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New tripod mom to a very old cat.
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29 June 2019 - 3:40 pm
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Yeah royal treatment is right!  Cause I also bought her a new bed, and a pet warmer heating pad to go in it. Bed looks kinda like a little sofa. I think not having the pillow padding in the front will make it easier to step up onto it, and it’s short. I’ve used a heating pad with her quite a bit as she’s gotten older. I think it’s been helping her not has as many old pet aches and pains. I know she’s on it a lot! I’ve even caught Shreya sleeping on it now and again.

We’ll see how she like the new bed and stairs when they get here.

I really do spoil these cats rotten! 

-Suzanne & Moira

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29 June 2019 - 9:49 pm
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Spoiling our fur pals is so much fun!!😁   Good job!😎

These pictures of Moe (and crew) are just precious!!  And the little glimpses I to their  personalities were delightful  to read about. 

YAAAAAY. FOR NO MORE CONE!!   GREEDOM FOR MOIRA!!!   AND YAAAAY FOR MOE RECLAIMING HER BED!!!  Her determination  is a wonderful  trait to have during recovery.  

She really is an unbelievable inspawration!!!

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Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

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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30 June 2019 - 11:26 pm
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Moira update:

She’s roaming around the house more. Tonight she even came hop step stepping out to the living room to tell me she was hungry, even ate a little in her old feeding spot. But I think it wasn’t very comfortable standing up on the slippery floor so she went back to the library and I brought the food in to her.

She’s slowly getting faster at getting around but still turtle slow. I think she’s getting tired easily. Really can’t wait till we get her stairs.  I think if she can get up on the bed easier she’ll be much happier, and maybe then I can clean up the library hospital room. 

Her sisters are being really good and leaving her alone. The only thing they seem to be bothered by is how much attention she’s getting that they’re not. 

-Suzanne & Moira

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1 July 2019 - 6:54 am
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I try to feed Huck and Mitch on rugs so they don’t slide.  Maybe if you get a small rug or mat for her favorite eating space so she can keep her balance might help her get back into her old routine. 

So glad she’s getting back to her normal ❤

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Jackie, David, Mitchell, Bo, Andy, Oscar,and the coolest feral tripawd kitty Huckleberry

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1 July 2019 - 9:09 am
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wyldivy said
She’s slowly getting faster at getting around but still turtle slow. I think she’s getting tired easily…

Cheesecat and Purrkins have both shared helpful rehab tips and strengthening exercises. Feta had a free rehab consultation thanks to the Maggie Moo Fund for Tripawd Rehab, and there are more helpful rehab tips in Cool Tips for Tripawd Cats .

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2 July 2019 - 10:18 pm
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It’s like christmas, her birthday and congratulations for getting so old, all on the same day for Miss Moe!

Today I got her new stairs which were very easy to put together

Her sisters had to help make sure they were put together right and sturdy!

She also got a new bed. It’s the height of luxury because I got a pet heating pad that I put right inside it. Mom even gave her a fresh sprig of catnip! So Spoiled!

She hasn’t tried the stairs yet, but seems to have taken to the bed nicely.

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6 July 2019 - 2:49 pm
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Hi, just want to say Moira is a true inspiration, my little kitty Nounouche is also 20 years old and had her left hind leg amputated two days ago. She’s getting the hang of it. Your story gives me hope when I start to doubt. Thank you. 

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Hi, just want to say Moira is a true inspiration, my little kitty Nounouche is also 20 years old and had her left hind leg amputated two days ago. She’s getting the hang of it. Your story gives me hope when I start to doubt. Thank you. 

  

I’d love to hear about your wonderful kitty! Old cats for the win!!! We’ll show those young wipper-snappers how it’s done!

I was so worried at first that she wouldn’t be able to adjust. She’s not completely there yet, but day by day she’s getting steadier on her three feet. There are definitely still challenges, like she hasn’t been back up on my bed since that one time. But I think once she gets more her feet figured out more and more confidence, she’ll be back up there. She’s hopped her way out to the couch a couple times to use the little stairs up that I bought her. 

If you have questions, concerns, our just because we all ready love your little tripawd darling and want to see pictures. Please start a post. Everyone here has been such a wonderful support, and we know what you’re going through.

-Suzanne & Moira

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7 July 2019 - 1:39 pm
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wyldivy said

If you have questions, concerns, our just because we all ready love your little tripawd darling and want to see pictures. Please start a post. Everyone here has been such a wonderful support, and we know what you’re going through.  

Oh I’m a dooface, you already have posted.  I’m going to go read about your sweet girl and cheer you on!

-Suzanne

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8 July 2019 - 3:17 am
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Hi Suzanne, 

Thank you for your answer. I still haven’t figured out how to upload pictures, I’m on a mobile device. How did you do it?

/Aghilas 

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8 July 2019 - 8:18 am
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Hi there! 

Here are instructions for adding photos to forum posts  

If you have social media like Instagram, you can use posted photos from there. Facebook, not so much. If you have started a blog, you can go to the dashboard, where you will see the option for Media. When you click on media, there is an option there to add pictures and from there you can post them to your blog as well as here.

Hope this helps!

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Jackie, David, Mitchell, Bo, Andy, Oscar,and the coolest feral tripawd kitty Huckleberry

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Oh my goodness!  Her royal ancient tripawd-ness is getting clingy!  She’s been hanging out on the couch like all the time.  And her sisters are getting very jealous and telling me it’s not fair that she gets all the attention.

I’m hoping things will get a lot better for all of us soon. I have had to resign from my job. I have gotten so stressed out from work that it’s making me physically sick, and emotionally broken down. 

I’ve only got one week left and then I get to be a stay at home cat mom for a while. Hoping I can get my house, my yard and my shattered nerves back in shape.

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12 July 2019 - 3:53 am
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So sorry to hear things are that stressful. How is Moe doing other than clingy? Is she getting around ok? Are her sisters treating her ok? I am sorry you are going through a hard time, sending you a big hug sp_hearticon2

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Jackie, David, Mitchell, Bo, Andy, Oscar,and the coolest feral tripawd kitty Huckleberry

https://paws120.....pawds.com/

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12 July 2019 - 10:14 am
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Suzanne, you are doing such a great job caring for Moira!  You have no idea how strong you are!  Really!    We sure do understand the emotional  and physical exhaustion.  And then to try and do a job on top of that…..very stressful.  What you’ve  been through to get to this point is not something everyone could do, especially  on their own!  We applaud you for your “true grit”!

We often see a stand-offish kitty or doggy become more cuddly and clingy.  I think that start to realize how to take advantage  of all the spoiling they get once they become  a tripawd😉   

Glad Moe is using the stairs to get up on the couch.  He’s  accomplishing  what we wants on his own timeframe.   And yes, hopping around as a tripawd is tiring.  Again though, Moe is handling  it like a champ! It takes a solid month for a tripawd to adjust to the new way of being mobile.  And for a senior fella’, even a bit longer.  He’s  out of pain, getting thoroughly  spoiled and has all of his needs met!  Now that’s  an excellent  quality and that’s  why we do what we do!!

We’re  all sending  uou a group hug🤗

(((((((((((((((((((Hug)))))))))))))))))))

Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

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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12 July 2019 - 11:07 am
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wyldivy said
I’m hoping things will get a lot better for all of us soon. I have had to resign from my job. I have gotten so stressed out from work that it’s making me physically sick, and emotionally broken down. 

  

Things should start to fall into place now that the healing is under way, and you will not be carrying the burden of a stressful job. Maybe Moe and the Universe conspired to help you get your own spirit back in alignment? Hmmm.

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