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Virginia







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5 December 2023 - 10:33 am
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Thanks for investigating “ why we might not have heard from Samantha for awhile.  Good job!

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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Good morning all! I am so sorry I’ve been MIA. I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving! Yes, I was out-or-town during those dates. I’m in the Navy Reserves so I typically go out on orders 5 times a year. This is the first one since Petunia’s surgery, so I was a little nervous, but it went great! My sister and her fam watching P&P at their house. They have a dog that they keep on the main floor (there’s a gate at the bottom on the stairs) until he is 2 years old, so they kept my kitties upstairs. Possum is a very curious (and brave) kitty and would have no problem going downstairs through the gate to see the dog. But eventually they just closed the door on the master bedroom during the day (the dog is in a crate at night). They have the most comfortable and thick carpet and we think Petunia really enjoyed it!! My sister said she would find her in different places every time she went up there (cat bed #1, cat bed #2, mattress they have on the floor where her boys made a fort, and in the closet in their mater bathroom.

Something really cool happened though … when her husband would take their dog on a walk, my sister would open the bedroom door and let Possum roam the main floor while she prepares their dinner. When she headed towards the stairs, Petunia was HALF WAY down the stairs!!! Everyone cheered for her! I think that was huge because since she has been back home, she has gone DOWN the stairs/ramp from the couch THREE times … that I’ve witnessed at least! (Started last week.) So I’ve been grieving her free range of the house while I’m out of the house since then! I feel very comfortable doing so! 

Also another cool thing happened this morning was when I woke up, I saw her cat toy in the bedroom doorway, which means she brought it from the back room of the house! Petunia LOVES cat toys and will carry them everywhere, and it made me so happy cause she hasn’t played with her toys since the surgery! She also got her solensa (sp?) shot yesterday so maybe that has something to do with it. This is her first shot since she got in two weeks after the surgery, so I am very curious how she responds to it not that it’s been just over 2 months since her surgery. I’ve also gone down to giving Gabapentin once a day (at night) unless I hear her cry during the day trying to adjust her body. My sister made the comment the night I picked them up that she forgot to give her gabapentin that morning and that she noticed her to be much more energetic. The rehab specialist agrees that I should try to go down once a day. I do plan on doing solensia (sp?) every 4 weeks if that also would mean I can get her off gabapentin.

 

Speaking of the rehab specialist - I have learned that her sister owns an only-cat vet! I thought that was really cool! Tuni has her 4 week re-check this Thursday, so I am eager to see her progress! I am hoping we won’t have to go as often as Petunia has not been liking going to rehab or the vet in the last week. She meows a lot more, so I think she’s over it. She does love acupuncture - she might have a jump while some of the needles are put in, but she is so relaxed for the 20 mins they are in.

 

I think with this recent progress, I might move the litterbox back to its original spot, which again is halfway between the bedroom and back room, the two hangout places. She obviously has been getting out of bed in the middle of the night to play with her toy and then getting back into bed before I wake up. 😂 She’s been sleeping a lot so it’ll be good for her to get up and walk. 

I’m trying to think of other updates, but I think I covered everything! 

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11 December 2023 - 9:15 am
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OHHHHHH. MYYYYY. GOSH!!!  A VHRISTMAS. MIRACLE👏👏

You have no idea how worried we have all been!! Not hearing from you, even when you we gave a little nudge here and there, I'm ashamed to say we all thought the worst! I'm headed out the door right now but when I saw your maife of post I had to just scan through it as quickly as possible to make sure petunia was still with us! And Hallelujah she sure is! Will be back later but your whole community has a big sad relief going on right now!

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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11 December 2023 - 9:24 am
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DITTO, HALLELEUJA,😍👏🏻😻😻

ALL IS BETTER THAN OK ! EXCELLENT UPDATE.smiley_clapI'm also pinched for time right now but will come back. WHOO HOO.

I told u, Sally HOPE HOPE, and HOPE unless we hear otherwise PHEW😘Thats our Christmas gift all is great with Petunia.

Thanks for taking the time to update us. Scratches to both kitties, please
HUGS

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11 December 2023 - 10:52 am
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YIPEEE!!! This is the best update yet! Wow. You both had major milestones the last few weeks. In your case, you were able to leave her in capable hands and not lose your mind with worry, and Petunia was able to have some freedom to explore and test her new mobility. You both deserve medals!

