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New Tripawd Mom-trying to take it all in stride for my furbaby
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Purrkins said

Rusty is already showing you cone or no cone 🙂 Good job Rusty clap

Do we have a countdown on days before we are cone free? We can count down with you;)

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We have decided on Sunday. That is 10 days.  We were told 1-2 weeks (with permission to take it off when under supervision.  We are not even trying that one since everyone here knows how the story of Rusty and The Cone goes).  We have company coming over Thursday-Sunday so we figure two things: the extra few days will make sure he is nice and healed and the cone will remind our preteen and teenage nephews that something is different and they need to be careful.  We have signs on our doors going upstairs to make sure they lock them etc.  We are looking at end of Oct for the full house all clear.  

He has full run of the first floor which is kitchen, living room, dining room, bedroom and computer room.  Our second floor are all guest areas (house used to be a mother daughter so you never have to leave the main floor if you don’t want to).

Rusty "The Bunnyman" adopted us in 2014.  Aug/Sept 2017, back left leg amputated (HSA cancer).  He remained cancer free over 900 days. Cancer returned as of emergency visit on day 931. 15 days later, he gained his wings 04/18/2020 due to congestive heart failure.  He will always watch over his fellow tripawds and their hoomins with Head Scritches and Sand Paper Kisses.

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2 October 2017 - 8:03 am
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Sounds like a great plan. I think you will see how well Rusty gets alone when the cone is off he is already showing you!

Do whatever makes you comfortable and what works ! I was terrified for Purrkins to be free he was not! He explored every inch of the house his first day out! When you get to the all free keep a eye out . We had areas we didn’t know needed tripawd proof until Mr Purrkins showed us ! UGH ! He gets on top of our kitchen cupboards surprisingly yep! I will be interested to see if closing the doors helps! Here a close door means bat the door let me in LOL. Thats a cat thing with closed doors.  We had to add steps and add rugs etc after seeing how things went. Hope the company goes well and uneventful! Hope Rusty doesn’t mind the company;) 

I think is always better to be safe then sorry! So kudos to you.

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2 October 2017 - 3:48 pm
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RUSTY!!!   YOU ARE A VERY, VEYR LOVED BOY!!! 🙂 🙂   Pretty sure you already know thst!!

Soon the co e will be gone!  Keep the stairs and yiur “bumper” though!  They’ll still come in handy!

And cone removal day calls for….yeah, you vuessed it….ICE CREAM!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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2 October 2017 - 9:54 pm
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Rusty "The Bunnyman" adopted us in 2014.  Aug/Sept 2017, back left leg amputated (HSA cancer).  He remained cancer free over 900 days. Cancer returned as of emergency visit on day 931. 15 days later, he gained his wings 04/18/2020 due to congestive heart failure.  He will always watch over his fellow tripawds and their hoomins with Head Scritches and Sand Paper Kisses.

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2 October 2017 - 10:21 pm
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Awwww that is SO sweet!

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Awww so precious heartheartheart

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3 October 2017 - 9:35 am
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I know he hates that co e, but he’s so darn cute in it!  Maybe Daddy could wear one in solidarity! 🙂

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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benny55 said

And cone removal day calls for….yeah, you vuessed it….ICE CREAM!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

We are going to try Vanilla Soft Serve from Dairy Queen. Unless your little ones have a favorite 😜

Rusty "The Bunnyman" adopted us in 2014.  Aug/Sept 2017, back left leg amputated (HSA cancer).  He remained cancer free over 900 days. Cancer returned as of emergency visit on day 931. 15 days later, he gained his wings 04/18/2020 due to congestive heart failure.  He will always watch over his fellow tripawds and their hoomins with Head Scritches and Sand Paper Kisses.

