Caring for a Three Legged Dog or Cat
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28 August 2022
Yesterday, I adopted Ame, our 5 yr old front-leg amputee tripawd. She got hit by a car in January and has thankfully made a full recovery, walks around like nothing can stop her. 🙂 I've found that she is very treat motivated, and I'm trying to find a toy that dispenses treats that would be easy for her to play with. I tried this hunt-and-swat treat toy but I think the toy is too weighted, so it's difficult for her to swat the toy to get the treats to fall out. Anybody have luck with any treat toys? Any recommendations/advice?
Hi Emily and Ame! Your future posts won't need to wait for approval so post away.
That is a great question about toys! We love interactive brain games for Tripawds. These posts have some ideas for you:
Thank you for adopting a 3-legged cat! We would love to see photos! This is how adding images to the forums works if you want to post some:
- Upload pics to a photo sharing site like imgur.com or your own Tripawds blog (https://tripawd...../supporter). Pictures and video have to be hosted (live) somewhere other than in the forums.
- Once the photo is uploaded somewhere, right click and copy the Image URL or just copy the image if you’re on a phone
- Return to your Tripawds Forum post and paste the image URL (or the image itself) in your post. It should automatically appear.
If you’d like help figuring out the process let me know.
19 May 2022
Welcome Emily! And so glad Ame has you to make sure she's taken care of and even entertained!
It's one of the suggestions in the link Jerry shared up top, but I want to +1 puzzle toys.
When Luanne was recovering from surgery I got one of those wobblers too and she also showed very little interest, but I got this puzzle and she went for it immediately. I like the one I chose because there are a few levels of difficulty, there's some that they can get to easily and others that will take some effort, so it helped her ramp up at her own pace. It taught her that her head and forepaw could manipulate things and helped her build some dexterity.
Lu is older, so that's about as far as she's gotten activity wise with toys, but since your kitty is younger you might be able to use puzzle toys to build Ame up to something as active as a treat wobbler!
Senior trikitty Luanne had a right forepaw removed in May of 2022 and is still going strong! Here's our story.