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8 week old kitten - foreleg amputee - how long to restrict movement?
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18 June 2018 - 12:03 pm
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Last Monday, I got a new 8-week-old foster kitten, Babette. Babette had her foreleg amputated on June 7.

Babette is doing amazingly well. She just wants to run around and play! I’ve been keeping her confined to the bedroom but she cries when we leave her in there. I’m also fostering another litter of kittens and their mom. The litter is 7 weeks old. 

I’m looking for advice on how long I have to keep Babbette confined to the room, and if it would be OK for her to have some supervised visits with the other kittens?


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18 June 2018 - 12:15 pm
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Hello Babette and family, welcome. Thanks for adopting this young sweetie! What was the reason for her amputation?

The length of time for confinement really depends on the individual animal and the situation at home. Most people wait until the amputation stitches are out before allowing free-roaming in the house and plaing with other cats. Are all your cats indoors? Where will Babette spend her time, indoors or out?

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18 June 2018 - 12:30 pm
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Thanks for the quick reply! Babette was found alone in a construction site with a crushed paw, she was being attacked by birds. The paw couldn’t be saved and the arm had necrosis, so they had to do a complete amputation.

I keep all my fosters indoors, so Babette will be inside for as long as she’s with me (and most likley in her furever home as well). Babette has internal stitches that will dissolve, so I don’t really have a bench mark for when she should get free roam. Do you know what the usual timeline is for that? 

thanks again!

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18 June 2018 - 1:27 pm
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fosterfuzzies said
Thanks for the quick reply!

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It appears Jerry answered your question…every cat is different, so recovery times can vary. But confinement and moderation of activity are keyy to quick, complete recovery. Supervised visit with other cats should be fine for now.

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The length of time for confinement really depends on the individual animal and the situation at home. Most people wait until the amputation stitches are out before allowing free-roaming in the house and playing with other cats.

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18 June 2018 - 2:20 pm
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Hi and welcome.

Our surgeon told us when TriPug Maggie had her rear amp that she was only allowed short, leashed potty breaks for the first two weeks.  Mag also had dissolve-able sutures.

In my experience (human and dog) incisions take 10 to 14 days to heal.  We often see here that the youngsters heal very quickly and are raring to go earlier than more ‘mature’ dogs and cats.

What does your vet recommend?

Karen and the Spirit Pug Girls

Tri-pug Maggie survived a 4.5 year mast cell cancer battle only to be lost to oral melanoma.

1999 to 2010


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