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Elderly cat going in for hind leg amputation tomorrow. Kindly ask for advice or words of encouragement.
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4 July 2019 - 10:56 pm
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Thanks Sally! I woke up to this message and got reassured by your experience with Bernie. I guess I worry too much…

And I have good news, Nounouche has woken up and is expectedly groggy, and I even heard a little meow from her on the phone.😊

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5 July 2019 - 10:32 am
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Hi all, 

A little update, Nounouche is home and doing well. Had some to eat and a bit to drink which is good because she didn’t want to eat at all at the hospital. I think she’s very happy to be home. They did a good job at the hospital. 

I’m very proud and impressed by her resilience, she stumbled her way to her litter box laid down and had a pee, then little by little she could walk longer and better. First stumbling and falling, then suddenly up she went and walked like she was born with three legs to a new temporary bed I made her. and we’ve only been home for 3 hours. She has always been very stubborn and prideful, which is why we needed to put the collar on as she kept licking the incision. She clearly does not like that. 

Now I’m just waiting for her to fall asleep so she can heal even more. 

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5 July 2019 - 11:35 am
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Just read your story,  wow! Sorry,  my online time right now is hit and miss.  First thing I thought of was Moira’s story, truly amazing and uplifting!

I’m glad your girl is home and resting comfortably.  

Recovery can be a bit of  a rollercoaster ride so stay tuned.  If your floors are slick please get some throw rugs for traction ,  and some good stinky food and treats in case her appetite drops,  which is very common during the recovery period.  Right now she should stay confined to an area with nothing to jump on.  She’ll need lots of rest to heal. 

Sending hugs and hopes for a quick and uneventful recovery ❤

Jackie and Huckleberry ❤

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5 July 2019 - 11:38 am
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welcome home nounouche!!!! 

She sounds like shes doing very well! A little rest and some love and she will be back to her self ❤

Give her a hug from nurse moe cat🐱 who was also stubborn after his tummy surgery last year! Cats!?!

❤ Bev, Roane & nurse Moe

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5 July 2019 - 1:26 pm
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What a great homecoming! Nounouche is going to back to herself before you know it, these are all such pawsitive signs. YEAH!

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5 July 2019 - 1:47 pm
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Do any of you have any advice about the litter box? Do i help her when she climbs in? She has some difficulties balancing and falls over and just lays there kind of given up. If she has to poop I can’t really see her doing that as she used to balance on both her hind legs.. Any advice? Thank you friends. 

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5 July 2019 - 1:52 pm
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Did you mention that she preferred to use her high sided litter box? What happens if you switch it with the low sided one? A low sided one is friendlier and can reduce the risk of her tipping over when she falls in.

Have you tried supporting her gently while she’s in there? Maybe with a small dish towel under her belly to help her balance?

And believe or not they do figure out how to poop with three legs. She will get there.

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5 July 2019 - 2:01 pm
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We made a low entrance on one side and Huck leaned on the higher side to keep balanced.  That works really well for him. 

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5 July 2019 - 2:14 pm
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Good idea with the towel under the belly, I will try that next time she tries, she does get quite cranky when I try to help her though. 

@Paws120, did you use a cardboard box or did you cut the plastic? Maybe file it down to avoid sharp edges? 

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5 July 2019 - 5:36 pm
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We cut and filed an old box so there was no sharp edges.  Then I found a better one,  it was very inexpensive,  on Chewy I think.  I will look for it and send a link.  Huck is a right rear amp and he does real well with it.  He can lean on it to eliminate either and it’s nice and big so he can turn without difficulty. 

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Jackie and Huck❤

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5 July 2019 - 5:40 pm
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We cut and filed an old box so there was no sharp edges.  Then I found a better one,  it was very inexpensive,  on Chewy I think.  I will look for it and send a link.  Huck is a right rear amp and he does real well with it.  He can lean on it to eliminate either and it’s nice and big so he can turn without difficulty. 

Hugs, 

Jackie and Huck❤

Found the link

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5 July 2019 - 6:33 pm
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EATING AND DRINKING ALREADY!!!   PEEING ALREADY!!!!  AND WALKING ALREADY????  REALLY???😎

I am impressed beyond words by Nounouche!!!😎   

  Now, don’t  get concerned if she back tracks a little in a day or so after the hospital  meds wear off.  What kinds of pain meds did they send you home with?

So happy to see this update, ESPECIALLY  this early on!!

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Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

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She has a Fentanyl patch which should wear out in 2 days. She’s also on Metacam, this she has been on for quite a while for managing the pain from the bad leg when she still had it. 

What I’ve noticed is that she shivers a lot. I asked the vet yesterday about shivering at the stump and he said that was normal. But now this is her whole body kinda shivering not just the stump. As if she’s cold or afraid… 

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Please ask them about gabapentin.  I am not a vet, and I know she’s older,  but most of us control phantom limb pain very well with gabapentin.  

Hard to say if the shivering is brought on by the medication in her system or phantom limb pain but it’s truly worth looking in to. 

Anesthesia takes several days to leave the system and getting pain control under control now can make a big difference for all of you. 

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Jackie and Huckleberry ❤

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6 July 2019 - 8:53 am
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Generally body “shivering” is a sign of pain.  As far as the stump, “twitching” or “quivering”  is somewhat normal at first as nerve endings  are adjusting 

As Jackie said, ask the Vet to give you Gabapentin and/or Bupumorphine (spelling).  Once the patch is off, the Metacam by itself is not enough to manage pain from MAJOR surgery!  It’s  basically an anti-inflammatory.   Of course, just to muddy the water, as Jackie said, the shivering  could be a “side effect” of the patch itself.  Regardless, after the patch  is removed, more pain meds almost always are required.   Again, MAJOR surgery!

As always, not a Vet and not giving  Vet advice.

Hugs 

Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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