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1 October 2017
She may also need something in addition to gabapentin for a little while. The fentanyl is wearing off and many need pain control on top of the gaba for a while longer. Huck was on pain meds for about 3 weeks, many are on for 2. He took gabapentin and buprenorphine, they worked well together for pain and phantom limb pain. You might consider talking to your vet and discussing her pain management for the rest of her recovery.
Im not a vet, but if she stays quiet and withdrawn she may be having some pain issues.
I hope some of this helps you💖
Jackie, David, Mitchell, Bo, Andy, Oscar,and the coolest feral tripawd kitty Huckleberry
28 July 2019
I would bet that she hates the cone more than anything, getting oral meds and the change in her routine. If you are considering requesting extra pain medication you could ask your veterinarian for a pain scoring assessment for your cat — there is a validated pain score assessment for post-operative feline patients that can help us assess pain in these tricky cats that like to hide pain. They are relatively easy to perform (a series of yes no questions that look at various aspects of her behavior and reactions). This may help you determine if she is in pain and if so when you add pain medications is it helping. Cats are especially hard because there are fewer pain medications that are safe for them as compared to dogs.
Keep your chin up — things will get better with time. She is more resilient that we we could ever imagine as humans <3