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…to think about if he wasn't showing such severe mobility problems before the amputation.

What is Oscar's weight like? If he is even a pound overweight that will make mobility harder. The good news is that you can help him drop any extra pounds if he has them. 

I agree, hubby's lack of support is

20 January 2022 12:47 pm
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…across the board. We can help you better if you can tell us:

What led to the amputation? 
Was he ever using the back leg after surgery?
Is he overweight?
If he isn't using the box, where/how is he toileting?
How many rehab treatments has he had, and when?
What pain control did he have after surgery

12 January 2022 6:34 pm
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If you decide to proceed with amputation, if it's

10 October 2021 6:06 pm
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…at 6 mos of age. He has two adopted tiger siblings. He is stubborn and lovey-dovey, and very food motivated. Aside from the cancer and being overweight, he is otherwise in good health. I don’t yet know what will happen or if he’s even a candidate for a front leg removal. If anyone has dealt with

10 October 2021 4:41 pm
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…having the result not turn out as well as one might hope.

The real reason I am adding my two cents, or perhaps in my wordy case $2, is the overweight portion.  Well Tuxedo was almost 10 years old & ~15# when he lost his leg.  As he approaches 14, he still is a chunky boy whose weight varies…

…wonderfully for a chubby critter, including non sanctioned roof visits.  Do not ask how as I have no clue.  So please even if  YumYum is a bit overweight at this point, try not to let that add a worry.  Afterwards you can try to help her slim down.  If possible try to keep focused on the good things

18 February 2021 9:44 am
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…like a good candidate for amputation. 14 is oldish, but not too old, especially for an indoor-only cat. And 14 pounds sounds like just 2-3 pounds overweight, which should be easy enough to drop. There are lots of articles and tips on this website regarding trimming down your pet. I also recommend

17 February 2021 5:00 pm
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…full post-op biopsy has now come back as high grade/aggressive. Sigh... best laid plans, right?!? She is otherwise perfectly healthy although overweight (14 lbs but she has always had a round frame). She recovered well from the removal surgery (although I hate the first 24/36 hours after hospital

17 February 2021 3:29 am
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… part for the next week, or two.

That fact that Zola is mobile enough to get to potty is  really good sign this early on!! Many cats, whether overweight  or not, take a bit longer to take some hops

YWithou question you'll get the weight off of Lola. Patience, proper nutrition, it'll happen.  She

24 December 2020 5:40 pm
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…large. He is part Maine coon and he’s a (rare) calico male. So he is already quite larger then most cats just in stature alone, but he’s also overweight even for his build.

its 3 days post op now. He’s getting more restless and moving around a bit. Doesn’t seem to be having to much trouble…

…leg it’s messing with me. I wish he could just shed all the extra weight at once but I know that’s not how it works

do any of you have pretty overweight Tripawds? Any tips to help him lose the weight. 

24 December 2020 8:21 am
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…without warning. It is startling ad sudden. You will know it when you see it. Has she exhibited any of these signs?

4. Amber is a little overweight. She is currently about 12 pounds and should ideally be closer to 10 pounds. She has been free fed dry food her entire life. She used to also get

13 November 2020 5:15 pm
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…new for me. Where can I find more info on phantom limb pain? How do I know if she is experiencing phantom limb pain?

4. Amber is a little overweight. She is currently about 12 pounds and should ideally be closer to 10 pounds. She has been free fed dry food her entire life. She used to also get

13 November 2020 1:38 pm
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…in your choice?

As to Strummer's weight ... Well guess what my Tuxedo is a huge 15# chunk of love that is constantly on a diet.  He was overweight before he lost his leg and still is overweight.  But he manages pretty darn well.  As others have said, you can slowly cut back on his food and/or

16 August 2020 11:39 am
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…to poo, to laying down on his side to do everything. I'm at a loss and dont know how to help the poor dude, or if old age, arthritis, and being overweight are just taking a toll on him. 

Any advice would be appreciated 

4 May 2019 5:54 am
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…he’ll do great and adapt perfectly fine! Pablo has some trouble walking/standing long and standing in the litter but that’s only because he’s fairly overweight.(we are however dieting him). From the sounds of it your boy is pretty active so I’m sure he’ll adjust to walking and such with no problem:).

…to get the sense that things are "normal" again and that they can do things on their own. 

Oh one question: what's his weight like? Is he at all overweight? If so, that can lead to mobility issues too (among other things).

I'll be curious what your vet says. Oh keep in mind that an evaluation with

19 February 2018 11:06 am
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…he has some Bombay or Burmese based on his density and his features). He is just 11.2 pounds now, down from 12.5 back in March and (a somewhat overweight) 14 in January. 

Normally we would want to be at our strongest for such a monumental recovery task, and so I'm very worried -- especially since

23 August 2017 7:24 pm
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…the vet's office but couldn't get a live person on the phone so left message. I read on one blog here that frequent faceplants are a sign of being overweight. Shadow faceplants a lot. I keep hollering "use your core" and he doesn't listen. Hence the feather toys to try to get him to sit up. This is my

10 August 2017 7:10 am
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…now than it was three days post-op. Are you sure that it really is worse and not just your perception of it? I ask because I also have an older overweight rear leg amputee kitty. In my case I was having some perception problems. Initially following his surgeries I was just so happy to have Tuxedo

9 August 2017 8:05 pm
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…eats raw beef for his wet food.  

I read the links above - which mostly say, cut back the food - i get it!  any other advice or sympathy about overweight rear-amputee older cats . . . 

7 August 2017 10:27 am
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…somethig he does like.

You might have to use food to motivate him if so just deduct it from his normal daily allowance .

When our cats become overweight they don't want to move as much. Ask us how we know;)

I don't know about other’s but Purrkins is still very active on 3 but I did have to cut his

10 July 2017 7:04 pm
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…9 pounds) since her last visit which is great news because I was really worried about her not eating as much as she usually does. She used to be overweight and it is weird to see her like this now, but I am guessing she is in a healthier weight range right now?

I need to discuss the amputation more

…to get used to life on three legs. It takes time to build up the stamina and muscles required to resume normal cat activity. Also, if he's at all overweight, even by a few ounces, that can slow down his progress. Focus on keeping him slim and Snuggles will be an awesome, fit Tripawd in no time at all.

6 June 2017 9:46 am
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I would agree that trying to help him would stress him out more. If he's getting around well in all other ways and as long as he's not overweight or has any other conditions like bad arthritis, I would just let him be for now and watch him. But then I'm not as experienced as our Kitty members

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