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29 July 2020 - 12:04 pm
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These are great photos. I’m happy to hear that Ziggy is doing so much better. Great news!

Just so I understand – did Ziggy have an infection in the incision? And the vet said it was caused by the litter box?

I haven’t seen too many infections here but when they are caught and resolved the cat sure feels a whole lot better. It was suggested that my tripawd use “Yesterday’s News” as the litter. Mona chose not to but instead went beside the litter box or in the back of my desk drawer. Litter boxes are a challenge for many of the tripawd feline patients.

I’m sure Ziggy is getting feistier every day.  Just another challenge for you. icon_lol

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29 July 2020 - 5:30 pm
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Sure about the pictures! Here’s another to add – explanation below. Ziggy’s super cool goggles

The vet never really said infection about the first time, but with pus involved it must have been a mild one e. The guess is that a lot of his issue was with the box – he’s very fussy but he was having a hard time at first, and he was so tired that he basically just sat down to pee and of course got pee all over himself. We cleaned him up as best we could but it might not have been enough (we are using Yesterday’s News but he haaaaaaaaates it!)

It could have also been that he yanked his cone off and got some licks in before we caught him.

We’ve had another little speed-up. After he came home, I had noticed a slightly discolored spot on the belly side of his incision right about where the seroma had been. I assumed it was just some staining from the flushing out and she had warned me that we might see some continued leaking of fluid or a little blood so I wasn’t too concerned. 

He had another good pee this morning and I was cleaning him up with a baby wipe while he was having a supervised grooming session. But when I gently wiped his belly, the discolored spot just came off and exposed I’m estimating about a half-inch hold of icky infected-looking junk. Of course I panicked, called the vet 20 minutes later when they opened, and rushed him back. Thankfully the spot didn’t seem to be causing him any pain, he was more peeved that he was in the carrier again.

She isn’t sure if it was just a fold of tissue from the original surgery that went necrotic a bit, or if it was from him licking when he escaped the cone or the flushing. Sometimes a piece of skin just gets thin and brittle and there was another spot she was worried was starting to do the same, so she decided to keep him at least until Friday, possibly Saturday to see what happens with the other spot. Either way she plans to give the one spot a couple of sutures on Friday. For the moment they’re going to double cone him AND try a donut collar since he’s a pro at escaping them – he keeps hooking the gauze with his “thumb claws” and ripping the cone off through sheer determination. They’re also using medicated honey to keep the wound clean until it’s closed up.

And for the picture above, they’re also using a laser to help get rid of the infected tissue in the wound, hence his super stylish Eyewear! Everyone at the office loves him because he’s super chill, easygoing, and starts purring whenever anyone comes to feed him or check on his cone. He even had his first post-amputation poop today!

So it’s not the awesome news we had hoped for, but also not a situation the vet hasn’t seen before and not something that is threatening his overall health in a way they can’t deal with. In the meanwhile, we are getting some very much needed sleep and loving on his absolutely adorable brother Herbie!

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29 July 2020 - 6:21 pm
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Awww great pic, again! Thank you so much for sharing.

Well he’s just keeping you busy with all those healing hiccups but at least they are treatable and your vet is on top of it. Eeek sorry he’s back in the clinic but it sounds like a really good move. I love that she’s using manuka honey and laser therapy. Did I say she was pawsome? Oh yeah! Definitely is.

Get your rest now and love on Herbie, he’s totally enjoying it I’ll bet. If the clinic sends you pics of Ziggy, we’d love to see them smiley16

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30 July 2020 - 12:38 am
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They really are awesome vets! We just happened to move to an apartment complex right up the street from them, and the first time another cat had issues, they were the closest ones so we went there to minimize his distress about the carrier and we definitely struck gold. She definitely didn’t want to send him home again when it looks like there might be another potential issue on the horizon, and he eats well when he’s there so she’s comfortable keeping him. If pets get so stressed there that they won’t eat, she usually pushes to send them home instead but Ziggy’s very chill about it.

