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Unhappy amputee
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My 8 year old cat had a front leg amputated 

2 months ago. Initially all was fine. She spent the first month in the office and was happy and content. When she came downstairs she was fine for awhile, but now looks angry most of the time. Is she depressed? In pain? She’s eating, eliminating, sleeping just like normal. She will purr when on my lap.

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Hi Lucy, welcome! Your future posts won’t need approval so post away. Why did your cat need an amputation? 

When you say she looks angry, can you describe that more? Is her faced scrunched? Ears back? Does it look like any of these illustrations?

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If so, those are pain signals , and there could be some unaddressed pain happening. It’s good that all other signs are normal but pain is a tough one to pinpoint, and cats are masters at hiding it. 

What is her activity level like? Oftentimes when a Tripawd is getting too much activity to soon after amputation, that can result in pain. Is she an outdoor cat? 

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That was my first thought Jerry,  maybe too much too soon? Maybe she tweaked something and pulled a muscle.  Most of us try to wean into activity a little at a time.  Might be time to call her vet and discuss a physical and possibly pain meds?

Some cats just take more time to find their groove,  so to speak.  Is there anything that you can observe that sparks on this behavior?

Wish you luck in your journey.  Input would be greatly helpful❤


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