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Surgery Day for Chloe 5/27
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8 June 2021 - 8:07 am
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Good morning...Chloe is doing well and is scheduled to get her stitches out tomorrow morning. The surgery area looks very clean and no signs of infection or swelling. She hasn't worn a cone or onesie because she just refused to keep them on. Fortunately, she didn't mess with the stitches. When she would clean around the area, I would put a warm washcloth on the area and that seemed to make her happy. My only concern is she has no interest in drinking water. Prior to surgery, she loved to drink water and would sometimes put her paw in the bowl and lick the water off of her paw. Now, she has no interest in it. I have put her in front of her favorite bowl and other bowls with no luck. I gave her tuna juice which she drank and added water to wet food which she ate. Is she just being stubborn? icon_rolleyes

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8 June 2021 - 9:02 am
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So glad sweet Chloe is doing well!  And bravo for being one of the few kitties, or dogs too for that matter, who didn't  have to wear a cone!👏👏

Other wise kitty members  can chime in on the water challenge.  IMO, if the tuna water is keeping her adequately hydrated, then that's  a good thing!  

For whatever reason, my Happy Hannah (dog) had to be enticed to drink water the first two weeks too.  It was so weird.

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8 June 2021 - 1:53 pm
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Hey Sherry, that's really wonderful that Chloe is doing so well overall. And she didn't even mess with her incision? WOW! Guess when she showed her displeasure at wearing a cone or onesie that she was trying to convince you she would behave. Impressive that she did!

The lack of thirst is something I would discuss with your vet. She could have some kind of easily fixed imbalance somewhere. It's such a drastic change from before that you really don't want to let this slip by. It's so important for cats to stay hydrated as you know. And oftentimes what we think is stubborn behavior in any animal is really one or several pain signals . It's very positive that she drank with tuna water, so she still has thirst in her. Keep the tuna water coming and let your vet know. Keep us posted!

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9 June 2021 - 1:32 am
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Hi Sherri and Chloe - so glad Chloe is recovering well! I second Virginia's vote to keep a close eye on the hydration situation in consultation with the vet. Every pet reacts differently to surgical recovery. Sending our best wishes that she continues to do well.sp_hearticon2 - Jessica and Yum Yum kitty (Tripawd since Feb 2021)

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9 June 2021 - 9:45 am
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Chloe's stitches were removed this morning! The vet said everything looks great and she wasn't overly worried about the water intake since Chloe is currently eating wet food. She wants me to call her in a week with an update. The full pathology report is not back, however, she said that Chloe was classified as a level 1 which is the lowest stage on a scale of 1 - 4. Also, the lymph nodes were clear and they got a wide margin by removing the entire limb. So, overall, great news!!! Obviously, I will continue to monitor her progress as we progress to the new normal! smiley4sp_hearticon2

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9 June 2021 - 9:57 am
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Well heck yes that is GREAT news! I'm so happy she got the all-clear from your vet, that's wonderful!

You are doing a fantastic job with her recovery, Chloe is a lucky gal to have such a great nurse. Let us know how things are going, and 3-paws up to both of you 🙂

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9 June 2021 - 1:37 pm
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YES!!!   GREAT NEWS INDEED!!!!👏👏👏👏👏😁😁😁😁😁

Stitches removal calls for a bonus treat, whatever she wants that you don't  usually let her have!!!  Just this one time of course....or maybe more😉

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14 June 2021 - 8:49 am
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Hi, I'm just reading this thread. Wahoo for Chloe!  I'm glad she was a good girl without her cone. That's awesome she is progressing so well!!!!!

I'm not a vet but have done a lot of research on health for cats. From what I've discovered, cats actually don't drink much water unless there is a problem (such as diabetes or chronic kidney disease). The reason most kitties drink water is because they get dehydrated from dry food. Cats evolved eating birds, mice, bugs, lizards, etc., which have water in them. So, cats didn't really need water. But we've put them on dehydrated food, so now they need water. If your cat was eating wet food (which is what cats should eat -- not dry food), she didn't need the water. 

Here is more info if you're interested: Why Cats Need Canned Food | Little Big Cat

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Chloe update - 2.5 weeks post surgery - I am so happy to report that Chloe is doing so well!smiley_clapHer fur is growing back in the shaved areas and she is starting to look like Chloe again, minus 1 leg. She started eating dry food and drinking water once her stitches were removed. I think they probably felt weird and made her uncomfortable. At this point, all of the residual medication should be out of her body, so I am sure that helps as well. I had noticed her pupils are back to normal size and the red streaks in her eyes are gone. She is acting more like pre-surgery Chloe now...even had a little catnip last night and was feeling no pain...LOL! She surprised us by heading down the hallway and jumping in the tall Rubbermaid tote that is a litterbox all on her own!  She got in and out with no issue. Who needs a handicap box? Not Chloe!smiley10 She was twitching a bit last night and it dawned on me that she can't scratch the side that is missing a leg. I went over and gave her a good rubdown and she was happy with that. I did buy one of those arch scratchers, but she isn't interested. I will keep encouraging her to use it, but you know how stubborn cats are! I also got some of those corner wall scratchers but I haven't hung them yet. Overall, I am super happy and am not regretting the decision to take her leg. She doesn't care, and it will increase the time we have with her tremendously.smiley4sp_hearticon2

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14 June 2021 - 9:45 am
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Awww this made my day! I'm so happy things are back to the new normal and your little superkitty is doing so well! WOOHOO! 

Yeah the twitching because she has an itch that needs scratching is something that happens, and will probably continue to do so for the rest of her life. Not a big deal. She will figure out how to scratch that itch when you're not around but until then as you see she LOVES having her own personal human backscratcher around!

Very good news. Thank you so much for sharing.

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