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A real beauty!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Yay for fresh poopicon_png and warm weather! 🙂

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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As always thanks for the wonderful advice. It has made this whole process so much easier.

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We did not have ANY restrictions after Purrkins stitches were out he was free to do all things and no onesie. Most are the same it would depend on what your Vet said of course but Purrkins was allowed to lick I specifically asked it is ok for him to lick now and he said yes. Purrkins were taken out after 14 days. When does Opal get hers out?

Our restrictions for 14 days were to limit his activity, we stayed in spare bedroom to do that. I did carry Purrkins outside also to get some fresh air. 

She escaped since her amp has been done too? Or are we talking prior too? 

The vet said they can come out in 10-14 days, today is day 8. The onesie has worked so well the wound looks really good, so hopefully that means she can get rid of it in a few days. I feel sorry for her having to wear that in this heat.

She escaped prior to the amp, when she had her leg bandaged. Thankfully she hasn’t been so desperate to escape since the amp. I have been taking her outside in the evening to let her cool down on the grass and she is loving it. We even managed some of the exercises I have read about on this site last nite.

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P.S. I am totally winter warn and jealous of wherever you are that is so nice and warm. I would be enjoying sitting on the warm ground lol winker  

Right now I wouldn’t mind a bit of winter. I got a cooling mat for Opal today and she has had a sleep on it already, hopefully it offers some relief.

On the poopicon_png front. She went for the first time outside in a long time, it was both exciting and heartbreaking. She did ok digging her hole, of course she struggled being one leg short then she did diarrhea again (so glad she was outside!) and then it came to burying it. She kept almost falling over but she managed eventually, but then she stood there almost frozen and her little shoulder was moving as if she was trying to use the missing leg, broke my heart. The vet had mentioned phantom pain and that when he saw his cat having them he massaged the area and this seemed to help a lot. I am not sure if Opal was having phantom pain but I rubbed the area and it did seem to help, she stopped moving it and walked away finally. 

A bit of a shame the diarrhea is back, I am going to cut down on the fresh meat and go back to he pre accident diet of meat only for breakfast and biscuits all other times. Hopefully this helps. She has finished her antibiotics and is only on Metacam, maybe once all those are out of her system she will feel better too.

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benny55 said
A real beauty!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Yay for fresh poopicon_png and warm weather! 🙂  

Thank you, she is pretty gorgeous. big-grin

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It may be the Metacam giving her the loose stool. Adding boiled rice to her meat might be all she needs. And adding the water used to boil the rice is awesome too because it holds all the starch from the rice. To flavor it more, you can add chopped chicken or ground beef and cook them together to make it more tasty for her. Don’t bother adding salt or anything, just adding the meat is plenty of flavor. If she isn’t into the rice, you can take some rice and broth and food process it until it is like a liquid and pour some into her food. 

Huck had some phantom limb problems. He was on the Gabapentin for a total of about 3 weeks post surgery. Even now if I scratch the right side of his neck his little stump looks like he is trying to help me scratch, but now he does not seem to have discomfort. If it starts “vibrating” (that’s just what it looks like), I will gently place my hand over the stump and hold it there applying just a tiny bit of pressure. More like support to be honest. If he is not put off by that then I will rub gently and it seems to soothe it and stops it. In the beginning he didn’t want me to go near it, was very protective of it. Now it’s no problem. 

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Most Tripawds will try to use the stump, even though the leg is gone. It doesn’t appear to be painful for our Wyatt Ray , usually if we scratch his amputated side that’s all he wanted. 

I agree the meta can could be causing the runs. I’d let your vet know to be safe, if it goes on too long it can cause GI damage as you probably know.  For runny poop, edible green clay works wonders:

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The vet said they can come out in 10-14 days, today is day 8. The onesie has worked so well the wound looks really good, so hopefully that means she can get rid of it in a few days. I feel sorry for her having to wear that in this heat.

Try not to feel bad about the onesie they are lightweight & the alternative is much worse the cone. She only has a few days left. I’m glad to hear the incision looks good and the onesie has done it’s job & kept Opal form getting to the incision and that is most important!

She escaped prior to the amp, when she had her leg bandaged. Thankfully she hasn’t been so desperate to escape since the amp.

I thought you were your referring to the escape prior to the amp but thought I would ask just to be sure! Glad to hear prior to. We have had escapes in recovery before why I asked.

