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Update: Ziggy’s surgery went wonderfully! The vet got the femur out just fine. She said there was some infected tissue under it that they cleaned up but everything looked great when they closed things up. She said this time she put plenty of sutures under the skin to hold things together since he had issues with that last time, and both sutures and staples on the surface just in case.

And it’s a good thing, because overnight he already escaped his cone. 🤦 It didn’t look like he went after the staples at all, I think he just has some moral obligation to remove any cone put on him. To keep him away from it, one of the techs got what I’m assuming must be a leg sleeve for a large dog or something and fashioned a shirt for him that covers his whole body including the incision. 

Isn’t it stylish?

He’s eating some, probably not as much because of the drugs again. We had to go out of town for a few days so they’re keeping him in the boarding area now that he’s out of the ICU. Looks like all is well for the moment… and at least keeping him away from his incision is their problem until Friday! LOL

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15 September 2020 - 5:54 pm
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OhZiggy!  You crack me up with your a tios and that priceless  photo!  Even drugged up, you are speaking  volumes with that look at yours!

A “moral,obligation” ???🤪🤣  Perfect  description  of his thought process about this whole cone 💩

So glad the surgery went well AND they addressed the jnfection. He’s going to feel so much better once all this is over..

Enjoy your time away  fro being the Cone Police.  Maybe, just maybe, that shirt will do the trick

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LMAO… Ziggy pretty much always has that wide, vacant-eyed look on his face. He is one of the sweetest cats I’ve ever known but he is, uh… perhaps not the brightest. Turns out that the shirt was actually the one from last surgery, they just wanted to post a cute picture of him on Instagram. I was surprised and totally amused to see a picture of my own cat that I hadn’t seen before when I was scrolling along. One of those “wow, that cat REALLY looks like Ziggy… and hey he’s named Ziggy and that’s our vet, that explains it” moments! Haha.

The tech was saying that he’s one of their favorite patients ever. They’ve ALL been telling me how much they love him, but “his” tech has a nickname for him (it was either Ziggabot or Ziggabod, it was hard to tell which since she was sweet-talking him as she was walking away) and she finally explained why they all keep saying it. Apparently most cats who’re in as many times as he’s been in such a short amount of time start taking their frustrations out on the vets and especially the techs. Hissing, clawing, biting or generally making themselves very clear about how unhappy they are.

Apparently Ziggy’s main trick is just to burrow under whatever bedding they put in there for him and hide, but when they coax him out all he does is purr and want love from whoever it is. Doesn’t matter if they’ve just given him medicine or a shot, he just wants love and attention once he realizes he can get it from someone.

Also she did say that giving him cosequin now can’t do anything to hurt him – I can’t remember if I got that advice here or on Reddit. She said usually she recommends it as a supplement for cats about 5 years old and up, but being proactive and starting Ziggy on it now wouldn’t hurt anything at all and might do something to keep his joints healthier longer than if we started it later in his life, so we’re probably going to do that. 🙂 

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Oh boy,  those eyes say it all!! I’ll bet you he feels a lot better.  

I think it’s rooted in cats to anticipate and overcome every fear we ever owned🤣🤣 they just don’t sweat it like we do ❤  I’m not saying they’re right,  it just is what it is, lol. On the other hand,  that sleeve rocks!! 

I’m  thrilled that the deeper layers were still healthy. That’s a totally pawsitive thing!

Fingers,  toes,  paws,  and tails crossed for an easy recovery💖💖💖 He is in the best place right now,  breathe and think pawsitive thoughts. Get a bit of down time,  you deserve it. 

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So much fun read about Ziggy and how he wraps everyone  around his paw.  He certainly has us wrapped, and that’s  just from getting to know him through cyberland!  I can only imagine how smitten we would be if we actu met him in person. 

Okay Ziggabot, enjoy your good meds and get some good sleep tonight……and leave your stitches alone!!!