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3 October 2017 - 10:08 am
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benny55 said
I know he hates that co e, but he’s so darn cute in it!  Maybe Daddy could wear one in solidarity! 🙂  

😂❤️❤️❤️

Rusty "The Bunnyman" adopted us in 2014.  Aug/Sept 2017, back left leg amputated (HSA cancer).  He remained cancer free over 900 days. Cancer returned as of emergency visit on day 931. 15 days later, he gained his wings 04/18/2020 due to congestive heart failure.  He will always watch over his fellow tripawds and their hoomins with Head Scritches and Sand Paper Kisses.



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3 October 2017 - 4:55 pm
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Mm mm… ice cream 🙂  I am so glad he is doing well. I agree… a side by side cone pic way-coolYou are well on your way to recovery, that does my heart good heartheart

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3 October 2017 - 6:26 pm
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Awe Rusty your so dang cute sleeping right up against your Dads legs! 4 days until Sunday😽 We are counting with you buddy😻

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3 October 2017 - 7:20 pm
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Is that a halo glowing around the edge of the cone? Obviously Rusty is a sweet cat.

My tripawd Mona doesn’t like ice cream while Eli will eat almost anything including antipasto. I’m sure Rusty will love whatever you choose and will celebrate being out of the cone.

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Question:

Looking at this picture, do you think it would be OK to take the cone off Thursday? This is seven days after stitch removal which was the lower end of what the vet asked me to do.

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 There is still a little bit of dried scab but it looks like the skin is together underneath where the scab was.  The scab is not over the wound. It’s actually on the edges of it. 

 He’s getting around OK with the cone, but I can also tell little things like using the litter box and cleaning himself after, would greatly be improved and appreciated if we were coming free. Last night I watched him trying to bath himself. And all the poor little guy did was lick the cone. 

The vet had said 1-2 weeks with allowing the cone to come off for hours at a time.  Since I can’t do the “get the cone back on” thing, we have left it on 24hrs a day for the past week.  I am sensing it may be time.

Thoughts based on your experiences?

Rusty "The Bunnyman" adopted us in 2014.  Aug/Sept 2017, back left leg amputated (HSA cancer).  He remained cancer free over 900 days. Cancer returned as of emergency visit on day 931. 15 days later, he gained his wings 04/18/2020 due to congestive heart failure.  He will always watch over his fellow tripawds and their hoomins with Head Scritches and Sand Paper Kisses.

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4 October 2017 - 10:43 am
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I will show you what Purrkins looked like and see if that helps you in your decision. Are you home that you can watch him? I think your fine but I don’t want to say take it off and something happen so will show you Purrkins. This was the day the stitches came out

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Purrkins had scabs too he did clean his area but never chewed at it. Hopefully others will chime in. We took the onesie off the day the stitches came off and never looked backwinker Let us know what you decide ! Did Rusty to a taste of ice cream? Or is that for the cone for the cone free day? Vanilla would be safest and just a few tastes so Rusty doesn’t get a belly ache! Purrkins brother loves a taste of ice cream and we do give it to him. Just be careful cats are lactose intolerant some can get a belly ache. Poops etc. Not trying to be a party pooper 😉 Proof of that below !

Saxton, Purrkins brother having a celebration cone for Rustybig-grin

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Thanks! Licks of vanilla soft serve will be for cone removal.  My other cat, Chiffy (passed away last year-18 years old), loved it.  Never tried it with Rusty because of the lactose issues with cats.  He deserves a really good treat though.

One of the reasons we were leaning towards Sunday is the next few days we will be out for long hours.  The reason we are having the company is Comic Con this weekend.  Early mornings and late nights are in line for the next few days.

Rusty will probably spend HOURS grooming once this cone comes off.  He has always been a very clean little boy and keeps trying to wash.  Ever so often, when I am scratching his head inside his cone, he will lick my finger and push his face around it just like he would do with his own paw.

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Rusty "The Bunnyman" adopted us in 2014.  Aug/Sept 2017, back left leg amputated (HSA cancer).  He remained cancer free over 900 days. Cancer returned as of emergency visit on day 931. 15 days later, he gained his wings 04/18/2020 due to congestive heart failure.  He will always watch over his fellow tripawds and their hoomins with Head Scritches and Sand Paper Kisses.

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