Have you tried a vest harness on her? We use one on Purrkins to go outside. We also use a outdoor enclosure a tent for cats he loves going outside. Both of those ways I can be sure he is safe and wont get into a situation. Just a thought Opal could still go outside and be safe & not wander. The indoor/outdoor in cats is a topic brought up a lot and only you can make that choice. It is however proven indoor cats live longer lives. The study never included enclosures or harness. Anyway something to think on you don’t want Opal taking off on you on 3. She is and will be very capable I just would hate to see her get into a situation again

I got a cooling mat for Opal today and she has had a sleep on it already, hopefully it offers some relief.

I also got Purrkins a cooling pad too;) I read on our site it is good for aches and pains after the amp and he loved his after the amp.

“Cool surfaces feel good on achy bones, and they help with post-amputation pain management relief too.”

He eventually went back to his heated beds he has a choice.

On the  front. She went for the first time outside in a long time, it was both exciting and heartbreaking. She did ok digging her hole, of course she struggled being one leg short then she did diarrhea again (so glad she was outside!) and then it came to burying it. She kept almost falling over but she managed eventually, but then she stood there almost frozen and her little shoulder was moving as if she was trying to use the missing leg, broke my heart. The vet had mentioned phantom pain 
and that when he saw his cat having them he massaged the area and this seemed to help a lot. I am not sure if Opal was having phantom pain 
but I rubbed the area and it did seem to help, she stopped moving it and walked away finally. 


Opal will get better on 3 she is still learning. Purrkins no arm still moves occasionally and he still tries to cover up his poop with his missing leg. He used to try to use it all the time after his amp, same thing you are seeing with Opal. The brain is still sending signals to that arm. That will lessen as time goes by. I know it upsets us all when we see them go to use whats not there, it will lessen in time. Stop completely ? I can only tell you my expericne with Purrkins he still tries occasionally as I said to cover his poop. Purrkins has a twitch that has never gone away since the amp. We got a farabloc blanket to help him and it has.

Phantom limb pain you will know if it happens Purrkins had episodes where he was sleeping and he would jump up out of nowhere like he was struck my lightening and start attacking the no arm and licking and biting the area. It only lasted a few minutes and he was fine. It was not pleasant to watch and I tried to do the same massage the area during the episode he didn’t want me helping, Purrkins wanted to attend to it himself.

Just trying to use the arm to cover the poop from watching Purrkins anyway it was not painful, but frustrating! When I saw he was trying, I just stepped in assisted by getting the poop. Now he covers it pretty good not always. Sometimes he leaves it all uncovered and I don’t care either way I’m cleaning it up covered or uncovered.

If Opal’s turns into more then trying to use the leg and it is causing discomfort then ask about the Gabapentin. It is for nerve pain and can help. We take Purrkins for acupuncture which also helps. Purrkins was on Gaba for 14 days after his amp. Knowing what I know now I would of insisted on it before the amp too.

A bit of a shame the diarrhea is back, I am going to cut down on the fresh meat and go back to he pre accident diet of meat only for breakfast and biscuits all other times. Hopefully this helps. She has finished her antibiotics and is only on Metacam, maybe once all those are out of her system she will feel better too.

I imagine it could be both of the drugs she is on? We were not on either of those so no experience there. Our one cat gets the poops on antibiotics never fails.  Change of diet can cause upset belly too. Talk to your Vet when you go get the staples removed and in the meantime go back to your Vets instructions on the food he gave you for the poops prior to the amp. 

We look forward to hearing Opal is free and her staples are out. After the staples/stiches come out and they are off the drugs that is when MOST kitties start to shine and really get back to a new normal!!

Hugs to you and chin scratches to Opal!

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Opal had her staples removed today. It has all healed really well and she doesn’t need to wear a onesie any more unless she excessively licks the area. The vet was really pleased with her progress. I asked about her weight as I felt she was getting too skinny but she said that she could lose about 10% more (400-600 grams) as 60% of a cats weight is taken on the front legs. She said she will get arthritis so that is motivation to lose a bit more weight. I got some green lipped mussels supplements too, which Opal gobbled up, to help with the joints.

She still has runny poopicon_png but she is back on biscuits only. I tried the rice which didn’t go down too well. Since going on the biscuits it has gotten slightly better. If it doesn’t come 100% right then I can get some special food for her.

She spent some time outside on her own today, didn’t wander far but enjoyed the cool air and dirt on her fur. Also she has started playing! She hasn’t played since the dog attack before Christmas so that was a big thing for us. Its not as easy as it was with two paws but she is doing really well. The scratching pole isn’t so easy for her to use but I am sure with time and practice she will get better.

