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14 November 2019 - 12:40 pm
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Thanks for input kerren! I actually just ordered her a tee for the remainder- I have little ones and it’s hard for the 6 year old to see because she equates the wound with hurt – this way no cone and protected- but she’s been really great without it! Update: I work close enough from home so I went to check on her at lunch- she wSnt in kitchen or closet.. I found her on a dresser that is in front of a window sunbathing! It’s not that high but def requires a few jumps to get up there! Not sure how she did it but she was loving it!

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14 November 2019 - 5:17 pm
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So glad to hear she is doing well!  Great pics too.. she is a right leg amputee like my Fuzz!  It is my belief, now that I have went through this ordeal that it seems to be a very easy transition for front leg kitty amputees.  Fuzz quickly adapted his walking style to prevent the hop and actually glides very quickly now.  He has moved his good front leg more to the center and lowers his front end to get good aerodynamic qualities it seems.  We are nearing the 2 month mark from Fuzz’s surgery. It is hard to believe how fast time has gone.  My Fuzz is long haired and it has finally started growing back and it appears some of his fur is changing color from what it used to be.  I am so partial to the little shaved leg area that they have where IVs went and I tease Fuzz it looks like he is wearing a fur boot (that fur is not growing back yet).  Hopefully her pain is managed well… hopefully your vet can provide you with some longterm pain relief if needed.  Fuzz was several weeks past his surgery and staple removal when his spasms and phantom pains kicked in.. He loves to have his shoulder massaged and has laid on my lap since beginning allowing me to gently rub his shoulder/chest.  I hope you continue to post recovery updates… its good to hear everyone is doing well!

Oh and I learned quick that 3 legs will stop them from doing nothing (jumping, climbing, running, etc)  Fuzz was up in his 3 tier cat tree the day after his staples were removed!

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14 November 2019 - 6:44 pm
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Wow! Fuzz seems like a miracle!!! I wish we were a few months out! Funny how it seems so far away for me and yet it seems fast for you! Perspective! 

Question- I noticed – since the day she came home – there was like saggy skin where leg was removed- almost like a “plop” of skin that hangs there- i assume ok since she had it when I picked her up from vet- and I know they were checking in on her wound… I’m just curious if fuzz had this? If so how does it look now? 

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Fuzz is now at his 8 week post surgery ampuversary today!  So we hit the 2 month mark.  I don’t have any up to date pictures..I need to get some! I  just included the one from a few weeks ago when he posed for his tripawds calendar picture and yes he has a flap of skin. He too was a full right leg/shoulder amputation as his osteosarcoma was fully in his scapula.   Fuzz was not a huge cat to begin with.. he weighed in right at 10 lbs a couple ounces when he went in for surgery..he has maintained and actually most likely put on a few ounces cause he is a pig and now is a wet food snob! At least 3 small cans per day.  Although last night he also licked all the cream cheese frosting off of my pumpkin cookie I laid on the counter while I tended to another momentary chore! My guess is the skin flap fold is because of the leg and some muscle being removed in the shoulder and wrapping into the chest area.  His incision was almost like a Y shape that went up over his removed right shoulder then down and branched around his chest wall. I tried to find the pictures on my dashboard I have uploaded that show the flap of skin you most likely are referring too. I think this photo does the best.  Fuzz is long hair so his fur is finally starting to grow back in..not as fast as I hoped, but in time when it is fully grown back the skin flap will not even be noticed.. I attribute it to like a major weightloss in a person where there is some loose flabby skin left.  My favorite thing to do now is massage his shoulder area while he lays on my lap purring watching tv.  It is soothing to him and relaxing to me.  His incision scar has fully healed and cannot even be felt with exception of one tiny bump up near top of shoulder area where incision began and was pulled together at the end.

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15 November 2019 - 12:36 pm
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Thank you! And yes! That’s the fold!! It’s funny because I mentioned to s friend who gave me a calendar her rescue was a part of and told her I have to find one for Tripawds and reciprocate! I can’t believe it exists! Is this the pic?

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There is a Tripawds calendar for sale through this site..  If you click on the Store tab above.. or one of the forums has a link to the finished products.. there are several dog ones for 2020 and the one cat issue for 2020….it comes from Cafepress.. when you order from here it redirects you to site.. a percentage of purchase goes back to this site for all the wonderful things they do for us tripawd parents!  I bought several for Christmas gifts and especially since Fuzz literally just made the cut off ( no pun intended hahhha!) for printing the 2020 calendar. They arrived quickly after my order.  The picture I posted above was the one selected for the calendar and he is Mr. October 2020.  Hopefully I can get more pictures and have better ones for next years submissions and selection process.  I was honored to have Fuzz included this year.. he thinks he is a big time celebrity now.. hahaha..

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15 November 2019 - 4:38 pm
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Omg congrats! 

Ill have to do some kitty modeling training for Ivy’s calendar future lolol.. nothing is better than a year of cats!!!!! 

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15 November 2019 - 5:55 pm
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Armarkat Pet Steps, 3-steps,…

Here are the steps! 

The calendars are gorgeous,  by the way! You have plenty of time to get a  photo to submit.  They normally take photo submissions around October.  They will make a post and let everybody know😊

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15 November 2019 - 8:18 pm
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Great! Thank you AGAIN!

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Just checking in to see how your girlie is doing. Hope all is well sp_hearticon2

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20 November 2019 - 11:01 am
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Hi! Just realized today I haven’t checked in! Ivy is doing well- got her some extra pain meds since she seems a bit uncomfortable – but since she’s been doing some extra hiding out in closet I can’t quite get to her.. but I did see her run away from my 2.5 year old and I realized she runs faster than she walks. Lol

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20 November 2019 - 11:09 am
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LOL…Ivy running away from your daughter is a good sign!  Yes,tripawds tripawds hace a  uschmfaster gait in order to keep balance, momentum, etc

So glad she’s  doing better.  Quite an amazing little kitty❤

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20 November 2019 - 3:02 pm
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She’s got that zing back in her day, how wonderful! 

Yep they sure do find it easier to run than walk. Try going down the street with a Tripawd on leash, it’s a great cardio workout!

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So glad she is doing well! Huck is like greased lightning when he runs but more like a rabbit when he walks 🙂

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Oooh a tripawd trait I see! I WISH she would go out in a leash! My kitties have never cooperated with their mommy!!!! Lol !! Still trying to get Hubbie out of his funk- he feels so bad for her. I’m the least positive person in the universe but I feel good about saving her and good about her recovery- hard for me to be feeling so down? (I mean yes I felt it but it has subsided at the moment because she’s such a trooper!) want my muse and to feel ok about it too!

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