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Seeking advice to help my 13 yr old cat 2.5 wk post op recovery
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Hi I’d like to start by saying this seems like a really great community and I’m excited and proud to be a new member here.  I’d really appreciate any advice and support as this has been such a heartbreaking time for me and my family. 

My cat Kali was attacked by a pit bull about 2.5 weeks ago.  Her front left elbow was shattered.  She had her surgery Tuesday 7/30 and came home Friday 8/2 and her stitches removed just yesterday.   She is 13 years old and although I know all cats recover at their own pace I’m still concerned shes not recovering as quickly as she could be and would love some advice on anything I can do to help her readjust, heal and get back on her feet and most importantly regualarly digesting and using the litterbox.  

As I mentioned Kali is 13 years old and I’m so proud of how well shes handling her recovery so far.  Her spirits seem to be up and she is a kitty that’s happy to be alive.  She is eating and drinking like a champ!  What concerns me is she has had little to no interest in getting up.  Shes been living on our bed with pee pads & towels to lay on.   Shes been peeing once or twice a day so I think shes doing well there.  But my major concern is she still isnt pooping!  We were told the vet held her until her was able to Male a bowel movement and she pooed just a little bit once more in her cat carrier when we took her to the vet (ironically concerned about her not pooing) 5 days after her operation.  Her felt her belly and said he didnt think there was an obstruction and because she did poo a little they weren’t concerned.  But that was 5 days ago now and she hasnt pooed again.  We thought it might be a privacy thing so weve tried putting her back in the carrier and laying her in the litterbox but sue fights to get out right away.  We also concidered the pain meds would back her up but that should’ve worn off by now.  And shes been eating so much I cant imagine shes not in pain with buildup.  Does anyone have any suggestion on the best mild kitty laxative or stool softener that may help her get going?  To those of you that have been through this do you think it might be because shes not standing yet therefore not using her hind muscles?  If so what can I do to help her with that?   

Also at what point do should I try and motivate her to start getting up and building the muscles she has on the 3 legs shes has left?  And how would I go about doing that?  Is there anything I can do to help her along with physical therapy techniques or massage?

I really appreciate any help/advice.  I’m so grateful to have this community that’s been where in this situation to ask.  

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I’m sorry to hear Kali was attacked and injured. How traumatizing! Perhaps your cat has some other aches and pains from the attack combined with the needed amputation.

My cat Mona had her amputation at 8 years old and she is now 13 years and considered a senior. Because her poop seems dry the vet has suggested she should go on a higher fibre kibble to relieve possible constipation.

You could support Kali in getting her to walk (hop). I found it really helpful to take Mona for chiropractic treatments and learn some tips on getting her stretching and working on balance. I know we have some tips here and will look for them. In the meantime, check for pet rehab in your community and check in with your vet for advice regarding potential constipation. 

I hope things improve for you and Kali!


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Here’s the link for Kitty Rehab:


Hope it helps!


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Hi, I was in chat the other night with you…wondering if you have an update on Kali? Did you talk to your vet? Any poopiconyet? Hope things are looking up.

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