Caring for a Three Legged Dog or Cat
Tripawds is your home to learn how to care for a three legged dog or cat, with answers about dog leg amputation, and cat amputation recovery from many years of member experiences.
My cat is just a year old he got hit by a car in the middle of the night. Then crawled his way all the way back to our door. We took him to the vet he said if he survives(eats, drinks, and goes to the bathroom normally) through the weekend at home we could take him in on Monday to get his back leg amputated. His growth plate was too damaged to heal on its own and his leg was mangled other than that he was healthy. He came home the day of the surgery which is today. He's already eating, he went pee(after a lot of struggling), he has a soft cone on, he's had his pain medication. I just can't help but worry cause he seems aggravated all the time. He will toss around and make noises frequently. Then just stare at the floor for a while then repeat and whenever I try to pet him or help him he "yells" at me. Am I doing something wrong, is there something else I can do to help, is what he's doing normal, and should I tell the vet about his behavior. Any help would be amazing cause god knows I don't know what I'm doing.
I'm sorry about your kitty, poor guy. What a luck cat that he survived!
Can you tell us exactly what pain medication he is on, the dosage and how often? What you are describing sounds like pain signals . The cone of shame doesn't help of course, many cats freak out with it on and act in ways that you describe. But don't take it off yet! The cone is a necessary part of recovery but there are cone alternatives like the VetMedWear Surgical Suit.
Anytime you are deeply concerned about his behavior please call your vet asap. We are not vets here and can only share our experiences, so it's always best to let your vet team know what's happening.
10 January 2021
All the evidence says that the first week or two can be awful, but in the vast majority of cases it gets much better quite quickly.
He has had an awful shock, his body (and not just his leg) has been traumatised, but there is every hope it will get much better in a matter of days.
Just hang in there, give him what you can both physically and emotionally and there is every hope that despite the awful present you and he will have a happy future.
- "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
3 August 2020
I just read your post about your kitty's awful accident. I hope you can take the time to update us as to how he is doing and you. Becoming a tripawd parent/guardian is not an easy road but you can do it. We are here to help you and give you suggestions and support!!
Hugs to you and your furbaby!!
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