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My senior cat is undergoing amputation surgery in 2 days. In need of help and answers!
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Yes, you DID do the right thing… just step back and look at your little miracle, and he is still in the recovery phase! We all go through that I believe, but once this time has passed and he is back to being his old self I think you know this was not all in vain. 

You really are doing a great job, and I know you are working your butt off to make it happen but it is working! 

Please make sure you are eating right, taking care of yourself, and getting more rest!

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Thank you Jackie! It really means a lot because I really am trying for my boy❤️. I will and thank you for your continuous support🐾💕! You’ve provided really great advice for me and pablo and have really helped me more than you know!

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We lived through it… all of us did. All different yet similar. I will never ever forget my Huckster and what it took to get him here. And I will never forget the kindness of everybody that helped me through it. And I was a total mess, lol. 

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Any suggestions on supplements,etc.. I could give pablo for his hips/joints?(because he’s biggerI don’t want him only having 3 legs to distribute the weight on to effect his joints too much). (I would like to try to get it from the Tripawds shop.)

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I don’t use joint supplements for the cats, but we did not have to deal with cancer. I think Holly is much more knowledgeable, especially because Purrkins did have cancer. 

I try to keep them active and Huck gets his stretching regularly to help keep his core strength up. Thank goodness because I don’t think I could ever take Huckleberry for PT laughing( he can still be a wild child, lol)

I do try to make sure their diet is high quality, and after learning so much having a kitty that has a history of blocking, I make sure they have plenty of fresh water and every evening their diet is canned food. I have cut way back on the kibble and Andy has done so much better. I have tried a few home made recipes, but my cats have turned their noses up at them, lol. 

If you find a certified rehab person, Tripawds may pay for your first visit. There are laser treatments, chiro, and other things that can be done to help keep them in alignment. Traction is so important too. It helps them keep balanced on their new three.

I hope some of this helps smiley

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natalia2019 said
Any suggestions on supplements,etc…I would like to try to get it from the Tripawds shop.

You’ll find supplement recommendations based on reviews from members in the Tripawds Nutrition Shop. (See all cat products.)

And don’t miss this one of various Tripawds Nutrition blog posts:

Do Cats Need Joint Supplements?

There is also a wealth of information about diet, medication and supplements for tri-kitties in Cool Tips for Tripawd Cats .

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Okay thank you both for your feedback I’ll check out the blogs and reviews. Hopefully Holly will be back soon and I can ask what she does for Purrkins:)

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I don’t use joint supplements for the cats, but we did not have to deal with cancer. I think Holly is much more knowledgeable, especially because Purrkins did have cancer. 

A joint supplement is given to protect the joints cancer/no cancer play’s no role in adding this supplement in. It is excellent to add the support when we are minus a limb to help protect the remaining limbs/joints being on three does wear on their body. Also in senior kitties on 4 as well.

Purrkins holistic Vet has prescribed VetriFlex Pro-line 1/2 chew a day plus Dr.Mercola Krill Oil.
Research-Backed Herbs for Joint Support in Pets? Yes, with VetriFlex!

VetriflexPDF info

He just added musculoskeletal support by Standard Process we just started it last week along with the above.

You can always ask your Vet what he suggests there are a lot of good ones out there In the past he has taken Cosequin, Dasuquin both from Nutramax, & Dr. Mercola Joint support all are great options. Our Vet thought Purrkins needed extra support that is why he changed his to the VetriFlex Pro-line.

Do your research and check the cost see which one will fit into your budget and what Pablo will take no problem.

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Sorry, Natalia, it has been one thing after another & I am just seeing this. If you ever need anyone’s specific help that is not online you can always send a private message for future reference.

Glad to see Pablo is doing so well and hopping on. I checked your Instagram account incision is healing nicely, great job!

Scratches to Pablo

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I apologize, it has been a very long week here too. Work has been a total bear and just all kinds of things going on. I think my brain misfired, lol. I was going down the path of supplements and cancer.. the joints went into cyberspace I guess. Trying to do too much at once I guess and keep caught up. I am so very glad it is Friday .. I need a vacation.

I saw Pablo’s pictures on IG and he looks fantastic! I did try Cosequin a while back, the capsules that you sprinkle on the food. It was back a few years ago and they did well on it but Andy (my biggest kitty) is about as picky as you can get. And he is a stinker to pill or do anything with. Even nail trims take two of us and a lot of coddling. I guess I gave up on it. With Huck doing so well, I probably should start up again, BEFORE he gets older and has possible problems.

I have just recently started (1 week) cbd oil for Huck and Oscar. No success with Andy. Andy won’t even eat the Squeezables, and that is how Oscar and Huck are taking it with no problem. Maybe once I get this bottle down to where it needs to be refilled I will try the flavorless again and see if I can get it into him.