I just want to thank you all so much again – you made this whole process so much easier for both of us. 

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YAAAAAY clapThis is a great update !! Staples are out and no onesie!😺
Opal is back to playing & yes she will figure out how to toss and swat with one paw you will be surprised. She will figure out her scratching too! 

I remember hearing Purrkins playing the first time on his own after we were out of recovery, where he runs around with his toy in his mouth and meows, I recorded it because it was just the best sound to hear again, he also quit playing before his amp.

More confirmation to you Opal is going to be better then ok on 3! She will thrive on 3❣️

If her poop doesn’t firm up after being off the meds you might be dealing with IBD. Purrkins bother has IBD and we have dealt with both runny poop and constipation. 
Slippery Elm is a great remedy to try and it is SAFE for cats it works for both runny poop or constipation we use it daily for Purrkins brother. This you should be able to get there no problem some info & recipe for it if you hit the word Slippery Elm 

I Absolutely would give it a try. Also add a good probiotic to her diet both of those are safe to try and that might be all you need to do. Both of these were advised by our holistic Vet and both I have ZERO reservations on suggesting to try because they cannot hurt and can help.

Opal YOUR FREE😻 !!! Stay close to home Opal ok no wandering away from the house please. 
Great Job Mom you guys did great! Give Opal a good chin & ear scratch from us!

Hugs, Holly & Purrkins❤️

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YAAAAAAAAAY FOR OPAL!!!   No more o esies! 🙂  No more staples!! 🙂  

Seeing her start to play  had to light up your world! 🙂   Such great news!  And it continues to get better!! 🙂

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Hi Everyone!

It has been a while since I have been here, life gets in the way sometimes. But I wanted to give you all an update on Opal. She is doing wonderfully. It is amazing how resilient these animals are. I am struggling to keep her weight down, Opal loves her food and since losing a leg it is like she is obsessed with it! But she is moving around freely, walking is still a little difficult, running is much easier for her it seems, lucky for her she is a lazy bones. She was always a chatterbox but since losing the leg her talking has become something else! Drives us all a little crazy.

Opal spends most days outside, especially now it is cooling down, she loves winter, but she comes in every nite around 10pm and spends the nite indoors. She doesn’t wander far, occasionally I see her in the bark garden out the front but as rule she stays out the back either snoozing under the deck or on the shoe box. We made a hole in the fence to the neighbours next door where she used to spend a lot of her time, she does go through it but stays close to the hole so it a quick trip home.

I worry about her jumping, but she is a cat, so what can you do?! Getting up is fine but watching her jump down is hard, I help her out when I can. Overall most things she is capable of doing and she is as happy as ever. She loves tunneling (cat tunnel) and my friend brought her a get better red squeaky mouse which she adores chasing and throwing in the air.

One more thing, her fur has grown back completely, you can hardly tell a leg is missing.  

Thank you all once again for your kind words of encouragement and help.

This was taken a couple of months ago.

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The usual position you will find Opal in.

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THRILLED TO HEAR HOW WELL OPAL IS DOING!!!  OPAL IS GETTING TO DO ALL THNGS OPAL LIKES TOMDO!!  SPECTACULAR 😁🤣

And tje ppctires of her are just beautiful .  She’s s dsrn pretty.  Love her coloring 

Thanks for the update. Quite an inspiring  little kitty! 😎

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What a regal looking kitty!!! It is so nice to hear from you!!❤️❤️

Opal is rawking life on three, that’s the best anybody can ask for. 

Thank you for coming back to share. So many times you wonder how some pawdy is doing, it does my heart good to see such an awesome success!!!

Great big hugs and chin scritches for Opal 😽😽

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I just found this thread and have to say Opal is absolutely GORGEOUS 🧡😸🧡

One day (when I’m not traveling as much) I want a Maine Coon in my life 😻

I had six cats since I was in my twenties, but I understand Maine Coons are pretty special plus they love to chat 😺 which I find adorable. 

Lovely update 💝

Sending you hugs and cuddles 😻😘🐮💫✨🌟🌹

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Applawse! Applawse! She looks magnificent and soooo beautiful! Thank you for the update, she is truly an inspawration!

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Sweet Opal is a beauty. She has similar colouring to my Mona who turns more brown from the sun. Here’s Mona on her manicure bed:

As a front leg amputee Mona has lots of chairs and boxes she uses to climb down from high places so she doesn’t have to jump down. Some people have put out a set of stairs for their cats.

It’s cute that Opal likes your neighbour’s yard. I’m sure she appreciates that you’ve made easy access for her.

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