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Welcome home Ziggy!

So glad to hear that he is feeling better and acting so much more like himself sp_hearticon2 Count down for staple removal!  I know you guys are relieved. We are too! Please keep us in the loop as he continues his recovery. 

If they start getting itchy as they heal, moist compresses can help them to feel better. They drove Huck crazy toward the end as he got close to removal time. I am pretty sure Kerren and Mona told me about the compresses, and they did help give him relief. 

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19 September 2020 - 4:47 pm
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Good boy Ziggy! The 28th will be here before you know it!

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He really is a good boy, he doesn’t even fuss too much about his medicine… though he does go “alligator jaws” trying to clamp his mouth shut between syringes. 

One other interesting thing I’ve noticed – the episodes of what we thought were phantom limb pain have stopped entirely, or at least they have so far. By this point in his last recovery he’d already had several, that was one of the first things we worriedly called the vet about. The only angry growly moment he had was vaguely my fault. I couldn’t tell if his incision was leaking or if it was spitty from washing and I gently blotted it with a tissue. You know how cats are – I touched the royal personage! – and when he went to jump out of my lap on the recliner, he banged his stump on the corner on the way. There was a little yowl and a growl and he took a few steps backwards, but by the time I could let out an “Oh no, Ziggy!” he was already fine and off after his brother.

Hopefully we got an unexpected benefit out of that piece of his femur being removed. He spent about 5 hours yesterday having drugged-out naps in my lap… life is pretty good!

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20 September 2020 - 7:26 am
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If you put the syringe all the way to the side of his mouth and wiggle it in, once you slide it over the side of his teeth, his grip should relax a bit to enable you to give him the medication. 

Hah! I found a video that was a lot quicker to share than the explanation. This is perfect!! Exactly how I have done it sp_hearticon2

No stump banging Ziggy! But it sounds like he is getting around just wonderfully smiley10  I am glad the phantom limb pain, or whatever pain it was is gone. Hard to tell if it was ouchy from the infection or the phantom limb but it is gone! Is he still on gabapentin? 

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20 September 2020 - 7:56 am
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He is! At the moment he’s back on his initial regimen – an Oncior pill and Veraflox once a day, and buprenorphin and gabapentin twice a day. Technically the gaba is every 8-12 hours, but he seems to be doing well on it every 12 hours and that’s less medicating round a day.

Great video! We usually do go in the side just because he seems to spit it out and foam at the mouth less if it’s not on his tongue… if we slip and get the gabapentin on his tongue he turns into a foamy lizard, LOL. He just sits there and foams, drools, and flicks his tongue out while smacking his mouth, like a lizard eating a bug. The vet said it’s because gabapentin is often prescribed for kids do it’s often flavored, and the flavoring can often be gross for cats. It certainly SMELLS gross to my dull human nose! icon_lol

Before, we thought maybe he was getting those fits right before his next dose of gabapentin because the effects had worn off, but they continued after he was off it completely and healed, or so we thought anyway. Now I really do suspect that he was reacting to the infection and probably discomfort with his muscle degrading, and that was the only way he could tell us. I feel bad, but at the same time we did consult the vet and got it taken care of as soon as it was clear there was still some kind of problem.

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Yes, thank goodness you guys were right on top of it. I mean, there really was no way to know until things continued to progress. We have seen that with dogs here too. You really had a keen eye and good sense to not just chalk it up to part of his healing. He is lucky to have you guys as his caregivers throughout the healing process.

Gabapentin tastes AWFUL! I am not convinced even compounded could make it taste good, hahaha! I had a bit of it on my finger when I was mixing the capsule powder with some tuna juice… omg it was horrid 🤢🤢🤢 And yes, some of the flavors that we think are good, cats think are disgusting, lol

I am so glad things are finally going your way. You have had a much more difficult road than a lot and you guys have totally rocked it sp_hearticon2

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20 September 2020 - 12:50 pm
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I’m soooo glad he is doing better!  It’s too bad it took an extra surgery but it will sure be worth it in the long term for Ziggy.

he turns into a foamy lizard

TriPug Maggie was really good at hiding pills in her mouth and not swallowing them, only to spit them out later.  Foamy lizard made me laugh out loud smiley4.  I was told to give liquid pepto to Mag once… she turned into a rabid Pug only with pink foam!  That stuff when everywhere, including on the white fabric on the chair I was sitting on!

