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22 June 2019 - 11:35 am
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Omgoodness, that is way too funny icon_lol  And by the way, I LOVE her nickname, that is totally adorable sp_hearticon2 Cant wait to see her!

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22 June 2019 - 7:06 pm
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I will try to figure out how to get pictures of her up…

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23 June 2019 - 12:10 am
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Here she is sleeping, cuddling with mom on the couch.

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23 June 2019 - 12:22 am
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Here she is, looking pissed off, but really she’s feeling a LOT better than she was. Such a tiny little cat but she’s sure determined to keep going!

And here are her three sisters. Blues is the grey one, Rhythm is the fat tabby, and Shreya is the sleek black ebony empress of awesome (or at least that’s what her dad says.  She’s a total daddy’s girl!)

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Beautiful photos! What a gorgeous crew sp_hearticon2 Moira looks great, can’t believe she is 20! Thanks so much for sharing, is so nice to put a face to this amazing kitty. Her sisters are pawsitively beautiful. 

You have done a wonderful job with her. I cannot believe she is doing so well so quickly, way to go and three paws up to you and your family sp_hearticon2

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23 June 2019 - 2:34 pm
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Her royal 3 leggedness was feeling good enough to demand breakfast this morning.  She’d cleaned out her other bowls overnight.  If her appetite keeps up this good I might be able to get some weight back on her.

Yesterday I put up the screen door we made for introducing new kittens to the family.  That way her sisters can come look in on her but not bother her. 

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To Huckleberry and family!

Thank you so much for the encouragement.  I’m so glad I found this site. You all really understand what I’m going through and can really celebrate her progress. Plus all the tips and tricks I’ve found have been amazing! Definitely making me feel like I’m being a great mom to her and doing the right things, rather than struggling alone and second guessing myself.

Huck is such a gorgeous boy! and such a lucky cat.  To go from a feral to having a family to pamper him and siblings to hang out with.  Wow!

-Suzanne, Moira & the rest of the girls.

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23 June 2019 - 3:50 pm
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Thank you so much. He reminded me of Huckleberry Finn, just a wanderer. He was one of the greatest challenges I had, and I am so glad he decided he liked being a house cat because setting him free in the city would have broken my heart. If you don’t mind I would like to follow you on IG, love your pictures!

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23 June 2019 - 4:13 pm
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Jackie, Mom to Huckleberry, is one of our premier  go-to -all-things-cat experts!!   An invaluable  asset to this community min si many ways!❤

I am so in love with Moire and her sisters!  The extra insight into their personalities  you gave us with extended  descriptions of their names made me chuckle.😁

The pictures you shared of everybody…..pricelss!!!

I am truly amazed at how well Moe is doing so early in recovery,  and as an “ancient “!     She has met, and surpassed, milestone  after milestone!    And all at a much faster pace than kitties half her age!!!!

Yes, she is showing  you you did the right thing!  

Guess the threat of bringing  home orange kitties is quite a motivator for Moe to keep on keeping’ on!😂🤣

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23 June 2019 - 4:27 pm
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They are all so adorable! I see so much progress here, way to go!

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23 June 2019 - 4:43 pm
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Thank you!

   I’m really beyond amazed at her progress myself. I mean is this cat for real??? Wow! At this rate I’m never going to get to have my orange kittens. She’s teaching me a lot about sticking in there and holding on.

   I’m so grateful for finding this community. It really help to have people who understand that these aren’t just “pets” but part of my family.  Heck they’re my kids, really. And I just want to do the best for them that I can.

  I know someday Moira will let me know that she’s ready to go be with her brother again. (We lost him about 4 years ago to cancer.) But until then I’m just going to try and make her life the best and most comfortable it can be.

  I need to schedule to have her stitches out hopefully this coming saturday. That’ll be the 2 week mark. Then it’s just helping her figure out how better to do the bunny hop. She’s actually able to move around a lot but it’s slow.  We’re both looking forward to getting rid of the dreaded cone! I know it’s not helping her get her balance and guidance system recalibrated from 4 paw to 3 paw drive.

I also hope that Moe’s story can encourage other pet parents that are having to go through this.  If a stubborn old cat can do it, so can a younger one. So hang in there and love those furbabies for all they’re worth!

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Suzanne,

For sure Moira’s story will show people that age is only a small factor in making this decision. My oldest kitty lived to be 23, he was the sweetest cat ever “dumped” on me, lol. His name was Sylvester and he was 5ish when I took him in at the coaxing of a family member. He had been a street cat and “lived” in a nursing home, giving daily lap visits to the patients. When the head nurse changed hands, it was to somebody that had no use for animals. She told the staff that if he did not disappear, she would take him to be euthanized. I came home to a kitty in my basement, lolol. I ended up keeping him and he was with me for 20 years until he finally got too old and the angels took him home. 

I have a feeling when sutures are out and cone is off you are going to see a different kitty. That cone on her head at 20 years old is probably messing with her balance and ability to work with three legs. Once you have been given permission to remove the cone of shame watch and see smiley10

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Hi, I am new to this too, my petite cat Lucy had rear leg amputated last Tuesday.  She didn’t go poop until a used a cardboard box with no lip in the front, lined up with litter lining plastic and a very small of litter.  I have her enclosed in a toddler playpen for ample room and I use an sheet over it clipped so she doesn’t jump when I can’t be there.  BTW, she didn’t poop until Saturday.  Good luck with your friend. sp_hearticon2

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Hi, I am new to this too, my petite cat Lucy had rear leg amputated last Tuesday.  

 

Thanks for sharing your experience with us! Be sure to start a new topic so we can follow along with Lucy’s journey on three legs. See you there!

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Moira is going to get her stitches out saturday.  I know she’s going to be much happier once we’ve got the all clear to keep the cone off.  She hates that thing.

She’s been up and moving more. And she’s using the regular litter box like a champ. She’s getting faster with the Hop, step, step. 

Her fur is just starting to grow back.  It’s going to be a while before she doesn’t look all funny and shaved.

I think she is missing being able to get up and sleep on my bed. She always seems to like to sleep right under my pillow, and gets all grumpy when I have to kick her out of my spot so I can sleep.  Our bed is a pretty high one with a canopy, and the younger cats love running around playing on top of the canopy. Sometimes they sound like little elephants up there.

It’s on my husband’s to-do list to build a cat ramp for Moe so she can get back up there. 

I’m still amazed she’s making it, but we’ll see how things go as she starts to try and re-integrate back into the house. She’s been in the library mostly with me letting her out supervised now and then, but keeping an eye on her.  I don’t want her to get hurt trying to get somewhere she can’t and falling, or have the other girls freak out on her. I’ve also been letting the sisters come in with us in the library, again supervised.

So that’s the update so far.

-Suzanne & Moe.

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