suggestions and help!

Becky and Lynx

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That's what this site is for to help get us thru and support each other 😍

Happy to help in anyway!  Your never alone in this! 

Please stay in touch we love hearing the updates!

Lynx will pave the way for Senior kitties;)

Hugs to you Lynx and Leah!heart

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MAAAAAADE MYYYYYY DAAAAY!!!! BEST NEWS EVVVVVVER!!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 Soooooo happy to read this!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

Up the pet stairs....under the covers....OMC!!!! YAAAAAAAAAY FOR LYNX!!! And a huge YAAAAAAAAAY FOR MOM!!!! You are stronger than you know!!!!! Good job!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

I know you get tired of us saying this, but it IS still early and Lynx is...er.....mature! Lynx is doing recovery HIS way and at his own pace!!

Looking forward ro more great updates!! heart

Lots of love!

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Hi folks
Thanks for all of the support. Here are my latest updates. 9 days post amputation, 1) Lynx is walking now (like a pirate, which I think is how he is supposed to walk 🙂 and 2) He finally did #2 after surgery. Yay!

So once he started hanging out under my covers, he cut back on eating and drinking and just stayed there for 1-2 days. Through multiple conversations and observation, we realized that he can get up the pet stairs but can't really get down very well, especially the top step, which is larger to the bed (I've already figured out to add some height to the staircase to reduce the top step). I saw him freeze when trying to come down that step. I had also been trying to give him more exercise by putting his food in another room. But that backfired. In an interest in getting him laxative, I started bringing the food and water to him in bed, and his great appetite continued.

Last night after I let him down the pet stairs, he walked from one end of the floor to the other, then stood at the gate going downstairs. So I carried him downstairs and he hung out there for a while and smelled things. His sister Leah hissed at him (just once, maybe it's temporary). Then he wanted to go to the bottom floor and I carried him down there. He used the old litterbox there and did #2 (which I have been worrying about). He had learned to navigate the higher rim. After a while we went back upstairs again.

So our next task will be helping him to figure out how to go downstairs on human and pet stairs. Then he can have the run of the whole house. I'm hoping we can master this by Monday, when I go back to work.

Becky and Lynx

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💩💩👏🏻👏🏻 yeah for poop! Yes we celebrate poop here lol!

Im not sure what pirate walking means lol smileybut he is walking thats great clapclap 

Sounds like all great news ! Give Leah some time and keep diffuser going until you see things change between them for a good couple weeks and even months.

You can use it indefinitely of course if needed. I do believe it will change once Lynx is recovered and getting around.

Just keep going slow go at Lynx pace. The freeze your seeing is Lynx trying to figure things out, sorta hmm how will I do this. You will see that for awhile months even. 

If you can just stand close and be ready to catch him if need be, start using his his lowest steps for training, thats how I would suggest you teach him. We all do things different and all our kitties are different use whatever works for you guys.

When he is ready. If he gets on the steps to go down. Let him try. Use some food to entice him on each step down and lots of praise of course. Just be ready to help. I wouldn't try the other steps until he masters one set. Again just my opinion😉

He is doing great and trying Sweet Lynx You Go buddy!heart

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16 December 2016 - 8:33 am
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I dont any of us have mentioned this to you before,

Front leg amputees kitties will have no problems going up its the going down part.

He will jump like he used to going up, amazing so!  He will get up the stairs fine .

Its all the going downs he will have problems with and have to relearn. As you are already seeing.

Just wanted to add that in so you know its normal .

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Thanks Holly!  I just mean that his gait is different, as it should be.  Thanks for your invaluable suggestions; I will try them smiley

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I dont any of us have mentioned this to you before,

Front leg amputees kitties will have no problems going up its the going down part.

He will jump like he used to going up, amazing so!  He will get up the stairs fine .

Its all the going downs he will have problems with and have to relearn. As you are already seeing.

Just wanted to add that in so you know its normal .

Hugs Holly & Purrkinsheart

Hi Holly. No I did not know that. Thanks. 

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laughingok hopping and pirate walking are the same lol

I'm Sorry we didnt mention that before, thats a important fact we should of mentioned it earlier.
It helps when we know whats normal and not so much in this journey. 

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No problem. It's good to know now that it's normal 🙂  

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Mona was not fearful about going down things at all and tried different ways until she found what suited her and did not hurt. Although I set up chairs and boxes and I showed them to her, she still did flying leaps a few times. I'd show her the chairs and boxes again and then she chose to use them as the leaps probably hurt. The stairs were easy for her because she had been bunny hopping down them before the surgery as the leg must have started hurting her. Of course she is slower and more thoughtful going down the stairs now but likes to race me up them! She always wins of course.

Mona also developed a technique to get off the couch by pushing off the side with her front leg and landing on her hind legs.

Our cats are very smart and do adapt. These are still early days for Lynx. When you go back to work you might want to limit his access until his incision is fully healed.

I'm happy to hear that Lynx is doing so much better! Cuddles are important for both of you. heart

Kerren and Tripawd Kitty Mona

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