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16 September 2020 - 11:24 am
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YAY for the surgery victory!! Now his incision is all zipped up and Ziggy-proofed it sounds like. Hopefully no more major procedures are in his future and you can all get on with life. That’s awesome he’s getting such TLC at the clinic while you’re away.

He’s quite the entertainer! I love “Ziggabot!” that’s so adorable smiley_clapToo funny about seeing him on Instagram. I may have missed this before but what is your vet clinic’s handle? I’d love to follow them, they sound like a fun bunch.

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Fingers crossed! Earlier I got sent a picture with a pirate hat added on… I’m definitely posting that one to my Instagram later on when I’m more awake. LOL

The vet’s office is @ashford_620 (they’re part of the VCA group of vet clinics) and they’re also on Facebook @VCAAshfordAnimalHospital and they posted another shirt picture there. If anyone is ever looking for recommendations for a vet in Houston I would have no reservations about recommending them. I don’t care if we end up moving somewhere across town in the future, we intend to bring our cats to them as long as those vets are working there. Dr. Betsy Garza is our primary vet, but over the course of things with Ziggy and with our angel cat Alex, we’ve either seen or spoken to all three of the other vets there and they’re honestly all wonderful. 

And as I was writing this I got another text message from Ziggy’s tech – apparently he was having snuggle time earlier and was startled by the picture. LOL

Ziggy’s pirate hat

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surprised during snuggle time!

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16 September 2020 - 9:57 pm
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OH that boy! He has so many adorable, cute expressions! Thanks for sharing the pics. I’ll be sure to have us follow Dr. Garza and crew, it sounds like such a terrific clinic. 

Oh you can feel free to post about your experience in our Vet Specialist Referrals Forums!

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Goodness gracious, clearly  everyone adores Ziggy!   It ,may be hard to give him as ,much attention as he’s getting there non stop!  

Loooove the photos😎

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Right? Good thing we’re still on WFH here, he wouldn’t know what to do if we were gone all day!

Apparently that whole moral obligation to protest the cone wasn’t actually a joke with Ziggy. His tech said that they had one on him the first night, but when it was gone the next morning (Tuesday) they tried just leaving it off while he was in the ICU under close observation. Apparently he hasn’t had a cone on since and he’s left his staples completely alone. My wife said he’s probably just used to having them at this point and doesn’t care anymore, LOL. He’s eating like a champ for them, and we pick him up tomorrow!

Apparently Sir Ziggy takes his breakfast in the truly royal way – under the bed instead of in it.



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My tripawd kitty Mona told me that Ziggy is extremely bright! He just does a lot of thinking before he takes action. Mona said that Ziggy knew he had an infection because it kept tickling him and that is why he went after his incision. She figures now that he feels good he’ll heal quickly.

It’ll be great to have Ziggy back home with you!

Big hugs!

Kerren and Tripawd Kitty Mona

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That Mona is one smart kitty👍

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Awwww Ziggy, you are totally smoochable! Welcome home!

And Mona, I think you’re onto something. Ziggy knew exactly what was happening when that incision was bothering him. YAY for no more infection!

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Mona must be right! Ziggy is home now (HOORAY) and so far he seems much calmer. He’s back on all of the pain meds and still on his antibiotic but he already seems happier too. He inspected the whole apartment, played with Herbie, had his evening meds and dinner and now is having a well-deserved sleep.

He now has a bad-ass T shape where the first incision meets the new one. The old pocket of skin that worried us so much is gone and this incision looks much better right from the start. It already has a good scab and he’s licked it gently a few times but he’s being very good and not chewing them at all.

Fingers crossed that it will be smooth sailing this time – the 28th is the goal for staple removal!

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WELCOME HOME…AGAIN!!!  

Everything  sounds so much better now.  I know you must be incredibly  relieved,  and we join you in that feeling of relief!!   It deems as though the main source of the pain that caused  all the Houdini  antics is gone!!

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