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My senior cat is undergoing amputation surgery in 2 days. In need of help and answers!
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2 February 2019 - 11:46 am
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Oh my cat!! I was so scared there for a moment. I thought this was a brandsbran thing happening for the first time!!

Whew……I am glad he’s ok ❤️❤️❤️

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2 February 2019 - 12:08 pm
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Big sigh of relief!  So Pablo is prone to seizures,  so this isn’t  something  that just happened in the past 24 hrs, right?   You are taking such good care of Pablo!  And Scruffy’s helping  too…sweet😊

His incision  looks really good.  Amd that photo of his cute face…he’s  a very charming and handsome fella’.

As Jackie said, the anesthesia and the hospit ,meds certainly  can make him a bit whacko and have some crazy nightmares too.  He’ll get better in thst regard everything  is out of his system.

Thanks for, the updates.  And make sure YOU get some rest, okay?

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2 February 2019 - 12:40 pm
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So sorry, phone got quirky and had connection issues.

I’m so glad he’s ok, glad you are too! 

I hope youre both resting comfortably now. 

My son has a husky that gets Grand Mal seizures and we’ve been trying to get him info for cbd so he can maybe stop taking that awful seizure medication.

Thanks for checking in, i am relieved for you!

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Yes it’s been happening for about a year but he gets the seizures more often it seems with clavomox but they’re not as severe seizures as he gets when get gets them for no reason. Thank you! He’s a sweetheart he missed his family and wanted to sleep in my bed last night(so pablo got a queen size bed to himself last night and I just stayed up and held him/watched to make sure he was okay). Yes we think he had a nightmare from medication (because when he woke up he was having a panic attack and woke up hissing/scratching and Pablo has NEVER hissed or scratched before). But good thing I was watching him because I started talking to him to calm him down and he realized it was me and fell asleep. After that he had a good sleep he’s actually still sleeping haha but I’ve gotten him up for water and to see if he needs the litter. Will do I probably won’t get much though haha I’ve been so concerned about keeping him from hurting himself since he got home. I’ll probably ask my dad or cousin to watch him for an hour so I can take a nap. Thank you to everyone for your support and love this is a tough journey but I know pablo and I will get through it especially since we have such amazing help/support from our amazing Tripawds family:)!

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2 February 2019 - 1:07 pm
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Aww poor Pablo. You know exactly what to do to help him, what an incredible bond you have with him. Keep us posted.

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2 February 2019 - 1:37 pm
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My poor boy.. he gets scared every time I get up (he thinks I’m leaving)… I hope he knows I’m not going anywhere. Every time I get up he gives me a big pitiful cry and wants to follow.. 

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2 February 2019 - 2:23 pm
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Yep, you are his soul mate, care giver, protector, and mama. 

He’s clingy now, the anesthesia stays in their system for 3 to 5 days and it can intensify some emotions in them sometimes. Plus I’m sure he missed you as much as you missed him. 

I think you’ll see these things subside some as he starts feeling more like himself. 

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2 February 2019 - 2:37 pm
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Yes my dad said when Pablo first saw him he ran to him and head butted him:) and he did the same when he saw me. Kind of a weird question but is it bad he’s only peed since he’s been home?(other words he hasn’t gone poo..)

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No worries about not pooping for several days. poopicon_png The meds mess with his bowel habits for a few days.  Good that he’s  peeing though.  That’s  more important  than the poop poopicon_png

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2 February 2019 - 3:04 pm
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Yep, what Sally said!!  I’m glad he’s peed for you, so important! I think it took Huck close to 5 days before he finally pooped!

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Weird I am not getting any email notifications geez I was getting on to check on you! Figured no news is good new.way-confused I’m catching up! I’m sorry Pablo had a rough night.

My poor boy.. he gets scared every time I get up (he thinks I’m leaving)… I hope he knows I’m not going anywhere. Every time I get up he gives me a big pitiful cry and wants to follow.

Has Pablo got up on three yet? Maybe he needs to use the litter box? He is trying telling you something.

Did the seizure look the exact same as the times before? You said he hissed & scratched that is never Pablo?

” we think he had a nightmare from medication (because when he woke up he was having a panic attack and woke up hissing/scratching and Pablo has NEVER hissed or scratched before). “

Watch for what may be different If he jolts like he has been zapped by something, twitching and goes after his no leg. Looks like a panic attack for no apparent reason. Tries to lick or bite the area obsessively it’s likely not his normal seizure. Remember we cut bone, nerves, and muscles. If the nightmares/seizures continue and they are different it can be phantom limb pain and NOT uncommon in our amputees. If he is hissing and scratching that is a pain indicator.

Yep, poop will take time if by chance you have Miralax in the house you can add to Pablo’s food with a little water it’s tasteless. It will move things along sooner. Purrkins didn’t poop for 7 days. I added Miralax. You can use 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon twice a day. A wide range of safety dosages up to one tablespoon a day start slow and give it a few days.

I hope you got some rest today. Rest when Pablo does and hopefully Dad can take over watching and you get a nap in.

Scratches to Pablo, please

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No not the same seizures as before(with clavomox he gets them more but they’re less severe). When he try’s to use the litter he puts his front end in the litter then leaves his bum outside the litter box and lays down and pees (he can’t stand long enough. I try to help him stand but laying down is easier for him). I think he just misses everyone because he’s fine as long as someone’s with him. (But he’s really attached to my cousin). Yeah I think he had a nightmare:( he’s never hissed or scratched before and he woke up having a panic attack hissing and scratching at the air.. (the night mare only happened 1time last night he had 2 seizures).  He’s been eating fine and drinking lots other than that though (I think he didn’t drink much there because he didn’t have his cup). He’s peed 2 times so far but I’m not sure if he pooped at the vet but I’ll keep that in mind thank you holly! And thank you everyone for answering my question:) was just getting concerned haha but I guess it’s the same for people after surgery.

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2 February 2019 - 5:23 pm
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It is all a learning curve and each of our little ones are different. Good to watch for unusual behavior because cats especially do not like to show pain. A lot of times it shows differently because that is their normal preservation mode. They do not want to appear weak, it’s just survival mode.

There was another older kitty in here that was very large and it took him a few days to start standing and walking. I would suggest trying to help him out each time you see he needs to potty. Even if he ends up laying down, one of these times you will assist him and he will be able to stand on his own. You are doing a great job!

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2 February 2019 - 5:26 pm
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Yes I’ve still been trying to help (I’ll try before he lays down if he tells me no then I let him do his thing.) I was expecting this to happen though.

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I helped Purrkins stand & balance the first day home and then I tried a tank top and wrapped it around his waist to help with balance so he would not tip over. Your doing great listen to what Pablo tells you.

Purrkins got tired quickly as well and laid his head on the box. I would help him out then. Follow your instincts & listen to Pablo. 

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