And just to be sure… the gaba is for cat’s not humans, right?  The human kind has xylitol which is toxic for dogs and I think cats.  My Pug Tani was on gaba for a couple years for her arthritis.  We had it compounded at a pet pharmacy and whatever the put in it made pretty palatable for her.  Then again she used to eat rocks, sticks and bugs so maybe it tasted bad and she didn’t care. 

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20 September 2020 - 4:55 pm
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That video cat is drugged😂🤣

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LOL, Herbie was so much worse. He had some really bad stomach issues when he was a kitten, really had diarrhea for about three months I think? No cause that the vet could find, and she said some kittens just get it and grow out of it. We had him on Tylosin powder that supposedly you were meant to sprinkle on food, but he wouldn’t go near that. We had to dissolve it in liquid and Herbie not only foamed, but shook his head violently as he did, so yellowish sticky foam EVERYWHERE. At least it wasn’t pink, though! icon_lol

The gabapentin is definitely for cats, no worries! I did read about the xylitol somewhere but they only have the kind without it there. Still flavored but what that flavor is supposed to be, I have no idea, I’m not about to taste it to find out! LOL I always tease the vet now because she always would say “cats don’t mind the taste of it” or “most of my kitty patients love this stuff!” or “he won’t even notice it in his food” and every single time she’s been wrong and I razz her about it later. Fortunately Ziggy’s super good about medicine. He has yet to spit a pill out and aside from clamping his jaws a little, he’s really not bad. I can pick him up and hold him while the wife medicates, and he mostly just tries to pull his head back into his body like a turtle… maybe he was a reptile in another life!

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😂😂😂 @ drugged kitty in video!! For sure that was not Huck back in the day 😂 Probably more like Oscar. When we got Oscar, he had runny eyes and we had to give him antiviral medication every day for not 30… 60 days! He got quite used to the routine, and of course he was just a little baby back then, so we had no real issues. 

Oh and yes, any time they get a taste of that medicine or accidentally bite the pill…. they look like they got slimed, lol. I have done that plenty and always feel bad if it happens. You get that look like… why did you do that?? I love you and look what you did to me?!?

I am really glad Ziggy is good with the meds. I was always afraid I was going to lose a finger medicating Huck, but I wound up keeping all of my digits so that was a win – win for me 😂

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I feel horrible saying it, but I told my wife that if this HAD to happen to one of them, I’m glad it was Ziggy and not Herbie. Ziggy’s pretty chill cat. Of course there are things he doesn’t like and he’ll run away if he can – it was almost comical after the first surgery, we were giving him his meds after breakfast and dinner, so the instant he finished the last bite of food he wanted to eat, he’d BOLT and try to hide wherever he could. We had to start feeding him at the back of our dead-end kitchen so he’d have to run past us to escape. icon_lol

Mostly he just looks surly about being given his meds, but he gets an Easy Cheese chaser so he forgets pretty fast. When we had to medicate Herbie he turned into OctoKitty and all 8 tentacles had claws. He was STRONG when he was 6 months old and it took two of us really wrestling him to medicate him. I can’t imagine trying it now that he weighs almost 14 pounds… we had to put him on a diet. smiley3

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What a crew you have!  A very smart crew!  It’s such a delight  getting to jmow their personalities, and they defy have personality!!😁

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Herbie and Ziggy have some big pursonalities and keep you on your toes and entertained even when the poopiconhits the fan! Yeah, some animals just handle the rougher parts of amputation recovery better than others, just like people. 

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I’m back again! And I’m very happy to report that this time, Ziggy’s recovery was absolutely smooth and hiccup-free! Apparently he learned that as long as we didn’t see him messing with his stitches then he wouldn’t get the cone, which the vet discovered when she went to remove them and found some already gone. icon_lol

He’s stitch and staple free… again. It’s a big difference too! He seems to have a lot more energy and plays more and for longer than before. He also seems much more comfortable. Before he would have these moments of kind of frantic washing of his skin, and I realized that it was the skin that was being pulled taut when his femur end was rubbing back and forth under there once the muscle had degraded and slipped off.

Our vet said that everything looks absolutely fantastic. His incision is healed up wonderfully, his temperature was normal and he’s back to his old self… he’s much hoppier now! LOL, couldn’t resist that joke.

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YAAAAAY FOR BEING HOPPIER!! 

Oh Ziggy, it makes us all so hoppy  to hear you are finally  past all the hurdles!!!  And you sure had some hurdles!  You were trying  to tell those Vets  you had an oweee  that needed to be fixed!  You were showing  the every way you knew how.  Yu are such a smart boy!

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