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My rear amputee cat was doing fine for the first two weeks I had him, walking forward normally, but yesterday he started doing this horrible backwards slouch where he sort of flips over and shuffles. I don’t think he’s otherwise distressed but it’s very disturbing, is there anything I can do for him? Is this something normal that goes away for tripawds? Thank you!

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17 September 2020 - 7:02 pm
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NOTE: We’ve moved your topic here to the Three Legged Cats forum where it will get the attention it deserves and much more feedback from tri-kitty members!

What you’re experiencing is rather common for new amputee cats. You’ll find plenty of helpful tips here in the forums and this Tripawds News blog post:

How to Help Amputee Cats Walking Backwards

Here are other ongoing forum discussions:

Leg amputation freaking out post surgery need advice

Kitten freaking out post-amputation procedure

Cool Tips for Tripawd Cats also covers the topic in detail.

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Hi! How is your cat doing today – still walking in an unusual manner? I have a rear amputee kitty named Hiccup, but I haven’t seen him do a backwards shuffle-walk before. His leg was amputated when he was only 3 months old, so it took him very little time to adapt to life on 3 legs. How old is your kitty? Is a recent amputee? Is he eating & drinking normally? Using the litter box normally (for him)? How is his energy level? I know you’ve only had him for a few weeks so determining what “normal” is might be tricky, but any information you could share would help myself & other Tripawd members try to figure out what’s going on 🙂

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How are you guys doing? Huckleberry did not have that issue, however we have seen several kitties have this happen so I think although it is a little less common, they usually work it out. Sometimes it takes a bit of time. Admin gave you some great links, I hope you have had a chance to check them out. 

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Our rear amputee has had some pretty odd fits of backwards movement too, sometimes followed by “pancaking” himself on the floor. Do the episodes pass quickly? Does he seem like he’s confused or in pain? Does it seem like they’re in relation to something he’s doing – jumping, using the litter box, trying to play with something, etc?

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