I think an almost 12-hour sleep was clearly needed by the humans, and Herbie is taking a post-play nap now. The vet said she plans to send us daily pictures with our updates, so I’ll keep posting them here as long as they’re not disgusting!icon_lol

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30 July 2020 - 9:56 am
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Awww Ziggy❤   Let’s get this taken care of so you can get home and get rid of the cone!!!👌

It really does sound like you have an excellent  Vet and that has to be a relief.  I like the observation  that is Ziggy is eating then not too stressed at all.  

Glad you got some mich needed rest.  Update  when uou can.

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30 July 2020 - 10:42 am
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Hah you could never post any disgusting photos of those two kitties! We love seeing them.

That vet is a keeper, it was sure meant to be when you moved to the area.

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30 July 2020 - 10:49 am
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Today it’s much clearer to the vet what tissue along his incision is healthy and what tissue is necrotic and needs to be dealt with. She called about an hour ago and said that she was going to sedate him so that she could go in, clean up his incision, and place some new sutures. We haven’t heard back yet so I assume all is running smoothly!

Apparently the only issue at the vet is that they had to double cone him – hard cone and then the soft one inside, because if he’s just in one he rips it off the second no one’s paying attention to him. icon_lol He doesn’t even fight it being put on, he’s more of the “fine, put it on, I’m just gonna yeet this across the cage as soon as you’re not looking!”

So far no wound pics, and I covered the incision when I posted on Instagram since I didn’t want to upset anyone. The vet gets treated to all of my WHAT IS THIS THING SHOULD IT LOOK LIKE THIS close-ups of his incision at 3AM in all their nasty glory! LOL

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30 July 2020 - 11:10 am
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Had to chuckle at Ziggy’s determination  to show that cone who da’ boss!😉

Glad the Vet seems to have a handle on the next step to take care of that incision.   The these things do happen.

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30 July 2020 - 11:43 am
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Right? I think part of the problem is that his fur is REALLY thick, so when you think you’ve gotten it tight enough there’s still a lot of fluff to fool you. A few times I was sure it had to be half strangling him but nope, off it went a few minutes later! He’s not always the smartest bulb in the pack but man is that cat stubborn!

So far, no dire bumps along the way and nothing the vet hasn’t seen before. Just stuff that can happen with such a big surgery.

Thank you all for all of the caring words and nudges to update on his status!

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30 July 2020 - 1:33 pm
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Well, there’s a lot to be said for that stubborn determination! I hope the incision clean-up went well. 

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Success! All of the necrotic and brittle tissue has been removed, and to help pull things together he even got a little bit of a tummy tuck!icon_lol She also put in some staples in the middle since those are harder to remove and he’s being such a cone ninja. Apparently he has them really going and will only eat for them if they take the cones off, what a brat!

He’ll be home Saturday, with cones plus a donut collar too. Can’t make things easy for anyone, that’s not his style!

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Yesssss! Oh that’s fantastic! And a bonus tummy tuck? Well it’s a win-win!

“Cone ninja…” I LOVE it! I can already see some memes with that one. Hmm…

I keep forgetting to mention that we had to double-cone our Wyatt Ray for a GI surgery, he’s also a pro at getting to sutures. What an ordeal!

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Seriously! When he was first home and barely moving, he’d lay there without moving for two or three hours. I’d leave for 15 minutes to do something in another room, come back, and it would be in one corner and he’d be in the other. Apparently he was doing it to the vets too, acting all innocent and then whipping it off between checks. He’s juuuuuust smart enough to be dangerous! 

I’m glad she gave us that idea though. So far we were sleeping in shifts so that someone was always awake with him in case he yanked it off. Maybe this way we’ll actually get some sleep!

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Glad the Vet has things all stitched/stapled up.  

Ziggy is definitely  a c”Cone Houdini” magician.  Silly kitty!  Love how he’s already trained tje Bet to remove his cone before he’ll eat.  Quite a personality!😎

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OK I think it would be hilarious if you set up a webcam to watch him in stealth zoomie mode!

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