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  He says he has seen lots of cats walk like she does and thinks it's a learned behaviour to conserve energy. 

Hmm. Interesting perspective. I somewhat agree, but feel like it's a learned behaviour to avoid pain. Kind of like how we limp when we have back pain. 

He says we are doing the right thing with the physio and gaba, strengthening her remaining leg and controlling the pain but I says I should worry if she always walks in this odd way. 

Take things one day at a time and keep doing what you're doing. It can take time to get back to a more normal mobility pattern.

  The vet said if she needed to stay on it for life then she could but apart from the cost then it makes things much harder when we go away.  

Yes that's true. It's really benign on the system and many Tripawds do better with it than without. Human amputees also often rely on Gabapentin for long periods of time.

 Luckily all the play should help too!  

Yes! That's what makes physio so much fun. They don't even know they are exercising!

Jerry her physio's details are on the rehab form 

Silly me! Yes! I forgot about the Tripawds Foundation post. I'll reach out!

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