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Tripod cat suddenly howling and not able to use remaining back leg
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Vent all you want!  And, btw, you really aren’t  doing that much venting!  Axruslly, very mild to the way most of us rant and vent!!

And you are also doing an excellent  job of keeping a cool head!!

Not sure what’s  going on, but glad you’re gonna being uour Rehab Vet into the loop.

I DO know that a “backwards walk” is something  that cats do  during recovery sometimes   as they are trying  to sort things out in their brains  with the remaining  three legs.  It generally is a little earlier in recovery.

Some ofmour kitty experts will chime in.  

Hang in there! Jist another little hiccup that pops up ecery now and then.


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Wow, poor thing.. I was hoping maybe just his good leg fell asleep under him but three times? I wonder if he twisted it? Huck has never had this happen. Somebody else in here mentioned walking backwards but he has never done that either. (Finding something to knock on now.. making sure it is wood!!) 

Hopefully it is nothing major but it def sounds like it’s uncomfortable. I am sorry sad that just totally stinks but you are doing the right thing keeping him quiet and emailing the vet. Your ‘vent’ is quite mild btw winker many of us would probably be at a point now where throwing things might be the reaction, lol way-confused

Hang in there, I hope this resolves quickly!



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Hi again! Just poppin’ in for another update. I’m finding this especially helpful for keeping track of the continuing saga. 

Lamar has been doing pretty well since the last couple episodes in the outdoor dome. He’s been on the one level of the house again since then. He was running around like a crazy guy with one of our other cats early in the morning on July 3rd and I think he might have overdone it. He had two little yowly moments on the 3rd and 4th, but very short. He’s been laying low on his own accord… I think he’s finally realized he has to take it easy (although I thought that before). 

I had a phone check-in today with the rehab vet that I’ve been working with. She suggested trying a short course — three weeks, once a day — of another drug, amantadine, along with the gabapentin and see if that might really do the trick. She said it acts to reset the pain receptors in the brain and is really good for cases of chronic pain. She also said that there aren’t really any bad side effects, so I figured we should give it a shot. Anybody have any experience with that? 

On a side note… I told her I’d been posting here on the forum and she was familiar with the website and said it was a great resource. She said she met the people who started it at a conference last February. What a hoot!

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Lamar’s getting the hang of things! Thank you for the update. I hope that his R&R will help him feel better.

It’s so pawesome you’re working with a rehab vet. And how COOL that she met us! What’s her name? That would have been the Western Veterinary Conference.

Amantadine and Gabapentin is a good combo for many Tripawds. Yeah, give it a try and see how it works. It’s one of the drugs that both Dr. Pam our Fairy Vet Mother and Dr. Mike Petty, a pain management specialist, both recommend. See:


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Her name is Dr. Pam Levin at Burlington Emergency Veterinary Services in Vermont. 

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