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Huck- two day tripod kitty advice/encouragement
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11 July 2016
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15 February 2024 - 10:50 am
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No, you are right. It doesn't change anything now, and you did NOT do anything to cause the accident. It would drive me a bit crazy, too (not knowing how, what, etc.); ๐Ÿซ‚ Know Huck will be the same kitty in a few weeks.ย 

Oh yes, Huck needs pain meds. I will never understand why so many kitties are not sent home with proper meds. It is maddening and so frustrating to see so many kitties suffer. Insist on more pain management , so glad you called today. What human has an amputation and pain meds for 6 days (Advil)? Never happen. Our animals are no different. We cut bone, muscle, ligaments, and nerves; we took an arm off. Gabapentin would be best to get back in. I don't know why no opioid was sent home. I'm not sure what you mean Huck quit taking it. If you can get it formulated to make administering easier do. Let us know what you get we will help you get it in one way or another or do our best.

Huck is lucky to have you both, and so sorry to hear you're sick. Recovery is tough minus being ill, so we hear you loud and clear.

When the pain meds are back in, ย things WILL improve, I'm sorry for Huck and for this added stress!! Let us know when things are back on track, please. We are sending healing wishes to you all.



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16 February 2024 - 10:52 am
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Oh yikes you both got sick during his recovery? Eeeek! Hope you are ALL on the mend now.

What a crazy mystery accident! Members lose legs for all sorts of reasons including the "no idea!" one now ๐Ÿ˜‰

I hope he's starting to feel better. It sounds like he could certainly use a new round of pain meds if he's still not himself and showing pain signs. Amputation is the most painful surgery for humans or non-human animals, it makes us cray cray when our fur kids don't get the same kind of attention to pain care when coming home.

The poopicon is a good sign that at least his GI is better now. YAY for little victories!


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16 February 2024 - 11:17 am
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Did your vet have an explanation about the fracture? Everything else was good?

We lost our indoor cat Garfield 16, from a compound fracture. He lost his footing on the kitchen table and landed on the hardwood floor, unable to correct himself on the way down. Beyond tragic and sadly, he was not a candidate to have amputation. He was on prednisolone for other health-related issues, and that is a known factor in weakening bones. Plus, being older.

Seeing what happened doesn't always help. We were right there and grabbed, and yes, we couldn't get to him in time; this stuff happens in the blink of an eye.

I hope they added more pain management in to get you to about 14 days
Scratches to Huck, please

P.S. I missed the closet was working out earlier I'm glad it worked for Huck too๐Ÿ˜ฝ


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19 February 2024 - 9:09 am
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Hi All, a 14 day post op update!

It turns out my husband and I both had covid, so this recovery period has been a whammy for us all!ย 

We started to take Huck's cone off more (ok'd by vet) and putting him in some of his favorite places in the house and we definitely started to see more of his personality! We notice that he does prefer to be taken to places rather than going himself (like to his food) but once he is there he enjoys it and will eat. Still wanting to go slow and not assume he should be back to all his old tricks. It seems most of the lethargy I noticed is more related to his cone than pain, this is typical of him when he has had to wear a cone in the past, he will get depressed with it on too long.ย 

It's sad when we play (a little) and I see him try to use his phantom limb or when he will try to scoop litter with that arm. I try to just be encouraging and not let the sadness show, we are all getting used to the new normal.ย 

Been reading articles on here to learn more, right now he seems to want to be cared for more than be independent on his own, want to care for him and gradually give him independence and play.ย 

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20 February 2024 - 9:05 pm
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Hey Rachael, thanks for the update. I'm so glad you and hubby are better. What a whammy to happen! UGH!ย 

You are doing so well at noticing his needs and wants. GREAT JOB keeping things mellow and not letting him do too much. I would agree that the cone can cause that sort of behavior. It's a necessary evil but it works.

I know what you mean about it being sad when a Tripawd uses their stump in an attempt to do things. It's hard not to feel pity but just keep doing what you are doing and you'll see him overcome that missing leg in so many ways that amaze you each day!

Your gradual approach is AWESOME! Keep it up!

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