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3 December 2018 - 10:42 pm
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Thanks, Sally, for always being the best cheerleader laughing Makes a huge difference to have my rooting section here.

If it hadn’t been for the IBD or whatever it is/was, putting on weight probably wouldn’t have been desirable. But his spine was bony – he had been wrestling that in addition to the bad leg, poor guy.  He is rounding out now and it’s so nice to stroke him. 

I see the little red NEW box.  But I didn’t know i should be checking in and needed that notification. You are more active here than I. I had my hands so full with Sky and other pets and now I have this new project, so it doesn’t occur to me log on. Until I’m freaking out, that is! whatever

It’s so sweet that Sky has fans. He deserves them!  Most special boy heart

We are good and getting better! 

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14 December 2018 - 7:29 am
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Good morning,

How are you and your beautiful boy doing?

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

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14 December 2018 - 10:08 am
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Good morning!

We are doing very well overall – thanks!  I’m a little peeved at the moment as his new post-surgery habit is to murmur loudly – not a meow really – when he wants something during the night. He’s hungry and thirsty a lot because of the Prednisolone so I have indulged his requests. And he still hasn’t managed to negotiate either set of steps to the bed despite coaxing with treats so if he wants to be picked up, he asks in the same way. When he is thirsty, he asks the same way to drink from the water glass by my bed.  So he is thoroughly spoiled and I am sleep deprived. I am writing this when I have just gotten up a little earlier than I would have liked so grumpy. 

However, he looks great! Filling out nicely and fur is growing back so there is mostly white fur instead of pink skin. His sutures are all gone and incision is perfectly healed. clap

And his personality has normalized – apart from being a bit (lot) more demanding.  He is cuddly and sweet and I am so grateful he is here. 

He just asked to be picked up onto the bed and is snuggled happily between my legs purring.  I’m smiling. heart

Sky is moving around well. I think it’s still much harder work for him to hop than it was to walk. But he cracked me up the other night when I took some roast chicken out of the fridge. He and my pup Marlowe raced each other to kitchen to get there first and actually tripped over each other! It was so funny. laughing And it didn’t hurt Sky. He sat there with Marlowe – both acting very well-behaved waiting for summadat CHICKEN! Which of course, they got. I was in stitches.  He even wrestles with Marlowe! They have a morning tussle – Marlowe is gentle but they both enjoy it. Sky would let him know if he didn’t. 

So all is well. I wonder if I’ll ever get over that sinking feeling when I see that missing leg. But it is compensated for by all the other times when I see his beautiful face, stroke his silky fur and hear his soft purr.  Feel so blessed!!

Thanks for caring!

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14 December 2018 - 10:36 am
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That is so wonderful! I’m glad he is recovering so well. You will be surprised as he recovers at just how well they get around. I will be honest, when Huck hops slowly it still squeezes at my heart but as a rear leg amp, he scales the cat tree to the top, and he can run like greased lightening. He plays with the others, and he really couldn’t care less that the leg is gone. My feral kitty now hogs my pillow at night and greets me after work every afternoon. 

Considering what the alternative was is what i think of when my heart hurts and i know i made the best choice that i could for him.

Big hugs to you and yours 💕💖💕

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14 December 2018 - 11:18 am
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Thanks for understanding, Jackie! How long has it been for Huck? 

I don’t think Sky will ever climb the cat tree – he was never as athletic as my other two. But if he could hop a bit more easily I would love that. He does run amazingly fast!  And the stairs are a breeze for him. Just not the steps to the bed… whatever

And yes, I understand the trade off. In our case, since it turned out Sky didn’t have cancer we got rid of a source of pain rather than saving his life. And no leg vs painful leg looks the same from my perspective. But I have to understand that it must have hurt a lot. And now it doesn’t.  It’s an intellectual exercise vs the emotional tug from seeing him work hard to get around. 

The important thing is we love and have compassion for our babies. We give them the best lives we know how.  In my case, I fake it til I make it big-blink  Sky is happy and comfortable.

I hope you and your fur babies have the most marvelous holidays!!heartheart

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14 December 2018 - 11:38 am
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Huckleberry’s 1 year ampuversary was in October. He was incredibly athletic before surgery, so the cat tree is nothing compared to the stuff he climbed outside lol.

Huck did not have cancer either, someone or something broke his femur into 2 pieces. Clean break. He dragged that leg for a while, as we worried ourselves to death over how we were going to trap, transport, have surgery, and recover him. It worked out. He is a lot more comfortable without that painful useless leg now.

The important thing is we love and have compassion for our babies. We give them the best lives we know how.  In my case, I fake it til I make it big-blink  Sky is happy and comfortable.

I hope you and your fur babies have the most marvelous holidays!!heartheart  

Amen! I wish you all safe and happy holidays also heartheart

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14 December 2018 - 11:48 am
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Thanks for the clarification. My vet said Sky was close to having that leg dangling there. But it wasn’t hence my struggle.  

You did so well for Huck!  Bless you all!!!

