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21 October 2018 - 6:02 pm
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YAAAAAAY FOR SKY!!!!!!😁😁😁😁

   THIS IS SUCH A GREAT UPDATE😁😁

As Holly said, YOU ARE READY!!!!!!   All you need to know is already within you NOW!!   PLUS, as you have already seen from our beloved kitty members, you have THE best support system right here to answer anything and everything  about Sky’s recovery!!!   You are a strong Warrior woman!  We all see your strength and we applaud  you for it!!  Sky is in great hands!!!

Lot’s of hugs!!

Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too 

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23 October 2018 - 12:30 am
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I am sorry for the delay in updating you! I’m sure you can imagine how busy I’ve been but also the darn password thing here is too restrictive. I use multiple devices and couldn’t remember the complex password to get on my laptop. Ack.

Anyway, to make a long story short, Sky is doing amazingly well!  My vet, St. Louise, brought him home yesterday afternoon. We decided that a large walk-in closet (formerly a small bedroom) next to my bedroom would be best for him. it’s carpeted for traction , warm and quiet. So we set up comfy bed, food, water and litter box. I decided that a pet gate across the door would work so he could see out and pets could see him (although I haven’t let my other cats in the bedroom unsupervised).  

He is eating like a horse! YAY! I’m getting over seeing the incision. He wants lots of love and scratches and I’m happy to accommodate. He is very wobbly and falls over sometimes. Fortunately, the floor is a soft cushion.

He is on Buprenorphine, Gabapentin, Clavamoxx and Prednisolone. 

Last night I heard a noise and looked down and there he was sitting in the bedroom!  He must have squeezed thru the slats. So I brought up a sturdier wood pet gate (I have several options). I was pretty sure he wouldn’t squeeze through that as the wood isn’t at all flexible. Wrong! This morning at 7am there he was lying on the floor in the bedroom! It must have been very tricky for him to maneuver through the slats! 

But that’s not all! I have soft steps up to my bed for both Sky and Marlowe, my Cavalier doggie.  Around noon I looked over and he was climbing up the steps to the bed!! Not even 24 hrs after being home! He almost made it but the last step requires more power and he jumped down. I was speechless. He is amazing!!

So, he is doing everything he should be doing. Peeing, pooped tonight, eating, drinking, cuddling, purring non-stop. That’s my Sky! 

He still has a ways to go. Tomorrow I’m going to try to let him roam upstairs and keep the other cats away. He needs to be more stable on his legs. Oh, Marlowe has been incredible. Last night he sniffed the wound and both Sky and I yelled at him. And I scooted him out of the room. Since then he is very careful and sweet. He got it.

The other 2 cats are normal cats. They aren’t as sensitive as Sky. So I want to be careful introducing him. Sky doesn’t have a mean bone in his body and I worry that they might have a weird reaction. But I have let them look through the pet gate . Always supervised.

So this journey has gotten off to a great start. And Yes, I can do this!! smiley  But most of the credit goes to Sky. He is leading the way and I’m following. 

Love, Rebecca & Sky

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23 October 2018 - 5:59 am
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We UNDERSTAND how busy you are;) Yep I checked yesterday just in case we were thinking of you!
We have strong passwords so people can’t hack the site. Yea creepo’s hack a three-legged animal site they have nothing better to do.

This update is worth the wait YAAAAAAAY clapSkysuperstar & clapYAAAAAY Rebecca
Closet sounds purrfect. I will address the pet gate in cats be careful Sky may jump that gate, and you do not want him jumping up and over that. I’m not sure on a rear leg kitty but don’t underestimate a three-legged cat!!

Maybe Sky can stay in your bedroom? He wants to be with you wherever you are most is where I would have Sky he won’t be satisfied otherwise. We have to try limiting their activity that incision needs to heal Sky needs to heal. Purrkins did the same in his recovery room, please try limiting the jumping, so Sky doesn’t pop a stitch and or staple. We want this recovery to go without a hitch! Purrkins couldn’t walk but jumped into the window the first day home. I was in awe and horrified both. I just picked him up and placed him back down.

Fantastic on the carpet that will make a massive difference for Sky and his relearning process and traction ! Tripawds need core strength more than the remaining leg strengthened we all learn that by being on the site. Here are some downloads you can look at on some things you can work with Sky on.

How to keep your cat fit, healthy and happy

FELINE PHYSIOTHERAPY AND REHABILITATION

This journey has gotten off to a fantastic start, and it will keep getting better!! Keep it up, you guys!!
You got this !!

Scratches to Sky Blue, please.
Hugs, Holly & Purrkinsheartheart

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23 October 2018 - 8:30 am
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Thanks, Holly! This will be brief as I just had a crisis. I woke up at 7am to find Sky lying in a stream of diarrhea.  All over his tail and hind end including a couple sutures. OMG

I cleaned him up on the floor as best I could but it wasn’t enough. So I picked him up and placed him in my bathroom sink running warm water over the surgical site and washing the poo off the rest of him. He didn’t mind. That’s Sky. His white fur is still stained on his tail but maybe he can get that off. For now, the area is pretty clean. My pristine carpet is pristine no more but I knew something like this would happen. I just wasn’t expecting it to be so much on him. 

I’m not letting him jump. His attempt at the steps was a shock. After than I have lifted him up on my bed to hang out and cuddle. But only when I’m with him. I had planned to let him out a bit today to explore the upstairs area. We shall see how it goes. I’m here with him 24 hrs a day right now. 

