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31 December 2019 - 2:21 pm
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Hi, My name is Ani, I hope to make myself understood because English is not my native language. My boyfriend and I rescued a cat in the street, we found him when he was two months old and had an injured leg, at the vet they told us that he had a broken leg but that he could heal, in two months we gave him therapy, we followed the indications but he did not heal and his leg began to necrot.

That same day his leg was amputated at the elbow but his wound has not healed. He has a month that was amputated and he has had to put points back twice, both times the points are bounced again.We have come with different veterinarians but they do not tell us something concrete, we do not know if it will heal, it no longer supports another anesthesia and we do not know what else to do. it hurts us to see it without a normal cat life and I don’t know if any of you went through the same thing and did it. We don’t want more unnecessary suffering for him. Thanks to whoever reads me

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31 December 2019 - 3:02 pm
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Welcome! What is your kitty’s name?

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Partial amputations often have difficulty healing. Please consult with a board certified surgeon to determine if proper closure of the wound is possible with the existing skin available. Otherwise amputation of the remaining appendage may be required.

Best wishes, please keep us posted.

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31 December 2019 - 5:01 pm
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Sorry, my cat’s name is Tuchy. Thank you very much for answering! in the second intervention that they did they opened a little more to be able to take some of that skin and so that it could close properly, unfortunately that same skin is the one that was reopened. We consulted the surgeon and told ourselves that it was better to heal that wound but we no longer know whether to consult another. The last sedation affected Tuchy quite a lot and for the months he has, he can’t stand another sedation. Tomorrow he has an appointment again with the vet to see what his turn is this time. I’ll be communicating, greetings and nice day

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31 December 2019 - 5:53 pm
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Oh I’m sorry, what a tough situation for Tuchy. Please let us know what the vet says. In the meantime you may want to read this article about Partial Versus Full Amputations

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31 December 2019 - 6:10 pm
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Thank you very much for the information, now I know that it is somewhat complicated to heal and it is comforting to find so much information, I will be informed tomorrow.

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1 January 2020 - 10:25 pm
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Hi, we took Tuchy to the vet, they checked the wound and the vet told us that he didn’t have enough skin to close the wound and it is necessary to amputate completely. About sedation they will opt for gas sedation due to the number of times they have sedated it, they told us that there are always risks but he is still very young and has a good chance of successful surgery and good recovery. The surgery will be Friday, I hope that with this operation he will finally heal and have a happy cat life. I will keep you informed, greetings to all!

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2 January 2020 - 10:03 am
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Oh that is a bummer, I’m sorry Tuchy has to have another surgery. Make sure your kitty will have good pain management (medication) when she comes home. That can make or break a surgery recovery. We will keep our paws crossed that recovery is easy and quick.

Most times this is exactly what’s needed to help a situation like this (it’s called an “amputation correction” surgery). Please let us know how things are going and don’t forget that we have an e-book for cats, called “Cool Tips for Tripawd Cats .” It will tell you all about pain medications, what to expect after surgery and life on three legs. 

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2 January 2020 - 11:16 am
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Hi Ani, Tuchy is so lucky to have met you and your boyfriend! It’s obvious you are giving him lots of love and care.

I don’t understand why vets do partial amputations. They seem to cause problems for the cat like Tuchy is having.

Thankfully anesthetics are much better these days than in the past. I hope Tuchy’s surgery goes well and it’s the final one needed for Tuchy to live a full and happy life.

Hugs for you and your family,

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Thank you very much for your words, they mean a lot to us. As soon as I know what type of medication for recovery they will give, I will put it here. We also don’t know why they did this type of surgery, all the vets we consulted asked us the same thing. Unfortunately, Tuchy is who is suffering. I really hope it is a successful surgery and has a quick recovery, we can’t stand to see it suffer.

I will continue to keep you updated. thanks and hugs!

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3 January 2020 - 1:31 pm
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Hi, Tuchy is fine but they operate until Sunday. He was prescribed a pain medication but it did not suit him and the veterinarian decided that the operation would be postponed.

We have many mixed feelings, the fear that he does not support the operation, seeing what the open wound bothers him, seeing him tired of so many interventions and visits to the vet and the concern of our family to see us already so distressed and giving everything for Tuchy : time, in care, emotionally and economically. It is very tiring to think that another hard week is coming for him and we  just want to see him not suffer.

I Will keep posting what’s going.

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3 January 2020 - 5:23 pm
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Oh sorry they had to delay surgery. Poor guy!

I can’t blame you for being worried. One surgery is a lot, two is overwhelming. Try to look at it like this: with the second one, you will fix the problem once and for all and Tuchy can go on to live his normal, happy life. He’s already been through a recovery, and so have you. That means you know exactly what to do to keep him comfortable, and yourself mentally sane. You’ve got this.

Hang in there. And thanks for offering support to other members. What a sweet thing to do when you are going through a stressful time yourself!

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3 January 2020 - 7:52 pm
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Just catching up on your sweet Tuchy.  You and your family have given him so much love and care and have gone above and beyond what many would do.  In spite of all he’s been through, he’s a very lucky kitty to have your love and dev.

You have been through so much on so ,any levels, yet you are still willing to do whatever  it takes to give Tuchy a quality,  pain free life.  

Sure, you have another recovery  to go through again and that wI’ll be rough for another week or two,  You already sort of know what to expect so, in a way, it may be a little less stressful for you. 

Another thing to keep in mind…it’s one aurgery, one recovery  and then DONE!!!  Tuchy can enjoy being  a normal kitty and  be his curious, playful self once and for all!

And another thing that hopef eill help make things less stressful, you have us! You have a whole team here ro suppprt you and help you navigate  through recovery!  YOU ARE. NOT ALONE!!!

Sending  extra 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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4 January 2020 - 5:13 pm
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Thank you very much for so much support, it was fortunate to find this page. We are preparing mentally for what is coming, you are right, it is another week or two so that he is finally a normal and happy kitten. Tomorrow is the big day, it is assumed that if everything goes well, return home on Monday. I will continue to inform you, again thank you very much for so much support, hugs to all!

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10 January 2020 - 4:01 pm
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Hi everyone! Tuchy left his surgery very well, his scapula was removed and he stayed in the hospital for one more day. He is already with us at home and he is very well, with his latest medication combo. Tuchy can walk very well without the stump and is in a good mood, has better balance than when he had stump. We are very happy to see that his wound is good and he is finally healing properly. On Sunday you have an appointment with his vet to let us know if we have specified bandages or not. I want to thank you again for the words of support from each one of you, they helped you read them in times of uncertainty. I will keep in touch, hugs to everyone!

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10 January 2020 - 11:20 pm
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YAAAAY FOR TUCHY!!!!   So glad to hear the surgery went well and recovery  has started!  Yes, do keep us updated when you have a chance.  Recovery  will have some ups and downs the next two weeks, but as you can already tell, this was DEFINITELY  the right path to take to give Tuchy a better life!!!

Hugs 

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