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I posted this video on my blog for Tia the tripod cat, and one of the mods asked if I would share it here.  I thought it might be good for folks just starting this journey to see a happy ending and how well adjusted a tripod kitty can be in a relatively short time.

Tia doesn’t know she is missing a leg anymore and manages to chase her sister down and tackle her for their play fights. It was very rough in the beginning and it took her a while to gain strength in her single back leg, but now she dashes up the cat tree just like the other cats. She is less of a counter surfer now, but I consider that a bonus, LOL.

Let’s see, as far as changes we have made in the year for accommodations:  

– steps to her favorite perches to make sure she doesn’t have a long leap (she can actually still jump on counters, but does it a lot less now)

– a low entry high sided litter box (Like this -it’s too expensive, but we have one cat who doesn’t squat to pee, and another who doesn’t do covered boxes, one tripod, sigh whatever )

– keeping close tabs on her weight to make sure she doesn’t gain and over stress that back leg

– Giving her ear scratches for the one ear she can’t reach with her back foot anymore (I think I am being trained by her for that task laughing)

Otherwise, she is back to being a normal kitty in our house!

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WHEEEEE! Wow if I saw a Tripawd doggie doing that I’d have a heart attack but TriKitties are so light on their feet. She’s like a ballerina!

Tia is a rock star and so are you! I’m so glad you posted here as I haven’t had a chance to read blogs for a few days. Thank you!

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Thanks so much for taking the time rompost in this thread! 🙂   Tia is just so darn cute!

Tia’s story will DEFINITELY offer hope and inspiration ro any kitty starting this journey.   A d the extra tips you offered were INVALUABLE!! 🙂

You keep rocki ‘ Tia!!!! 

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

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Hey Tia, you leap and swat just like my four-legged fellow. I like how you final capture the flying toy and walk away with it.

I agree that keeping the weight off makes a big difference in how cats move. My tripawd Mona has short legs, long body, long hair, under 9 pounds but doesn’t move like that. She prefers to keep low to the ground to play with the laser light and can move pretty quick.

Thanks for sharing this video to show how a tripawd can keep active and have fun!

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Thanks for sharing.  We are just at 3 months post op for a rear leg amputation, and Obie is just starting to get his mojo back.  So nice to see that there is hope for even more improvement. Tia is a great inspiration and morale booster! 

It appears to be a lot easier to recover from a front leg amputation.  Although I am sure everybody believes that recovery can be difficult, no matter which leg is lost.


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clapWhoo HOO Tia!! She looks amazing!! Happy one year ampuversary too!! I agree no counter surfing is a bonus! Purrkins has not gotten that memo and continues to terrify me;) !! 

Thanks for posting this will surely help anyone facing the same decision & show what a tripawd kitty can do! We all need hope and Inspiration & Tia is both!

Chin & ear scratches to Miss Tia

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