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Rebecca that is such great news! Really happy to read that overall things are good. You might want to let your vet know about the Pred side effects, maybe the can scale back the dose so he’s not as hungry or thirsty. Look at it this way, at least you don’t have to let him outside to go pee, the way you’d have to do for a dog on pred!

In time you will probably forget what he looked like with 4 legs!

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14 December 2018 - 5:55 pm
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Thanks, Rene! I’ve tried scaling back the Pred several times before with undesirable results. I’m thinking about it but also afraid to mess with it as his poops are so much better. It’s tricky business. I think I’ll give it a little longer and then try.. I worry about long-term affects from Prednisolone but spent many months getting him to some “poop stability”. poopicon_pngwinker

And yes, at least we don’t have to outside every 3-4 hours! And he is happy!! I’ll take it big-grin

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14 December 2018 - 9:16 pm
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So happy to read this update!!  You two are quite a remarkable team!  You stayed the course in spite of a lot of hurdles!

You two have a RELAXING Christmas!!!   Goodness knows you are Sky’s gift, as he is yours!   And you both ate our gift!!💖

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

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14 December 2018 - 10:52 pm
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You are so kind, Sally!  Thanks so much for your support along the way – it’s made such a difference. smiley

We are over the worst of it and apart from sleep deprivation due to spoiling him, we are almost home free. 

Yes, planning a quiet Christmas with my fur-mily and counting our blessings!

Wishing you a beautiful holiday!!

With gratitude,

Rebecca & Sky heartheart

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15 December 2018 - 8:56 am
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Ditto! Excellent to read you guys are doing so well! smiley

I believe you will get over the missing leg Rebecca that sinking feeling will leave! It has gotten better already hasn’t it now that his fur is growing back?  I’m sure we have all looked and felt bad at one point but as you have said consider the alternative injury, pain or disease the leg had to go. Purrkins is over two years post-op, and I do not look at him differently because he acts no differently. He hops yes and runs like any tripawd you can’t even tell. He is very capable on three and a joy to see.

Sure we would have all loved not to be put in a corner to choose life/pain or limb, but that’s not the cards any of us were dealt. So the leg – not the life went. Sky isn’t mourning that leg he is happy! Follow his lead! “Fake it until you make it” that works too! You will make it. Sky’s hop will continue to improve look back in 6 months you will be amazed. Look how far you both have come!! WHOO HOO

I understand the fear of no pred, but I also know as you do the long-term side effects. Look into alternative medicine that is what we use for Saxton. If you ever feel like giving that route a try check out Vitality Science the products are not cheap and I now pred is affordable. If you can afford to try alternatives email them cs@vitalityscience.com and tell them Sky’s background on the IBD etc. they will tell you what they recommend. They have a money back guarantee too so if it doesn’t work for Sky your only out the shipping cost. It would be worth the try at some point.  We have had great success with their products over the years — something to keep in mind as a possibility for the future.

We wish you a happy, peaceful holiday!
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15 December 2018 - 11:15 am
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Thanks, Holly – as always you are voice of wisdom. Yesterday’s post was the result of another bad night’s sleep  – up sporadically to tend to Sky, not getting back to sleep and exhausted after weeks of this pattern.Sorry!  I took a great nap yesterday afternoon and last night was a bit better so I’m not as grumpy and negative today. 

Thanks for the tip on Vitality Science! I’ll research it and consider trying it. Cost is a consideration. But I hate to go this far with Sky only to have his liver go down.  I’ll discuss with St Louise, our vet and see what she thinks. I know she would be in favor of lowering the dose of Pred but she knows what a roller coaster his IBD has been – and has all the poop pix to prove it.  Right now he is stable and rocking the boat is scary.  He is also gaining weight and looks so much better!  Perhaps when we have a little longer at this point, I can change things. 

So 8 weeks out, we have truly come a long way. My gorgeous Sky is healing and adjusting and as affectionate as ever. Most of the time I realize that I made the rational decision and am satisfied – even pleased.  And I’m thrilled that Sky is here and happy and enjoying himself!!!

Much to be thankful for. Thank you for setting me straight..yet again clap

Give Purrkins cuddles from Sky and myself and I hope your holidays are fun and fabulous!

Rebecca & Sky heartheart

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I understand when you get something that works it is terrifying to change it.
Enjoy stable and nice poops and follow your instincts. Your love and some research will guide your path with Sky!

Research both Prednisolone side effects at the dosage and Sky’s age and the alternatives and the alternatives and we have to be able to afford them to try & maintain them. I 100% get that! Strict diet is critical in IBD as you already know.

I mentioned  it because we manage Saxton’s Purrkins brother alternatively for most of his life. We added in pharmaceuticals with his alternatives meds this year with no choice to move along the poop.
It’s our life POOP because it is their life on the line.

We understand lack of sleep do like Sky does and take naps and keep working on those steps.

So 8 weeks out, we have truly come a long way. My gorgeous Sky is healing and adjusting and as affectionate as ever. Most of the time I realize that I made the rational decision and am satisfied – even pleased. And I’m thrilled that Sky is here and happy and enjoying himself!!!

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Cuddles have been given thank you!

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