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Tomorrow is the day Frankenstein will have his rear right leg amputated
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16 December 2020 - 11:04 am
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We’re told we will be bringing him home same day just nervous 

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16 December 2020 - 11:15 am
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Sorry he’s a 5 month old kitten

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16 December 2020 - 11:34 am
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Hi and welcome! Your future posts won’t need approval so post away!

What is the reason for amputation? That looks like a bad break based on the avatar photo. Poor guy!

Bringing home an animal the same day of surgery is better than leaving them alone in a clinic, but you may lose sleep. Make sure your cat gets the best pain management so he is comfortable OK? The link will take you to articles about pain control. Also, our e-book, Cool Tips for Tripawd Cats , has lots of tips too.

Do you have your home ready with a safe space for his recovery? Are there other cats in the house? Will you have help? Sorry, more questions than answers! But the more we know the more we can help you get through this without losing too much sleep 😉

When he comes home, be sure to update in our Three Legged Cats Topic so our knowledgeable cat members will be sure to see how things are going and chime in. 

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16 December 2020 - 11:40 am
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Found him in the woods on Halloween noticed him limping when we got him home took him to our vet has a break at his growth plate had to find a vet to do the amputation Covid is making money tight but with help from friends we can get it done he’s been on gabapentin twice a day for over a month

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16 December 2020 - 11:43 am
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We have two other cats they all get along the house is ready just really nervous 

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16 December 2020 - 5:18 pm
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Thank you for saving this little kitty💖  What’s the name?

We know all this sounds scary.  We get it.  But once recovery  is done and that bum painful leg is gone, you will be amazed  at how well kitty adapts to three.

When is the surgery?  So the kitty has been on . Gabapentin to help dull the pain while getting things lined up for amputation,  right?  How has the kitty been doing overall during all this?

Stay connected and let us know how we can help uou navigate through recovery

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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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16 December 2020 - 5:53 pm
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He’s been a crazy little kitten he’s already pretty much used to life on three legs but I’m sure that one’s there for kickstand sometimes and yeah we had to wait for him to get a little older and he was emaciated .If he’s been hurting he doesn’t show it  

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16 December 2020 - 5:57 pm
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Tomorrow 12/17/2020 is the date 

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16 December 2020 - 7:07 pm
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OK it’s a big day, get some rest! That’s awesome he found his way to you, there’s a reason for that. He started out with a hard life but now he’s going to be living the good one thanks to you.

Sounds like you’ve got your bases covered. And if he’s already on pain management then he shouldn’t have any problems adjusting to the post-op ones, although they may make him pretty loopy for a few days. Sometimes pets will be really out of it, anxious, or get vocal but it’s usually just the pain meds causing dysphoria. Be sure to get a contact person who you can call if you need help at 3 am (that hardly ever happens, but it’s good to be prepared).

Good luck tomorrow and let us know how it goes!

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17 December 2020 - 7:24 am
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Just dropped Frankenstein off thank you for being here for people like us will keep you up to date with the progress ty again 

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17 December 2020 - 11:12 am
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Big day! We’ve got you covered. I’m in the Tripawds Chat for a while, stop by anytime and keep us posted!

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Update they re-x-rayed the leg said that it’s healed and should be fine and seems to be growing have to bring him back in a few months to make sure so just a nut chop and he’s coming home

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WOW!  Talk about a roller coaster ride!  So, if I  understand this right, he went I  for an amputation  that this second Vet said he would do.  Then from an xray and getting I to the leg, he decided  an amputation  was necessary???

And what’s  a nut chop?

So with this means he’s not in pain and it’s all healed except for a limp??? 

So glad he’s home and is gping to be fi e!  Tha ks for taking such good care of him!

Hugs and Merry Christmas to you and Frankenstein!

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

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17 December 2020 - 3:10 pm
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They said it’s healing up good and strong and shouldn’t bother him and  that amputation is a major surgery we will be going for more checkups with our normal vet and them just to make sure just more concerned it wasn’t going to grow but they seem confident he’ll be fine. Fixed is what I meant bye nuts chopped. Will keep you updated 

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17 December 2020 - 6:06 pm
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Nut chop….icon_lol That is the BEST! I’ve never heard that term, too funny.

Well you guys got some GREAT news today. Best Christmas present EVER!!smiley_clapThank you for letting us know. Give Mr. Chopped Nuts some extra smooches from us, and congrats!

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