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Evie maybe never learned to walk with 4 paws, now she has only 3!
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I am fostering a beautiful like black kitty. She came to us at about 6 weeks old with a broken right rear leg. She was found on the street like this and had no history. She was much too small to operate on, but as her leg at and below the break (near the hock) had no feeling in it, we elected to give her some time to get a bit bigger before surgery. She came to my home and has been doing amazing, she climbs and flops and plays with everyone else.  To get around she drags herself with the front legs and pushes with the good rear one, letting the bad one drag under her.

She is now 12 weeks and had her surgery 2 days ago. We amputated her leg at the knee. She is recovering wonderfully and all is going great. My only concern is that she is not able to stand on the good leg. I am not sure she ever even learned to, as it is possible the break happened when she was to young to be very mobile anyway. Certainly her good leg needs strengthening, and I would like to help her learn to balance on it if I can.

If there are any resources available for learning about some rehab I can do at home that would be great! I am a vet tech and understand she needs actual rehab but that is not on the table for the rescue or myself to pay for at this time. What I need, if it exists, is a resource for things I can learn to do at home for now. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thank you!

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rainyria said
If there are any resources available for learning about some rehab I can do at home that would be great! 

Welcome and best wishes for your kitty! What’s her name?

You will find MANY rehab resources by searching the Tripawds Blogs and these forums. Our best recommendation is to visit a certified rehab therapist for a professional evaluation, treatment recommendations and specific exercises you can do to keep her fit and strong, and prevent future injury. Visit a CCRT or CCRP and the Tripawds Foundation can even pay for your first visit from the Maggie Moo Fund for Tripawd Rehab.

Don’t miss all the blog posts by Feta and Purrkins who have provided some great information about rehab for tri-kitties, and consider downloading Cool Tips for Tripawd Cats for much more helpful information.

Here is the Tripawds Foundation blog post about Feta’s Rehab Visit.

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Hello and Welcome,
Thanks for fostering Evie!

Admin gave you great links and resources already. Please check out Feta’s blog she also pulled her self around with her front legs. Feta did go to professional Rehab thru Tripawds Foundation and the pros are needed. They will be able to access what is going on and how to help her better. Then they send you home with things you can do at home.

What I need, if it exists, is a resource for things I can learn to do at home for now. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thank you!

There are some great downloads in this forum
Rehab for Kitties

Here are a few from that post

How to keep your cat fit, healthy and happy

Absolutely consider the Cool Tips for Tripawd Cats – The Tripawds Feline Amputation Recovery and Care Handbook  it will hep you thru recovery and in the future.

Keep us posted please we would love to hear how Evie does. She is still very early in recovery.
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