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24 January 2022 - 5:38 am
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Yesterday our cat came back with a very damaged paw. We think from jumping down onto glass or some metal. Right is he is in X-ray and we are hoping for toe amputation but the likelihood is that he will have to have his front right leg amputated. 

I’m very shocked and devastated this has happened. And want to make sure we have everything ready for him when he gets home (Thankyou Amazon prime). 

What would you all suggest I add to the basket. And should we get a soft cone and a onesie? 

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24 January 2022 - 10:00 am
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Hi Jess and kitty, welcome. We are so sorry to hear your kitty is in the clinic and hope that they can save his leg. Paws crossed! If not, check out our Tripawds Recovery Shopping List for some ideas, such a kitty recovery suit and soft cone (yes, absolutely recommended), elevated feeding station, and interactive brain games you can play to keep him from getting bored. 

Do you have a small room in your home where you can set him up to recover? You want to limit his movements to a small part of your home so he doesn't overdo things. Be sure he can't get caught in any of the furniture or jump from high places. 

Our Tripawds What to Expect articles have lots of tips too! 

And be sure to know what kind of pain management he will come home with. The better the pain control, the easier the recovery.

Let us know how things are going OK? We are sending pawsitivity for good news that you don't have to join our club.

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24 January 2022 - 8:42 pm
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Hi Jess and kitty,

I am so sorry to hear about your kitty's injury. I hope the vet will be able to save his paw and leg. They can do some amazing things with orthopedic surgery these days. Whether recovering from a sore leg or the loss of a leg, your kitty will need a recovery room with soft low bedding so kitty isn't jumping. A low wide litter box makes things easier also. When we brought Castiel home after an amputation for fibrosarcoma in one of his front legs, we set up recovery room with a mattress on the floor and litter box nearby and raised feeding dishes to ease his recovery. We also bought a onesie and a soft cone (which he hated and was excellent at removing with his one paw). We ended up experimenting with a variety of cones and it was a good that we had multiples because he got food in them and they required washing. Heck he used his cone as a funnel for moving food into his mouth! It doesn't hurt to have some wee wee pads around the area and box just in case it is painful or difficult to get to the box in time. Wishing you and kitty well!

 Take good care!


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