Other than the Cosequin, I have not tried joint supplements for the cats. I have done a lot with my dogs, but I never really had a need with the cats, that is until now with Huck. It was a good point to bring up, I myself will have to look more into it. 

I got unsubscribed from this thread again too.. I just re-subscribed, lol.

I hope all is going well over there, keep up the wonderful work heart

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Thank you so much to Pablo and all of you for sharing yourselves & for excellent, helpful questions + info. Perfect timing for me, as Frankie, my almost 15 yo, will have his left front leg amputated next wk or the wk after for cancer. Final pathology returns next wk. I have always felt like I have a very big responsibility to advocate for & oversee care plans for my cats, no matter how great the vets are. Same this time.rnI have a kennel for initial containment/ recovery, got the litter pan, will make a ramp for access to the couch at least temporarily (already use a cat ramp to my sleeping loft). It will be interesting to see how my other 3 felines react, since Frankie is full of personality. And full of himself! I hope one day he will choose to go back on the cat wheel, because he really tears it up, fast running especially around 1am, 3 am, 5 am…. rnI know positively he will adjust to being tripawd, but that hasn’t stopped me from crying this past wk, feeling sad for him that he has to go through this. Extra cuddles for my guy!rn

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Cee Gee said
Thank you so much…Perfect timing for me, as Frankie, my almost 15 yo, will have his left front leg amputated next wk…

Welcome and best wishes for Frankie!

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I keep getting unsubscribed also for some reason?

Cee Gee said
Thank you so much to Pablo and all of you for sharing yourselves & for excellent, helpful questions + info. Perfect timing for me, as Frankie, my almost 15 yo, will have his left front leg amputated next wk or the wk after for cancer. Final pathology returns next wk. I have always felt like I have a very big responsibility to advocate for & oversee care plans for my cats, no matter how great the vets are. Same this time.rnI have a kennel for initial containment/ recovery, got the litter pan, will make a ramp for access to the couch at least temporarily (already use a cat ramp to my sleeping loft). It will be interesting to see how my other 3 felines react, since Frankie is full of personality. And full of himself! I hope one day he will choose to go back on the cat wheel, because he really tears it up, fast running especially around 1am, 3 am, 5 am…. rnI know positively he will adjust to being tripawd, but that hasn’t stopped me from crying this past wk, feeling sad for him that he has to go through this. Extra cuddles for my guy!rn

  

I’m happy that this helped you! Good luck to your furry friend! I’m sure he’ll do great and adapt perfectly fine! Pablo has some trouble walking/standing long and standing in the litter but that’s only because he’s fairly overweight.(we are however dieting him). From the sounds of it your boy is pretty active so I’m sure he’ll adjust to walking and such with no problem:). YES I know how you feel honestly I still cry about it sometimes. But I know I did this FOR him not TO him. It will take a little getting used to, I got used to the new routine by day 3 of having him back and now it’s like nothing changed! Now he’s 9 days post op and healing beautifully, he’s still the exact same as before, and I now know forsure I did the right thing because he isn’t giving up. If he wanted to give up his fight he’d let us know but now he’s fighting harder than ever before. Our furbabys are much stronger than we think and this experience has shown me that. If you’d like to look at Pablo’s Instagram account the handle is @pablos_tripawd_journey.2019 I update it daily Tripawds also has an Instagram if you want to look at it the handle is @tripawdscommunity  

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I so appreciate that you understand I can both cry and have an upbeat expectation for Frankie’s future. On the one occasion I cried with a friend, her impulse was to explain it will be ok and get me to stop the tears. Hey, I’m all about knowing he will figure it out and be happy, happy. But I’m trying to be honest (esp as a retired nurse who knows) that this waiting and his recovery will be challenging. 

I thought my other 15 yo cat was maybe in winter behavior when she started snuggling with him recently. Today I am certain that she knows something is off. So she will be on his support team after surgery.

Any advice or anything I should know about the first 48 hrs after coming home?

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Cee Gee said
Any advice or anything I should know about the first 48 hrs after coming home? 

Start here if you need help finding the many Tripawds resources. Specifically, here are some of the best tri-kitty resources:

Cool Tips for Tripawd Cats

Tripawds News blog: Tips for Three Legged Cats

All Tripawds Cat Bloggers

Register as a member, and your posts will not require moderation, you can participate in the Tripawds Live Chat , upload a user profile photo, start a free blog, and much more…

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Hi Cee Gee,

Would love to know your whole story! Please start a new a new post in the forums so that we can follow your story and help you out ❤️

I’ll be looking for you!

Jackie and Huck ❤️

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