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Soon to be a TRIPAWD mum for the first time - help!!
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Hi everyone, well last night we were advised our cat Missys leg was badly broken (saw the xrays and she has 2 bad breaks).  Option of surgery is a no go on vets advice – unlikely it would work due to the bone damage. So tomorrow my wee girl goes in to get her front left paw amputated and I’m dreading it.  I have never dealt with a amputee pet before and tbh am not looking forw as renato it.  I hate the idea she is going to have to get this done.  

Can anyone give me any tips please? 

Thank you so much . 

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Hello Helen, thanks for joining us but sorry you had to. Poor Missy! Try not to worry, cats really do get around great on three legs, even better than dogs!

Have you seen all our Trikitty blogs and three legged cat informational blog posts? They will help put your mind at ease. So will our e-book, Cool Tips for Tripawd Cats.

I’m curious though, when you say her paw is being amputated, do you literally mean only her paw? If so, you may want to check out this blog post about full versus partial leg amputation.

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Jist thpugh I’d check in and let you know we are all thinking of you and sweet Missy.  Let us know how we can help as you navigate through the early part of recoveru.


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