She is doing GREAT! All of these things like getting her toy, exploring the stairs, those are all signs that your girl is back. I'm so happy for you two! smiley_clap

Glad to know the Solensia is working. We've just started our Nellie on it, and I can't wait to see if it helps her move around too.

And oh yeah sounds like the cat-only vet clinic would be a super smart switcheroo. To have a rehab team and a feline vet team working together for Petunia's health can only lead to really great things in her future. 

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11 December 2023 - 12:42 pm
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Awww y’all, I am so sorry that I had you worried! It does make my heart feel full to know how much you care. Seriously! There have been a lot of good progress that has been made, but the last few weeks also came with a lot of worrying and sadness that she won’t progress. Probably the day after my last post she had acupuncture early on in the day. She was walking so freely and amazing and I was gonna post how she seemed like a different kitty, but I got busy or something. The next day she was back to her “low to the ground” walking and it made me so sad. I was thinking, “thank goodness I didn’t post how excited I was cause that would’ve followed up with a feeling defeat post not even 24 hrs later. I think that is partly why I found myself going MIA cause my mind was a roller coaster of thoughts and I just had a hard time opening up at that time. Like just 30 mins ago, she was walking SO AMAZING and even went to the litterbox twice (guess she wasn’t done 💩 the first visit 😂), but then she seemed to crash on her way back and got tired. Which is okay, especially how many great steps/hops she took within the 5-10 mins. I am hoping the Solensia had something to do with that! I hadn’t given her a gabapentin this AM, and she doesn’t seem to be in pain, but had a moment of tiredness. Then again, maybe she just wanted to lay in the middle of the kitchen. Another reason why I may move the litterbox so she doesn’t have to walk the entire house length when she’s in the back family room during the day. And at night when I’m sleeping, it’ll be good for her to get some walks in the middle of the night to stretch her legs. What do you think?

 

Jerry, unfortunately her sisters all cat vet is further south of the rehab place, so I won’t be switching her over cause that is too far of a drive. I’m still gonna go to where they go now, especially if the only times I will need to go there from here on out is to give Tuni the Solensia shot, or to test her thryroid, etc. Anything major I may consider an all cat vet. I hope the Solensia shot works wonder on Nellie! Let me know if you’ve noticed a positive outcome! 

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11 December 2023 - 2:36 pm
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We are so happy to hear your trip went well and that Petunia and Possum did well while you were away. That is a massive sense of relief for future trips.

That is a HUGE celebration for Tuni coming down the steps at your sisters' house. Now, at home, WHOO HOOO,👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 that's one worry you can put to rest. It's so good to hear she is back playing with her toys, too. It could be the Solensia and or less Gaba time will tell! Take the good and run with it. All brilliant news to celebrate!!!

And the litter box - I still stand by what I said posts back. We don't want it to be a chore getting to the box. Would it be?
You can inch back to your desired location and see how things go. It does not have to be this spot or that spot; there is a in-between and temporary as you learn what works for Petunia.

I think differently and want the litter box to be easily accessible. I have one on each floor of the house, and they are not hidden. Thankfully, my boys have never had accidents. My first cat was another story and a nightmare, but she taught me a lot of what I know on litter box issues. So Bless you, Dottie, for helping other kitties. Anyway, my long point is that you know the worst-case scenario. If it were me, I would leave the one in the bedroom, add another in the old location, and have three boxes. Thats my input and what i would do;) We took a leg. Let's make life easy on her.

Of course, we care we are invested the day you join. You can post good and bad updates; thats reality, right?

Thanks again for the update. Now we can rest knowing all is GREAT.
Hugs and kisses to Petunia and Possum, please

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11 December 2023 - 5:07 pm
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Again, YAAAAAY for the good news and you and Petunia are home safe and sound.🙏

To me, everything in your  post about Petunia  is spectacular!  Yes, one day she may feel like doing more than the next.  That doesn't  mean there's a backslide  or an interruption in progress.  It just merely  means a mature senior kitty will do what she feels like doing at any given moment. She'll do it her way at her pade.  The fact is, she's doing it!!   

Thanks again for checking  in.  Absolutely check in when you want and not when you don't  want.  Be Petunia....do what you want when you want😂😂   

Hugs 

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 December 2023 - 11:07 am
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Ohh gotcha on the feline vet clinic. Totally get it about the distance. It's good to have them in your back pocket but I hope you never need them for anything major!

