Caring for a Three Legged Dog or Cat
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5 September 2020
I adopted a cat missing his rear leg today, was not planning to but he melted my heart. I only have a top entry litter box with normal gravel type litter which I’m anxious he can’t use, and the solutions I’ve seen for boxes with extra low sides that get litter everywhere will destroy my home. Can any recommend a litter box I can buy? Thank you!!!
Hello and welcome, your future posts will not have to wait for approval. I hope you don’t mind that I moved your post here to the Three Legged Cats Forum.
Congratulations on your new family member! What’s his name?
Did you seen these litter box tips in the three legged cats forums?
I can’t be much help otherwise, I’ve only ever had outside cats and it’s been decades since I had them.
Stay tuned for input from our Tri-Cat families!
Karen and the Spirit Pug Girls
27 July 2014
The litter box tips provided by Karen are great. The “Recovery Box” that is suggested is also one that 2-legged Feta uses. What I like is that it’s 20×24 inches, has a low entry side (you can cut it down further) and gives the cat a lot of room to move and is great for senior cats who may become arthritic. Have a look halfway down Feta’s page and you’ll see a photo and the link to the “PuppyGoHere Dog Litter Pan”. https://cheesec…..pawds.com/
The “Purina breeze litter box” has a system where the urine flows down to a puppy pad and the poo sits on the pellets.
Vets sometimes recommend pellets like “Yesterdays News” which is less messy and dusty but my tripawd Mona wouldn’t use it.
Here is my system for 2 cats. As you see the one on the right has a boot tray in front that catches Mona’s extra pee if she doesn’t walk in far enough and the litter she tosses out. Mona is a front-leg amputee and quite messy when trying to cover up.
I cut the front down to about a 2 inch lip.
Congratulations on your new family member!
Kerren and Tripawd Kitty Mona
So good of you to take on that special cat. Not many are willing to look beyond the disability. My fur baby, Tuxedo, had a hemipelvectomy (rear leg and partial pelvis) over three years ago. While he was healing, he used pizza boxes with shreaded newspaper as litter boxes (all donated locally). I just threw away the box after he used it. Once healed, he went right back to his regular litter box and litter. The box had 6″ sides and the litter is plain ole clumping Walmart brand. He never had any problems getting just stepping in or getting out. Never left me any surprises outside of the box. I do use a litter mat outside because Lilly his sister lives to kick the litter all over. The mat two layers. The top is a thick waffle mesh and the bottom is a rubber mat. The thick mesh keeps them from tracking the litter throughout the house. It is sewed on three sides. So I can open it up and easily dump the litter back into the box.
Hugs and best wishes!
-Dawna, Tuxedo, Lilly, and Angel Dazzle
25 April 2007
1 October 2017
Hi and welcome!
Huck had his right rear leg amputated, and he does great with a regular box. I did have one with a cover on it, but he did have some difficulty with that as sometimes he likes to lean on a side when he uses it. I ended up getting a couple of huge boxes (I think was from Chewy.com) and one of the sides is lower, while the other 3 sides are a bit higher.
Huck was also not fond of yesterday’s news or shredded paper. We use World’s Best cat litter, which is corn based. The lavender is well used by my boys. They still throw litter around, but there is a lot less dust and goop than clay. Its easy to scoop and does not stick to the box.
We would LOVE to see pictures of your new addition. What is his name?
Jackie and Huck
Jackie, David, Bo, Andy, Oscar, Angel Mitchell, and the coolest feral tripawd kitty Huckleberry
4 September 2020
My cat Hiccup is 15 months old & had his left hind leg amputated when he was 3 months old. He does well with a litter box like the one shown in the photo of the litter mat that mommatux posted above. I totally agree with Jackie on the litter – the lavender World’s Best Cat litter has way less dust & tracks less than regular litter.
Does your baby have short or long hair? Hiccup has long hair which we have to keep trimmed around his rear area; otherwise, he sometimes gets poop stuck on his fluff due to the way that he has to balance when in the litter box. If we keep the area short, he stays nice & clean.
Thank you so much for giving a home to a Tripawd kitty! You’ve found a great resource here – we joined shortly after adopting Hiccup & have learned so much!
Welcome Hiccup and person(s), your future posts will not have to wait for approval.
Thanks for your input, very helpful!
Please consider starting your own thread so you can introduce Hiccup and tell us his story- and of course share some pictures!
Karen and the Spirit Pug Girls