I knew it was too easy to be true. But I dealt with it so moving forward!

Thanks for advice – will check it all out!

Rebecca & Sky

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23 October 2018 - 11:10 am
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Rebecca you have an amazing, pawesome attitude! I love the precautions you are taking and how you kept your cool with this morning’s incident. How is he doing now? What do you think might have caused the runny poo?

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23 October 2018 - 12:30 pm
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Thanks Jerry! I was tap dancing… 

He is resting in his favorite hidey hole – a cabinet in my bedroom. I can open a door to it when I need to. Just gave him first dose of Metronidazole which is very icky tasting. Got it down with butter. Whew.  Going to pick up some proviable and also compounded Gabapentin shortly. And some chlorhexadine to keep the incision clean should this happen again.

Vet said she isn’t surprised.  Anesthesia drugs + rich food to get him to eat + Clavamox. We are discontinuing the Clavamox and withholding food temporarily to let his gut adjust.  

It was quite the rude awakening this morning. But things are stable ATM. 

Back later~

R & S

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23 October 2018 - 12:41 pm
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Ohhhh yeah that’s right, the Clavamox does a doozy on the gut. Poor guy! Glad the vet isn’t too concerned.

Keep tap dancing, he’s doing pretty well 🙂

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23 October 2018 - 1:35 pm
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Sending more purrs to you from our recovery room! Much love – am with you.❤️ Beautiful & helpful responses!

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23 October 2018 - 1:45 pm
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Great job on talking to the Vet yea Clavamox can cause the poops great you can discontinue it! You are doing what I was going to suggest probiotics with Sky having IBD I would always give it to him. Have you used Metronidazole before with Sky? Purrkins brother was on that years ago.

If you can get ahold of some bone broth that would be great as his tummy settles down.! The boys love bone broth. I order ours online.

You tap dance like a pro!!

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23 October 2018 - 3:21 pm
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Back from picking up new meds: Already had Metronidazole here and gave him first dose earlier.  Picked up compounded Gabapentin as having trouble getting correct dose from capsule in him. Also picked up Proviable paste and powder. And some dry food with oatmeal in it. I feed him grain free normally but advised the oatmeal will help bind him. 

I’m sorry I’m so bad at posting photos. Just don’t have time to upload to another site and post here. I hope you understand. 

Hanging out on floor with him and Marlowe while I do new med schedule on my laptop. Sky was helping laughing

Time for bupren dose…

BBL

R&S <3

PS Good suggestion on the bone broth. Stores carry it here. I’ll pick some up.. Thanks!

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23 October 2018 - 9:01 pm
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Sky is doing better – new regimen is good so far. 

He decided earlier that he wanted broader horizons so I let him out on the second floor. He made his way to my office where he has enjoyed hanging out before. There is a space heater in there and he has never been very close to it. But now he is right in front of it. Parked. He loves it. I guess if it was too hot he would move away, right? It’s not once of those dish ones – it is a cylinder that rotates.

He has had 2 small helpings of the dry food and drank some water. Haven’t seen any eliminations. 

I made some dinner for myself.. almost didn’t eat all day with so much going on. On my way back up there to hang out with my boy. <3

xoxo

R&S

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23 October 2018 - 9:09 pm
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Goodness gracious Sky!  Just catching  up on these  past couple  of posts and WOW!

Okay, bottom line is,  you’re  doing better now and, hopefully no more “squirts”!

My dogs will lay in front of a little heater until they pant, but still won’t  move!  Guess they just get too relaxed to exert any effort to get up and move.  And add some meds in the mix, and I’m  sure Sky feels completely  zonked!

TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF!!!   Being a caregiver during recovery is exhausting!  You need rest and nourishment  too!

Hugs

Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too 

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23 October 2018 - 9:54 pm
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It’s funny – he never seemed to pay attention to the heater. Now he is practically crawling inside it!

I’ve let the other 2 cats in and so far they have been fine. Actually, not even that interested in Sky. Narcissists 😉

Yes, today was a real challenge. Especially first thing in the morning to deal with a mess I’ve never had to encounter before. I accidentally made a double pot of coffee. I was out of it. But I got Sky dealt with effectively. I was surprised. But more credit goes to him for not putting up a fuss when I bathed him. That was a first and he did seem to appreciate it.  What a guy!!!

One step at a time… 😉

R&S

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Sky is probably cold form his fur being shaven unless they did not go clipper crazy which is extremely rare. Sounds like all is going extremely well.

Excellent and interesting on the cats being ok together we had hissing from both Purrkins and Saxton. All kitties are different I’d take uninterested anyway;)

Hopefully, the poops were a time deal you have Sky on his Proviable paste and stopped the Clavamox. You may have needed the double coffee;)

Credit to you both or a handling the bath time! I hope today is smooth sailing for you both!

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He may be cold in the shaved area but he has his face up against the heater – not the bald rear area!! 

So far so good on the poop. I think stopping the Clavamox and getting Metronidazole plus probiotics has stopped the diarrhea. But god it was a mess.  Also got Chlorhexidine to clean the suture area and incision is looking good (words I thought I’d never say!). 

Just up at 3am to check on him – he’s fine. Had some water but no food. Not concerned about that. And he got love. All other pets paid him a visit too 🙂

Yes, I expected some hissing as he is different and probably smells strange but other cats have been fine. Except Sterling, my brat cat, is using Sky’s small litter box! More work for me as not in convenient area. 

OK back to sleep! 

Thanks, Holly!!!

R&S

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