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Izzy's tale continues (aka Izzy's tale of seven toes)
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17 June 2020 - 11:09 am
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Holy Cats! Where does the time go?  I’ve been meaning to pop on here and at least say ‘hi’ 

Hello all, I hope everyone is doing alright in this crazy world we live in.

Today is Izzy’s 3 month pawsiversary. Three months ago today our furry boy was in surgery and we were on that emotional roller coaster. Everything is so different now.

Izzy is doing great. His fur is almost all grown back in so he’s looking less scruffy and more like the handsome boy he is. He looks clumsy when he’s walking (and I have a fleeting thought of ‘oh, what did we do to him’) but then he’ll do his “run/skip” down the hall and all doubts fade. I was just thinking that if we hadn’t gone ahead with his surgery, Izzy would most likely not be with us now. But he is. 

There are days when he seems ‘down’. Makes me wonder about the level of phantom pain our furry amputees feel. Usually though, a few yummy treats or time spent watching his favorite mouse/bird/squirrel videos on Mom’s computer perk him up.

I am so thankful for this site. Reading everyone’s stories has been my saving grace through our ordeal. Even the ones that have brought tears to my eyes. 

Yet, when all is said and done, I would recommend surgery to anyone considering it. There IS light at the end of that tunnel.

Sending hugs & thanks for listening xo

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17 June 2020 - 2:15 pm
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YAAAAY IZZY!!! Such a great kitty update!!  Yes, he is indeed here now and that is all that matters!  So glad to hear how well he is doing😄

Other kitty people can chime in, but I know some stay on a low dose of a pain med for several mo ths.  Only mentioning  that in case Izzy is hav some pain still.  Is a critter acts “down”, discomfort  is usually the cause.  Of course, he may have figured out if he gives you a sad face he gets more treats!

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Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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17 June 2020 - 3:54 pm
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Awwww what a great update! I can’t believe it’s been three months either, amazing smiley3

How super cool he’s doing really well overall, and back to doing what he loves. You shared such great insight into how he’s just right back into the groove. Did you happen to see our Amputee Cats Quality of Life Survey Results today? Sounds like you share the same point of view as others who responded. YAY for TRI KITTIES! smiley_clap

I do agree with Sally, that “off” behavior is one of many common pain signals in cats. Have you talked to your vet about it? Even cats can benefit from rehabilitation therapy, whether it’s manual therapy massage and range of motion exercises, laser therapy, acupuncture, etc. If you take Izzy to a “CCRT” or “CCRP” practitioner, the Tripawds Foundation may pay for your first rehab visit so please take us up on it OK?

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17 November 2020 - 11:46 am
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It was eight months ago today Izzy had his surgery. Seems like such a long time ago now. 

Izzy is doing very well. He’s adjusted to having only one front leg. His last check up was positive. He still looks awkward (and slow) when he walks, I think mostly due to him being a big boy. But when he runs! Wow! He has this run/hop thing he does and can he ever move!!

I can honestly say that we have no regrets. If we hadn’t had surgery done on Izzy, he would no longer be with us. Yet, here he is, giving us lots of kitty love and receiving lots in return.

I hope everyone is doing well and managing during these trying times. I do have a couple more pictures of Izzy, will get them uploaded shortly.

Take care everyone

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17 November 2020 - 6:24 pm
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HAPPY EIGHT MONTH AMPUVERSARY  IZZY !!! 

  So good to hear how well Izzy is doing!  The extra time for snuggles and loving make everything  worth it!

And yes, we shall be wait for pictures!

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18 November 2020 - 11:31 am
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Good going Izzy !! I had to scan your previous posts to be reminded you are a big Maine Coon with 3 legs and 17 toes. 

My front leg amputee Mona really liked massages down her spine. I took her to a chiropractor and learned how to massage her and Mona loved it – I could feel her press her body into my fingers (she was teeny compared to Izzy – he may need the whole hand).

Keep on with the slow hop Izzy so you can save up the energy for your dazzling hop/run. We’d love to see a video!

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18 November 2020 - 1:22 pm
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This is the BEST NEWS EVER! And boy we can really use it this week, so thank you for letting us know that life is good for your handsome boy. Cheers to many, many more ampuversaries!

I love the photos! 

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23 November 2020 - 7:47 pm
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Thanks everyone for your kind comments.

Kazaan, reading about Mona’s massages reminded me – Izzy will lay beside me for a massage, I do use my whole hand and rub his shoulder, he too leans right into it (and purrs) and of course, his other shoulder gets massaged as well. 

I try to massage his surgery area at least once a day, I hope it helps any phantom pain he may be feeling. He doesn’t seem to be in pain, but you know cats, they hide it well. 

Purrs and hugs, take care all

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BEEEEUUUUUTIFUL KITTY!!  Love these pictures.  His coloring is striking and his eyes are stunning!

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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24 November 2020 - 11:10 am
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Oh boy what I would give to have Izzy purr and snuggle on my shoulder! 

If you’re ever uncertain about what pain signals in cats look like, that link leads to some information you may find helpful.

Keep us posted.

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