As for her recovery ... try to look at her ups and downs like this. We have good days, great days, OK days, meh days, crappy days, and really crappy days. And the more health challenges we face, the more drastic those swings can be. Our own health, our mobility, is not on a single upward trajectory right? Well why should our pets? Especially at Tuni's age.

Mobility is not linear, not always, especially after losing a leg. So no need to worry about posting ups, then downs, then ups, etc. We are riding this with you, and we get it. Celebrate the victories when they happen, and lean on us when you feel like she's having a down day. 

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12 December 2023 - 12:51 pm
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My rehab specialist said the same thing, she can progress and on some days, retreat. Earlier today I tried really hard to think about a month ago and how she was doing then. I remember constantly saying, “she’s not even walking.” Sometimes when you see a pet everyday, it is hard to see progress, but I’ll be honest, she is doing so AMAZING compared to a month ago! I actually think the Solensia has been a game changer this time around cause I don’t think I’ve seen great walks two days in a row! Last night she was having a little trouble, but that could have been from her great walks earlier tired her out and/or the gaba she got a few hours earlier. Today she’s looking the best I’ve seen, to be honest. I haven’t carried her to the litterbox in days, I trust when she needs to go, she’ll make that movement. As I said before, she lays on the pillow on the couch next to me while I work, so I’m making a point 1/2 through the work day, I put her on the ground next to her toys to just get a good stretch in for her leg and to have her move a bit more, otherwise she’ll lay on the couch for 12 hrs straight without movement. 😂 From there she can make the decision to go to the bedroom to use the litterbox, or return back to the couch. 

This is the second day in a row I haven’t given her gaba in the AM and she hasn’t shown any indication of pain. I’m trying to ween her off completely and hope Solensia will take its place officially. Will probably stop when I get to having a few left in the bottle, so I have a few if I decide maybe she needs to continue and have to wait for a refill. 

Holly - My bro does have a litterbox that has a low entry, but it’s MASSIVE! I might see if I can use it for a bit so I can have the two locations. I just don’t wanna spend any extra money when having two locations won’t be a forever thing (at least I hope not). 

Thanks Holly, Sally and Jerry for the continuous info, education and support!!!! 😀

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Oh, you only have one litter box now? I misunderstood.
The rule of thumb is one litter box per cat plus one,  two-cat household three boxes.

So yes, I would 100000% push for another box for many reasons, and most importantly, Petunia, being almost 17 and on three legs, has EASY access, and it's not far to hope to go potty.

It's a no-brainer for me to add a box. I was adding one regardless and wrongly assumed you already had two. ADD A BOX in the hall in the old location, leave the one in the bedroom, and change out the clay litter there cause thats what bugs you the most. 

Always
Hugs!

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12 December 2023 - 3:34 pm
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No, you were right, I do have a second box, but it’s too hard for Petunia to get into. She’d have to jump a bit to get inside the enclosed box. The one my brother has has a low entry like the one in the bedroom, but like I said, it’s huge … maybe 3-4ft long. 

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12 December 2023 - 3:36 pm
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Also, I changed the litter weeks ago! 🙂 The day after I decided to change the litter, my sister told me her hubby despises clay litter, so it gave me even more of a push to change it before I took them there. I hated the clay litter, and only had it at first to make it easier on Tuni while she was recovering. I’m happy to part with it! Haha!

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12 December 2023 - 4:57 pm
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Oh, okay, If you have a Dremel tool or your brother or brother-in-law, you can cut the front down on the one you do have to make it easy to access. We did that for Purrkins for years. We used a cutting wheel, cut it down and then filed it afterward. If you do this, make sure and have a litter mat so there is less litter scatter.

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We have the same as your brother's now - massive litter boxes and LOVE them. Borrow it and see how it goes.

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Great on ditching the clay.
scratches to both kitties, please

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12 December 2023 - 5:25 pm
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This is the one I have in my bedroom:

KittyGoHere Senior Cat Litter Box, Large Size, Beach Sand Color, Durable & Pet Safe Kitty Litter Box, Low 3" Entry and Lots More Room for Your Cats Comfort, Made in USA https://a.co/d/bBLxiGu

My brother has the same one, but much larger. 

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