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13 January 2021 - 5:09 pm
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Holly,

You are doing great prepping for surgery; the only thing I’m not seeing is Rug runners or yoga mats and after recovery steps? Cats do

  

The room Lucky will be recovering in is carpeted.  He is already using only 3 legs and handles our bare floors exceptionally well.  We do have rug runners for the hallway that we can put down if he needs them. I’ll pick up some baby food this weekend.

Thanks for all the tips!!

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Holly, we already use Feliway diffusers.  We actually have 5!! There is conflict between two of our adult cats so we have every area in the house covered! Lol.

If there is an emergency during the night I will call and take him to the nearest animal hospital where I got his second opinion on surgery from. Phone number is already in my phone!!

Lucky broke open the end of his stump last night, so now he is on an antibiotic as well as the gabapentin.  He is either in sleep mode or rocket mode!  There is nothing calm about this kitten!  He out runs his sisters that are 2 months older than him!  He also has no fear.  Jumps off the chairs and counters with no qualms.  Obviously this will have to be prevented after surgery.  He won’t be able to get up on anything in the kitten room.  I’m going to request that they clip his claws while he is under.  He uses those to hook into stuff to pull himself up onto furniture.  Trying to cover all my bases.

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Great on the diffusers and carpet you are on it. Yes, we have 2 going at all times. We use the multi-cat one. We only have conflicts on one floor, on occasion, so we keep them in those areas. I’m aware Lucky is on three already. He will soar further when he gets rid of the painful stump. I bring up the steps for all tripawds. We want them their best on three, and preventing the least strain to those 3 remaining limbs is significant long-term. We only have three; we have to protect them in any way we can. The rug runners are for the same purpose, even for Lucky, and we all hate them ok, but it is not fair for any tripawd to slip on hard floors. 

Excellent on the emergency contact, and of course, we hope there is no need! 

Hopefully, the meds after surgery will sedate him so he can rest. It depends on what they send home. Buprenorphine can wire some cats, Purrkins had bouts of wired with sedation, and since his amp, he has been on both at separate times on different occasions. The GABA is usually sedating at first for some. I think the two together evens things out, just my observations with Purrkins anyway, all cats differ. Do you know what meds they plan on sending you home with and for how long? If not, ask in advance, ok.

I would highly suggest you check out the trilimb webinar. It is extremely informative. I would add the link, but i can’t seem to locate it? I’m sure Admin or Jerry can assist us with that? (Please & thank you:)

Here is another excellent interview with Dr. Downing!

Pet Pain Management with Dr. Robin Downing

 Learn to distinguish pain indicators from side effects of pain medication. Discover the best supplements and other ways to prevent pain in amputee dogs and cats. And much more … Find all Tripawd Talk Radio episodes at https://tripawd……com/radio … Watch all interviews with Dr Downing at https://tripawd…..ag/downing … Find all pain management articles, videos and podcast episodes at https://tripawd…..management … Learn more about Dr Downing at https://downing…..enter.com/

You are doing excellent covering all bases. 

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13 January 2021 - 11:02 pm
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luckysmom20 said
Sorry I don’t know how to highlight a part of someone’s post icon_rolleyes

  

There are 2 ways you can quote someone. It is dim on the screenshot below.
Hit the quote this post reply here

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and erase what you don’t want.

Or you can copy the specific text like this

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paste it,

then select that text and hit the back Quote button.
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Sorry I don’t know how to highlight a part of someone’s post icon_rolleyes

Hopefully, this makes sense. No worries either way we all get it.

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I would suggest that the best approach is to prepare for the worst (in terms of recovery issues) but hope for the best, which is exactly what you are doing.

Cats are amazing little characters, they really are, the only problem is that they are also completely mental at the same time which makes predicting how they will react to anything new really difficult. 

  • "what shall be done for these innocents? I have been warned not even to raise the question of animal immortality, lest I find myself “in company with all the old maids”. I have no objection to the company" - C S Lewis (The Problem of Pain)
  • "Mr Toplady was touched by the cruelty of the scene, and exclaimed, ' Who could bear to see that sight, if there were not to be some compensation for these poor suffering animals in a future state' 'I certainly hope,' said my grandfather, ' that all the bulls will go to heaven; but do you think this will be the case with all the animal creation' 'Yes, certainly,' replied Mr Toplady, with great emphasis, ' all, all!" - Josiah Bull (recording a meeting with the great A. M. Toplady, author of "Rock of Ages" in "Memorials of the Rev. William Bull of Newport, Pagnel")
  • "Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God" Luke 12:6
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14 January 2021 - 11:48 am
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I love all the great input from everyone! Thank you so much!

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@gnosis I love your point of view.. especially now. Thank you sp_hearticon2 

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Do you know what meds they plan on sending you home with and for how long?

l know for sure gabapentin. Surgeon mentioned Onsior. Not sure what it is. Also NSAIDS

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luckysmom20 said
l know for sure gabapentin. Surgeon mentioned Onsior. Not sure what it is. Also NSAIDS

Oh good. In our Post Amputation Pain Medication for Cats Article, it explains that Onsior is a non-steroidal for cats. So that with the Gabapentin is a standard combo.

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Sounds like you are covering all your bases and are as prepared as you can be. That is a wonderful thing! Hope all is going ok over there. I went through a couple of kinds of stairs before I found something that worked well. If you have not already looked, be careful, ok? Some of the steps that are sold are a very lightweight wobbly plastic. 

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I got these from Amazon and they are fantastic. They are almost 2 years old now and as sturdy as the day I got them. The only thing I did not like was a name plate that I was afraid would hurt Huck’s paws so it easily removed it. They have a soft, durable carpet and the whole thing took 10 minutes to easily put together. 

Here is the link to Amazon through Tripawds. Amazon United States   If you are not in the United States, this page will bring you to Amazon UK and Canada Here!

Using the links through Tripawds gives them a small proceed from the sale and costs you nothing extra.                                                   Hope some of this information helps sp_hearticon2

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Jerry, I had forgotten that Onsior is an NSAID.  Thank you.  I have so much on my mind right now!! So glad I took off work surgery day and the rest of the week!!!  3 days and then surgery! smiley13 Getting soooo nervous!!!!smiley5

Holly & Purrkins – Thank you so much for the video on pain. I learned a lot!! I probably will watch it again this weekend!!

Jackie & Huck – I don’t know if Lucky would actually use stairs.  He has been jumping up on the couch and other furniture lately.  He climbs up to our bed using his claws (my poor blankets!! Lol) It’s something I will keep in mind.  I had done a search on Chewy of furniture that might be better for him awhile ago.  He keeps amazing me as to what he can do!  He jumped up on the toilet (lid closed) and from there up on to the vanity. 



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Huck can jump up on a lot of things but there are just several things that he struggles with and could hurt himself.  My bed is extra high so that’s one place,  my computer desk is another. If he tries and fell I would freak seeing he only has three good legs now.  He can scale the top of the cat tree, but it’s in stages,  so it’s safe.  Just watch and see if there’s a favorite place that might need a little jump start ❤

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Holly & Purrkins – Thank you so much for the video on pain. I learned a lot!! I probably will watch it again this weekend!!

Your welcome, Barb glad you watched it is incredibly informative! And whoo-hoo, you were able to quote good jobsmiley_clapsmiley4!!
Remember to do your deep breathes ok. This is not hogwash; try it ok. Inhale 1,2,3,4 hold 1,2,3,4 and exhale thru your mouth 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8
You will need to find your ground it will settle you ! Trust us!
Hugs & scratches to Lucky, please
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